Book Talk: Making Friends with Books

In making my way through this year’s collection of Cybils nominees in the Easy Reader and Short Chapter Book category, I have been struck by three things. 1. the number of books that are part of a series; 2. the number of books that feature animal characters; and 3. the recurring theme of buddy stories.  As I mentioned in my b0ok talk about Cybils nominees Elephant and Piggie, new readers like familiar things. Not unlike friends in the real world … when they (or us for that matter) go to a new place, we immediately look for someone or something familiar we can connect with. With so many early reader books centered around friendship, you would think that they risk … Read more

Book Talk: Elephant, Piggie, and Mo’

Easy readers help kids learn to read. Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series engages them in fun ways that get them excited about their new-found power. Read more

Reading Ahead – October

Welcome to the latest edition of Reading Ahead, our bimonthly list of new arrivals that have cover appeal! These are the books that give you that first impression that they’ve got real potential for engaging kids with books. The links will take you to the profile page on the website. If you’ve read and reviewed this book, we’d love to add your thoughts to the discussion. Click on the title here and then add your link via Mr. Linky. October is looking like a super-fabulous month. First, I had a guest post at Booklights! Then there is KidLitCon09 coming this weekend. THEN, there’s the Cybils AND THEN, thanks to Jen’s blog housekeeping post about a new book list widget, I … Read more