Jokes Everyone Can Enjoy Laugh Out Loud Reads

When you’ve got kids of different ages, it isn’t always easy to find books where everyone can get the jokes.   Jokes the Family Can Share If family humor is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Jess Keating’s My Life is a Zoo series. The stories are fresh and fun. They would make a nice family gift that everyone can share as a read aloud, and they do equally well as a gift to keep pre-teens and teens reading (and laughing out loud!). Here are the titles in the series: Book 1: How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied Book 2: How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel Book 3: How to Outfox Your … Read more

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

Updated! YA Novel Preview – 2 books tackle the toughest stuff

There is something really, awesomely cool when two books by two different authors but with similar themes come into our reading life at about the same time. It happened to me this summer, when I received ARCs for Hello? by Liza Wiemer and Breath to Breath by Craig Lew. These are two YA novels that you’ll want to keep an eye on. The title links above go to their Goodreads pages so you can add them to your TBR pile. Hello? by Liza Wiemer Like most teens, Tricia, Emerson, Angie, Brenda, and Brian are absorbed in their own lives, past and present. At nearly 18, Tricia is teetering between the overwhelming grief of losing her last living relative, pressure from a local … Read more