Books & Beyond: Going back to our literacy roots

What would you think if you saw this headline: Where are the books about kids like us? Would you think We Need Diverse Books? I did. Then I read the article, a feature on the KidsPost page commemorating Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday. That question was posed to her in the late 1940s; and it led to the birth of Henry Huggins in 1950. I’m sure many of you know the story. Cleary was a librarian at the time, and a young boy “who wasn’t impressed with the books on the shelves” wanted to know where he’d find a book about a boy like him. The first thing that struck me is that boys DO want to read. They want to see themselves. The … Read more

Get Organized: A Look at 2015 and a Lean into 2016

January is National Get Organized Month. Seems like a no brainer: out with the old, in with the new. New year, new ideas … you get the picture. Before I can get organized and set new goals, I usually need to stop and look back. Where are we? How did we get here? and (most importantly) What’s next? 2015 was an amazing year for the Reading Tub. So before I talk about what’s next, let me share where we are. Book Donations Truth be told, for most of 2015, my office was overrun by books that had been read and/or reviewed, and were waiting to find the right home. In November, we found them. We delivered 660 board books, picture books, … Read more

An Illiterate Life – What does it look like?

Reading. For many of us it is like breathing – we’re sitting here doing both, thinking about neither one. What would life be like if I didn’t know how to read? I have been giving that question a lot of thought, lately. I don’t mean picking up a book for pleasure, I am talking about everyday reading. An Experiment For several days I tried go about my day, consciously working not to read. It was hard, very hard. My default is to read, in part, because it is a natural part of who I am. Here is what I discovered when I tried “not reading” for a couple of days. I had no idea how many ibuprofen pills to take … Read more