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

Literacy Lalapalooza 12 – Plenty of Ideas for Fall

Welcome to Literacy Lalapalooza number 12! Each month since November 2012, we have been celebrating the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. Our goal is to offer simple ways to integrate literacy into everyday activities or moments, as well as some reading ideas. Each edition of our Literacy Lalapalooza has ONE idea for literacy and reading; TWO tools or resource suggestions, and THREE book recommendations (one for each reading age). I need your input: We’ve been publishing the Literacy Lalapalooza for a year. There are just two more left … have the Lalapalooza newsletters and these posts helpful? did they offer fresh ideas? Should we continue? 1 Literacy Idea: Anchorman This idea was inspired by TV Talk Show Host Day (October 27, in case you didn’t … Read more