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Book Review: BY THE LIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES, by Jenni L. Walsh — MG Book Village

I also write book reviews for MG BookVillage, and this is my recent review that I think could be helpful for those #raisingreaders who are budding history buffs.

As a literacy educator who has a particular affection for 3rd-5th grades, one thing I’m always looking for is good historical fiction. Finding the time in an elementary school day to teach both Social Studies and Literacy adequately can be difficult at times, so any opportunity to integrate the two is something I’m looking out […]

Book Review: BY THE LIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES, by Jenni L. Walsh — MG Book Village
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One of my favorite quotes…

I’ve mentioned this before, but besides the idea of going on adventures to far off worlds, fostering their imagination, and a number of other reasons, this is why I feel strongly about #RaisingReaders.

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Book Review– The One Thing You’d Save

Want a book that will invite great conversation with your kiddos? I have got the book for you!

The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park is a short 62 page book that is based around a class’s responses to one scenario–“Imagine that your home is on fire. You’re allowed to save one thing.” Good question, right?

Although this illustrated book looks like a chapter book, it is short enough that you could finish it in one sitting with your readers. I had my kids come up with their answers after I read the beginning to them, and then proceeded to finish reading the book to them.

Part of the beauty of this book is you can hear the distinctive voices of the classmates throughout the pages and we even get to learn what the teacher would take from her home.

It is intriguing to hear the thought processes of the students’ decision making, and it may even cause you and/or your readers to change their minds throughout the book. So if its been a long day, this may not be the bedtime book to go with, because it might spark lots of conversations. However, if you’re ready to chat–this is the one to go with.

I found my copy of The One Thing You’d Save at my local library, so you can find it there or anywhere books are sold.

Keep #RaisingReaders!

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Book Review: The Adventures of Abe the $5 Bill

In addition to this blog, I also write for the Parent issue of one of our local publications. Most recently, I wrote a book review for a local author, Dr. Eli Goodman, who wrote The Adventures of Abe the $5 Bill. Below is a link to that review:

https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/the-adventures-of-abe-the-5-bill/Content?oid=13572046

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Just 15 Minutes…

Read Aloud is a great organization dedicated to promoting caregivers reading to children, especially ages 0-5. Over the last decade, I’ve done each of these things in Read Aloud’s post with my young readers. In fact, just tonight we read a wordless picture book.

And especially when they were much younger, I can’t even tell you how many times I didn’t read all the words. (Mostly to speed up to bedtime. 😆)

There have been times, for a variety of reasons that we haven’t finished our #bedtimeread in one sitting. Most times its a chapter book, but there have also been picture books that have taken more than one night as well (though usually not more than 2).

And yes, especially with those funny books, I have done my own share of exclaiming when we were getting to the climax of a book. The Monster at the End of This Book is a great example of that.

No matter how you do it, I agree with Read Aloud. Just 15 minutes a day is a great way to start #RaisingReaders.