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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Share a Story, Shape a Future: Day 4, A Reading Universe

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Share-a-Story, Shape-a-Future is in its fourth day and continues through Friday, March 9th.  This event is an online, collaborative effort to share ideas and celebrate everything reading has to offer our kids.  This year's theme is The Culture of Reading.

Today's focus was A Reading Universe hosted by Terry Doherty from Share a Story.  She offers Readers Take Heart: Yes, You Are a Reader. Help her get 26 ways that show we are readers without picking up a book.

I also enjoyed reading a post from Melissa Taylor from Imagination Soup. She provides many helpful ideas to set up a successful family routine of visiting the library.

You may also want to check out the post from Sarah Jamila Stevenson from Family Bookshelf where she describes the Reaching a Reader program that promotes access to children's and young adult books and authors.  Also, Pam Courtney of My_LMNOP shares her process and her journey of sharing books with children.

There are even more posts to read at the Share a Story, Shape a Future website.

Every day of the week there is also a chance for bloggers to participate in the event by reflecting upon reading with the Writing @ Reading challenge.  I have participated in this way the past two years and found it very beneficial in developing my ideas and thoughts about reading.

The writing prompt I chose to reflect upon today is:

How do you find new books to add to your to-be-read list? (e.g. Goodreads, Twitter, Book Clubs, Friends, browsing library shelves).

My initial thoughts did not completely answer the question.

The new book section in the children's department at the library is often full of tempting books.  However, many of these book titles do not ever get written on list because they go right into my library bag.

The format of Happy Birthday Author helps me find new books to read because we try to read as many books as we can by an author before we celebrate their birthday.  However, I find myself writing down author's names on a calendar rather than book titles on a list.

I started thinking about where I hear about good books.  Recently, my favorite ways to learn about books are from Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Books and Amy Broodmore's Top 60. Susanna Hill has inspired many bloggers to review "Perfect Picture Books" on Fridays.  These posts are then compiled on her site for future reference.  I like that each post follows the same format and includes activity/extension ideas.  Amy Broodmore, at Delightful Children's Books,  has been adding five books to her top 60 list each month.  Her suggestions are unique and thoughtful. She is only at #15 so there is still time to start following her posts through the rest of the year.

I would love to hear how you find out about new books to read to your children.  Do you have a source you would like to share?

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