Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke a #TBT Book Review

As y’all know, I am a H-U-G-E fan of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. The judging application process has just ended, which means the really fun part is about to begin: nominating books. This week – and for the next few weeks – we’re going to feature CYBILS-nominated books for our Throwback Thursday book reviews. This week it is Brenda Seabrooke’s Wolf Pie, a nominee in the Easy Reader / Short Chapter book category for the 2010 Cybils. Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke illustrated byLiz Callen Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 Remember the 3 little pigs? This is the modern version of the story. The wolf starts out being the big bad wolf, but learns to be friends with … Read more

Fun with Words – Reading with Kids

In our first collection of Reading with Kids ideas, we shared our suggestions for books with sounds we love. From animal voices to transportation sounds, we have a little bit of everything. Today it is all about having fun with words. Silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth. Words that are tongue twisters all by themselves. The best part? When you’re having fun with words, there is no right or wrong pronunciation. The sillier the better. Who knows, you and your kids may even coin your own new word! Rhyming words are another way to have fun with words. We love books in rhyme, and this collection has a few of those, too. … Read more

Reading with Kids – Let’s Make Some Noise

There are lots of reasons that I love reading with kids. Sometimes I love a book for its story, but sometimes its for the words themselves. The way they “feel” in my mouth or when I say them out loud. There are times when the illustration draws me in, and times when the wordplay makes me laugh out loud.  Whatever the reason, the love of a book is meant to be shared. We have created Book Recommendations as the place to go when you need to “feel” a book. These recommendations for reading with kids are all about the visceral (dare I say tactile) experience of reading.* To kick off our new collection of reading with kids ideas, we have some … Read more