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

Christmas is Here – Literacy Lalapalooza 14

Our year-long celebration has come to an end. As I said in my newsletter, it seems only fitting that the last Literacy Lalapalooza is during Read a New Book Month. The Reading Tub is now officially a “tween,” having just turned 11. Merry Christmas! Don’t worry, we’ll still be talking about creative ways to promote literacy for families. We recently launched a new series here on the blog, and in January we’ll start a monthly series with a book recommendation tailored just for your reading interests. If you’re already a Wash Rag subscriber, just update your profile to include the genres your kids like to read and their ages. Before we jump in this last time, I’d like to wish you … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 10 – Keep Summer Fun Alive

August already?! I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for summer fun to end! Welcome to our 10th Literacy Lalapalooza! Each month since November 2012, we have been celebrating the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. Our goal is to offer simple ways to integrate literacy into everyday activities or moments, as well as some reading ideas. Each edition of the Lalapalooza  has ONE idea for literacy and reading; TWO tools or resource suggestions, and THREE book recommendations (one for each reading age). There is newsletter edition, too! So DOUBLE the creative literacy ideas and sign up today. Subscribers already got their email with a completely unique set of summer fun recommendations with a literacy twist. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, … Read more