Say What? Reading Double Speak

Were you thinking this is an article about some of the conflicting data about literacy theory? Sorry to disappoint! This is our Reading with Kids Series, where we celebrate books that engage young listeners and readers with the experience of reading. We have had fun with words and books that make you laugh out loud. Next up: books that explore the multiple meanings of words. Say what? Yep! As our title suggests, words can have many meanings. Weave them together into a story and Voila! These are some our favorite books that play with words in ways that make the reader think and laugh! Say What? Books with Visual Illusion Duck! Rabbit! written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom … 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

Happy New Year – Ringing in 2014 with the Cybils

Happy  New Year! Midnight shmidnight … The best way to ring in a happy new year is to celebrate all of the children’s and young adult books on the CYBILS shortlist! We are introducing the finalists in the Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Category here, and we hope you’ll join the celebration. Pop over to the CYBILS blog to see the shortlists for your favorites in the other 10 categories! Share your #Cybils love on Twitter. Without further ado … oh, wait! Before I go on I want to thank my most awesomest panel – Jennifer, who blogs at Jean Little Library Janssen Bradshaw, who blogs at Everyday Reading Danielle Leach, who blogs at Bookshelves in the Cul-de-Sac  Deb Nance, who … Read more