About ReadingTub

I created the Reading Tub to help families find great books to share with their kids. In the process, I found a way to bridge the gap that gets books to readers in need. Hope you'll visit often and join our discussion of literacy, reading, and books.

Books & Beyond: Going back to our literacy roots

What would you think if you saw this headline: Where are the books about kids like us? Would you think We Need Diverse Books? I did. Then I read the article, a feature on the KidsPost page commemorating Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday. That question was posed to her in the late 1940s; and it led to the birth of Henry Huggins in 1950. I’m sure many of you know the story. Cleary was a librarian at the time, and a young boy “who wasn’t impressed with the books on the shelves” wanted to know where he’d find a book about a boy like him. The first thing that struck me is that boys DO want to read. They want to see themselves. The … Read more

Spring Break Ideas to Take Into Summer

Last week, several friends and I were talking about Spring Break. We don’t remember traveling or family vacations. For us, Spring Break was a chance to stay up later, sleep in longer, and hang out with our friends to run around the neighborhood.  Admittedly, that was a different time, but that doesn’t mean that our memories were any less special. For a myriad of reasons, Spring Break is a staycation in our house. We stay up later, sleep in longer, and break away from the usual routine so that the week feels special. Now that my daughter is 14, her idea of fun is shopping and screen time. Even the mall and watching videos gets boring!  It can take a bit more convincing, … Read more

The Wash Rag Returns

The Wash Rag Returns! It could be a fun name for a book, but it is the long-time name of the Reading Tub’s newsletter. As you may remember, one of my goals for this year was to “get a regular newsletter going by spring.” Woot! Spring is three days away and we have a newsletter! The Wash Rag is a curated newsletter with a few articles. It is “short, sweet and filled with literacy ideas and news. [You can subscribe here.] For those who are new to Family Bookshelf or missed The Wash Rag, we’re republishing it here so you can get a sense of our editorial intent. The last article includes links to a survey to help us build … Read more