Kindness Knows No Season

For many of us, tonight is a time of quietude and hope. That moment in our year that we actually stop to take time for reflection. For Christians, it is also about Christ’s birth, and a star in the East that served as a guide to shepherds and kings alike. In the story, The Man Made of Stars, a young boy discovers that his acts of kindness add stars to the sky. It seems like a perfectly apropos selection for today. We are going to close out our year with hope for a better, kinder world in 2016. I am one of those sappy people who wishes that Christmas spirit would last all year ’round … or at least well into spring! Who … Read more

Chalk it Up as a Great Gift

I shouldn’t say this but I will – chalk is SUCH an easy gift! As you know by now, we are taking 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. When I started thinking about our Read It and Keep series, Chalk by Bill Thompson was one of the first titles on my list. The story is imaginative in and of itself, and with chalk in hand, it offers endless possibilities for children. Chalk Stories … This is my go-to gift for preschoolers and young elementary students. The book alone is a great gift and is sure … Read more

Madam President by Lane Smith a Picture Book for #TBT

Looking for a little fun and inspiration this election season? Look no further than Lane Smith’s Madam President. We found it to be a wonderful way to introduce hard-to-explain concepts. For example, kids understand that they need to say only kind things, but they don’t generally say “I’m being diplomatic.” Madam President explains diplomacy in a way that parallels a child’s experiences. We’d love to add your review of Madam President to our Throwback Thursday review … after all, what’s a republic without discussion and sharing ideas? Madam President written and illustrated by Lane Smith Hyperion Books for Children, 2008 A president’s work is never done. Follow along with a young girl as she handles all of her duties: meeting with … Read more