Perfect for the Skin You're In
Anything I Dream
Ali's Favorite Picture Books:
1. The Hungry Caterpillar, by: Eric Carl
2. The Tickle Monster, by: Josie Bisset
3. The Wonderful Things You'll Be, by: Emily Winfield Martin
4. Seeds & Trees, by: Brandon Walden
Follow her on Instagram: @knows.no.bounds.books
Writing Tips from Ali:
*Have grit or determination in your writing & be consistent!
*Consider feedback as a gift!
*Enjoy the process; learn as you go.
Episode #16: Women in STEM with Marsha Tufft
5 E's of Science:
Celebrating World Science Day w/ Engineer-Author Marsha Tuft
5 E's of Science:
"Books in the home improve literacy...kids love to own their own books...or even have them on a shelf when they're from the library! When books are being rotated & used, the rewards are reaped for years afterward."
Tutoring & Reading Coaching Websites:
Important Concepts & Quotes from Becky:
*"I am here to love....& I'm here to teach love."
*"Human being vs. human doing"
*"I just allowed them to be...instead of 'do this,' do this, know this, know this, know this."
*"We are all a Work in Progress, & a product of what we have experienced & learned."
*"Go, go, go....do, do, do....but when you wake up & remember, your life begins again."
*"If you give away everything, there's nothing left for yourself."
Becky's Website & Social Media:
- Fairy tales allow us to peek into the past & they teach children about the magic & importance of exploration.
- Fairy tales teach a sense of right vs. wrong.
- Fairy tales teach kids self-reliance.
- Fairy tales teach kids that hard work can help pave the road to success.
- Fairy tales teach kids how to develop critical thinking skills.
- Fairy tales are meant to be retold.
- Fairy tales teach kids to be careful about whom to trust.
- Fairy tales conjure a sense of wonder & awe.
- Fairy tales teach children that no situation is entirely hopeless.
, by: Louisa May Alcott (my all-time favorite book)
RAR Revival Podcast, Sarah Mackenzie, episode #166
Comprehension Strategies & Tips:
1. Set a purpose for reading.
2. Summarize or retell the story.
3. Model thinking aloud for a child. (I do....you do.)
4. Sequencing chain of events (in order.)
5. Activate children's prior knowledge & help them make further connections.
6. Identify new vocabulary & decode text.
7. Ask open-ended questions during & after reading a story.
8. Ask students to restate a main idea or concept from the story.
9. Teach reading strategies like: read with a highlighter or post-it flags in hand.
10. Use graphic organizers, story maps or flow charts to guide thinking after reading a book.
*Go back & reread the paragraph if it was confusing!*
Podcast #23: Teaching Kids to Read, part II
(Interview with CEO of Just Right Readers, Sara Rich)
Sara's Company Website, Just Right Reader
Sara's Reading Tips:
1. Build kids' confidence in reading.
2. Encourage kids to reread books.
3.Make reading fun!
Podcast #22: Lifelong Reading-Making Time for It
Nick on Instagram & podcast- @bookthinkers
- Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, & Unlock Your Exceptional Life, by: Jim Kwik
Tips for Making More Time for Reading:
- Put a book you're reading, in each room of the house.
- Charge your phone in a different room while you’re reading.
- Read only what you’re interested in.
- Read very first thing in the morning...especially if you’re a morning person.
- Read for meaning, not word count.
- Carry a book around the house to do various chores.
- Set a purpose for reading.
- Speed reading
- Listen to Audiobooks
- Stay up late to read; especially if you’re a night owl.
- Give yourself a deadline to complete each book.
- Exchange movies & shows for books.
- Join a reading program (similar to a book club.)
- Give up books that you don’t enjoy.
- Find a quiet place to read.
- Prepare your reading list in advance.
- Carve out time on your calendar to read each day.
- Don’t ever leave the house without a book! ______________________________________
Podcast #21: Bilingual Children's Books -- An Interview with Faiza Nguyen
Purposes & Benefits of a Children's Bilingual Book:
- Reach a large audience.
- Teach the basics of another language.
- Reading these books teaches kids to focus on the task at hand; attention control.
- Reading bilingual books can help children appreciate simple concepts in both languages.
- Higher chance of enjoying reading.
- Builds a sensitivity to linguistic structures & formats.
"Children become readers on the laps of their parents." - Emilie Buchwald
Podcast #20: Kindergarten READiness Show Notes
Tips for Getting Kids Ready to Read:
Read what your kids want to read!
Provide a variety of books, topics & genres for them to choose form.
Don’t push topics kids don’t show interest in.
Recognize different forms of print
Make text-to-world & text-to-self connections
6. Teach your child to recognize rhyming words
- Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes, by: James Dean
- The Mysterious Benedict Society, by: Trenton Lee Stewart
- Read Aloud Handbook, by: Jim Trelease
- Tale of a 4th Grade Nothing, by: Judy Blume
“Reading books at a child’s listening level rather than books at his or her reading level increases the probability that he or she will hear more profound vocabulary, while also having the opportunity to engage in dialogue with you about both the words & the story.”
"Every time we read aloud to a child, we're giving a commercial for the pleasures of reading."
Websites with Articles & Podcasts:
Podcast Episode 18:
Tips for Reading with Kids:
Leave a book or books out strategically
Make reading a special, one-on-one bonding time
Rotate your books (seasonally or monthly)
4. Diversify your home bookshelf & the books you promote <3
"There's someone out there for every book, but every book isn't for everyone." -Eliana Bishop
Learn the differences between traditional publishing, hybrid publishing & vanity publishing contracts.
When not writing her own books, Brooke teaches other aspiring writers how to write and publish kids’ books at www.journeytokidlit.com. Learn more about her on her website www.brookevansickle.com and connect with her on social @authorbrookevs.
By: Tupera Tupera
By: Jonathan Stutzman & Jay Fleck
Tips for Writers Seeking a Publishing Contract:
Brain dump or brainstorm your story idea.
Write the book! Rough draft it, edit & proofread it, rewrite it.
Get your manuscript professionally edited/critiqued before submitting to a publishing company.
Research the various publishing companies out there & the types of stories they tend to accept.
Podcast Episode 16: Your Kids Brain on
Reading vs. Screen Time:
Books List & Links:
Books for Babies:
- Contrast Books:
- Animal Finger Puppet Books:
- Texture Books:
- Crinkle/Tab Books:
Shana's Tips for Reading with a Baby:
- Narrate your daily events
- Tell stories to your kids & babies
- Read interactive, textured books
- Lay on your tummy & read with baby
Episode 14: Resources for Teaching Reading:
- Websites used in obtaining information for this episode:
- Books & Manuals:
- TV shows & apps:
- Games & Learning Apps:
- ABC Mouse
- Khan Academy Kids (Free)
- Reading Eggs
- 5 Essential Literacy Skills to Start Reading:
- Phonological Awareness
- Narrative skills
- Letter knowledge
- Print Awareness
- Social Media Accounts to Follow:
- Janssen @everydayreading