Simplify Your Life Week with Kidlit

Simplify your life. Sounds grand, doesn’t it? Back in February I started Operation Downsize, an effort to get rid of one thing every day. Some days it is something big: a broken chair, unused pots for donation, etc. Somedays it is something small: the dry-rotted rubber bands in the junk drawer, plastic containers missing lids, etc. This week, though, I am going to step up my game and get the 11-year-old involved. She won’t do it for me, but she MIGHT do it for National Simplify Your Life Week. [It is so simplified there is no official website!] To kick things off, we are sharing a list with some of our favorite children’s books that can start the simplify your … Read more

Life Lessons for Kids – Let a Book Talk for You

Helping kids with life lessons. Oh so important, but oh so exhausting. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my voice is an echo chamber. With the kids around 24/7 I feel like I am saying (and hearing) the same things over and over, suggesting solutions to the same old problems (friendship, anxiety, communication skills, girl drama, et al), and just overall sounding like a broken record. Frankly, I am tired of hearing my own voice, so I know the 11-year-old is! With both of us in need of a break, it is time to bring out the *real* authority: books! Last spring, I wrote a post for the Big Universe Blog about teaching kids life lessons through … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 6 – Spring is In the Air

Our Literacy Lalapalooza is a 14-month celebration of the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. It is our way of thanking you for sharing the gift of literacy. Each issue will have   Idea for literacy and reading. Tools and/or Resources suggestions (e.g., websites, games, toys) Book ideas, one for each reading group: 0-4, 5-9, 10&Up Sign up for the newsletter edition and DOUBLE the creative literacy ideas. Subscribers already got their email with a completely unique set of recommendations. You must select “Literacy Lalapalooza” in the Sign Me Up For … section 1 Literacy Idea: Play Horse! H-O-R-S-E is a game usually associated with basketball, but it can really be played with any goal-oriented sport like soccer or lacrosse.  This is a … Read more