Let’s Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

I love celebrations, especially those that involve books. International Children’s Book Day is a day to celebrate children’s books which includes picture books and easy-to-read stories written exclusively for children, and fairy tales, lullabies, fables, folk songs, and more. What is International Children’s Book Day? International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is a celebrated event dedicated … Read more

Read Aloud Day

On February 7, 2024 classrooms around the world took time to celebrate and honor the power of reading and sharing stories and expand the scope of global literacy. As Pam Allyn, creator of World Read Aloud Day, reminds us, “World Read Aloud Day celebrates the power, magic, and influence of the read aloud for children … Read more

The Power of Quitting

The power of quitting is very liberating. I am not talking about quitting writing altogether, but rather knowing when to quit a story when it just is not working. I belong to a writing group, Teach Write, of teachers who teach writing. They are a wonderful and supportive group of writers. Each week we set … Read more

Are You Ready for World Read Aloud Day!

This year World Read Aloud Day will be on February 7, 2024.  World Read Aloud Day is an annual celebration bringing attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! Reading out loud to children is a fun way to connect with them and inspire their … Read more

Seasons Readings

Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. I think you may be familiar with this Gift of Four rhyme. Since this is the season for giving books and reading, I would like to share a few of my favorite seasons readings. Holiday Favorites One of my first holiday books was The … Read more

Books Make the Best Gifts for Children

Books make the best gifts for children. Think back to when you were a child. What are some of your memories of gifts you received? I think we are all likely to remember the big gifts, such as your first bike, special doll, or game. You are also likely to remember something else — the … Read more