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.

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|Comments Off on Goodnight, Little Monster

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 [...]

January 18th: The Birth of Winnie the Pooh

Actually, January 18, 1882 was the birth of Alan Alexander Milne, more commonly known as A.A. Milne, the author behind the beloved classic, Winnie the Pooh. However, without the man, there would not have been a tale for children to cherish. Each year, this date is celebrated by those who devoured Milne's story about a [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Children's Books, In the Classroom, Project Literacy|Comments Off on January 18th: The Birth of Winnie the Pooh

Book Review: Jake & the Gingerbread Wars

If you are craving a Christmas story with a mix of adventure, danger, and heart, look no further—Jake & The Gingerbread Wars delivers. From the beginning when Gingerbread men come to life to an errant, runaway Christmas elf, this story is sure to keep children mesmerized. The mischievous little elf, known as Humbug, wants nothing [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Children's Books, Project Literacy|Comments Off on Book Review: Jake & the Gingerbread Wars