Mark Your Calendar: Books for New Readers is Coming

As I was cleaning out the reader and inbox yesterday, I came away with the idea that folks want to talk about the books they’ve been reading. There is renewed interest and energy for long-time MEMEs like the Saturday Review of Books, Poetry Friday, and Nonfiction Monday and there are some new ones, too. For example, Charlotte just started a weekly Roundup of Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy, in part, because it’s not always easy to isolate these books from the more general roundups. So where is the MEME that shares ideas on easy readers and illustrated chapter books? Well, I’m glad you asked.  Announcing … Monthly Review of Books for New Readers a monthly meme (like the alliteration?) … Read more

Book Talk: Ivy + Bean + Mii

Ivy + Bean (series) Written by Annie Barrows Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Published by Chronicle Books (various) Audience (reading level): 7 to 10 (3+) As you may remember, this past summer Catherine and I read Ivy and Bean, the first book in this series about two girls who are skeptical of each other but are about to become friends. You may also remember that when we sat down to read, Catherine proclaimed Aw Mom, I don’t want a chapter book. That lasted three pages! Rather than write individual reviews, I thought I would offer a personal story about what happens when a book grabs a growing reader … and vice versa. As the quote above suggests, I needed to plant … Read more

Getting Ready for Back to School

Just wanted to remind everybody that The Reading Tub, Inc. is listed with Food Lion as part of its LionShop and Share Program to support organizations working to make a difference in their local communities. When you link your MVP card to the Reading Tub, a portion of your grocery bill goes toward the LionShop and Share Program. Each quarter, Food Lion distributes the money based on the number of organizations and the number of imprints. Fall (the beginning of School) is the traditional renewal period for this Program. If you haven’t already, please register your MVP Card. If you previously linked your card, Thank You ! You will, however, need to re-register in the next few weeks. Here’s the … Read more