Back to School – Back in the Groove

As y’all know, I stepped away from the blog this summer to focus on other stuff. Summer isn’t over, but it’s time to get back in that transition groove.  It’s just so … good to be back! School itself is in my rear view mirror, but I still love everything that comes with the start of a new year … especially the discovery of new things. So it is very fortuitous (and a lot of fun) to share what I learned in my interview with Peter Trimarco and Brenda Faatz. The husband and wife team have been writing for youth theatre productions for many years. They recently launched their debut picture book, It’s Just So… and introduced the adorable Lizzy to the … Read more


#TBT Book Review – Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia

If it is August, it is time for thoughts of “back to school.” This week we’ve pulled an easy reader from the the archive: Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish. Do you have a favorite Amelia Bedelia book – add it to our collection in the comments below!!

amelia bedelia easy readerTeach Us, Amelia Bedelia

written by Peggy Parish
illustrated by Lynn Sweat

Scholastic Press, 1977

Amelia Bedelia’s boss asks her to go by the school and let the principal know that the new teacher will be late in getting to school. Amelia goes to the school, but before she can tell the principal the whole story, he gives gives her a list of things that need to be done.

So Amelia gets to work. Project 1: paint pictures with the children. Amelia Bedelia means well, but somehow things get very complicated.

Reading Tub book review of Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – May 2009

Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in June 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

The spammers have been having a blast with our Throwback Thursday posts … now its your turn to take back blogging from those nuisances. Did you review Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia? Or another book from May 2009? Add it to our linkup above or comments below.

NOTES: Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia cover image links to The Reading Tub has an affiliate relationship with Amazon. 100% of any income from this source is used for our literacy mission.

Children’s Literacy News and Reading News Roundup: August in Review

The Family Bookshelf hosts the mid-August roundup of literacy news, children’s literacy events, and reading ideas. This is a syndicated collection of reading-related material which is co-authored with Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Carol Rasco’s Quietly. Read more