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.

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

In the Classroom | Roll-A-Story

One of my favorite segments on my blog is In the Classroom. Why? Because it means that I am going to be focusing on some sort of classroom activity and worksheet. However, these worksheets and activities are not exclusive to the classroom and are available to everyone on the website. Here is your chance as a [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Author Community, In the Classroom, Project Literacy|0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how to encourage an early love of books?

You're at the park and you see an adorable toddler sitting on the grass clinging desperately to a book while wearing a bright smile. And instantly you're envious as you watch your own child eating sand from the nearby sandbox.  Okay, obviously I'm jesting. There's no judgment here. We've all had our fair share of sand at [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Project Literacy|4 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 [...]