Middle Grade Readers


book fair
School book fairs are a great way to build your family’s home library while supporting your child’s school.  Studies have shown that children with more books in their home do better in school than their classmates with fewer books in their homes.  It is a great goal to build a […]

6 Book Fair Tips You Need to Know


Classic Children's Books
Books acquire the “classic” designation for a reason.  They have withstood the test of time.  Generations of people have enjoyed them and found them worthwhile.  However, while we consider certain books to be classics, many of them we’ve never actually read!  Or sometimes we are so familiar with them– we […]

20 Children’s Classics Worth Reading


Grandpa reading aloud
The more I read about reading, literacy, and growing readers, the more I realize just how important reading aloud to our children actually is.  Why is it so important? Why Reading Aloud is So Important According to ReadAloud.org, “Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start […]

Reading Aloud: Trouble-Shooting Tips




Rev War Book Pairing Set
The idea of putting books together that complement each other is called “Book Pairing.”  Book pairings can be made by combining fictional books with fictional books, non-fiction books with other non-fiction books, or fictional books with non-fiction books.  Reading paired books together or back to back can lead to a […]

Book Pairings in 5 Simple Steps


“I like reading books about real things.”  My younger son made this observation when he was only in Kindergarten.  Luckily, he told his school librarian, who helped connect him with some great non-fiction titles appropriate for his age.  Now, as a rising 4th grader, he will read and enjoy fiction, […]

Non-Fiction Fun!



You know that feeling when you are getting close to finishing an amazing book, and you’ve just loved it so much that you are sad to be almost done?   Finding out there are more books in the same series…that helps me cope. Book series.  Some love ‘em, some hate ‘em.   […]

20 Book Series Worth Your Kids’ Time


Happy 4th of July!  In preparing to celebrate America’s birthday next week, I was motivated to pull out some patriotic themed books and put them on display on our living room shelves this past weekend. When my boys were younger, I started displaying books on the shelves of our entertainment […]

Celebrate the 4th of July with Patriotic Books!


Girl who doesn't like to read
I am frequently asked for book recommendations.  I think it’s part of the job description, even though I’m not working as a librarian any longer.  People know that I know about books, and come to me for advice.  I love connecting people with a book that will be a good […]

Books for Kids Who Think They Don’t Like to Read



Summer is upon us!   As the days get warmer, and the sun stays shining longer each evening, I am definitely ready for summer.  Although my boys aren’t quite finished with their school year, I am already looking forward to family vacations, long days spent at the pool with friends, special […]

Sensational Summer Reading