Book Review Milestone: Unspoken by Henry Cole is #2225

Unspoken, a Story from the Underground Railroad written and illustrated by Henry Cole Scholastic Press, 2012 What an apropos book to be our 2,225 book review. A wordless picture book that left us speechless. I was speechless when I saw the review count after I hit “publish,” too. Progress. If all goes well – and the kiddos stop getting snow days – we’ll be hitting 2,500 within the next few months. Stay tuned. My primary project for 2014 is to reduce that To-Be-Reviewed pile over there to almost nothing. Each week, I set a target to get six book reviews written and/or published. Three for books that I’ve read over the last two years, three from our Teen Star Review … Read more

Fun with Words – Reading with Kids

In our first collection of Reading with Kids ideas, we shared our suggestions for books with sounds we love. From animal voices to transportation sounds, we have a little bit of everything. Today it is all about having fun with words. Silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth. Words that are tongue twisters all by themselves. The best part? When you’re having fun with words, there is no right or wrong pronunciation. The sillier the better. Who knows, you and your kids may even coin your own new word! Rhyming words are another way to have fun with words. We love books in rhyme, and this collection has a few of those, too. … Read more

Reading with Kids – Let’s Make Some Noise

There are lots of reasons that I love reading with kids. Sometimes I love a book for its story, but sometimes its for the words themselves. The way they “feel” in my mouth or when I say them out loud. There are times when the illustration draws me in, and times when the wordplay makes me laugh out loud.  Whatever the reason, the love of a book is meant to be shared. We have created Book Recommendations as the place to go when you need to “feel” a book. These recommendations for reading with kids are all about the visceral (dare I say tactile) experience of reading.* To kick off our new collection of reading with kids ideas, we have some … Read more