Easy Readers and More: I Can Read MEME for April

Welcome to the April celebration dedicated to emerging and developing readers! This month we are hosting the I Can Read Feast for New Readers here at Family Bookshelf. For the next three days we will be talking about easy reader and short chapter books. In the days to come, stop back by to find book reviews for easy reader, short and illustrated chapter books, as well as tips and ideas for nurturing the developing bookworms.   I’m going to kick us off with a little bit different idea: using a bilingual picture book as an easy reader. If you’ve got reviews of picture books that can double in this category or a review of a traditional easy reader, be sure … Read more

Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – End of December / Start of January

Like you, Jen Robinson (Jen Robinson’s Book Page), Carol Rasco (Rasco from RIF), and I were off enjoying the holidays and a busy end of year. It was nice to take a more leisurely slide into the new year (not to mention a lot of exciting news awaiting us on January 1!) so Carol has just recently posted the December in Review edition of the Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup! Carol and Jen always seem to find the coolest stuff. Their pieces of literacy news are like presents that you needed but didn’t even realize it. Like the Little Free Library project. I want one of those boxes in my yard! In the coming year the project is going international, so … 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