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

CYBILS: Children’s and YA Bloggers Literary Awards Announced

Oh. My. Gosh. In all the excitement about the Children’s and YA Bloggers’ Literary Awards (aka Cybils), I actually forgot to schedule this! Better late than never ,,, I know I say the same thing every February 14, but I can’t help myself … and I know without even going to Twitter I am not alone. The official announcement came at 12:01 PST [February 14]. I know there are some (*cough* Sheila Ruth *cough*) who stayed up to wait and celebrate. I confess, I’m old. I was asleep! The panelists for the Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books did NOT make it easy for the judges: Julie Azzam, teacher, parent ~ Instantly Interruptible Stacey Loscalzo, teacher, parent, writer/author ~ Stacey and @staceylo … Read more

Young Adult to Picture Books: Reading Tub Bookmarks February

Three books stood out for Reading Tub readers and reviewers this month: Carlyn Beccia’s award-winning book I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat; Jim Arnosky’s Thunder Birds, and The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. See Reading Tub mini reviews. Read more