Anne Marie is with us today to share some inspiring insights and book recommendations from the great author, Iza Trapani.   We have all been told that you should start reading to your child at an early age and as often as you can. Sometimes, though, that is much easier said than done. Keeping that toddler or preschooler in your lap long enough to complete even the shortest story can sometimes be quite a task!…

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Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some inspiring insights and book recommendations from the great author, Jon Klassen.   Along with Oliver Jeffers, who I highlighted in my previous post, I believe Jon Klassen to be a modern day classic author/illustrator. Jon Klassen, who grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada and now resides in Los Angeles California, is an illustrator with a very distinct style and use of color, which…

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Christie Megill is with us today to share some great tips for nurturing the budding young readers in our lives.   Learning to read is a process; there are several stages that children will move through before they are called “fluent readers.” Children who are at the very beginning of their reading careers are “emergent readers.” The emergent reading stage generally spans ages 4-6, give or take a year on either end. These young readers…

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Nicole Clevenger is with us today to share some handy tips for fitting quality reading time into our busy after school schedules.   It’s back to school time, and when you meet your child’s teacher for the first time, you will be bombarded with different ways to support your child’s reading at home.   Your child’s teacher will tell you that reading at home is an important predictor in creating and supporting lifelong readers.  When…

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Danielle Hittle is with us today to share her favorite back-to-school read-alouds. Not only are they a great way to set the tone for the upcoming school year, they are also a wonderful way to introduce children to the concept of genre.   In planning for back to school with my second and third graders, I spend a significant amount of time researching which books to read aloud to them. I am often asking myself…

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