March 8, 2010
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is promoting this week as Teen Tech Week. The emphasis is on ways teens can meld technology with reading and literacy. There’s a list of activities at the YALSA website, including book lists for both fiction and nonfiction books.
Sourcebooks is also hosting a whole list of activities for the week at their website, Teen Fire, including a Teen Fire Trailer Contest that goes on until March 19. Teens can make a book trailer for any Sourcebooks Fire title and be entered into a chance to win titles for themselves and their libraries.
March 2, 2010
If Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) were alive today he’d be celebrating his 106th birthday. In honor of this day, the National Education Association established Read Across America Day, a time to celebrate reading for all ages. The NEA’s website has lots of links to help you find fun facts, activities and more. For instance, I found it interesting to click on the downloadable document that told me favorite books from members of Congress. I found out that my Congressman, David Wu, likes Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. That’s one of my favorites too! Reading the entire list reminded me of old favorites and new-for-me titles that I’d like to check out.
You’ll also find interesting activities and information at the NEA’s Read Across America partners:
Read, Write, Think.org
A to Z Teachers
Adlit.org (for adolescent literacy)
While you’re deciding what to do, don’t forget to enjoy a piece of birthday cake.
January 13, 2010
I recently discovered a nice site on parenting called Pragmatic Mom.com. The author is a mom of three who lives outside Boston, and she writes about books, schooling, cooking and other issues. I really like her list of books for reluctant boy readers. It’s pretty extensive, and while I’ve read a lot of the books on the list, there are some new ones for me to discover too. I’m especially excited to check out The Trouble with Lemons by David Hayes and the EarthSea series by Ursula Le Guin.
November 10, 2009
I’m thrilled that Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs is featured at Grown in My Heart, An Adoption Network. As the article says, “Family is all about connections,” and so are mother-daughter book clubs. You can also expect to find other parenting information at Grown in My Heart, not just support for adoptive parents and information on adoption. You can also find food and craft ideas as well as giveaways and more. And if you are an adoptive parent or planning to adopt, you’ll find lots of supportive information. It’s a great all around site to check out.
August 18, 2009
This week Catherine is working on several projects for the Oregon Humane Society. She’s on her way to logging 40 hours to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. She’s doing the work, of course, but that doesn’t mean I get a free pass to work on my projects while she’s working on hers. She’s sewing blankets for kitties, which means frequent problem solving with the sewing machine since she’s a novice at sewing. So we work on it together to some degree.
While she’s working on this project for Girl Scouts not as part of book club, I know many members of mother-daughter book clubs who choose to volunteer together and have a great time when they do. Some of them even start younger than I would have guessed was a good age, eight years old, and let their kids be in charge of planning.
As a mom, I know how difficult it can be sometimes to stand back and let the kids be in charge. Activities tend to be messier and less organized when the younger set is calling the shots. But I see a real advantage to it as well, especially with volunteering. Kids can build confidence while seeing that they can make a difference in their community. I definitely saw that with my older daughter Madeleine and her friends when they volunteered (again through Girl Scouts) to work with Habitat for Humanity last spring. The girls worked slowly, but they gained a lot of confidence learning to swing a hammer and hang drywall in a home where a needy family was soon to move in.
I think it’s most important to let the kids be in charge when deciding what kind of project to take on and how much they want to be involved. Getting this kind of buy in is most likely to lead to a successfully finished project, because kids are more likely to stay interested until the end.
If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities where you live, you may want to check out your local United Way, which often keeps a database of volunteer opportunities. I’ve also found great information using VolunteerMatch.org.