Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ten Ways to Raise Writers by Julie Falatko

We are a family of writers. This is a new thing. Last year was the year I started to take myself seriously as a writer. And, somehow, that has rubbed off on my kids. The other day my 10-year-old was grinning when he came home from school. “I came up with a great idea for […]

Saying Yes by Jenny Rich

Today, as I dropped my first grader, Ethan, off at school I said, “I’ll be around all day if you need me!” He responded by saying, completely seriously, “Well, then don’t bother leaving because I’ll need you.  We have Reader’s Workshop in a few minutes and I don’t like it.” I’ve been thinking all day […]

Ten by Gretchen McNeil – Reviewed by Naomi Bates

Ten by Gretchen McNeil (Balzer & Bray, 2012) Meg and Minnie have been friends forever, but this is the chance to break into that inner circle at school they’ve always wanted to be a part of. An exclusive invitation to join a party over the weekend at the elite Henry Island, located outside of Seattle, was […]

Once Upon a Memory – Written by Nina Laden, Illustrated by Renata Liwska – Reviewed by Bonny Becker

Standing in Nina Laden’s vacation home on Lummi Island, Washington, poring over the first copies of her new book Once Upon a Memory, I instantly felt I was reading what would become a classic. Nina is a friend and writing colleague, but that’s not what made me fall in love with this book. It began with […]

Telling Stories by Terry Lynn Johnson

I’ve always been a storyteller — the one on stage in high school, the loudest at family gatherings. When I entertained them with my tales of adventure, my parents kept telling me to “write it down.” I worked in the backcountry of a wilderness park for twelve years as a Canoe Ranger. In the winters, […]

Through the Years: Reflections on Raising a Reader by Monica Babaian

Bringing a new life into the world is one of the scariest – if not THE scariest – things in the world. New parents have to decide whether to feed on schedule or on demand. They worry about distinguishing between hungry cries, hurt cries, and tired cries. Always second-guessing themselves, parents try to give their […]

Book Excitement: Experiences with the Keystone State Reading Award by Rose Cappelli

It wasn’t long after I became chair of the Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award committee that the books started to arrive. Imagine having boxes of children’s books delivered to your door on about a weekly basis! Sometimes they were big boxes with lots of books by well-known or soon-to-be well-known authors and illustrators. Sometimes […]

Matt Renwick’s Top Ten Takeaways from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013)

Starting in January, parents and staff at Howe Elementary School will join me in reading The Read Aloud Handbook, 7th edition by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013). Our goal is to create more awareness of the importance of reading aloud both at home and at school. At each meeting, we will also be taking home some […]

Her Book by Gigi McAllister

It is around 7:00 in the evening and my daughter Molly and I are snuggled together on the couch reading aloud from a book with an almost empty box of tissues between us.  We are a sobbing, blubbering mess and I couldn’t be happier.  The book we are finishing is Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s powerful tearjerker, […]

2013 Nerdy Awards for Young Adult Fiction Announced by Teri Lesesne

It has been an amazing year in the world of YA.  The five books honored with Nerdies in YA Fiction certainly demonstrate that YA literature is experiencing another golden age. Three of the winners take a look at the past, one fast forwards to a chilling future, and another explores the very present.  No matter […]