The Wash Rag, Fall 2007, Issue 17

Fall is our favorite time of here in the Tub, because it is our anniversary. We launched our website in the Fall of 2003, so it is always fun to stop, take a breath, and see just how many pages we have turned in the last year. I won’t bore you here, but I’ve put some “Tub History” stories on Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, the Reading Tub® blog. Every time I sit down to write a newsletter, it seems like we have something new, as we work to make it easier for you to bring reading home! As you know, every profile we write has the “Recommended Age” for the audience. Well, we have tweaked that a little bit. From here on out, … Read more

Pick up Your Pencils … and GO!

Be the Star You Are! has just announced its fourth annual writing contest to promote literacy and positive messages. Read about the contest here and on the Be the Star You Are! Website – DATES: October 18, 2007 to December 27, 2007 ENTRY FEE: $10(US), tax deductible. Payment accepted by check, money order , VISA, MasterCard, or PAYPAL. FIRST PRIZE: $100, plus a guest appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program, Be the Star You Are! (Total value, $700) Your story will also be published in StarSearcher Express newsletter and at In the event of a tie, winners share cash prize and both receive publication and radio interviews. Other Prizes to be announced. Runner’s Up will have their … Read more

Pages and Pages and Pages to Go

Regular readers of Scrub-a-Dub-Tub and The Wash Rag know that we had a simple goal for the summer: read lots of books. When the summer started, we had just under 200 books waiting for review. We wanted to whittle that away to 100 books by summer’s end. That was June. In one month’s time — and despite posting 14 profiles in June and 34 reviews in July — we have started August with 234 books on our shelves. Essentially, for every book we read, two new books are arriving on our shelves. All in all, that is pretty exciting. It means that there should be a book for every child’s interest and abilities. Still, that is a daunting task for … Read more