Do Reading Logs Make Reading Horrible? Here’s a Handy Short-cut!

I don’t know about your school, but my kids’ school is pretty cool. If my kid wants to take his shoes off and run around in his socks, he can. If my daughter needs to chew gum because it keeps her from chewing her hair, no problem. I walk into the lobby, and I’m surrounded … Continue reading Do Reading Logs Make Reading Horrible? Here’s a Handy Short-cut!

Does Timber Howligan pass the Bechdel test?

I believe in equal opportunity reading. Having both a boy and a girl, I’ve seen some differences in their preferences for certain kinds of stories…they’re gender differences, but is that a bad thing? When my daughter wants to fill her shelves with Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious, I don’t make a big deal out of it. … Continue reading Does Timber Howligan pass the Bechdel test?

Summer reading fun, device-free

We work hard around here to protect our reading time. It isn't easy--those long summer days are great for swimming, bouncing on the trampoline, and once school ends, there's the biggest temptation of all: Device time. When my son turned eight, he earned himself the right to an iPad mini by being a voracious reader … Continue reading Summer reading fun, device-free

What my kids are reading now

Trying to find something for your child to read? Yep, me too. For great ideas for middle-grade readers, check out kateywrites, Nerdy Book Club, or Scholastic.com. Don’t forget about your local children’s librarian—if you know even ONE book your child liked, ask for something like it. The Internet is great, but a real librarian is … Continue reading What my kids are reading now

The Literary Festival–How to do it right

As a parent, school fundraisers aren’t usually something to look forward to. But every year, I can’t wait for our school’s Literary Festival. We held it last weekend at The Regulator bookstore, and it was a huge success. It’s not just because I’m a writer, although that helps. It’s not just because this is the … Continue reading The Literary Festival–How to do it right

Is YA just for girls?

Are Young Adult books just for girls? Should they be? Well, no. But how do you explain this: “Imagine your local independent bookstore’s shelves. They teem with pouting girls and hunky boys and various shades of purple. Few self-respecting teen boys would venture there to find their next great read…So you are taking quite the … Continue reading Is YA just for girls?

Rediscovering A Wonderful Book for Young Readers…and Writers

Title: Emily of New Moon (first of three in the Emily series) Author: L.M. Montgomery First Published: 1923 Opening Line: The house in the hollow was “a mile from anywhere”—so Maywood people said. Plot Summary: Emily Byrd Starr is orphaned at the age of 11 when her father dies of tuberculosis (“consumption”). Her mother’s people … Continue reading Rediscovering A Wonderful Book for Young Readers…and Writers

My eight-year old’s favorite books

I have an avid reader. He is also a reluctant reader. How can he be both? This is how my son gets into a book:"Son, what are you reading right now?""Nothing.""Why don't you try...."A. The 39 CluesB. How To Train Your DragonC. The Mysterious Benedict SocietyD. Etc."No, thank you.""No, really. Pick one."Whereupon, he will. And … Continue reading My eight-year old’s favorite books