Harry Potter

Complete set of the seven books of the Harry P...

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So my son’s second grade teacher encouraged us to have him read beyond his level…to challenge him. So from Miss Daisy Is Crazy! we are jumping right into the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  by J.K. Rowling will be his first book without pictures. Now my son absolutely loves to read…he has even gotten in trouble at school lately for reading when he is supposed to be doing other things…but I’m curious to see if this will hold his attention. His eyes got very wide when he saw how many pages were in the book. He seemed more excited about the fact that the binding was so big that it fit the whole title. Even though this series hasn’t interested me in the past, I am very tempted to read it along with him. That way we can talk about the chapters and I can see if he is truly absorbing the information. Who knows, I might get sucked in like the rest of the Harry Potter lovers!!

Has your child read Harry Potter yet? If so, how old was he/she when they read it? Did it hold their attention? Is second grade too young to start this series? I guess I’ll find out soon 😉


Quote by Lloyd Alexander

“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.” — Lloyd Alexander

Quote found at www.flavorwire.com

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read

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My work has been involved with Reach out and Read for many years.

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new developmentally appropriate books to children age 6 months – 5 years at their well exam. Doctors and nurses give advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud and also provide age appropriate tips and encouragement.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The more than 4 million families served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.

It really is a great program. If you have children, please encourage your physician to become a Reach out and Read provider. It’s an invaluable service that they can provide to their patients and families.

Guido’s comparison of The Hunger Games: Book vs. the Movie

I would love to introduce Guido as our youngest book reviewer on BBB. Guido is just 10 years old! His mother, an English teacher and one of my best friends from college, finally let him read The Hunger Games this summer. Of course, after reading the book he wanted to go see the movie. As a way to persuade his mom, he offered to write a compare/contrast essay for the book vs. the movie. He knew which strings to pull and it obviously worked as his mom let him watch the movie and here is his wonderful review! Way to go Guido!!

We all know that a lot of books turn into movies. Some books that get turned into movies are famous like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games. Books get turned into movies by how good they are. Movies usually change some parts, to give them a kick in action. A kick in action gets good reviews and more fans for the book and the movie. In the book The Hunger Games, the districts of Panem, 1 boy and 1 girl will go into an arena. For a fight to the death with 23 dead and one victor, the government forces the kids to die. The book is better but the movie is also really good.

The book has some differences from the movie. In the book Katniss Everdeen gets a mockingjay pin from a girl named Madge, the daughter of Mayor Undereese. This is very important because when Katniss goes into the hunger games her mockingjay pin becomes her symbol, the symbol of rebellion. Further, the book doesn’t show the game makers (the people who control the Hunger Games) because they didn’t need to. They didn’t need to because the book was Katniss Everdeen’s thoughts and it kept on saying what will the game makers do next. Furthermore, the book goes WAY slower than the movie so you get attached to a little 12 year old girl named Rue who is like Katniss’s little sister Prim. Rue is really important to the story because Katniss and her get bonding time and when Rue dies Katniss covers and decorates her in flowers. It adds a bond between the districts.

The movie changed some things from the book. In the movie Katniss gets her pin in a black market in her district, and gives it to her sister Prim. However in the book she gets it from a girl named Madge. In addition, they showed game makers to show that people ran the hunger games. They did this because in the movie it wasn’t Katniss’s thoughts but yet in the book it was. To show people that people run the hunger games. Further, the movie goes faster so you really don’t get as attached to anyone like Rue, so when she dies we’re not really as sad as we are in the book.

In both the book and the movie. Katniss gets a mocking jay pin. And it is really important because in later books District 13 uses it as a sign of rebellion. In addition, Katniss is called “Katniss Everdeen girl on fire”. It is very important because that’s how people notice her and pay attention so she can get sponsors and she becomes a victor. Furthermore, the Peeta, Katniss, Gale love triangle is in both. It’s important because Katniss can survive with the excuse of she loves Peeta and Gale is important in later books because he kisses her and protects her.

In conclusion, the book is better than the movie. The book has more action and adventure. The book has a better flow to the groove of the hunger games. Books are often better than the movie. It’s always better because you experience more from the book than the movie.


What do you think? Do you agree with Guido? I sure do! 

Quote by Donalyn Miller

“Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.”  – Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child.

I truly feel that reading makes me a better person. It helps me to see perspective of others, and shows me when mine is flawed. It forces me to stop and think about opinions other than my own. It opens my eyes beyond a picture that I had already painted in my head.

I travel back in time as well as to places I will probably never see in my lifetime. Whether I’m reading about history or fantasy, I am learning. Learing about life, learning about myself.

I hope that my children enjoy reading as much as I do. While they learn so much in school, reading takes it to a whole new level. I get such joy when I see my son engrossed in a book. He used to let me read to him all the time when he was little. My youngest doesn’t share that same ritual; he wants to look at the book himself. So, I try to sneak in a little reading over his shoulder and name the pictures when he’ll let me…it’s exposure and I’ll keep at it.

Whereas I also love movie date night with my husband and would never turn down the experience of traveling to the places I read about, reading is an old friend. A friend who has no problem telling me when I have a thing or two to learn.

Quote found at www.goodreads.com

Summer reading

So, I’m feeling a little guilty about not pushing the reading this summer with my son. The Wii, TV and Angry Birds seemed to have trumped these days. Being a working mom, sometimes it’s easier to follow the path of least resistance. Just like flossing one’s teeth a week before going to the dentist, I’m going to try to encourage a little reading the last week before school starts. Since my son seems to enjoy this series, I thought I would try it for the Kindle. I might want to think about blocking Angry Birds first!

Children’s Movement of Florida – Reading Pals

The Children's Movement of Florida logo

The Children’s Movement of Florida logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Children’s Movement of Florida has launched an initiative called ReadingPals . ReadingPals is an effort to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade; it’s a three-year initiative focused on engaging, training and deploying volunteer “reading pals” in 10 Florida regions.

There are many partners: The Children’s Movement, local United Ways, school districts, Women’s Leadership Councils, Early Learning Coalitions, Children’s Services Councils and so many others. Together, they will focus on improving the reading abilities of students from pre-kindergarten to third grade in lower-performing schools.

ReadingPals is being launched in 10 Florida regions through the local United Ways. They looking for volunteers in each of the 10 regions who will dedicate an hour a week (for at least 25 weeks) to read in individual or small group settings. Volunteers will be trained and provided background screenings before entering the program. The hour you give each week will have an effect that lasts a lifetime.

Visit ReadingPals online to see if your county is participating!