New Blog

I am no longer updating this blog. I will continue to keep it open as a resource, but any future literacy or other educational posts can be found on the literacy and education page of my new blog, Striving for Kairos:  https://strivingforkairos.wordpress.com/literacy-and-education/

Blog Status Update

This blog is closed to new content and has been for awhile, however I am keeping it active for now because my purpose in creating the blog was for it to be an educational resource for parents and teachers, and that purpose hasn’t changed. Though the posts are old, the content is still relative, and I hope that it can still be a source of information and ideas for helping children develop their literacy skills.

In the meantime, I have been busy with other projects, including doing some freelance work for an educational company, writing and editing a Middle Grade novel, and developing concepts for picture books. I’m also in the process of creating a new blog and an author website. My new blog (title TBA) will be coming soon, and will have a broader scope of context than this current literacy blog. Though it will still have an educational component, it will also cover other topics relating to mind, body, and spirit. Once the blog is up and active, I will link my literacymatterstoday blog with it and close its url site. All of the content on this blog will be found through a link on my new blog.

Thank you for following this site, and I hope that you continue to find helpful literacy resources and tips within its contents.

Free Online Reading Program Helps Others

I’ve mentioned this site before on my blog, but it’s worth mentioning again because it’s that fabulous. We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) is a site created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation that has many wonderful books that can be read online for free. Books can be searched by genre, age range, author, title, or popularity, and there are many well-known titles, both fiction and nonfiction. For every digital book read, the site donates a book to children in need to help spread literacy world-wide.

Currently We Give Books is offering a free 10 Week Online Summer Reading Program. Read for My Summer is perfect for kids up to age 10 and includes special books to be read each week online as well as fun interactive tools and activities to make each book come to life. Also, one reader has a chance to win a special prize pack if they are the one who completes the three millionth book.

For more details or to sign up for this free online summer reading program, click here: http://www.wegivebooks.org/give/summer.

Scholastic e-Reading App

If you aren’t yet familiar with Storia, it’s a free e-reading app by Scholastic. It’s a great way to get Scholastic ebooks delivered online to your computer or any app device. It’s easy to download, and you can set up bookshelves for each child in your family. There are a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books for pre-K through middle school. You can receive book recommendations based on your child’s grade level, and books can also be searched by lexile level. Best of all, you can get a free book just for registering and you get free books periodically throughout the year. If you love Scholastic books, this is a great app to use for kids to read on a tablet, computer, ipod touch or smartphone. http://store.scholastic.com/microsite/storia/home?esp=SSO/ib/2012/vanityURL/txtl/ads/storiasso//landing////

Cool Site for Book Lovers

I love finding out about new sites that promote a love of reading. Recently I learned about such a site called Libboo. If you love to read and tell people about the great books you’ve read, or if you simply want to find a great new book to read yourself, then check out Libboo.com. It is a place to discover new talented authors (who are traditionally or self published) and get the buzz on great new digital books. You can see what books are gaining the most buzz in a variety of genres. There’s even a children’s category with picture books and middle grade reads. And if you are one who likes to tell others about the books you’ve read, you can sign up to be a buzzer and earn rewards such as free ebooks. Check out Libboo to discover talented new authors and great new ebooks to read. 

Resources for Finding Books and Teaching Beginning Readers

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. Life has a way of getting in the way of my writing sometimes. Even when I don’t update often, I hope that others are still using my site as a literacy resource. There are some great links and ideas to be found on this site, and though it may not be very active, I do try to keep the links comprehensive and up-to-date. I’ve added a few new ones, so check out the links section for some great online resources for kids, parents, and teachers.

One new site I’ve recently started using is goodreads.com. If you haven’t been to this site yet, it’s an online tool that gives book recommendations based on the styles and genres you’ve enjoyed reading in the past. And you can add friends to the site to see what they’re reading and recommending. It’s a great site for anyone who loves to read, but also it can be a valuable tool for parents struggling to find books their children will enjoy reading. Especially if you have a reluctant reader who is picky with what he or she will read. The site requires registration, but it’s free.

If you have young kids and are wondering how to begin reading to them or are looking for ways to help them learn to read, check out the book How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson. I came across this book at my local library and found it to be a cute picture book about a boy who teaches a mama slug how to teach her little slug to read. It is an informational manual on the basics of teaching beginning readers, and the wonderful illustrations by David Slonim coupled with the witty text make reading fun.

Free Children’s e-books!

From time to time, Amazon Kindle runs free promotions of children’s e-books. This is a great time to download books for your children on your Kindle or any Kindle App (available for any computer, ipad, or smartphone). E-books for kids are a great way to promote literacy while building technology skills. And they are so convenient when you are out and need something to entertain your kids. Currently, my books are on free promotion. There’s a Monster in My Bed will be free from February 17 – 21, and Number Zoo will be free from Feb. 18-20. It’s a limited time offer, so get them while you can!

There’s a Monster in My Bed: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TGUR2M/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_g351_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0ARYK7K6KG6R82C4Y2EQ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

Number Zoo: http://www.amazon.com/Number-Zoo-ebook/dp/B00642RON4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329498655&sr=1-1

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