The Wash Rag Returns

The Wash Rag Returns! It could be a fun name for a book, but it is the long-time name of the Reading Tub’s newsletter. As you may remember, one of my goals for this year was to “get a regular newsletter going by spring.” Woot! Spring is three days away and we have a newsletter! The Wash Rag is a curated newsletter with a few articles. It is “short, sweet and filled with literacy ideas and news. [You can subscribe here.] For those who are new to Family Bookshelf or missed The Wash Rag, we’re republishing it here so you can get a sense of our editorial intent. The last article includes links to a survey to help us build … Read more

Reading Tub Recommendations – Just in Time for Summer

Things have been a wee bit quiet around The Reading Tub these past few months. I *would* feel guilty, except that we have been reading up a storm and working on a H-U-G-E project. Now it is time to launch our project … Reading Tub Recommendations! RTR is a newsletter where subscribers tell us the age of their child and what kinds of books their child likes to hear/read and we send them a read-tested book recommendation. It is more than just a newsletter, though. Reading Tub Recommendations is a guide for parents and caregivers trying to find that “it” book. The one that turns their struggling or resistant child into a reader and (maybe) a bookworm. The right book … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 11 – Literacy Fun for Back to School

Welcome to Literacy Lalapalooza number 11! 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 the Lalapalooza  has ONE idea for literacy and reading; TWO tools or resource suggestions, and THREE book recommendations (one for each reading age). Since we are a blog about literacy, it seems only fitting to give a belated shout-out to our Newspaper Carrier. Yesterday was Newspaper Carrier Day. We have our first Friday the 13th of the year next week, and there are plenty of fun *excuses* for literacy moments … Defy Superstition Day – Ironic, isn’t it? Name … Read more