Recipe & Review: Birthday Shortbread for Bilbo & Frodo Baggins

Recipe and Review: Birthday Shortbread for Bilbo & Frodo Baggins from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien Fantasy: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien September 22 is the shared birthday of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggings, two of the most beloved book characters of all […]

Book Review: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris

Book Review: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane (author) and Jackie Morris (illustrator) Poetry: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris A hank of rope in the late hot sun; a curl of bark; a six, an eight: For adder is as adder basks. When a recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was released, […]

Book Review: Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Andrea D. Pinkney

Book Review: Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Words by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrations by Brian Pinkney Poetry:  Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Andrea Davis Pinkney Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Three days later, I turned two years old. I only say that to put my age into […]

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Illustrations by Jonny Sun Poetry: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Illustrations by Jonny Sun If you are on Twitter and not following Lin-Manuel Miranda, you are missing out. He regularly tweets short poems/phrases/words of encouragement to start the […]

Booklist: Beach Reads for Kids, Shared Reading with Children

Booklist: Beach Reads for Kids, Shared Reading with Children Booklist: Beach Reads for Kids, Shared Reading with Children Planning a trip to the beach with your family? Be sure to pack a few of these beach read books for the day. Beach reads are typically those books from your to be read pile that you […]

Book List: Astronaut Books for Shared Reading with Children

Book List: Astronaut Books for Shared Reading with Children Growing-up to be an actual astronaut is a daunting and competitive career path considering how many astronauts there really are in the world.  So why is it that so many children have dreams of working or living in space? Perhaps it is the adventure that challenges […]

Booklist: Books with Poems & Rhymes for Shared Reading with Children

Booklist: Books with Poems & Rhymes for Shared Reading with Children   Use poetry and song lyrics to introduce your child to the interesting sounds in language. Explore poetry pieces and nursery rhymes with alliteration, rhyming couplets, and onomatopoeia. For older children who enjoy structure, patterns, and math try sonnets with iambic pentameter and haikus. […]

Booklist: Books about Books for Shared Reading with Children

Books about Books for Shared Reading with Children   Books were an everyday part of my boys’ life from the time that they were very little. Instead of wanting to sleep with a plush toy, they all opted to sleep with their current favorite book at night. And of course, they all tried the flashlight […]

Booklist: Books about Libraries for Shared Reading with Children

Booklist: Books about Libraries for Shared Reading with Children   Our boys grew up loving libraries. On son #2’s 10th birthday, by his choice, we did the two things he loved most in the world  – eat at the local Chinese restaurant and then visit the library. He had a special seat by the window […]