For Parents, Educators & Readers

These are links I’ve liked to exceptional posts that I don’t think you need to be a writer to appreciate. This list will grow… and I’m hoping the links don’t break, over time.

Help for Parents Learning to Read – How to share the beauty of shared reading, even though reading may be a struggle for you.

Ten Awesome Questions to get Kids Thinking Deeper about Books (Transferable across grades and texts.)

Kathleen Morris shares 50 Mini-Lessons for Teaching Students Research Skills (with Printable PDF). Evaluate reliable sources and read with discernment. A valuable resource for educators, parents and readers!

Introducing Babies to Books is about More than just Reading (Short blog post from the Scottish Book Trust that I wholeheartedly endorse.) – Search for PBs by theme

Storybird is a delightful way to dabble in creativity. They supply the illustrations and the words – you pick & choose and arrange them into your own poem. Exquisite and very achievable! (Picture book & chapter book options also available.)

How-to Storybird – A post with screenshots to show the process, in case you’re wondering what it is.

Make your 8 Year-Old Fall in Love with Reading – Again – Great tips and books.

Six things you can do to get boys reading more – and girls too.

Setting the Mood – Writing Tips. I love that they make this look so easy! 😉

43 Words You Should Cut From Your Writing – excellent editing tips from Diana Urban, no matter what you’re writing!

Let Them Draw – Improving children’s creativity in writing.

Why are our 15 year-olds Falling Behind in Reading? Vocabulary! Classrooms <and homes> should be full of discussion, inquiry and experiences – these are the nourishing foundations of a rich language repertoire.

On Behalf of Teacher’s and Parents – a former-teacher’s heartfelt letter about the Australian Education System.

The Guardian’s Top Ten Tips to Help Kids Write Poetry – Great advice!

How 100 Year-old Books are Professionally Restored – Fascinating video! (Don’t know that I’ll ever be brave enough to try this myself, though.)