A Feast for New Readers: The I Can Read Gathering for January 2012

Welcome to the January 2012 meme dedicated to celebrating new readers (Kindergarten through second grade). You’ll find reviews of Easy Readers and short chapter books, and ideas to help them, too. Read more

Fanfare for a New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome 2012!! There is no better way to wake up on January 1 than to know that fellow kidlit bookworms are checking out all of the CYBILS short lists. Really. Is there ANYTHING more exciting than the prospect of new books to read? Dear Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Judges, We have spent the fall talking about books in our category and narrowing the choices to finalists.  I am happy to report that the panelists did NOT make it easy for you. But that’s their job, right? This year we have four Easy Reader finalists and five Early Chapter Books on the short list.  So without further ado, I present you their thoughts on the books … Read more

Tools for Reading and Literacy – End of Summer Edition

Welcome to the June-July-August edition of my roundup of literacy tools and ideas. In this (normally) monthly post you will find links to articles, websites, and online tools that facilitate the processes of reading and learning. Whether the information is recently published or a couple years old, it’s new to her and may be new to you. Enjoy! Starting off Given that Labor Day has now come and gone and the kids are back in school, it is too late to pitch Summer Writing Tips for Boys as a way to bridge the school years. Story starters (and this post has a lot of them) are helpful anytime of year and the post is worth bookmarking for just that reason! … Read more