Non-fiction and Young Readers – a Perfect Match

  This year I have made it a goal to include more non-fiction in my classroom and in my booktalks. It’s working! I’ve had more students than ever pick up nonfiction books- biographies, memoirs, informational books, literary nonfiction, and everything in between.  Access to nonfiction opens so many doors and today’s posters are here to help us find more doors and windows to open in the house of nonfiction reading with readers of all ages. The power of nonfiction! Six years ago during our Share a Story blog tour, Sarah Mulhern at The Reading Zone hosted a roundup of ideas about the Nonfiction Book Hook. That quote is from her opening for our day devoted to non-fiction in March 2010. At the … Read more

Crayons Make Great Gifts, Too

Crayons?! you say? Yes, it’s true. Crayons, markers, chalk – all offer endless possibilities for the lucky person who holds them. Plus, coloring and drawing are activities that can be done alone or shared. Today’s post shares some gift ideas for artsy kids of all ages.  Art supplies often pair very well with a “how-to” book. Susie Brooks’ Get into Art series introduces kids to artists and famous works of art, while at the same time giving them the encouragement to try their hand at specific techniques, as well as experiment and be create their own projects. Crayons and Creativity This collection of of recommendations focuses on books that engage readers with hands-on activities and exploration. Many of the links … Read more

Book Review Milestone: How to Outswim a Shark by Jess Keating

We thought we’d make it last year, but we came up just short. Today, though, I’m thrilled (and awed) to report that we have published book review 2,400. Our milestone review is Jess Keating’s latest title in the My Life is a Zoo series. Frankly, I can’t remember the last time we published a book review for a newly released book. [The book launched on January 6, 2015.] So it feels odd – and kinda cool – to be part of the initial buzz surrounding a new title. One of the things that sets our book reviews apart is that we want our visitors to get as many opinions about a book as possible. So if you’ve had a chance … Read more