The Gift of Reading

When I say that I believe reading is a gift, it is a message that comes from my heart. The joy–and even sorrow–that comes from a book can be a comforting companion. The emotions and thoughts they provoke unrivaled. It is something that I want all children (and adults) to experience. It is why you will always find books underneath our Christmas tree each year.

The Little Colonel

It was a quiet, Saturday morning as my husband and I strolled along the waterfront. We opted for a different route than usual, bypassing the tree-lined street with friendly pedestrians. Mocha in hand, we sat on a bench and stared out at the rippling waves and bridge in the distance. As the temperature rose, [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy, Sunday Morning|8 Comments

Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

How many of you today still remember your old book of nursery rhymes? I do. It was a favorite. My copy was a large, red volume that contained a vast amount of rhymes. It lived in my grandmother's kitchen cupboard, next to the refrigerator,  where all my cherished toys and books lived and were [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy|0 Comments

Book Review: James & the Dragon

Sheath your swords gallant knights and fear not fair maidens for the noble Farloft means no harm. But if ye be a mighty wizard with a wayward, evil heart--well, that is another story entirely. Today, my focus is on the children's book, James & the Dragon.  So settle in as I introduce you to [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy|2 Comments

Goodnight, Little Monster

It isn't often that I review more than one book by an author. However, I couldn't resist. Goodnight, Little Monster had me smiling ear-to-ear throughout the story. I will admit, at first, I only planned on reading the book for my own enjoyment. Once I was done, I knew I had to share it with [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy|0 Comments

Book Review: Olive’s Ocean

I chose this week's book based on my daughter's recommendation. When she was younger, I made it a practice to read the same books she did so we could discuss them, which is why I was surprised I hadn't heard of this book before. Somehow, this one slipped by me. According to my daughter, [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy|6 Comments

What Is Your Book’s Magic Number? The Lexile Measure

If you are an educator or author, you are probably familiar with the term, Lexile Measure. If you are a parent, you may or may not be as familiar. However, chances are you have come across it. Before we delve too far into the subject matter, I think it is important for everyone to have a clear [...]