Promoting the Reading Tub

We don’t often take the chance to say “look at us,” but today we’ll make an exception! On Monday, 30 April 2007, CBS-19 and ABC-16 in Charlottesville, VA, each ran an item about the Reading Tub on the 6 o’clock news. You can either click here, or try the link below.

To see the video, just click the red camera under the title.

More on Turn Off TV Week

Last week’s post generated some feedback and I wanted to pass it along. Rather than bury the thoughts as ‘comments’ I’m creating a post so they are front and center. Enjoy!

From Max Eliot Anderson, author of an outdoor adventure series for boys (titles below) and the Books for Boys blog.

Let ‘em READ a movie this summer. Several young readers have reported that reading one of my action-adventures & mysteries is like being in an exciting or scary movie. This comes from my extensive background of dramatic film and video production. My books are first targeted for boys ages 8 – 13. But girls like the books also.

Books are ranked by Accelerated Reader. They can be ordered from Baker & Taylor and Books ordered directly from the author will be signed. Email for details.

Newspaper Caper, Terror at Wolf Lake, North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott’s Cave, and Legend of the White Wolf. Readers and reviewers alike compare Max’s books to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.

So this summer turn off the TV, turn off the computer, and let ‘em READ a movie.

From Barbara Cairns, children’s book author.

What a GREAT IDEA, Terry! If anyone out there is interested in history, told partly by a cow, (:-) have them check out my new book, CRACKER COW A Narrative of Florida History. It can be found through Internet Explorer.(It’s not googled yet.) Stop by and see reviews and leave a message in my guest book. A copy has been requested for the Florida Governor’s Mansion Library… It’s for kids of all ages!

From Brad Hauber, Bublegum Books, publisher of Topsy-Turvy Towel, a BookSense Top 10 Children’s Pick.

Thanks for the update. Interestingly, our illustrator and author created the promotional poster for this year’s TV-Turnoff Week. It can be seen at One of our books, The Things A String Can Be, was also the centerpiece of a nationwide contest held by the organizers of TV-Turnoff Week.

The Reading Tub has reviewed all three of our books: The Things a String Can Be, Something Shiny, Something Round, and The Topsy-Turvy Towel.

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, March/April 2007

This is our second list of 2007. As usual, the Bookbag is filled with some of our favorites from the last two months. This edition is being published a little bit early … to coincide with National Turn Off TV week (23 to 27 April). These are some books that are P-E-R-F-E-C-T for sharing out loud!

Freckles and the Great Beach Rescue by Ellen Bryant Lloyd. Freckles (a puppy) has just arrived at the beach and is looking for a friend to play with. Pinch (a sand crab) has been left behind because he is afraid of the water. They become fast friends, enjoying many days at the beach. Then one day, some baby turtles are trapped in a net by the ocean’s edge. Can Pinch and Freckls help them? “Every preschooler can relate to this story. It has all the things that are part of their world: puppies, friendship, helping others, the beach.” (Butterfly Creations, 2005)

Grandpa for Sale by Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum. While Lizzy is minding her grandfather’s antique store, Mrs. Bradley Larchmont the Third and her dog Giselle come to visit. Mrs. Larchmont quickly spies some treasures she wants … including Grandpa, who is taking a nap! How much is he worth, do you think? Read it and find out. “This is another fabulous story from Dotti Enderle. Her creativity is ‘priceless.’ ” (Flashlight Press, 2007)

The Marvel Superhero Fact Book by Randy Meredith. Need to know how Dr. Robert Bruce Banner became the Incredible Hulk? Learn about Storm’s arch enemies. This compact book gives you the low-down on Marvel superheroes the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Storm, The Incredible Hulk, and Wolverine … and the evil forces that challenge them. “Our child has been poring over these for weeks. The flip-up pages add to the interest.” (Brighter Child Interactive, LLC, 2006)

Noises at Night by Beth Raisner Glass and Susan Lubner. When it’s dark in your room, those night-time noises can be pretty scary. Not for our young narrator … he takes us on the adventure of the creaking mattress and the dripping faucet! “This book is so creative. It turns those fear-of-the-dark sounds into mini-adventures that will send your child off to sleep with happy dreams.” (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2005)

Ruthie Bon Bair; Do Not Go To Bed with Wringing Wet Hair by Susan Lubner. Ruthie doesn’t like drying her thick, curly hair. And one morning she wakes up with mushrooms growing in it…then ferns…then moss. The doctor, the nurse, the hairdresser, too, no one has any idea what they should do. Then Ruthie has an idea. Will it work? This is a story with a humorous twist on grooming. “This is a story we will be reading A LOT. If you read it enough, maybe just maybe, your child will want to blow-dry their hair.” (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006)


Thanks to the magic of SEO, Just One More Book found the Tub and jumped in. Just One More Book is a website offering podcasts about great books to share with kids. From here on out, we will have a link to one of JOMB’s favorite books. This month it’s (drum roll, please)

The Magic of Facing Ourselves: Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers by Lee Edward Fodi (Brown Books Publishing Group, 2005)

Be sure to stop by, listen, and let Andrea and Mark know how much you appreciate their insight! And tell them that you floated over from the Tub.