Author Archives: CBethM

April 24

Reading Aloud: Or How I Found My Voice I Thought to Have Been Lost by Paul. W. Hankins

I’m not well-known. Not famous for much. However, my bite wings, impressions, and molds placed in articulators have featured in at least two major universities in my lifetime. Professors gather around the display and wonder how a person with this kind of artifact may have survived to his middle-forties. They may also wonder why he […]

April 23

What’s in a Name? by Augusta Scattergood

Most of the writers you and I know agree: giving a character just the right name is crucial to her personality. Motivation, appeal, distrust, dislike, or whatever we’re trying to make you feel as a reader turns on finding exactly the right moniker. Most of us love that process.   Two examples hop quickly to […]

April 22

10 New Books Highlighting the Diversity and Strength of Girls & Women by Brittany Gendron

Far too often girls are shortchanged in literature. They deserve to see the beautiful wide world of humanity, and more definitions of ‘girl’ than just girl-chases-boy, clique-drama tropes. Here are 10 recent favorites of mine showing the beautiful wide-open world of what it is to be female!   Non-Fiction Strong is the New Pretty: A […]

April 21

What Are the REST of My Kids Doing? Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop by Lindsey Moses & Meridith Ogden

My (Lindsey) 2-year-old niece regularly calls me on FaceTime and before even saying hello, she says, “Aunty Lindsey, will you read a book?” Of course, I say yes and head over to the bookshelf to select books I think she will like. One of my favorite parts of this ritual is when she adamantly says, […]

April 20

Five Reasons The Red Bandanna Should Be In Your Young Adult Reader’s Hands by Oona Abrams

Welles Crowther, a young executive with Sandler O’Neill and a trained volunteer firefighter from Rockland County, New York, perished on September 11, 2001, but not before he became many people’s rescuer. His heroism might have gone unrecognized had his mother, Alison Crowther, not read an article in The New York Times eight months later, in […]

April 18

It’s Hard Being a Hero by John David Anderson

It’s hard being a hero. This is a glaringly obvious theme in most of my books. In fact, I’m pretty sure one of my characters has ham-fistedly said “Gosh, it sure is hard being a hero,” right before donning their mask, unsheathing their sword, or fashioning their fireball and engaging in an act of bravado. […]

April 17

Storytime: What Matters Most Cannot be Measured by David Rockower

I remember fist-pumping and high-fiving my friends in two different arenas during elementary school: on the playground–during kickball or football–and when my teachers gathered us on the carpet to return to a favorite book. Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Hang Tough Paul Mather. These were books that […]

April 16

The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler – Review by Jennifer Curry

Every once in a while, I read a book that I immediately add to the I-cannot-wait-to-read-this-with-my-kids stack. When I read The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler, I knew it was going in that stack along with the classics by Dahl, Rowling and Riordan. I am already anticipating the wide-eyed looks of […]

April 15

Top Ten Picture Books for Read Alouds by Kate Olson

As an elementary school librarian, I am always looking for ways to connect my read alouds with other books I have shared with students, and build a community of books, reading and readers. One way I do this is by choosing specific picture book “series” for each grade level and making sure to read EVERY. […]

April 13

Growing Up Amid Unrest in Palestinian Writer Ibtisam Barakat’s ‘Balcony on the Moon’ by Kate Hannigan

One of the most endearing images in Ibtisam Barakat’s beautifully written memoir Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is when 13-year-old Ibtisam and her little sister, Mona, watch Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci win gold medals at the 1976 Olympics.   “On the inside of our closet, Mona and […]