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Reading gets easier
Reading theory Research

Reading gets easier

As kids learn to read it becomes, quite literally, easier for them. Younger children exert more effort and have to activate more of their brain. As children get older, and read better, they can use less effort, and less of their brain’s real estate, to understand what they’re reading. To […]

The Twilight series
Girls Great books

The Twilight series

What you need to know about Twilight. So you’ve heard about the Twilight series and you’re wondering if you should get the books for your daughter. There are four books in the series: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Here’s what you need to know about Twilight: 1) What […]

Cartooning for Kids
Great books

Cartooning for Kids

When kids write… they read. Adventures in Cartooning is a great book that teaches kids how to do their own cartoons.And they don’t have to be great at drawing, either. The book uses an engaging story line to take the reader through the process of building their own cartoon. Before […]

How to get your boy reading
Boys

How to get your boy reading

Get him this book. I’m not kidding. This is the “perfect storm” of a book for boys. It’s got what boys love – facts.Short facts – fact bites, actually.And those facts are about video games.And there are cool pictures of people doing crazy things.And the cover has metallic words. You […]

"Project Bookmark" in Toronto
1-hour ideas

"Project Bookmark" in Toronto

And to think, I was going to stop following Mayor Miller’s tweets. I’m glad I didn’t, because today he was tweeting about an amazing enterprise called Project Bookmark Canada. The project takes advantage of the incredible array of books set in Canadian locations. As the Project Bookmark website says, “when […]

Great game: Tick Tock Boom
Games

Great game: Tick Tock Boom

Tick… Tock… Boom is an awesome game my son discovered. You flip over a card that has two or three letters on it: for instance, OU or IRD or REW. Then, each person has to say a word that includes those letters. The catch is, after you say your word, […]

Time for a little Spring cleaning
Reading theory

Time for a little Spring cleaning

It must be Spring.This week I found myself on the floor, in front of my son’s bookshelves, clearing out and arranging. The shelves were getting too squished, and they weren’t really… well, appealing. My theory is that books should be laid out like beautiful fruits, ripe for the picking. His […]

Dial-a-story
15-min. ideas

Dial-a-story

I’m recording some books on CD for our school. It (and another mom in the schoolyard) reminded me that the Metro Toronto Public Library has a wonderful service. It’s Dial-a-Story, and all you have to do is phone a number — and let your child listen. Every day there is […]