UPDATED: Literacy + Kindergarten = From ABCs to Reading Words

Wow! We’re here already! Welcome to the last day of Share a Story – Shape a Future 2013. It has been a wonderful week of exploring the early stages of literacy. Today, we’re celebrating that transition from identifying letters to putting them together to recognizing words and writing them, too! The moment when our kids realize they are really reading all by themselves is magical! I tend to liken it to Christmas morning … and our guests today, do as well. Susan Stephenson reminds us that reading is not just books at the Book Chook; Debbie Alvarez describes the Kindergarten Reader at The Styling Librarian; Mia Wenjen explains the reading and writing connection in her post Invented Spelling and Creating … Read more

Share a Story: Building a Library for Babies

Welcome to the 2013 Share a Story – Shape a Future blog tour for literacy. This year’s theme is Literacy: The First Five Years, and today Maria Burel hosts the topic is literacy with infants at Once Upon a Story. Maria will be writing about the Reality of Reading with Infants, and her guests include Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page (writing about books as baby gifts) and yours truly writing about building a library before baby arrives. A Home Library for Babies As parents, we want our baby’s first room to be extra special. We fill it with things that say love: soft blankets for cuddling, a chair for snuggling together, a lovey (or two or three), and … Read more

Picture Books and Chapter Books – Bookmarks May 2012

Bookmarks is a monthly shortlist of books enjoyed by Reading Tub volunteers. This month there are mini-reviews for Pick a Pumpkin Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox; Lost in Lexicon by Pendred Noyce; One Red Dot by David A Carter; The Secret Life of Mrs. Finkleman by Ben Winters Read more