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.

A Blogger’s Must Have Tool for the 2016 Cybils

So last year, I kicked off Cybils blogging with some zombies. Not sure how to top the undead and stay apolitical, but I’ll do my blogger best and start with a question: Do you know where your library card is?* I hope so! It is a must-have for Cybils judges and any blogger who loves to read along when the nominations start rolling in beginning October 1. Oh, you’ve never been a judge in the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards? Then this is your year! We are looking for bloggers with new voices. Just. Like. Yours.  If you contribute regularly to a blog, podcast, or vlog about any aspect of children’s or young adult literature, then consider yourself … Read more

Back to School – Back in the Groove

As y’all know, I stepped away from the blog this summer to focus on other stuff. Summer isn’t over, but it’s time to get back in that transition groove.  It’s just so … good to be back! School itself is in my rear view mirror, but I still love everything that comes with the start of a new year … especially the discovery of new things. So it is very fortuitous (and a lot of fun) to share what I learned in my interview with Peter Trimarco and Brenda Faatz. The husband and wife team have been writing for youth theatre productions for many years. They recently launched their debut picture book, It’s Just So… and introduced the adorable Lizzy to the … Read more

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