POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Fifty-One

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy during the holiday season. It's been really encouraging this week to see news about our medical personnel having access to the new COVID-19 vaccine, but we likely have several more months before it… Continue reading POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Fifty-One

Ideas for Teachers and Parents

International Literacy Day

As a reader and former English/Language Arts teacher, literacy is an area of tremendous concern for me. International Literacy Day is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of illiteracy, a global problem which has been made more difficult to tackle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization… Continue reading International Literacy Day

Ideas for Readers · Personal

National Book Lovers Day 2020

Happy National Book Lovers Day! It probably won't surprise you to learn that National Book Lovers Day is one of my favorite "national days." Under normal circumstances, I would be celebrating by spending a couple of hours browsing my local bookstore, before coming home (with more books than I originally intended to buy) and reading… Continue reading National Book Lovers Day 2020

Book Reviews · POPSUGAR Reading Challenge · Science Fiction · Thrillers · Young Adult

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Thirty-One

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a lovely week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy. After several days of living on peanut butter, crackers, and protein shakes, I finally caved and went to the grocery store this week. Given that my last trip to any store was sometime… Continue reading POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Thirty-One

Book Reviews · POPSUGAR Reading Challenge · Science Fiction · Young Adult

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Twenty-Seven

Good morning, everyone! Happy July 4th to those of you celebrating Independence Day in the United States! I hope that you are having a fun, safe holiday weekend. Because I know that this is a time when many people normally plan to gather for cookouts, parties, and fireworks displays, I really want to encourage everyone… Continue reading POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Twenty-Seven

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge · Summer Reading Programs

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020: A Summer Reading Challenge

Summer is officially here, and it is a great time to be reading! If you're currently participating in this year's POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, you might be thinking that this is the ideal time to get caught up on your remaining prompts...or you might be considering taking a break to focus on some more summer appropriate… Continue reading POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020: A Summer Reading Challenge

Ideas for Teachers and Parents · Summer Reading Programs · Young Adult

Summer Reading Programs: Part Seven, Great Reads for Young Adult Readers

Young adult fiction has really changed over the years! When I was in my teens, I found it very difficult to find good books written for a teenage audience, mostly because young adult fiction was not nearly as prevalent as it is now. My local library had a massive children's section, which included picture books,… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Seven, Great Reads for Young Adult Readers

Ideas for Teachers and Parents · Summer Reading Programs · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

Summer Reading Programs: Part Six, Great Titles for Young/Middle Grade Readers

During my years as a classroom teacher, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of students about the books they were reading outside the classroom. I taught English/Language Arts at the middle and high school levels (grades 6-12), and got to see my students read tons of fantastic books from a variety of… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Six, Great Titles for Young/Middle Grade Readers