Monthly Archives: April 2014

10 Steps to Raising a Lifelong Reader

Half of all American adults admit to never having read a single book since graduation from high school and most of the rest admit to reading only one book a year. Harper Collins put out this list of 10 steps to raising an American adult who reads.

1. Read to your kid daily.

2. Give them ownership of what books they check out. This is a serious one. A kid came in the other day and wanted to check out a Pete the Cat book and his dad said no because he “thinks the artist is inaccurate.” Are you kidding me?? It’s a book about a cat who walks and goes to school. Just let him check out the book!

3. Encourage, don’t disparage. This is especially true I think when they get in to school. Then it all becomes about what level their teacher says they should read at. And God forbid you live in a state that follows AR levels with the points and the quizzes. UGH!

4. Let the words — and emotions — flow off the page. Read with enthusiasm!

5. Just keep reading.

6. Find the right reading material. Let kids read anything that is exciting to them. Don’t force them to read things they don’t want to read.

7. Delve into a compelling series. As much as I hate the fact that books seem to no longer stand alone, kids love series’.

8. Ratify the Reader’s Bill of Rights. Listed in a previous post here.

9. Encourage boys’ literary lives. Annoyingly, girls read more than boys and apparently they need more encouragement.

10. Don’t give up on struggling readers. I am a librarian and yet my younger brother hates reading. I have tried everything. Audiobooks, series’, Playaways. He still doesn’t like it. But I will keep pestering him forever and ever until I find a book he likes.



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I have previously stated how much I hate when celebrities write books. Just in case you don’t click that link to my previous post, I’m going to repeat what I think right now.

I HATE books that are written by actors or singers or people who aren’t authors. Unless they’re biographies and then I guess it’s okay because they’re their own life expert. But anything else I detest. Like Madonna and her Roses series or whatever? What is that about. Go sing a song. That’s your job. No one asked you to start writing books. Authors don’t wake up one day and say, “I think I’m going to make an album today” or “I think I’m going to be an actress now.”  What if I woke up one day and decided I was going to try my hand at being a brain surgeon? So annoying. Generally speaking, I detest books written by actresses or singers etc.

The Guardian talks about this very thing. I agree with Tom.

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Toddler Time: Zoo Animals

I’m going to start posting my storytimes again. So here’s this week. We talked about zoo animals. We also do a craft the day before. Sometimes it agrees with the theme and sometimes it doesn’t.



We clap and say hello…

Stomp and say hello…

Wave and say hello…



We’re Opposites by Harriet Ziefert


(tune: London Bridge-ish)

I went to visit the zoo one day,

the zoo one day, the zoo one day.

I saw a lion along the way

and this is what he said,


Bear      “GRR!”

Snake    “Hissss!”

Monkey        “Ooh Ooh!”

Parrott         “Sqwak!”


(tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The lion at the zoo goes roar roar roar

Bear      “GRR!”

Snake    “Hissss!”

Monkey     “Ooh Ooh!”

Parrott        “Sqwak!”



Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith


Five little monkeys jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Momma called the Dr. and the Dr. said

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!



Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


(tune: Muffin Man)

Oh, have you seen the animals,

The animals, the animals.

Oh, have you seen the animals,

That live down at the zoo?

I have seen an elephant,

An elephant, an elephant.

I have seen an elephant,

Who lives down at the zoo.







Can you kick with two feet…

Wave with two arms…

Nod with one head…

Kiss with two lips…

I had magnet board animals for all the songs just to make them more visual and exciting.

Craft the day before was…


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This is a great and thoughtful post on whether or not e-Readers should be your friend. This woman didn’t think she’d like her Kindle and now she does. But she also likes print books. I must say that I like my tablet because sometimes it’s more convenient. I can get the e-Book version much quicker than I can on a 100 person wait list of the print book. And that is all it takes for me to love it.

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