@ Family Literacy & the Reading Tub

Looking for a good book? something you can read aloud? Need  ideas for helping kids learn to read?

Then you’ve come to the right place! The Family Bookshelf is here to help parents, teachers, librarians – anyone who is passionate about connecting kids with books and reaching new readers!

This isn’t a blog for bookworms only. Lots of us didn’t like to read – and maybe still don’t like to read – but we don’t want to pass that on to our kids. Perfect! Here’s how we can help you …

  • Check out the sliding bookshelf or the sidebar to find Reading Tub-recommended books for sharing with kids from infant to Young Adult.
  • Follow or subscribe to get regular updates on what we’re reading, roundups with the latest literacy trends and analysis, or personal stories about our reading journey.
  • Find tips, tools, and ideas for ways to incorporate literacy into your everyday activities.
  • Learn how to blend reading strategies into other literacy-relevant activities in your child’s life.
  • Get the story-behind-the-story in our interviews with children’s and young adult authors and illustrators.
  • Learn why we recommend a book for a read aloud.
  • Find book series and read alike suggestions.

C’Mon, Join the Conversation

Reading is the key to all other learning, and learning to read begins at home. When you share a book with a child, you open worlds, help them in their journey toward lifelong success, and create great memories. The Reading Tub is a nonprofit for children’s and family literacy. Here on our blog, you’ll find news, book reviews, and reading ideas, and creative ways to sneak literacy into everyday activities.

 … Literacy news, ideas, events on Twitter with @ReadingTub

… Book reviews, reading ideas, connecting kids with books, book series & read alikes – share on Twitter with @thereadingtub and @shareastory

… We’ve moved our groups from Facebook to Google + pages. Join our circles: The Reading Tub and Share a Story you’ll find original content, and discussions, too.

… Book suggestions (recommended books, books to read aloud, and book series by topic)  on Pinterest as readingtub

… Curating Family Literacy and Modern Literacy (aka Literacy 2.0) on Scoop.it

About Us

The Reading Tub, Inc. is a  nonprofit dedicated to family literacy. Our goal is to encourage families to read together, either with their kids or to their kids. This blog is our way of enjoying and engaging in the conversation about raising readers and supporting family literacy.

We believe reading is a public commodity. It is a skill that touches every facet of our lives and it is something that we need to know how to do. We aren’t born readers, we have to learn how to read. We want to help you see that reading strategies don’t have to be big, formal products … they can be activities incorporated into everyday life.

Although many of us believe that we learn to read in elementary school, the truth is, learning to read starts well before that … when you read aloud with your infant or toddler you are walking the path of family literacy. Of all the reading strategies, reading aloud remains the first, best step to raising a reader.

Visit the Reading Tub website to find articles with reading strategies, ideas for early literacy skills, and finding great books … including book series, which young kids particularly enjoy sharing.

We hope you’ll join the conversation by subscribing to our blog and get posts as they come out. Or, you can sign up to get Reading Tub Recommendations, a monthly newsletter tailored to your child’s age and reading interests.

Authors and Publishers …

If you’re interested in a book review, check out the Reading Tub Book Review Policy page or visit our website to read our book review policy. If you’re looking for tips, tools, and resources anyone who reads with kids and helps them become independent people, be sure to check out our Wiki.

There’s even a box in our newsletter subscription so you can get content JUST for your interests and needs.

If you’d like to chat about books or literacy, please send me a note via this contact form.

The Reading Tub, Inc. is a public charity, aka 501(c)(3). Our mission of children’s literacy and family literacy focuses on providing reading materials and tools (e.g., reading strategies, book lists, book series, read alikes, books to read aloud, etc.) to individuals working with at-risk readers. By connecting kids with books we can improve literacy rates and help our kids – and their parents – reach their full potential.