Have you heard of Read Across America, a year round literacy campaign that culminates on March 2 (TODAY!) — the birthday of Dr. Seuss?
I am thrilled to bring you resources to hold your own Reading Event today including:
The official book for Read Across America is Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, which coincides with the book’s 25th anniversary!
THANK YOU to everyone involved for selecting my blog as Best of the Book Blogosphere 2014! It’s the very first blogging award I’ve ever won and it totally made my day!!
Here are the other fabulous bloggers that also won:
BEST SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY
Full of Fiction
BEST YOUNG ADULT
Too Many Books, Too Little Time
Children’s Book Heal
BEST CONTEMPRARY/ NEW ADULT
Confessions of a Book Blogger
Thank you again to all my readers who helped me win this award! It means a lot to me!!
My friend Isra says her 8-year-old son is a reluctant reader. He likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid but now he’s exhausted that series so here are more! Books to appeal to an eight year old reluctant boy reader!
More Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid for Boys
Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look
My son thought this series was hysterically funny. Alvin is a boy who is nervous about a lot of things including girls, camping, school, and science projects. Set in Concord, Massachusetts, Isra’s son might also enjoy this Massachusetts connection!
International Book Giving Day is giving out lovely bookplates and bookmarks to celebrate a day of book giving coming up February 14th. It’s another way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and literacy!
My son and I LOVED the Max Finder by Liam O’Donnell graphic novel mystery series when he was in first and second grade. These short mysteries were HARD to figure out; sometimes the two of us would be right, sometimes we missed the mark entirely. But, Liam’s books worked beautifully to keep my son reading and wanting more.
Now, he has a new series that is honestly sheer genius! A chapter book series based on MINECRAFT! My son is a serious gamer — he actually went to Minecraft camp not once but twice! — and my husband and I work hard but futilely to keep his screen time down to two hours a day. Our policing job is going to get easier!
Please welcome my guest post author today, Liam O’Donnell! Read more…
Thank you to everyone who sent me photos of their kids caught reading. They are wonderful! As always, I will send you a children’s book for each photo. Please email me at pragmaticmomblog (at) gmail (dot) com.
This Family Circus cartoon is courtesy of Ann of Doodles and Jots who sent it to me by way of Instagram.
I’ve been to many author book signing events since I start blogging including very popular authors like Rick Riordan where fans stood in a line that snaked around the building! But I have never waited in line for two hours just for a book signing; there wasn’t even a presentation or talk involved!
Have you heard of Michelle Phan? She’s a YouTube beauty and fashion vlogger rockstar with over 7 mllion subscribers and a growing media empire that includes a beauty sample subscription service called Ipsy, her own make up line Em and now a book, Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. How does one become a YouTube rockstar? It’s a pretty simple formula:
- Step 1: Make your own videos
- Step 2: Get them to go viral
- Step 3: Do this every week for nine years
Step 3, of course, is the hard part. Michelle says its easy to make a video and get it to go viral. It’s about doing something outrageous and then timing the release of the video. But to do this weekly? That’s where the real work comes in.