December is Read a New Book Month

It’s true! There’s even a Facebook page. Odds are if you’re reading this post, you already have at least one book on your nightstand and the kids have a few scattered about, too. The idea for Read a New Book Month is not just to encourage readers to keep reading during this busy time of year, but also to stretch yourself as a reader. Maybe it means reading a genre or author you or your kids have never read before; maybe it is an excuse to visit one of your “lesser favorite” genres; or maybe it is a reason to try a book in a different format. It might even be to go back to a book you started a … Read more

Are eReaders the Answer for Dormant Readers?

That was one of the Literacy 2.0 questions that came up this week on Quib.ly, a forum for parenting in a tech-based world. I knew I’d written about the topic of ereaders before, but couldn’t find THE post I was looking for here on the Bookshelf. This morning I found it … a post I had written on the Big Universe Learning blog last fall. With summer reading now upon us, I’m re-sharing here and would love your thoughts, too! eReaders: The Ubiquitous Frontier Before I go one sentence further let me say this – eReaders are fabulous. I love our Nook … it is a family reader. I love being able to read Kindle books on my phone. We’ve … Read more