Greetings everyone!  With summer on the way, my thoughts turn to the beach and books. I like nothing better than to pack up my towel, sunscreen, a snack and a good book before heading to the beach. It’s wonderful to have the time to relax and lose myself in a good book. Whatever your summer plans are, remember to include lots of books!    

Reading On the Beach

If your child doesn’t already have one, now is the time to get a library card and use it often. Your librarian can help you find books that are age- and reading-level appropriate for your child. Another resource for leveled readers is Reading A-Z.

Parents, if you aren’t sure as to which books might appeal to your younger and older children, Scholastic has a great resource for summer reading. The list is broken up by age and provides the titles, authors and illustrators. You can also sign up your kids for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Kids can have fun throughout the summer logging their time spent reading.

Remember that wherever you are this summer, it’s always a good time and place to read. Reading builds our awareness of the world around us, entertains us and prepares us for any number of endeavors. If your kids want to know more about the world around them, check out some great non-fiction books for kids at Amazon. Tried and true favorites for entertaining include Dr. SeussBeverly Cleary and Roald Dahl, just to name a few.

I have always loved to learn and want to pass that passion along to all of you. I encourage both children and adults to broaden their horizons through books. Once you get started, you’ll never stop reading.

From all of us here at The Reading Lady, we wish you a fun-filled, read-a-thon summer!


Hello Everyone!  The month of March is fast approaching bringing with it the birthday of one of the most renowned writers of children’s books : Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904.  He was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist.   Geisel was best known for the books he authored under the pen name of “Dr. Seuss.”   One of his quotes reads: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

As a reading specialist, I must say that I totally agree.   Reading is an adventure that can take us to all sorts of places, and we can relive each and every adventure as many times as we choose.

When I was a child, Horton Hears A Who was my favorite Dr. Seuss book.  It brought home the message that “a persons a person no matter how small,”  a poignant  lesson on the value of all life.  Geisel’s books often incorporated these kinds of lessons.

It is said that the month of March “comes in like a  lion, and goes out like a lamb.”  Let’s bring it in with lots of books!   The more reading children do, the more quickly they will develop as readers.

It is recommended that beginning readers spend 15 or 20 minutes reading each day  in addition to the reading they do in school.  It is also recommended that beginning readers have someone to read to.  Be sure to make time to listen to, or read with your child every day.  My favorite time with my own children, when they were young, was right before bed.   Choose a time that works best for you and your child.

It’s important to get the maximum benefit and enjoyment out of your reading time together.   If you would like more information and resources, please check out the Child Research and Study Center at the University of Albany.

No matter what the age of your child, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of reading daily.  Parents can, and should, set the example by allowing their children to see them engaged in reading.  My children grew up to be readers because they started at a very early age.  Reading  is one of the most important activities your children will ever engage in because it enables them to be well-informed throughout their lives.  Let’s have a “love affair” with books!

March into your nearest public library or bookstore to begin your “March with Books.”  From everyone here at the Reading Lady, we wish you a lifetime of reading pleasure!








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Hello everyone!

I’m so excited about summer, which is just around the corner. My thoughts turn to the beach, blankets and books! I have always loved going to the beach, spreading out a nice blanket or towel and settling in with a good summer read. So relaxing!

This is a great time for the whole family to read together. Books bring the world to our fingertips.

Here are some suggestions for summer reading for your kids:

  • Goodreads’ Best Children’s Books About Summer lists books that will delight young readers. The books are rated so that you can go to the reviews and find out what others have to say about them.
  • Another great source is Summer Reading from ChristianBook. You’ll find books for kids, tweens and teens. Browse and shop by genres such as mysteries, contemporary, animal stories and more.

Some favorite teen novels include:

  •  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  •  The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien
  •  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Check out your local library or book store for more.

So many books and what seems like so little time, so get going! Summer is a time for fun, adventure and continued learning. Go swimming, build sand castles and read your favorite
books. Don’t forget to check out some new ones as well for some fresh summertime adventure.

Pack up for the beach.  Remember those blankets and books.  Enjoy time with your family, and make memories to last a lifetime.

From all of us here at The Reading Lady, we wish you a fun, relaxing, and bookish summer!


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Can’t believe we’re near the end of May already!  With it comes an important holiday: Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May for remembering people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.  It was first established after the American Civil War in 1868 by General John  Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization made up of Union veterans.  Called Decoration Day, it was a time to honor the war dead by decorating their graves with flowers.

By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, which were celebrated on different days, had merged.  Memorial day was then extended to honor all Americans who died in military service.

Children need to learn about the history of our country and gain a respect for the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for it.  Teach them to show respect by visiting the graves of fallen soldiers and attending a Memorial Day parade in your area.  A great way to prepare for these events is to “read more about it.”

A great way to prepare for these events is to “read more about it” together. I hope you find these resources helpful in choosing books that are appropriate for your young reader:

  • This list of Memorial Day books for children helps introduce the conversation about how men and women have served our country throughout the decades and how they continue to support our freedoms today. It also provides Memorial Day study units with free resources and book ideas.
  •  The homeschooling website 3 Boys and a Dog provides an additional list of books for kids that includes a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction stories along with a Memorial Day coloring book for kids aged 4-9. Stories on the list are suitable for pre-school and elementary-aged children.

As you and your family get ready to enjoy the upcoming long weekend, remember those who made it possible with their service to our great nation.

All of us here at The Reading Lady salute the men and women who served with honor and were willing to give their lives for our freedoms. God bless our military!

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Spring is here!  I don’t know about you, but while everyone else is thinking about April showers that will bring May flowers, my mind is on reading.  Spring is a great time to focus on showering your children (and yourself) with good books.  Whether you make frequent trips to the library or start haunting your favorite book store, you’ll find that you can never have “too many” great things to read.

Books offer a window into so many subjects.  Religion, history science…whatever you like to learn about, books provide the knowledge to help you grow.  The nice thing about books is that you can take them anywhere and read them anytime.  You can get lost in a really good book!

Don’t know where to start?  Here are some suggestions for “spring” (or anytime) reading:

  •  If your child likes to read aloud, Scholastic has what you’re looking for.
  •  ChristianBook is the perfect place to go to find Christ-centered themes for all ages.

Parents can get in on the fun with the new trend in “adult” coloring books.  From garden patterns to intricate mandalas, there’s something for everyone.

I hope these suggested resources will help fill up your spring reading schedule.  I know that I’ve purchased my coloring books!  They’re so relaxing and creative.  Why not set aside some “reading and coloring” time with the kids?

Remember to visit your local library and book stores.  Shake off the winter blues and spring into reading!  Everyone here at The Reading Lady wishes you and yours “Happy Spring Reading!”

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