Friendship + Laugh-out-Loud Antics

We’ve done lots of picture books … now its time for something a little meatier: a series of illustrated chapter books about friendship! For the next several weeks we’re going to take a break from our usual Throwback Thursday Book Review schedule to focus on sharing gift ideas with a literacy twist. These are featured selections from our Gift of Literacy board on Pinterest. Even kids who are now reading independently benefit from listening to an adult read a book out loud. Scroll down to check out an idea on how to give a book and also the experience of reading it aloud – even if you can’t be there. Sharing Friendship … There is lots to love about Annie Barrow’s … Read more

Roscoe Riley Rules Throwback Thursday!

Welcome November! The end of Daylight Savings Time is the (unofficial) start of Cuddle Up with a Book season! We thought we’d kick it off with the Roscoe Riley Rules series. Katherine Applegate’s illustrated chapter series is a perfect read aloud for mixed audiences, and laugh-out-loud practice for nearly independent readers. We started reading this series with our 7-year old daughter as a read-aloud before bedtime. By the time book three arrived on the scene, she was devouring them without us! Our #TBT Review selection includes four books from the series, and we welcome reviews of any of the books in the series. Add them to our linkup or in the comments! Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends … Read more

Adapted Classics: The Art behind the Stories

Several years ago, I had a chance to read and review Jerome Tiller’s debut book Sammy’s Day at the Fair; The Digestive System featuring Gut Feelings and Reactions. It was a collaborative project, based on his son’s science fair project. This summer, Jerome reached out to tell me about his new endeavor: Adapted Classics. These are illustrated versions of select short stories. As he explained in our interview at the Reading Tub, the goal is to bring classic 19th century literature to a more modern audience. One of the key aspects of adapting these stories is that they are illustrated. There is so much to explore on the imagery side of the equation, that I asked Jerome and Marc Johnson-Pencook … Read more