hundredpercent_cover August 25

A Hundred Things to Love about Hundred Percent – A Review by Carter Higgins

Tink, our heroine. Jackie, a best friend better than a sidekick. Even when she’s not. How the book takes a while to tease out the true meaning of the title, but it’s entirely agonizing and fitting and endearing and heart-squishy as it gets there. That this book is for the true in-between-kind-of-kid—ones who are working […]

return_cover August 24

THE MYTH OF THE RELUCTANT READER by Aaron Becker

I have a confession. I did not read books when I was a kid. Of course, there was the time in 5th grade that I conspicuously placed A Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson on my desk, but that brief brush with literature was meant only to impress the two bookish girls in my class […]

The Rat Prince August 23

Stories, Actually…. by Bridget Hodder

For several years, I taught reading through the Resource Room of a public elementary school, where we often had to pull out inclusion kids from vibrant mainstream classrooms during Language Arts or “free reading” periods. We taught these students the basics of reading from a regimented, workbook-based program required by our curriculum.   And yet, […]

AS Goodreads shelf August 22

Reading in the Light by Andrew Smith

In fifth grade, I was blessed to have an amazing educator in my life.   Her name was Mrs. Ann Ostrowski or “Mrs. O.”   Mrs. O was the type of educator that many of us dream of becoming one day.   She had excellent relationships with her students and families, challenged individual students to push his/her thinking […]

towers falling August 21

It’s a Wide World by Donalyn Miller

Tomorrow morning, our younger daughter, Sarah, starts her senior year of high school. After two decades of first days with our daughters, this marks our final first day of school as parents. Shopping for school supplies, Sarah joked that this was the last time she would need a cart full of folders. I suppose our […]

the storm in the barn August 20

Ten Books My Friends and Family are Tired of Hearing Me Recommend by Jake Nuckolls

I am often used as a library both physically as well as mentally.  “What should I read next?” or “Is there a book like….?” are both questions I field from friends and family who know my love of literature and specifically children’s literature.  But everyone knows that they may get an unsolicited recommendation that has […]

We Are What We Read August 19

I Am What I Read: 5 Ways to Nurture Reading Identity by Paula Bourque

  Over the past few years as a K-8 literacy coach I’ve worked with students to help them create and connect with their writing identities. I wanted them to live “writerly” lives and explore what it meant to be a writer. I wrote a book about that exploration (Close Writing).  I know, as writers we […]

when you reach me August 18

10 Life Lessons Found in the Pages of Middle-Grade Fiction by Melissa Roske

When writing for children, Madonna said it best: Papa, don’t preach. That means: no heavy-handed moralizing or high-horsey finger wagging. Kids get bossed around enough as it is, so why subject them to further instruction when they’re reading for pleasure? That’s not playing fair. At the same time, finding inspiration in a great book can […]

monsters go night night August 17

I Sense Some Nonsense by Aaron Zenz

I have always been attracted to joyful Nonsense.  I’m drawn to books and writings that turn norms on their head. From the time I was young, young, young, my favorite poem has been Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”: Who cares what it meant!  It was so fun to say!  And to memorize.  And to recite. Coming in […]

Giraffes Ruin Everything August 16

Fictional Truth by Heidi Schulz

I lie about telling lies. My official author bio says, “Lies to children for fun and profit,” but I strongly believe the job of a children’s author is to tell the truth.  Ever since Dick and Jane, I have depended on books to illuminate, reveal, or to reinforce truths that I already know—but never so […]