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

Diverse Reading: Spiders, Aliens and Faiz Kermani

Diversity is where you find it. Just ask award-winning author Faiz Kermani! He has written three books for young readers, each one opening their minds to new worlds. With My Alien Penfriend (2005), readers followed along as Darius Chevalier and Zmod Tarib communicate across the galaxies as space-mail pals. Next, Ambassador Tickleydung gave us a tour of his Space Creature Sanctuary, a safe place for endangered and rare species, in A First Guide to Space Creatures (2010). Most recently, Faiz has returned to earth, where he shares the story of Golbo and Spognot, two spiders in search of a peaceful existence far from the evil vacuum cleaner. Faiz Kermani has been writing children’s fiction for about ten years as a … Read more

Back-to-school Time: Make it a Family Adventure

Ready or not, it is back-to-school time for students of all ages.  Gone (or almost gone) are the unscheduled days and late nights.  In come the more structured days and homework routine. Some of us love the rituals that come with school … some of us don’t. While back-to school may not be your favorite thing, there is no reason it has to be drudgery either. Here are a couple of ideas that can make the process more enjoyable for everyone . Back-to-School Adventure Idea 1: Revive the bedtime story time For lots of reasons – later bedtimes, daily reading requirements to name two – we abandoned our evening read aloud this summer. We did read together a few times, … Read more