Tag Archives: Arika Dickens

June 17

Where’s My Book? by Arika Dickens

“Mom, where’s my book?”   A couple of years ago, my then-kindergarten son asked this question.  No amount of searching could unearth the missing book from his school library, so we took $4.00 from his bank and paid the lost item cost.  He was, naturally, frustrated – both that the book was missing and that […]

January 30

Top 10 (or so) Chapter Books for Transitioning Readers by Arika Dickens

As an elementary teacher-librarian and a mother of two young readers ages 6 and 8, finding entry-level chapter books that have both a kid-friendly design (white space, font size, spacing, illustrations) and engaging characters/plot has been daunting.  But it can be done.  Below are 10 sure-fire hits in my school and home for the transitioning […]

May 16

Top Ten Things Lit Lessons I’ve Learned from Students by Arika Dickens

As an elementary teacher-librarian, I instruct many students over the course of the year. More important, though, may be the lit-lessons I’ve learned from students.  Over the last 10+ years, here are ten that stand out:     Series are King “Where are the My Weird School books?”  “Do you have Piggie and Elephant?”  “Is […]

December 12

Underpants Are Optional. Diversity Isn’t. by Arika Dickens

It starts with underpants.  Because regardless of type or style, you (usually) have underpants.  So it’s a bit surprising – and certainly unforgettable – on a day that you don’t. “Do you have any Captain Underpants books?” Ten years ago, I was hired as an elementary librarian.  School had already been in session for a […]