About Terry Doherty

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.

Book Review Milestone: How to Outswim a Shark by Jess Keating

We thought we’d make it last year, but we came up just short. Today, though, I’m thrilled (and awed) to report that we have published book review 2,400. Our milestone review is Jess Keating’s latest title in the My Life is a Zoo series. Frankly, I can’t remember the last time we published a book review for a newly released book. [The book launched on January 6, 2015.] So it feels odd – and kinda cool – to be part of the initial buzz surrounding a new title. One of the things that sets our book reviews apart is that we want our visitors to get as many opinions about a book as possible. So if you’ve had a chance … Read more

The Wheelbarrow Puppy Club – an Interview with Christina Valenti

Four paws up for authors who expand our world through stories of cultures different than our own! We are excited to welcome children’s book author Christina Valenti to the Family Bookshelf. After graduating from James Madison University and working in the media industry for several years, Christina moved to China, where she taught English for two years. As Christina explains in our Reading Tub interview, every night, as she walked home from work, she would pass a wheelbarrow full of puppies for sale. She bought and adopted Wu (renamed Varly), eventually bringing him to the United States. Christina has always loved reading, writing, and dogs. When she discovered and fell in love with Varly, it rekindled a love of writing. … Read more

Literacy + Life – Music Playlist

Welcome to the second edition of Literacy + Life, our blog series that shares family literacy activities as a way to promote literacy. Want an easy way to bring literacy to the dinner table? Turn on a little music. There are so many wonderful ways that music can contribute to literacy growth. Lyrics help by adding to vocabulary, enjoying rhyme, or giving listeners a glimpse into a word’s many meanings. Melody can evoke a mood or spur imagination. The myriad of genres introduce different sounds and sound combinations, instrumental and/or vocal. Enjoy your meal together with some dinner music. The sky’s the limit. Maybe you want to share some of your favorite songs; introduce new kinds of music; or bring … Read more