Tag: reading

  • Libraries in Art and Storytelling

    Libraries in Art and Storytelling

    Below are illustrations of libraries — public and private — in paintings and in picture books.

  • Tiny Books For Kids Who Love Cute Things

    Tiny Books For Kids Who Love Cute Things

    My kidis not a wide reader but will read the same illustrated series over and over again, and also anything tiny. She loves Sylvanian Families, bugs and tiny books. In an effort to get her reading more widely I asked for recommendations from people who know kids’ books. Here’s what they suggested: THE BEATRIX POTTER […]

  • Boy Friendly, Girl Friendly

    What is meant by boy friendly and girl friendly? Sometimes a Google search screenshot speaks a thousand words: Girl Friendly Links Strong Female Characters In Fiction from Common Sense Media 100 YA Books For The Feminist Reader from Bitch Media 9 FEMALE CHARACTERS WE WISH WE’D BEEN MORE LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL from The Mary…

  • Reading is a kind of gossip

    In reading for character, readers conventionally use their knowledge of the way people in the world around them usually behave to assign traits to characters, to guess about their motivations, to reconstruct their past, or even to predict what they might do after the end of the story. Reading in this way implies that fiction…

  • The Size and Format of Picturebooks

    How does the binding of a book affect reader expectations? What about the size? The actual individual appearance of of individual books is just as obvious an example of how prior expectations control our responses to stories; it influences our attitude to the stories the books contain before we even begin to read them. We…

  • Books Before Bedtime?

    Books Before Bedtime?

    A friend from tennis has adult children. A librarian once told her to never, ever, under any circumstances read books before bedtime. Books are not for putting children to sleep. Yet all those home away home picture books which take place over the course of a day and end with the child in bed seem…

  • Is it possible to elicit a love of reading in children?

    Is it possible to elicit a love of reading in children?

    Anyone who sends their kid to piano lessons or any other kind of lesson has probably wondered this: At what point will I allow my kid to give up this pursuit if they’re not enjoying it, or actively resisting? Time Ideas has an interesting article about the science of interest (which I didn’t know was…

  • The Problem With Lexile Ratings

    The difficulty of a book cannot be measured by a lexile rating. According to The Atlantic, Teachers [in America] Are Supposed to Assign Harder Books, but They Aren’t Doing It Yet. There’s something strange, though, about positioning a book somewhere on the continuum that starts with ‘easy’ and ends with ‘difficult’, because a book’s difficulty, aside…

  • The Features Of Chapter Books

    The Features Of Chapter Books

    Chapter books are better able to be defined than other types of books because they are for quite a narrow developmental process.

  • What makes a picturebook re-readable?

    “We’re not trying to make stories that are going to be read, we’re trying to make stories that are going to be read a milliondy billiondy times.” Mo Willems While children’s books need to be re-readable, books aimed at an adult audience do not: As anyone who has ever read books to a child knows, young…