Reading Ahead – December

These are the review previews Picture Books (all ages) This just looks adorable, and the back cover is a great little map. ___________ An Illustrated Guide to Mythical Creatures by Anita Ganeri; illustrated by David West (Hammond  World Atlas, 2009) This is a text-heavy picture book for older audiences. The illustrations are fascinating and have a “read more” quality about them. ____________ The name of the series is what grabbed me immediately: A Catching the Reading Bug Book! Magic Words and its companion book Magic Letters: The Keys to the World of Words like a creative way to help kids understand word families and build stories at the same time. ___________ Mommy Draw Stars The author describes this book as … Read more

Holiday Books for Sharing with Kids

Yeah! The holidays are here. Once those first few damp/cold November days have settled us into the season, I’m always ready to get the holidays started. The smells, the giggles, the magic, the traditions. One of our family traditions – started Catherine’s first Christmas (6 weeks) –  is that Daddy reads Clement C. Moore’s A Visit from St. Nick, which most of us know as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. This weekend, after the turkeys and pumpkins are put away, we’ll pull out the library of holiday stories to enjoy for the next few weeks. For each of the last 6 years, we’ve been adding a new book (okay, maybe two three) to the Christmas library. In … Read more

Mark Your Calendar: Books for New Readers is Coming

As I was cleaning out the reader and inbox yesterday, I came away with the idea that folks want to talk about the books they’ve been reading. There is renewed interest and energy for long-time MEMEs like the Saturday Review of Books, Poetry Friday, and Nonfiction Monday and there are some new ones, too. For example, Charlotte just started a weekly Roundup of Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy, in part, because it’s not always easy to isolate these books from the more general roundups. So where is the MEME that shares ideas on easy readers and illustrated chapter books? Well, I’m glad you asked.  Announcing … Monthly Review of Books for New Readers a monthly meme (like the alliteration?) … Read more