Book Review Milestone: Unspoken by Henry Cole is #2225

Unspoken, a Story from the Underground Railroad written and illustrated by Henry Cole Scholastic Press, 2012 What an apropos book to be our 2,225 book review. A wordless picture book that left us speechless. I was speechless when I saw the review count after I hit “publish,” too. Progress. If all goes well – and the kiddos stop getting snow days – we’ll be hitting 2,500 within the next few months. Stay tuned. My primary project for 2014 is to reduce that To-Be-Reviewed pile over there to almost nothing. Each week, I set a target to get six book reviews written and/or published. Three for books that I’ve read over the last two years, three from our Teen Star Review … Read more

Fun with Words – Reading with Kids

In our first collection of Reading with Kids ideas, we shared our suggestions for books with sounds we love. From animal voices to transportation sounds, we have a little bit of everything. Today it is all about having fun with words. Silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth. Words that are tongue twisters all by themselves. The best part? When you’re having fun with words, there is no right or wrong pronunciation. The sillier the better. Who knows, you and your kids may even coin your own new word! Rhyming words are another way to have fun with words. We love books in rhyme, and this collection has a few of those, too. … Read more

Cybils: Nomination Ideas for Elementary Nonfiction Readers

One of the great things about the Cybils (aka Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary awards) is that a book can only be nominated once. No chads. No stuffing the ballot box. Just a straight-up nomination process. The downside, though, is that a book that you love might deserve nomination … but you already shot your wad. That’s the dilemma for librarians. They don’t just read books, they devour them. In large numbers. So when a children’s librarian tells me she has a few titles she’d like to see nominated in the Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction Category, I’m happy to help her get the word out. So here goes … Cybils Nomination  Ideas Nonfiction Elementary / Middle Grade Anubis … Read more