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Books can be conversation starters - especially with teens.

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern is one of those books.

From our review: "Family dynamics are a key part of the story, and you can draw on various scenes to talk about them: stay-at-home dad and his impact on daily life; mom works as a maid; sister relationships, etc. Maggie herself is dealing with a lot, and her revelations can also start conversations: middle school life, change, (potential) loss of parent. With so much to talk about, The Meaning of Maggie is a great choice for a parent-child book club."

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I am very excited to be part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 and #ReadYourWorld. Not just as a reviewer, but as a reader who loves the exploring, adventure, and learning found in children’s books. This year I am exploring Cambodia and Vietnamese…
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January is National Get Organized Month. Seems like a no brainer: out with the old, in with the new. New year, new ideas … you get the picture. Before I can get organized and set new goals, I usually need to stop and look back. Where are we? How did we…
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For many of us, tonight is a time of quietude and hope. That moment in our year that we actually stop to take time for reflection. For Christians, it is also about Christ’s birth, and a star in the East that served as a guide to shepherds and kings alike.…
Of all the things we want to teach our kids, kindness ranks pretty high. The Reading Tub recommends M.H. Clark's bedtime story The Man Made of Stars.
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When you’ve got kids of different ages, it isn’t always easy to find books where everyone can get the jokes.   Jokes the Family Can Share If family humor is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Jess Keating’s My Life is a Zoo series. The…
It can be hard to find a read-aloud book where everyone in the family can enjoy the jokes and humor. Terry has a recommendation for family-friendly humor.
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It’s worth repeating: #ReadYourWorld is more than just a catchy hashtag. As readers, we inherently understand understand mirrors, windows, and doors. We travel through time and space; meet amazing and interesting people; and explore unreal places. It’s…
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January, the time of year when we hear “shape up!” everywhere we turn. Well, this year we are joining the chorus – literacy style. When you come right down to it, letters and numbers are shapes. Some shapes cross all boundaries. A circle can be the letter…
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Is there really any better way to finish one year and start another? I think not! Last night, just before midnight, I finished The Dragons of Ordinary Farm [review coming soon.] That means today I need something new to read. Are you in the same boat? Let…
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Kids like to touch stuff. They like to play with stuff. So why not incorporate hands-on reading into story time? This past spring, Chronicle Books sent us several of the books in their Busy Baby series.  We shared them with our reviewing families to read…
Board books engage kids not just with stories but hands-on reading, as well. See why the Reading Tub recommends Chronicle Book's Busy Baby series.
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This may be the time when we “winterize” our gardens, but that doesn’t mean we have to put away our love for gardening! Besides, not all gardens grow outdoors … which leads me to our theme du’jour for literacy gift ideas for kids.  Gardens are gifts that…
Gardens are not just for grownups. In this post, Terry Doherty shares gift ideas that engage kids and teens in literacy with a gardening twist.
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Reading unlocks the keys to all other learning, and learning to read begins at home. The Reading Tub is a nonprofit for Children's Literacy.

The Reading Tub website offers families information and ideas for all things literacy. We are
  • Parents, grandparents, educators, librarians. People who are passionate about a child's success.
  • Volunteers - 100% Volunteer, to be exact. That means all donations go to helping at-risk readers, not overhead!
  • Passionate about helping you guide your children in reading. Whether it is trying to find a book your child will like or ideas for literacy activities. We're here to help.
  • Dedicated to literacy and getting materials to at-risk readers. In our first 10 years, we have donated nearly $100,000 in books and services to readers in need.
  • A 501(c)(3) public charity.
All credit for The Reading Tub (est 2003) goes to my daughter, who was then 18 months and is now about 12 going on 18!