World Read Aloud Day- February 16, 2017

Read alouds are my absolute favorite.  Ask any of my kids what they love to do most in the media center and I guarantee you they’ll say it is listening to me read aloud.  I promise I’m not tooting my own horn.  All of us have strengths we bring to the table no matter our…

Finding Your Passion: The Genius of Peter and Paul Reynolds

We’ve all heard of books we think of as classics even if we’ve never read them.  Books like Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, and The  House of the Seven Gables come to mind. I consider myself a well-read person (I’m a librarian, after all!) but it is simply beyond my capacity to read EVERYTHING.  The Dot was…

5 Tried and True Ways to Help Your Child Rediscover the Joy of Reading

All my life I’ve been surrounded by books.  They were my friends, my comfort, my escape.  How could anybody not love a good book?  I credit my mother’s hard work for me reading before I entered kindergarten in 1979.  I remember the teacher assistant calling me to sit on her lap in the rickety, slatted…

Book Review: Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

The first time I heard the term “multiculturalism” was during my undergraduate study at Appalachian State University.  Up to that point I had never given thought to bias or cultural norms. I  knew the “n-word” was bad and that racism still existed in the world, but in my own little sphere of influence I never…

The Top 6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids

It may come as quite a shock to some, but far too many children start school without ever having a book read aloud to them.  I always assumed that the read-aloud was a right of passage for little ones and parents.  My mother read to me voraciously from the time I was born.  Not only did…