A Feast for New Readers: The I Can Read Gathering for January 2012

Welcome to the January 2012 meme dedicated to celebrating new readers (Kindergarten through second grade). You’ll find reviews of Easy Readers and short chapter books, and ideas to help them, too. Read more

Fanfare for a New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome 2012!! There is no better way to wake up on January 1 than to know that fellow kidlit bookworms are checking out all of the CYBILS short lists. Really. Is there ANYTHING more exciting than the prospect of new books to read? Dear Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Judges, We have spent the fall talking about books in our category and narrowing the choices to finalists.  I am happy to report that the panelists did NOT make it easy for you. But that’s their job, right? This year we have four Easy Reader finalists and five Early Chapter Books on the short list.  So without further ado, I present you their thoughts on the books … Read more

Book Review: The Buddy Files series by Dori Hillestad Butler

The Buddy Files is an illustrated chapter series for transitional and newly independent readers (grades 2 to 3). It is also a great read aloud for mixed age audiences. Read more