Connecting Readers and Writers to The Word: Remembering Juneteenth

Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, dates back to June 19, 1865, when the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that slaves were free due to the war having ended. Remarkably, this was two and a half years after the official January 1, 1863 […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Digital Books, Book Activities, and More!

All 2020 marketing plans for authors and writers, have changed as a result of COVID-19. Author events; cancelled. Writing conferences; cancelled. Marketing letters to meet with perspective buyers; cancelled. Launch parties; cancelled. All plans cancelled or postponed. We’re now looking for creative ways to market and grow interest in our books. And, I must say, […]

Children’s Bookroom: International Literacy Month

September is National Literacy Month and Saturday, Sept. 8 marked the 52nd annual International Literacy Day. In an effort to raise awareness for literacy and its significance as a foundation for lifelong learning, this annual event brings together communities, organizations, students, and educators. Although September 8th was this past weekend, you still have the rest of this […]

Children’s Bookroom: INSPIRATION to WRITE

A story exists in each of us. I encourage children and adults to find inspiration to write. Ideas can come from a variety of sources: Pictures Newspaper or magazine articles Sunday school lessons or sermons Events in one’s own life Events in other people’s lives Shared conversations (with permission and without revealing sensitive info that could personally […]

Children’s Bookroom: SUMMER READING PROGRAMS

This summer, continue to encourage your child to read during the school break by enrolling them in a summer reading program. There are many incentives,  including freebies! Register your child for a  summer reading program and take advantage of the activities and events that will keep your kids busy. Some summer program activities and events […]

Children’s Bookroom: Readers Theater

Do you have students or children who need a boost of confidence in reading? Readers Theater is a great idea to accomplish this task. I have never observed a child who did not enjoy participating in a Readers Theater performance.  Readers Theater is a presentation in which children perform by reading speaking parts of literature […]

Children’s Bookroom: CREATING YOUR OWN LITERACY EVENT

As parents, teachers, and librarians, it takes a little creativity to encourage and motivate children to read. I would like to provide a few tips to inspire your young readers. Visit the National Day Calendar (http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com) for interesting themes to celebrate. You can locate themes by the day, week, and/or month. For example, yesterday, January […]

Children’s Bookroom: Book Festivals

This week, I am straying from my normal post of children’s literacy issues to talk about book festivals. Many book festivals around the country will host them next month, in September, and the months to follow. Fostering literacy and encouraging the enjoyment of literature in young children and even in adults remains to be an important function […]