Milly and the Macy’s Parade – a Thanksgiving Tradition

Yeah! One of my favorite holidays is almost here. Thanksgiving is a mere blip in the drive to the December holidays, but I love it all the same. Lots of holidays have their traditions, but there is something uniquely special about Thanksgiving. Like many of you, I grew up watching the Macy’s Parade on television Thanksgiving morning. That parade is still one of the highlights of my day. Many moons ago, while living in New York City, Bill and I were walking in Central Park and we spotted a group marching with the new balloon that year: Babar. It was a windy day, and I was awestruck by just how hard it is to handle those balloons. Now, every year … Read more

A Cybils Graphic Novel Nominee for #TBT

We are going to close our Cybils-centric series of Throwback Thursday selections with the Graphic Novel category. In 2009, Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn was a nominee in the Elementary / Middle Grade subcategory. The Storm in the Barn written by Matt Phelan illustrated by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press, 2009 It is a miserable summer for Jack Clark and his family. As if the parched land and dying cattle and “dust dementia” aren’t enough, Jack is the target of local bullies and his dad’s frustration. Jack spots something in the Talbot’s Barn, but that’s off limits. Since when has that ever stopped a young boy? But what if it turns out to be bigger than him? This is … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 8 – Dads, Grads & More

Our Literacy Lalapalooza is a 14-month celebration of the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. It is our way of thanking you for sharing the gift of literacy. Each issue will have   Idea for literacy and reading. Tools and/or Resources suggestions (e.g., websites, games, toys) Book ideas, one for each reading group: 0-4, 5-9, 10&Up Sign up for the newsletter edition and DOUBLE the creative literacy ideas. Subscribers already got their email with a completely unique set of recommendations. You must select “Literacy Lalapalooza” in the Sign Me Up For … section Before we jump in this month, let’s give dads some props for all they do to help kids build their literacy skills. Whether its reading a bedtime story, helping with … Read more