Literacy + Life – Books about Snow

 Welcome to 2015! One of our goals at the Reading Tub is to bring literacy home for families. Yes, it is about sharing books and getting children excited about reading. But it is also about engaging readers with their world. We’re kicking off 2015 by launching a new literacy series! Literacy + Life is a new series that combines books and related activities on a specific topic. It isn’t a new idea, there are some great blogs that share ideas to bring books to life. Our goal is to illustrate that literacy is part of our daily life. Some parents are overwhelmed by having to “add” literacy activities to their very busy days. Not all of us like arts and crafts. … 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

Cybils: Nomination Ideas for Elementary Nonfiction Readers

One of the great things about the Cybils (aka Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary awards) is that a book can only be nominated once. No chads. No stuffing the ballot box. Just a straight-up nomination process. The downside, though, is that a book that you love might deserve nomination … but you already shot your wad. That’s the dilemma for librarians. They don’t just read books, they devour them. In large numbers. So when a children’s librarian tells me she has a few titles she’d like to see nominated in the Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction Category, I’m happy to help her get the word out. So here goes … Cybils Nomination  Ideas Nonfiction Elementary / Middle Grade Anubis … Read more