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Tea, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Reading Aloud to Preteens

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Summer holidays have come to an end. This morning I am reflecting on how we spent our summers in the past and especially the years we spent reading aloud to preteens. Often my summer days were filled with work, household chores and trying to keep my two sons reasonably happy. (Somehow the order of that […]

The Grade Four Reading Slump – Steps to Avoid It

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Grade Four Reading Slump – parental awareness and action can have a huge impact Children, when they reach about grade four, are vulnerable when it comes to reading. Typically, the books grade four children want to read are longer, the print may be smaller, there are fewer illustrations and readers may encounter tougher and/or […]

The Higher Power of Lucky and Talking Openly About the Science of Sex

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In our household, it is not at all unusual for us to talk about sex at the dinner table. Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I don’t share intimate details of our relationship, but we do talk about the science of sex with our two sons. We use anatomically correct vocabulary. We answer questions, […]

Dads Reading to Boys – Raising Young Men Who Will Want to Read

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Dads reading to boys – making the difference between reluctant male readers and voracious readers I’d really like to take credit for the fact that both my boys love a good book. My almost-twelve-year-old is a enthusiastic reader. He is currently reading one of the Lord of the Rings books. He is especially fond of […]

Discovering a Love of Reading – Tips for the Middle Grades

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Though children have to read, they don’t have to love reading. In fact, I have at least one student every year that insists they do not love it. Some even tell me they hate it. This is my favourite challenge of the school year. Watching a middle grade reader make the transition from reading for […]

Read Alouds for 7-10 year olds, approved by a difficult-to-please 8 year old boy

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Finding great books for 7 – 10 year olds to enjoy can be enormously rewarding. The initial learn–to-read phase is complete and we hope our children will chose to read for pleasure. When, as parents, we check to see why things are so quiet and discover our children with a book, it is indeed a […]


Monday, July 11th, 2011

Picture books, chapter books and novels that explore bullying and conflct resolution themes. Whether a child is being bullied or is bullying another child, these books and the guidance of a caring adult will help. We invite you to visit our page about anti bullying chapter books, graphic novels and novels. Also on this page […]

15 Tips for Parents and Homeschoolers of Young Readers and Writers

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Raising a child who reads well and loves to pick up a book is a team effort. Parents can support young readers’ and writers’ formal learning by being involved and enthusiastic, providing encouragement and tools. Here are some ways you can help set the stage for reading success. Download a free, printable PDF of this […]

Our Collection of Anti-Bullying Web Resources

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Be sure to check out our page about anti-bullying picture books for children, our page about anti bullying chapter books, graphic novels and novels for children , and our Pinterest anti bullying board – Stand up and b-free from bullies – dedicated to increasing the awareness of bullying and to preventing, resolving, and […]

9 Ways to Help a Beginning Reader – We Can Help You Make a Plan

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

If you are helping a beginning reader, these ideas will be of assistance to you and your child. Often with beginning readers, there is alot of emphasis on having the child read aloud to an adult. Sometimes teachers will even assign “Home Reading (aloud)” homework. The fact is that some children don’t want to read […]

Stop Picking on Me, A First Look at difficult childhood issues

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Bullying doesn’t happen by accident, it is a deliberate, repeated act. Bullying can take many forms. It can be physical and/or emotional. Emotional bullying happens directly (verbally) and indirectly (for example, doing something behind the victim’s back). Stop Picking On Me written by Pat Thomas and illustrated by Lesley Harker is part of a series […]

Earth Day, Environment

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Introducing a wonderful selection of green-theme picture books that promote Earth Day, recycling and environmental awareness Green-theme picture books deliver important messages about caring for our environment to children. These books belong in classrooms and home libraries. Perfect for Earth Day, we love the idea of going green and promoting environmental awareness in children through […]

Solving Problems With Reading Aloud to Young Children

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Almost every time I present Ready for Reading at least one very brave individual will explain that his or her child does not “cooperate” when it’s time for a story. Here are some common challenges that parents face when reading aloud to young children: My child only wants to hear stories about Thomas or Olivia […]

Reluctant Readers – Ways to Encourage Children Who Don’t Like to Read

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Encouraging Reluctant Readers – 35 Ways to Engage Children Who (think they) Don’t Like to Read We all want our children to be great readers.  We know intuitively that reading will play a critical role in their future success.  Certainly, having them read a great deal  is a crucial component of this process.  The more […]

Darkside: Suspense for Middle Grade Readers in Secret London

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Darkside written by Tom Becker Suspense Novel for Middle Grade Readers published by Orchard Books Yesterday’s blog post introduced Measle and the Wrathmonk. Today’s book will appeal to a similar demographic – middle grade boys and girls. Darkside is the first in a suspenseful and exciting fantasy series about a secret part of London. Inhabited […]

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