Spring Break Ideas to Take Into Summer

Last week, several friends and I were talking about Spring Break. We don’t remember traveling or family vacations. For us, Spring Break was a chance to stay up later, sleep in longer, and hang out with our friends to run around the neighborhood.  Admittedly, that was a different time, but that doesn’t mean that our memories were any less special. For a myriad of reasons, Spring Break is a staycation in our house. We stay up later, sleep in longer, and break away from the usual routine so that the week feels special. Now that my daughter is 14, her idea of fun is shopping and screen time. Even the mall and watching videos gets boring!  It can take a bit more convincing, … Read more

This Mother’s Day – FLIP for Literacy

You know you’re excited about a project when … you smile all day long thinking about all of the possibilities ahead.  That’s how I feel about our Family Literacy Integration Project. To help spread the joy, I thought I would do something fun that will make LOTS of people smile.   In honor or Mother’s Day – and Moms everywhere – we’re having a Mother’s Day Library Gift Book Raffle. Our prize package is 52 hardcover books that the winner will donate to their favorite school or local library in mom’s name.  The collection is a well-balanced mix. There are … board, picture, and chapter books; fiction and nonfiction for all ages infant to 13; award-winning and multi-award-winning books; bilingual … Read more

Children’s Literacy & Reading News Roundup – Mid April

Hugs, prayers, and positive thoughts. We could all use a little more of those right now! Carrie Jones wrote an incredibly powerful post about the after-events of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I found it via Jen’s post on Facebook. If you are trying to help children cope with tragedy, here is a list of resources that might help. [via School Library Journal’s Extra Helping] __________________ Welcome to the mid-April edition of the Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup.  Jen Robinson’s Book Page, The Family Bookshelf, and Quietly share in publishing this twice-monthly collection. Children’s Literacy & Reading-Related Events National Poetry Month is still going gangbusters! There are lots of activities. One of our favorites is 30 Poets 30 Days at Gottabook, … Read more