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…

A Book for Book Lovers: A Child of Books

“I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories and upon my imagination I float.” [Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston] As a “grown-up” make-believer and reader, I spend a lot of time daydreaming.  And more often than not, in my wakeful wonders I wander into the familiar territory of the books…

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…

Stories Are Light: Trust Your Storyteller

“You must trust me.  I am telling you a story.” [Kate DiCamillo]   When working with little ones, trust is so important.  Being not only an educator and a book lover, but also a Child Development major, I have learned that if a child does not trust you, forget trying to get them to pay…