Poetry Plot – Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook

Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook by Mary Amato Publisher: Holiday House, 2011 Material: Paperback Genre: mystery, poetry, friendship, life lessons The thief is a poet – or is it a poetry thief? First Slurpy, then a keychain … Ms. Herschel’s classroom is a thief magnet! Convinced that he will solve the crime first, Edgar Allen starts a notebook. H isn’t Wordsmith Elementary’s only junior detective. Solving the crime becomes a contest and testament to friendship, judging others, and jumping to conclusions! Interest level: 7 to 12. Recommended Ages: read together: 7 to 10 read yourself: 9 to 12 Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud Parent Reader: I loved this book!  We see the world … 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

Literacy Lalapalooza 6 – Spring is In the Air

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 1 Literacy Idea: Play Horse! H-O-R-S-E is a game usually associated with basketball, but it can really be played with any goal-oriented sport like soccer or lacrosse.  This is a … Read more