Passing on Info

So I’m reading the Iliad with my two oldest daughters.  No, don’t roll your eyes.  That’s not what this post is actually about.  It’s just the premise.  (Why and how we’re reading the Iliad is perhaps an interesting and worthy subject, but I’ll leave it out for now because I’ve been writing too much about [...] Read More

A Lesson from The Hobbit

I recently found this brief anecdote – in document form – from 2003.  But the lesson is still valuable in any year… 3 lessons from reading The Hobbit last night: 1) Take pleasure in the words. 2) The qualitative experience is more important than efficiency. 3) They appreciate things you don’t. – Last night I’m [...] Read More

The Liberating Power of the Twang

The Liberating Power of the Twang Some books don’t seem to lend themselves as well to being read aloud.  No matter how great they are, for whatever reason, they are harder to present orally. One such book is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the touchstone of American fiction.  Central to the book is Huck’s voice.  [...] Read More

Score One for Good Literature

A guest entry from a correspondent in northern California: (My son) Kyle is a big Star Wars fan and recently got (for his birthday) the novelization of the recent animated Star Wars movie.   First off, the movie itself was beyond awful (of course, the kids enjoyed it, but it was truly terrible).  You can imagine [...] Read More

Aim Low

Aim Low My own daughters are getting older now. Entering high school. I can recall wistfully the moment not long ago when we realized we had purchased “the last picture book.” So sometimes my musings can tend toward the high minded, what to do with your older children, as in my recent Aim High column. [...] Read More

Be Prepared

Be Prepared How to Make the Time.  That’s Tip #2 from my list of ten reading tips.  In order to read aloud consistently, and especially to be able to start and finish chapter books, you have to make the time.  You have to preserve the time, commit to the time, exploit the time. But you [...] Read More

Aim High

Reading aloud to your children starts when your children are small, before they can read to themselves.  It starts with toddlers learning that those spines on the shelf contain a world of color and variety and surprise, pages filled with animals and imaginative places – a limitless world of mountains and rainbows and forests and [...] Read More

Honor the Story

The other day, I was reflecting on what it took to get all the disparate members of my family to stop what they were doing and sit down to listen to a story.  As kids get older, with a variety of interests and more complex schedules, it gets harder.  And in our modern age, with [...] Read More

Know Your Book I: An Elbow in the Ribs

Know Your Book I: An Elbow in the Ribs One of my reading tips is to Know Your Book. At the most basic level this means adapting your reading style to your book. If you’re reading a silly book to small children it is appropriate – nay, encouraged – to ham it up. If you’re [...] Read More

Read Like It’s An Ice Cream Cone

Read Like It’s an Ice Cream Cone This week we started our tenth book in the One School, One Book program at Fox Elementary School. We’re doing Heartbeat, by Sharon Creech, the first time we’ve done a second book by an author we’ve done before. We’ve waited some time to do this book – essentially [...] Read More