Reading with Kids – Let’s Make Some Noise

There are lots of reasons that I love reading with kids. Sometimes I love a book for its story, but sometimes its for the words themselves. The way they “feel” in my mouth or when I say them out loud. There are times when the illustration draws me in, and times when the wordplay makes me laugh out loud.  Whatever the reason, the love of a book is meant to be shared. We have created Book Recommendations as the place to go when you need to “feel” a book. These recommendations for reading with kids are all about the visceral (dare I say tactile) experience of reading.* To kick off our new collection of reading with kids ideas, we have some … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 13 – Family Literacy Edition

The Literacy Lalapalooza shares simple ways to integrate literacy into everyday activities or moments, as well as some reading ideas. Each edition of our Literacy Lalapalooza has ONE idea for literacy and reading; TWO unique literacy ideas, and THREE book recommendations (one for each reading age). Each month since November 2012, we have been celebrating the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. We have just one more Lalapalooza left! Welcome to Literacy Lalapalooza (lucky) number  13! November is synonymous with Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving is synonymous with family, so this month we really hone in on some family literacy ideas that can be done in the name of togetherness (and fun, of course!). 1 Family Literacy Idea: Go Fly a Plane November is Aviation History Month. Why not bring history to life … Read more

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