Libraries. Books. Reading.
October 2017 Highlights
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November is PICTURE BOOK MONTH
On Accelerated Reader and All the Other Computer Programs - by Pernille Ripp
A quote from the post: "In our eagerness to make sure every child is reading the right fit book, we have forgotten about the very child reading those books. Reading was never meant to be about points. Or scores. Or correct answers. It was never meant to be about levels or data or rewards for goals met."
On the Level - by Donalyn Miller
Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level
Driving Our Children to LifeLong Reading
I've heard many parents complain about the "read for 30 minutes each night" reading homework...even parents who were also classroom teachers who were in some cases assigning the same homework to their students! This post gives simple ideas on how to turn something that seems pointless and tedious into something valuable for the whole family.
A quote: "Since I have been holding my children accountable for their nightly thirty minutes of reading every night, I have seen a drastic improvement in their reading lives, but also in their attitudes about reading. I know that of all the homework my kids have, the assignment that can most easily be skipped is also the one that will make the biggest impact in both their learning and their lives. Just like nothing will make a young driver safer on the road than practice behind the wheel, nothing will make our readers more scholarly learners than practice behind the pages of a book. By holding them accountable for nightly independent reading, we are steering them to success!"
Library Goddess Blog Posts
- Let me toot your horn! *I didn't write this in October, but still sharing! I want to come visit you!
- Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat Book Review
- Chicken Squad: Dark Shadows Book Review
- Princess Cora and the Crocodile Book Review
- A Post About Disney and My Mom
Columbia SC Moms Blog Posts
I am one of the contributors to the Columbia SC Moms Blog. Here are my posts from October (neither one is book related! I do write about other things from time to time):
- 15 Tips for a Magical Trip to Disney World (with a toddler!)
- What's for Dinner? Exploring Meal Kits
About Valerie Byrd Fort - Library Goddess
I spent 15 years as a librarian in elementary schools before deciding to take a break and stay home with my daughter. When my daughter is sleeping, I read and review children’s books and blog about my reading (and sometimes about my girl). I also teach Children’s Literature at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Library and Information Science. I am passionate about the importance of reading and libraries. I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music. I enjoy cooking, Barre3, yoga, and reading. My favorite things to read are funny memoirs and young adult novels. I LOVE picture books, especially those about dogs and families. I am available for special projects, book talks, consulting, and speaking to teachers and librarians about books, kids, and reading. I am also very good with technology and am willing to create a presentation to suit your needs.