Fun with Words – Reading with Kids

In our first collection of Reading with Kids ideas, we shared our suggestions for books with sounds we love. From animal voices to transportation sounds, we have a little bit of everything. Today it is all about having fun with words. Silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth. Words that are tongue twisters all by themselves. The best part? When you’re having fun with words, there is no right or wrong pronunciation. The sillier the better. Who knows, you and your kids may even coin your own new word! Rhyming words are another way to have fun with words. We love books in rhyme, and this collection has a few of those, too. … Read more

Happy New Year – Ringing in 2014 with the Cybils

Happy  New Year! Midnight shmidnight … The best way to ring in a happy new year is to celebrate all of the children’s and young adult books on the CYBILS shortlist! We are introducing the finalists in the Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Category here, and we hope you’ll join the celebration. Pop over to the CYBILS blog to see the shortlists for your favorites in the other 10 categories! Share your #Cybils love on Twitter. Without further ado … oh, wait! Before I go on I want to thank my most awesomest panel – Jennifer, who blogs at Jean Little Library Janssen Bradshaw, who blogs at Everyday Reading Danielle Leach, who blogs at Bookshelves in the Cul-de-Sac  Deb Nance, who … Read more

Christmas is Here – Literacy Lalapalooza 14

Our year-long celebration has come to an end. As I said in my newsletter, it seems only fitting that the last Literacy Lalapalooza is during Read a New Book Month. The Reading Tub is now officially a “tween,” having just turned 11. Merry Christmas! Don’t worry, we’ll still be talking about creative ways to promote literacy for families. We recently launched a new series here on the blog, and in January we’ll start a monthly series with a book recommendation tailored just for your reading interests. If you’re already a Wash Rag subscriber, just update your profile to include the genres your kids like to read and their ages. Before we jump in this last time, I’d like to wish you … Read more