Monthly Archives: May 2012

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

As a (former) high school English teacher, I was always trolling the YA section of bookstores – independent and chains – to keep my finger on the pulse of what kids were reading in ‘those days’…  Somehow, in 2000, serendipity struck and I selected Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson off the shelf, took it home, […]

Never Fall Down: A Novel by Patricia McCormick

Never Fall Down: A Novel Never Fall Down: A Novel A novel by Patricia McCormick I picked up this book yesterday morning after reading about it in the NPR Book Review. I don’t normally read books like Never Fall Down, but when I picked it up and started reading, I was hooked. McCormick retells the […]

The Magic of Serendipitous Reading

My heart sank when I saw the recent news that Britannica was discontinuing the print version of its encyclopedias.  I understand the reasons behind the decision. I do.  But I also feel like we’re losing something in saying goodbye to those clunky old volumes. When I was a kid  (Warning: I am about to expose […]

A Nerdy Boy

I must come clean. I get a little envious of the Nerdy Book Club Reading Life posts which fondly recall in beautiful, vivid detail the reading of books at a very young age. I wish I had that memory, but I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I love books and I love stories, but I […]

A mother-daughter book-blogging team share a special Top 5 (x 2) List

Hi, I’m LitKid. My mom and I write a book blog together called Lost in a Book. I’m going to share my Top 5 reasons why it’s superb to have a book-lover for a mom. We can have a good pinpointed conversation. You know, at the dinner table we can talk about books, instead of […]

Great apps for all book lovers to explore!

Zip! Zap! Zoom! My library is anything BUT quiet during our recess time. Of course students are visiting and sharing about books they love. But they’ve also had a great time exploring iPads this year. Students read picture book apps, explore nonfiction book apps, and play math games to practice basic math facts.   Do […]

Passing On The Magic

I have been an avid reader since before I can remember. I was hungry for books. The most exciting thing about summer was going to the library just about every other day and walking out with a pile of books taller than I could see over. I couldn’t explain my love; my need. The only […]

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

The Twenty-One Balloons By William Pène du Bois                 I am a creature of habit.  I order the same thing every time I go to a restaurant, I stick to a routine, and my favorites are my favorites.  Many of the books I fell in love with as a child are, to this day, still […]

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love ( What would you choose if […]

A Hand-Me-Down Reader

I was the youngest of five kids. And there was quite an age spread among the children in our family: 18 years between me and my eldest brother. Add to this the fact that my father was an older dad (he was nearly 50 when I was born, and 14 years older than my mother) […]