Black Friday: Not Here

You don’t need to mark your calendar for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We’ve been hearing about those phenomena for weeks (if not years). The idea that Black Friday is spilling into Thanksgiving itself is just sad. But that is a topic for another day. Instead, let’s mark our calendars for the National Day of Giving – Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The idea of  Giving Tuesday is to counter Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a campaign that “celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.” Whether you participate in the National Day of Giving or are looking for a suitable nonprofit for your end-of-year giving, please consider donating to The Reading Tub. We are a 100% volunteer public … Read more

December is Read a New Book Month

It’s true! There’s even a Facebook page. Odds are if you’re reading this post, you already have at least one book on your nightstand and the kids have a few scattered about, too. The idea for Read a New Book Month is not just to encourage readers to keep reading during this busy time of year, but also to stretch yourself as a reader. Maybe it means reading a genre or author you or your kids have never read before; maybe it is an excuse to visit one of your “lesser favorite” genres; or maybe it is a reason to try a book in a different format. It might even be to go back to a book you started a … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 12 – Plenty of Ideas for Fall

Welcome to Literacy Lalapalooza number 12! Each month since November 2012, we have been celebrating the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. Our goal is to offer simple ways to integrate literacy into everyday activities or moments, as well as some reading ideas. Each edition of our Literacy Lalapalooza has ONE idea for literacy and reading; TWO tools or resource suggestions, and THREE book recommendations (one for each reading age). I need your input: We’ve been publishing the Literacy Lalapalooza for a year. There are just two more left … have the Lalapalooza newsletters and these posts helpful? did they offer fresh ideas? Should we continue? 1 Literacy Idea: Anchorman This idea was inspired by TV Talk Show Host Day (October 27, in case you didn’t … Read more