Lights. Camera. Read. (Part Two)

  “We have an obligation to read aloud to our children.” [Neil Gaiman]   If you are tuning in to this post, please note that this is a part two to my post on Sunday.  Please click here to catch up!   This past month I read Holes by Louis Sachar to our summer campers….

Lights. Camera. Read. (Part One)

  “There are worse crimes than burning a book.   One of them is not reading them.” [Ray Bradbury] This summer I have been working with our summer campers (ages six to twelve) on literacy.  And I don’t just mean, getting the kids to read, but providing these wonderful, imaginative, unique personalities with reading and…

A Wordless Conversation

    “Before they read words, children are reading pictures.” [David Wiesner]   They always say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  They also say “A child should read a thousand books before going to kindergarten.”  (I would like to meet this omnipresent “they” everyone is always referencing by the way.)   Let’s start…

The Invention of Dreams

  “If you are a dreamer, come in…” [Shel Silverstein]   Back in April I started this blog to give myself some sort of platform to profess my thoughts and muses about books, childhood, imagination, and reading.  Confession: this has been my first post in almost a month.  Thank you all for being so patient…

At School’s End

“When I was One, I had just begun. When I was Two, I was nearly new. When I was Three, I was hardly me. When I was Four, I was not much more. When I was Five, I was just alive. But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever. So I think I’ll…

The Library

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.” [Arnold Lobel]   Well, it has begun, I have no more shelf space for all of the books in my…

Besides the Wardrobe

“And that is the very end of the adventure of the wardrobe. But if the Professor was right it was only the beginning of the adventures of Narnia.” [C.S. Lewis]   My reading goal for this year is fifty books.  Last week I finished up reading my seventeenth book of the year.  Here’s to book…

A Grown-Up Who Remembers

  “All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it” [Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]   In my initial post, A Word On Imagination, I claimed to possess a top notch make-believe machine that is still up and running in my cranium.  I also remarked that no matter how hard I try, my imagination…

Tips from a Book Doctor

“Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.” [Inkheart–Cornelia Funke]   One book from my childhood that I simply adore is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.  I remember checking it out from the…

The Art of Book Conversations

“All of the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen.” [Roald Dahl] In my last post, “Trust Your Storyteller,” I briefly touch on the idea that reading with a child should be an invested time with a conversation on each page.  Now I will expand on that…