Celebrating a Reading Life

Three years ago today, we lost my dad to the cruelty that calls itself Lewy-Body Dementia. Each year, my Mom and I commemorate this day with a community service project. As only a reader can understand, my Dad wanted his books donated to our local library. It took us almost two years to catalog the thousands of books in my dad’s personal library. Today, Mom and I are honoring that request by delivering more than 400 books (only about 15 percent of the full collection) to the branch in my my folks’ neighborhood. In tribute, I’m also republishing a post I wrote the day Dad left us.   Today my family is closing a chapter of an incredible story: my … Read more

Thanksgiving with a Literacy Side

Yeah! The kids are home. The schedule is “between seasons,” so the kids need something to do. Why not let them help you get ready for Thanksgiving? You may not be ready to hand over an apron, but there are other ways they can help. Here are some ideas that will keep them busy and use materials that you already have around the house. Who knows, they might even become new Thanksgiving traditions. Thanksgiving Place Cards We started using place cards when my daughter was learning to read. One year we wrote out the names for her on a piece of paper, and she wrote them on her foam-cutout leaves. Another year we lined them all up and would read … Read more

Say What? Reading Double Speak

Were you thinking this is an article about some of the conflicting data about literacy theory? Sorry to disappoint! This is our Reading with Kids Series, where we celebrate books that engage young listeners and readers with the experience of reading. We have had fun with words and books that make you laugh out loud. Next up: books that explore the multiple meanings of words. Say what? Yep! As our title suggests, words can have many meanings. Weave them together into a story and Voila! These are some our favorite books that play with words in ways that make the reader think and laugh! Say What? Books with Visual Illusion Duck! Rabbit! written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom … Read more