The Wash Rag Returns

The Wash Rag Returns! It could be a fun name for a book, but it is the long-time name of the Reading Tub’s newsletter. As you may remember, one of my goals for this year was to “get a regular newsletter going by spring.” Woot! Spring is three days away and we have a newsletter! The Wash Rag is a curated newsletter with a few articles. It is “short, sweet and filled with literacy ideas and news. [You can subscribe here.] For those who are new to Family Bookshelf or missed The Wash Rag, we’re republishing it here so you can get a sense of our editorial intent. The last article includes links to a survey to help us build … Read more

Reading Tub Recommendations – Just in Time for Summer

Things have been a wee bit quiet around The Reading Tub these past few months. I *would* feel guilty, except that we have been reading up a storm and working on a H-U-G-E project. Now it is time to launch our project … Reading Tub Recommendations! RTR is a newsletter where subscribers tell us the age of their child and what kinds of books their child likes to hear/read and we send them a read-tested book recommendation. It is more than just a newsletter, though. Reading Tub Recommendations is a guide for parents and caregivers trying to find that “it” book. The one that turns their struggling or resistant child into a reader and (maybe) a bookworm. The right book … Read more

The Reading Tub News Stand

These past few months we have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work to improve the content we deliver to subscribers and readers. Our goal is to share reading tips and suggestions, recommendations and news in a variety of formats … and in “doses” that fit / balance your needs and time constraints. Just as we believe literacy can be integrated into everyday activities, we want our news to do the same: it should feel like help, not something else for the to-do list. Last year I revamped and started republishing The Wash Rag. This is a tailored monthly publication with new-to-you blurbs about literacy and reading events, links to the Roundups I do with Carol Rasco, Jen … Read more