Where Have I Been?

When my fearless web designer and I were setting up this site, I kept asking myself how will I ever post a blog on a regular basis when my life is already full with writing projects, rich with other commitments (writing-related and otherwise), and subject to the usual “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”?  … (Read more)

Readers Share for March

Favorites from Readers

The Left-Handed Fate (Kate Milford, fantasy adventure) is so suspenseful. Constant suspense – you never know what’s going to happen. The character Lucy is completely different – really takes charge and breaks the rules. She doesn’t care about what anyone else thinks.”

—— Demetra, 10

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Choosing a Great Read-Aloud, Part II: Laughter and Empathy

In Part I, we looked at how subject matter and illustrations help engage the child by setting up interaction. Humor achieves a similar effect, particularly for the young.


Quick List, Humorous:
Dr. Seuss
Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge.
Sciezka, Jon.… (Read more)

Choosing a Great Read-Aloud

What makes a great read-aloud book, one that engages a child, whether on your lap or in a group setting?

In this blog series, we’ll look at some of the elements that make a great read-aloud book for preschool through sixth grade, with the goal of engaging the child: illustration, laughter, empathy, and language, including specific genres such as picture books, tall tales and folk tales, first chapter books, and middle-grade novels.… (Read more)

THE BOOK OF THREE by Lloyd Alexander

While I’m sure my Kindergarten and First Grade teachers must have read aloud to my class, the first time I ever recall a teacher reading a book aloud was in fifth grade, and that book was Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three.… (Read more)

Readers Share for February

Favorites from Readers

The Rig, by Joe Ducie (young adult). I like books where people are trying to escape. Lots of action, and the main character is witty.

— Jack, age 12

When I was twelve, one of my favorites was Anne of Green Gables (Ann Montgomery, middle-grade).… (Read more)