ICYMI, here’s a post I wrote awhile back for the wonderful reading website, 49th Shelf. I talk about the three “must-dos” to create a life-long reader. They still hold true. Raising a Reader: my guest post on 49th Shelf.
Tag: young readers
I sometimes ask publishers to send me specific books that I think will “get kids reading.” Here are a few books I think will hook kids into reading and keep them reading. I’ve included links to each author and illustrator’s website. Author websites can be a great for additional information, resources, […]
The best way to “get kids reading” is to read to them. Sit them on your lap with a good book—as often as possible. But sometimes that can get a bit tedious, especially when what the child wants to read isn’t particularly interesting to you. Here’s a book that will […]
It’s the dawn of the 20th Century and everyone’s getting into the coolest technology–cars. Everyone, that is, except the Tweedles. They’re content with their bikes and their horse-and-cart. Until one day, Mr. Tweedle makes an announcement: “We’re going modern. We’re buying a car!” The Tweedles don’t buy just any car, […]
uKloo is a terrific literacy game. Incredibly–wonderfully–they somehow managed to top it. Toronto game-maker Doreen Dotto recently launched uKloo, Riddle Edition. The premise of uKloo is simple—it’s a treasure hunt. You (the parent) hide cards around the house that kids find and which lead them to the next clue. For instance, […]
Here are some good ideas to help boost your child’s literacy without leaving the back seat. (Them, not you. You’re driving. Hands on the wheel!) The post also has ideas for apps and in-car activities for kids. From Scholastic.
If your kids could use a little brush-up on their spelling, beezi might be the game that does it. My son and I took the game for a test drive. He figures he’s a better speller than his mother (who is a writer by trade, a-hem). We really enjoyed beezi. For […]
Every year, all grade one students in Canada get a free book. That’s every grade one student — more than 500,000 of them. No matter what school board they’re with, whether they’re homeschooled, whether they live in a remote community. Everyone gets a book to take home and read over and […]
I’ve written a picture book called Gabby, which will be in bookstores this January. You can also pre-order it on Amazon here. Gabby is illustrated by the wonderful Jan Dolby and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Gabby is a smart, quirky little girl with a special reading book. When she accidentally drops it, […]
My niece told me about a game that her friend’s mom used to set up to get her kids more interested in reading. She would scatter letters around the room. Each letter had a price on it. “Easier” letters like E might be worth a penny or five cents, whereas “harder” letters like […]