Archive for the ‘The Reading Nook’ Category
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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…)
Monday, January 20th, 2014
Do you have an e-reader? Do you read books on your tablet? I do. Devices ARE great for portability and size (no more filling up your carry on with books when travelling!). But there’s nothing like the tactile experience of a book whose clever design is as much a part of the story as the story itself.
And so we have The Hole by Norwegian author Orvind Torseter.
Pick up the book and feel thick, cardboard cover. That die cut hole through the book from top to bottom? It’s a character in the story. Each page uses the hole in an amusing way. (more…)
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Where do writers get their ideas? That’s the question answered by Brianne Farley’s debut book Ike’s Incredible Ink.
Ike desperately wants to write a story but first…the apartment needs a bit of a tidy. Hmmm…maybe a chat with a friend? Where IS that favorite pen? (more…)
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Ever done anything that you KNEW wasn’t right and were bothered by that little voice in your head? Who hasn’t?
That’s the premise of the delightful picture book The Brief Thief by Micheal Escoffier and illustrated by Kris di Giacamo.
Escoffier, a popular French author (this translated import being his first foray into the English language market), has married elegant bathroom humor with an ethical conundrum. (more…)
Monday, November 4th, 2013
In Flotsam, a Caldecott Award winning picture book by David Wiesner, a curious boy finds an old underwater camera washed up on the beach. He gets the film developed and finds all sorts of amazing photos of life beneath the sea. He also finds another surprise that I’ll leave for you to discover.
But how to tell this story to your 5-9 year olds when there are only illustrations and no words? Don’t let that get in the way of enjoying Flotsam. Think of it as an opportunity to experience a book in a new way. (more…)
Monday, October 14th, 2013
A few days ago someone asked me where I’ve lived and when I listed the places (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Cape Town, and Toronto), they said, “you’ve moved a lot!” It doesn’t FEEL like that but I suppose that I HAVE moved often.
With so many moves, I had my “move process” down pat. I am a master at packing up, at finding a new place, at sussing out a neighborhood. I know how to find my people in the new city, my fave activities, restaurants and coffee places.
But I had never moved as a parent. Til my last move.
Two years ago my mother-in-law was living on her own and starting to struggle a bit. My father-in-law had passed away and we decided to move back to Vancouver from Toronto to provide more support.
Our daughter was 5 ½ and had just finished kindergarten. It was a good age to move – she had friends but her life still was focused primarily on family. As long as we were around she was up for anything.
My “move process” became our “family move process” and here’s what I learned: (more…)
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
I love sharing with you the children’s books that I love, both new and old. I also share tips that I find that make learning to read as easy as possible for our kids. But I know that some of you have hit the wall and are maybe getting more than a little frustrated.
What if you’ve done everything “right” and your kids still aren’t that interested in reading? You love to read. You’re in a book club. You have kids books and magazines and comics around the house. Your kids see you and your partner reading. You take regular family trips to the library. You read to them daily.
But your kids still would rather do anything else than read. Maybe even outright refuse to read. They are frustrated. You are frustrated. What if you are even starting to lose a little sleep over it? What then? (more…)