Make a Match: Books for a Striving Reader

In January, I wrote my first post for our Make a Match series. To be frank, it is a plea to my readers for help to find that “just right” book for the tougher bookworms-in-training. I love working with young readers because each one is unique and they all open my eyes to new ways of approaching literacy. Read-alikes are my go-to lists when parents ask for recommendations or I see a reader likes a certain genre. But sometimes, that isn’t enough. Over the years, there are readers who have stumped me. They have very specific likes, dislikes, and reading needs … and I have run out of ideas to hook them on a book. Meet Our Reader: 10-year-old boy who wants … Read more

Reading with all 5 Senses by Joanna Grace

Joanna Grace explains how sensory stories help young children and teenagers alike. She draws from examples of her work as special needs educator and counselor. Her sensory stories can be found among Amnesty International and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust resources for educators. Read more

Wednesday Blurb: Tripping over Boys and Reading

If you saw today’s Washington Post, you know that Valerie Tripp is creating a new series for boys called Boys Camp. We know Valerie Tripp “well” in our house, as she authored many of the American Girl books we have. Truth be told, visiting the American Girl booth at BookExpo America is always fun and I look forward to seeing Ms. Tripp each year. But I digress … I hope you will read Monica Hesse’s full article,  but for those short on time, here are some wonderful  soundbites: The scaretistics are quoted a lot, and at first glance, they don’t look good: Boys can’t read. Boys can read but won’t. Boys would read, if they thought there was anything out … Read more