Buy Books for the Holidays

I am one of those people who will CREATE a holiday to buy books. Why not? They are fun,  they can be the catalyst for great memories, and they are a VERY sound investment. This morning Amy (My Friend Amy) kicked off the Buy Books for the Holiday campaign.  In her opening post, Amy explains why she puts together a team of bloggers for this annual campaign: “We believe strongly in the written word, in the importance of a literate society and we recognize that it’s up to us make our voices heard about books and reading. You have a lot of options for gifts this holiday season, but we hope you’ll work to give a gift with lasting value, … Read more

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