Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pay it Forward: When Your Children Aren’t Avid Readers by Irene Latham

When I first spied those two blue lines on the home pregnancy test I vowed three things: I would read poetry to my kids, the same way my father did with me. The library would be a favorite destination. In Walmart I would say no to candy and toys but always, always YES to books. […]

Eloise by Kay Thompson – Reviewed by Kimberly Moran

For some, okay most, Eloise is far removed from any kind of reality. But not for me. For me, she was funny, smart, loveable, interesting, also six, and lived at The Plaza Hotel. The Plaza  Hotel for God’s sake! Eloise was read to me weekly long before my sixth birthday, but on my sixth birthday […]

Writing, Reading, Inspiration, and DRAMA: An Interview with Raina Telgemeier by Dave Roman

Drama focuses on creative people who genuinely enjoy working behind the scenes (rather than in the spotlight). What do you think attracts people to that aspect of theater, and what were some of your inspirations to set a story backstage? Not everyone wants the limelight. I was kind of a shy kid, very modest. I […]

#1 by Dave Roman

I’ve always enjoyed the company of people who are curious and passionate about stuff. A.k.a., readers. These are my people. My most favorite kind of reading-people are those who share a love of comic books. This is not to be confused with comic collectors, a.k.a., people for whom a comic book’s greatest value is in […]

Passing on the Love of Reading by Cathlin Shahriary

One of the reasons I became a teacher was to share my love of reading and literature with others. I’m an avid reader and try every day to instill that same passion for reading in my students. While every year there are fantastic new books, and my students’ book preferences are constantly changing, there are […]

Introducing Students to the Classroom Library by Donalyn Miller

Last Friday night, I met my new students. Seeing children investigating our classroom for the first time, it finally felt like home. Walking around the room visiting families, I overheard Maggie tell her mother, “Wow. We have a lot of books in here.” Sidling over to her, I said, “I think we need a lot […]

Ten Middle Grade Books that Reflect the US Immigration Experience by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Like any school librarian, I’m always looking for books that will connect with my students. There’s nothing like reading a new book and thinking, “Yes! I know just the child who will love this book…” But at the elementary school where I teach outside of Washington, DC, matching books with kids isn’t always easy.  Eighty-eight […]

Paying It Forward (with a little help from some friends) by Cathy Blackler

 “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” ~ George Eliot   A new school year begins this week, and with it new opportunities to share my reading life with students & staff alike. While each school year brings with it new students who possess all […]

Sometimes Kids Just Need a Gateway Book by Jada Parr

My first year of teaching seventh grade English was every bit as much a disaster as I imagine most peoples’ experience was- ranging from wondering what in the world my professors wasted my time teaching me in college to treading water just barely keeping my head above the surface.  I remember trying to prepare myself for […]

The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare Reviewed by Christie Tondu

The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare is Book 5 in the Mortal Instruments series. For those who may have not read this series before, let me fill you in on a few things. Not only are werewolves, and vampires and faeries real, but there are other people in the world, ones that protect the human […]