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One of my passions in life is youth literacy. I believe that when children learn to read and love books at an early age, they have a huge advantage in life. Because of this, I would like to do my part by helping kids see how fun reading can be and to encourage them to read every day.
I will be going to schools and community organizations to read to kids and share some of my favorite children's books. If you're a teacher or community organizer and want me to come read to your kids, you can email your request.
March 12, 2012 maks the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts have been a huge part of my life. I was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scout, and then I spent many years as a Girl Scout leader. And, I'm a Lifetime Member. Can you tell I love them!
To celebrate, a new book came out in January about the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, called Here Come the Girl Scouts by Shana Corey.
From Childrens Book Almanac:
In Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure, Shana Corey provides a fitting tribute for the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts by writing a history of both Daisy and her amazing organization. Brilliant at conveying just enough information for the four- through ten-year-old crowd, Corey begins her saga with a single sentence "Daisy was a girl with gumption." And then the opposite page provides definitions of this tantalizing word. Rather than sitting around doing needlework, Daisy wants excitement and adventure, and because she grows up in a privileged family, she can realize some of her dream. She rides elephants in India and flies in a monoplane. But only in her fifties, when she founds the Girl Scouts, does Daisy find her true life's work.
Happy 100th Girl Scouts! You will always be a part of me!
Do you have a kid that tells you they hate reading? Well Scholastic has a great article on 10 Non-Book Ways to Get Your Child Reading.
1. Play board games. Scrabble or Boggle are specifically good for building vocabulary and spelling.
2. Collect trading cards. There are card series to appeal to most interests, from sports to space travel, Yu-Gi-Oh! to Beanie Babies.
3. Learn “how to.” Is there something your child would really like to do, such as perform magic tricks or add sequins to her jeans? Encourage her to find out how by reading about it.
4. Get cooking. Invite your child to help you bake a cake or a special meal together. If necessary, simplify and rewrite a recipe's instructions so he can read it to you.
5. Make cards. Have your child make her own cards for holidays, birthdays, party invitations, and thank-yous. Help her write a personal message to each recipient.
CLICK HERE for the rest of the ten from Scholastic.
Good news for Harry Potter fans. After a 6 month delay, the Pottermore website is going to be officially launched early April. One million fans have been using and testing the beta site, and looks like it’s now ready. The site was originally scheduled to be launched last October.
We're pleased to announce that pottermore.com will be open to everyone in early April 2012.
We know that the extended wait for those wishing to be part of Pottermore has been frustrating, and we’d like to thank you all for your patience so far.
Many of you are interested to know why we extended the original opening date beyond October of last year.
We always knew Pottermore would be incredibly popular, which is why we made the decision to only open to one million Beta users to begin with. We wanted to make sure that we had a really good understanding of how people want to use the site and which bits we’d need to modify before giving more people access.
We gathered some incredibly useful feedback from our Beta users, and it became clear that our original platform wouldn’t be suitable when millions more users came on to the site. So we made a big decision: to move Pottermore to an entirely different platform set up. This ‘invisible’ change has involved a lot of work behind the scenes but it will enable our users to get the best from Pottermore as it grows and develops.
There have definitely been some challenges and the whole Pottermore team has been working really hard to incorporate all the Beta activity and feedback. This means that over the coming weeks and months we’ll be adding exclusive content and many more exciting features (such as sounds) to Pottermore for you to explore, share and discover.
So get ready to join the Pottermore journey - the wait is nearly over.
Yay! It's World Read Aloud Day! Time to get out there and read to one of the kids in your life. Just wanted to share with you some of my recommendations to get you started.
This is a really cute story about a pea who can't have any dessert until he eats his dinner. Kids will love hearing about the food he won't eat...candy!
This is my absolute favorite book to read aloud! It's the story of the Three Little Pigs re-told from the wolf's perspective...he was framed!
It's not just the little kids that like being read to! My niece and I read this book together and we both loved it! It's a beautiful story inspired by The Snow Queen.
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March 7th is LitWorld's Read Aloud Day.
Why Read Aloud Day? From LitWorld's website...
Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate.
Imagine a world where everyone can read...
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.
It’s time to join the Global Literacy Movement.
Now it's your turn. Will you take the time to read aloud to someone special in your life? Kids love being read to, even bigger kids. I'll be reading to my niece who is now in 4th grade and still loves having books read to her.
I would love to see what you did for World Read Aloud Day. Let's see those photos of you reading to your child, younger sibling, niece or nephew, grandchild or any child! Email me your pictures at Pebbles@Jamn945.com and I'll be sure to share them!
Rock & Read On!
Gotta love the kids giving the "bunny ears!" Lol
I had a great time with Ms. Dery's first grade class at Brookside Elementary. She another amazing teacher, and her kids are so lucky to have someone who cares so much about them.
We read a class favorite - Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Chick and Pug by Jennifer Sattler, and the ABC Book by Dr. Seuss. We had a great time coming up with words beginning with the letters of the alphabet.
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Hi everyone! I just wanted to welcome you to my brand new blog for Pebbles Reading Rockstars. I starting the program, where I go to schools to read to children, because I strongly believe in the power of reading. There is a reader in every child. Sometimes it's tough and takes a lot to pull that reader out of them, but we can do it!
Through this blog I will be sharing some of my favorite books to read to kids, tips from the experts on how to raise a reader, info from other youth literacy organizations with the same goals, and ways to make reading fun for you and your child, niece or nephew, younger sibling, grandchild, or any other kid you come in contact with.
I would also love to hear your stories and the tips that have worked for you. It would be my pleasure to pass them on in the hopes of creating a new reading community. Also, feel free to send me pictures of your kids reading their favorite book or you reading to them.
I hope you come back often as I promise to have lots of fun and useful information to share with you daily.
Rock on Readers!
Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss! I don't know about you, but I have learned so much about life from the great doctor. One of my favorite quotes ever is from Dr. Seuss...
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those you mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind!"
On this special day, I thought I would share some of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.
This has become one of my favorite books to read aloud to kids. There's so much opportunity for learning and interaction. A must for any kid's library.
Really fun (and tough) book to read to, and with, kids. They'll love the tongue twisters!
A Seuss classic! Plus we get to meet Thing 1 and Thing 2.
One of the books my mother read to me when I was a little girl. It's always stuck with me.
Love, love, love this story! I wouldn't mind vacationing in Whoville!
This is what I'm talking about with Dr. Seuss. It's a fun story, but you learn that if you never know what you might like unless you try it!
Beautiful story about the wide wonderful world we have out there and there are opportunities all around us! Great book to give for a graduation gift. I also heard a great idea if you have kids just starting school. Buy a copy and each year, have their new teacher sign it for them. Then give it to them on graduation day! LOVE that idea. I'm going to hunt down my niece's previous teachers and get that done.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!
I had an amazing time with Ms. Webb's kindergarten class at the AC Whelan School to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. They even made me a special hat and tie. We read the ABC book and had a blast coming up with words that started with each letter. Ms. Webb is preparing them very well for first grade!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!
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