Category Archives: Reading Lives

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 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 09

Desertification by Donalyn Miller

Our oldest granddaughter, Emma, is eight. She looks like just her mother did at the same age. Long limbs accessorized with a rotation of Band-Aids that move from one knee to the next. Wind-blown dark blonde hair that needs brushing. Piercing blue eyes that have already mastered the skeptical shade throw passed down through generations […]

April 03

Read in 48 Hours or Less by Rebecca Marsick

“I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.”   And so begins Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston’s picture book, A Child of Books, the story of a young girl’s journey through classic children’s books and the power of imagination that reading fosters.   I wanted to dive into these pages […]

March 27

Reflections From My Reading Life by Lainie Levin

My reading teachers probably hated me.   It’s not that I was a struggling reader. Quite the opposite, in fact. I intuitively learned to read at age two and never looked back.   My reading life as an elementary school student, however, reveals a history of reading the wrong thing at the wrong time, or […]

March 20

The Incredible Birth of Tyrel by S.J. Dahlstrom

“Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realize the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors. We realize it best when we talk with an unliterary friend. He may be full of goodness and good sense but he inhabits a tiny world.” – C.S. Lewis The most […]

March 13

5 Reasons I Love My Middle Grade Book Club by Sandy Deyoe

They help me find great stuff. You wouldn’t think I’d need to find more — I work in a public library — but there is SO much out there, and our lives are busy with other distractions like working, doing laundry, taking care of family members, watching Netflix.  I never know what we’re going to […]

March 06

Why Twenty Yawns Almost Made Me Cry by Deana Metzke

I purchased the book Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley and Lauren Castillo because 1) I have an addiction to children’s literature and 2) it is one of the books our school will be reading for our Mock Caldecott award this year. As I often do, I decided to take it home to read and share […]

February 28

The Beauty of Mud (and Books) by Emma Ledbetter

At my fifth birthday party, there was a hole in the backyard. A really, really big, muddy hole. I distinctly remember my parents having to navigate all my little friends around it, keeping curious five-year-olds in party hats from peering too far into the abyss that would become our living room. It’s my first clear […]

February 27

Life Lessons While Visiting Authors with My Daughter by Laura Wagenman

Four hundred six…That’s the number of books we’ve squeezed into my 7 year old’s bedroom. As a former first and second grade teacher, she inherited many of these from my classroom but many more were carefully chosen by her. She’s been a reader as long as I can remember likely since her first book, Love […]