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The Reading Nook | Classic Play Summer Book Club

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

classic play summer book club grades K-7

“School’s out for summer…” You’re singing it with me, right? A little air guitar? How about adding on “I’m here to help you…”- help you fight the summer slide that is. Our kids work hard during the school year – let’s help them stay ahead of the game over the summer break.

Here’s a list of recommended books for your kids. Although I’ve grouped them by grade, keep in mind your kids’ reading level. And don’t forget to read to them too.

Make a weekly trip to the library, take a few along on vacation, have a daily family half hour reading session – there are many opportunities to incorporate reading into your family’s life. We even made the kids a little sheet so they can keep track of what they read. Click here to print it out.

Ready? Let’s read… (more…)

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Reading Nook | Social Media for Young Readers

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Biblionasium

Like any parent, I think about my daughter’s screen time and how best to manage it. It’s enough of a challenge for me as an adult to make sure that I don’t fall down the rabbit hole of aimless surfing or social media. And I certainly don’t want it to be the main default when any of us are bored.

As I often say around here, “everything in moderation”.

That being said, screen time and social media are here to stay. And being curious about how to best work with it rather than it being an “either/or” – either reading OR screen time, I discovered something that might just make all the difference in encouraging your kids to not only read more but think about what they are reading.

It’s the book-focused social media site for kids called (more…)

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The Reading Nook | Wonder

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Wonder - book review on Classic Play

When I review books for you, I try to find books that you may not have known about otherwise. I figure, you already KNOW about what’s on the best seller lists, right?

Well, today I’m giving a HUGE thumbs up to a book that’s on the best seller lists right now- Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I picked it up on a Friday and by Sunday had finished it – and that’s with a full weekend of family! (more…)

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The Reading Nook | Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Monday, April 21st, 2014

ottoline book review by Sandra Harris

Do you recommend books to your friends? Do they recommend their faves to you too? Yes on both counts over here. And luckily, some of my friend “recommenders” ALSO live in other countries so I get to see what British or South African kids, for example, are enjoying. One of the most recent recommendations is Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. (more…)

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The Reading Nook | Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Paul Thurbly's Alphabet Review by Sandra Harris of Raincoast Creative Salon

So what’s so special about an alphabet book? Hasn’t it been done before? Well, yes it has. Often. But every once in a while you find a special treasure of a book that takes a well worn subject and turns it on its head. This is Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet. (more…)

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppets

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

very hungry caterpillar finger puppets

One of the very first board books I ever bought my kids was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I can’t think of a sweeter book that illustrates growing up so beautifully. It’s especially relevant now as growth spurts abound at the Cooper house. My kids are constantly hungry. I fear the teen years!

So when the fine people at Penguin Kids asked if I’d like to create something fun for the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I said, I’m in! To celebrate, I turned to another childhood classic: finger puppets. I love how these little caterpillar puppets turned out. Wouldn’t they be great at a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party?

They’re super easy to make. Here’s how… (more…)

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Reading Nook | Walls Within Walls

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Walls Within Walls Book Review

I’ve been a lover of NYC ever since I was a kid. When I was 11 I dreamt of living there. You wouldn’t find that at all remarkable unless you knew that I grew up in a working class family in a smallish city in the middle of the Canadian prairies. (I’m not so remarkable, it’s the NYC dreams that were!).

I’ve often wondered about the source of my taste for the Big Apple (pardon the pun). I knew no one who had been there, we didn’t travel a lot and no one in my family had ANY desire for big city life.
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Home | Cozy Reading Nooks

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

1 - window seat

Making time to read more books is always on my list of new year’s resolutions. I love to read, yet I often get caught up in other things I feel like I have to do, things that come first. And so I read far less than I want to.

Does that sound familiar?

Here’s an idea I’ve been thinking about lately: maybe you and I need a perfect little reading spot in our homes. One that is so inviting and special, we can’t wait to curl up with a good book, even if the dishes and laundry and a thousand other tasks are piling up.

A cozy chair, a good light, and a little table to hold a drink – that sounds perfect to me.

What does your ideal reading spot look like? (more…)

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