Literacy Milestone: Declaring a Favorite Book

LiteracyMilestoneAMy daughter has a stack of her 50 favorite picture books, and various stacks of her favorite graphic novels. She has declared favorite  picture book authors and illustrators a few times (Mo Willems, Bob Staake, Shirley Parenteau + David Walker), and has fan-girled other authors (Raina Telgemeier, Shannon Hale, Suzanne Nelson). But the other day, for the first time that I can recall, she declared a particular book to be her favorite. 

The book was Kristy's Big Day, the sixth book in the Baby-Sitters Club Graphix series, by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan. Why this one, I wondered. She explained thus:

KristysBigDay"Well, the Baby-Sitters Club is my favorite series. And Kristy's Big Day is my favorite book in the series. So, that makes it my favorite book." 

Impeccable logic, that. I wonder if it will hold up. I have a couple of childhood favorites that certainly remain in my top 10, though my all-time favorite is one that I first read as an adult. But that was before the days of graphic novels. Time will tell! 

Do you have a favorite book?

Thanks for reading, and for growing bookworms!

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: September 13: Growing Bookworms, Academic Retention, Reading Logs + More

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #CharterSchools, #CriticalThinking, #Dyslexia, #GraphicNovels, #GrowingBookworms, #GrowthMindset, #HigherEd, #homework, #iGen, #JoyOfReading, #PoliticalCorrectness, #ReadingLogs, #SummerSlide, libraries, publishing, schools, teachers, and writing.

Top Tweet of the Week

The Most Powerful Way To Instill – And Keep – A #LoveOfReading – Good recommendations from @Kateywrites at All The Wonders #parenting

Book Lists

JoyPictureBook#PictureBooks that Spark Joy and Encourage #Play | #BookReviews + #BookList from @kegancunningham

Children's #GraphicNovels with No Violence that are still action-packed | #BookList from @momandkiddo

Magical #MiddleGrade #GraphicNovels that Celebrate the Weirdness of Growing Up | @emsteinkellner @BookishHQ via @tashrow

Events + Literacy Programs

Get ready for the UK's National #LibrariesWeek by Dawn Finch @AwfullyBigBlog | #Library facts + links | #DigitalLiteracy

Growing Bookworms

HowToRaiseAReaderNYT editor @PamelaPaulNYT shares tips from her latest book on ‘How to Raise a Reader’ | @WTOP via @MrsPstorytime | #GrowingBookworms #IntrinsicRewards

Reading Their Way! Upside Down is Totally Okay. @TheReadingTub makes the case for letting toddlers hold the book however they like, to cultivate #JoyOfReading

A reminder from @ClareLandrigan that A #Reading Life Is Not Linear. Teachers need to accept detours along students' paths to #JoyOfReading @nerdybookclub

Higher Ed

‘Nope, You’re Not Special.’ How the College Scam Mastermind Rick Singer Recruited Families - @jenniferlevitz + @melissakorn @WSJ | #HighedEd #parenting

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Inventing a new verb, 'to snowflakize' | publishing's good-intentions-gone-mad outcome of banning too many things from children's books by Anne Rooney @AwfullyBigBlog

MIT Technology Review young writers essay contest (must be under 18) - “What do adults not know about my generation and technology?” @techreview via @drdouggreen #writing #iGen

Parenting + Play

HowTheOtherHalfLearnsThe Secret of a #CharterSchool ’s Success? Parents. "School culture and parent buy-in matter" for educational outcomes, says @rpondiscio @WSJ in essay adapted from coming book

Great piece from @everead on why You Should Definitely Read Mindset by #CarolDweck | #GrowthMindset #parenting | I also recommend #MathematicalMindsets by @joboaler

Schools and Libraries

The Email that @pernilleripp Sends Every Year Requesting For Her Children To Not Have to Do #ReadingLogs | I'm happy not to have any requirement for that again this year

Thoughts on the Power of Questions for #Learning + tips for improving yours from @farnamstreet

A #reading ‘crisis’: Why some New York City parents created a #CharterSchool for dyslexic students @Chalkbeat via @MindShiftKQED | #LearningDisabilities #Phonic #ReadingInstruction

HomeworkMythgThe Crucial Steps in #Education Are the Ones We May Have Skipped, like focusing #IntrinsicMotivation vs. extrinsic + asking how to stop #grading or why to assign #homework at all @alfiekohn

Educator: There's A Mass Teacher Exodus, Not Shortage | Negative incentives + #testing drive people out #teaching | Testing $ should be spent on books (+ other needs) instead | @slekar @WPR

Boosting School Quality Remains a Slog for States, Nation - @EvieBlad @educationweek #ESSA #EdReform

Michigan teachers: Flunking won’t help kids read. We have better ideas. | @BridgeMichigan via @MindShiftKQED | #ReadingInstruction #AcademicRetention

Miscellaneous Research Studies

MindWideOpenAn idea from @Doug_Lemov to replace #LearningStyles w/ #AttentionTypes after reading chapter on attention + sensory channels in the brain by @stevenbjohnson

Research on how to teach #CriticalThinking contradicts education trends | @DTWillingham reports scientists are united in their belief that #ContentKnowledge is crucial, but #Schools are teaching skills in isolation @hechingerreport

True or False: The #SummerSlide Is Real. Researchers are looking at this again, after trouble replicating original 30 year old study on #learning loss + #AchievementGap @mcjomcg @WSJ

“Politically Incorrect” Speakers Are Seen As More Authentic — Especially If The Audience Already Shares Their Views – but come across as less warm #PoliticalCorrectness @ResearchDigest @EmmaELYoung

Harvard study shows that students learn more when classrooms employ #ActiveLearning strategies, but think they don't. Further evidence that student evaluations aren't correlated w/ #learning

Wouldn't this be nice? People’s Responses To News Clips Suggest There Is A Greater Market For Happy Stories Than Journalists Realise – @mattbwarren @ResearchDigest

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: September 6: All About #ScreenTime, #Play + #MentalHealth

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this relatively light week include #CharterSchools, #EdTech, #HigherEd, #homework, #literacy, #MentalHealth, #NoSummerSlide, #parenting, #play, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime and #SocialMedia.

Growing Bookworms

#NoSummerSlide Week 14 – Wow! What a Summer | Using a recap of summer highlights to practice + model #literacy skills from @TheReadingTub

Higher Ed

‘Father Is Surgeon,’ ‘1 Mil Pledge’: The Role of Money in USC Admissions - Defense in #HigherEd admission scandal is that USC took money into account anyway @jenniferlevitz @melissakorn @WSJ

Parenting + Play

Three Things Overscheduled Kids Need More of in Their Lives: playtime, downtime, family time by @dfkris @MindShiftKQED, citing Denise Pope @StanfordEd | Also choice over extracurriculars

Schools and Libraries

OtherHalfLearnsRobert Pondiscio Just Wrote a Book About Success Academy #CharterSchools. It Does Not Support Either Preferred Narrative, but captures a central conflict of the debate | @The74

#BackToSchool Planning + #Homework Tips for a Great Year from @TheReadingTub | #checklists, study habits + #play

Join #SchoolLibrarian @100scopenotes in his Quest for the Best #ReadAloud Chair

#Literacy: The Forgotten Social Justice Issue - @MsJasmineMN @ProjForeverFree | "we can not fully proclaim that Black Lives Matter until Black literacy does" + we need to raise the bar in teaching #Reading

Screen Time + Mental Health

Schools Pushed for #EdTech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back, asking for return of print books + pencils | @BetsyMorris2 + @Tawnell @WSJ discuss in-depth #ScreenTime

Kids' Phones Buzz in Class—With Texts From Mom and Dad - @juliejargon @WSJ | #ScreenTime #Parenting

IGenThe Scientific Debate Over Teens, #ScreenTime And #MentalHealth | @anya1anya @MindShiftKQED talks w/ @jean_twenge @OrbenAmy + @epi_kerrykeyes for range of views

A response to the above piece from @Jean_Twenge: My response to the inaccuracies in this article, with graphs:

That response led to a revision and correction of the original article, shared by @epi_kerrykeyes:

Meanwhile, a new study says kids' lack of sleep is ‘more harmful to #MentalHealth than #SocialMedia use’ | @NicolaKSDavis @guardian via @MindShiftKQED

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: August 30: #JoyOfReading, #SchoolLibrarians + Happy Labor Day Weekend

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics for this light week include #Audiobooks, #ChildDevelopment, #HigherEd, #JoyOfReading, #literacy, #MentalHealth, #SchoolLibrarians, #SocialMedia, magic, parenting, publishing, and schools. Wishing those of you in the U.S. a relaxing Labor Day weekend. 

Top Tweet of the Week

Depressing @latimes Op-Ed from #HighSchool teacher: My students don't read any more. Why? "Reading books has been sacrificed to the tyranny of texting and the dizzying array of #SocialMedia platforms." #JoyOfReading

Growing Bookworms

101MagicTricks#NoSummerSlide Week 13 @TheReadingTub – Abracadabra It’s Magical | #science + #literacy concepts behind #magic

Higher Ed

Facing Criticism, College Board Drops Plans for #SAT Student Adversity Scores - @dougbelkin @WSJ | There will still be new metrics to track social + economic backgrounds, but no one index

To help first generation college students succeed, schools enlist parents @hechingerreport via @MindShiftKQED | #HigherEd

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

Book Publishers Sue Amazon’s @audible_com to Block Coming #Audiobook Captioning Service - @JeffreyT1 @WSJ #Publishing

BestFriendsMy daughter will not be heard from for a while. Our pre-order of BEST FRIENDS arrived | Thank you @haleshannon + LeUyen Pham + @01FirstSecond + all who make #GraphicNovels for helping give my child the #JoyOfReading [No link, but I thought book-lovers would appreciate it anyway.]

Parenting, Child Development + Play

Study Finds Kids w/ An Older Brother Have Poorer Language Skills Than Those w/ A Big Sister – @ResearchDigest @mattbwarren #ChildDevelopment

How Can Parents + #Schools Help Kids w/ Anxiety? | @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED #MentalHealth #Parenting

Youth Sports Have Gotten Too Crazy. They (Meaning Parents) Should Relax - @jasongay @WSJ

Schools and Libraries

Decline in #SchoolLibrarians leaves students without information guides just as they need help w/ web-based info @Cate_M_May @dhnews

Today's @WSJ reports Parents Face a Growing Barrage of Fees (for books, registration, libraries, etc.) as Students Head Back to Public #School. Have you seen this? @Tawnell

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Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: August 23: #BackToSchool Books + Advice for Nurturing #JoyOfLearning

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week #Audiobooks, #BookAwards, #BookLists, #Cybils, #DiverseBooks, #EducationalEquity, #FreeRangeKids, #GraphicNovels, #GrowingBookworms, #Homework, #JoyOfReading, #NoSummerSlide, #OutdoorPlay, #reading, #SchoolChoices, #STEM, libraries, publishing, recess, and schools. 

Top Tweet of the Week

Cybils-Logo-2019-RoundHey there, people who blog (incl. non-tradl platforms like YouTube, Instagram, etc.) about #kidlit + #YA: It’s the 2019 #Cybils Call for Judges!! | Help select the best-written, most kid-friendly titles of the year

Book Lists + Awards

My Favorite Back to School #PictureBooks for 2019 – #BookList from @pernilleripp w/ older + newer titles

Crack the Code! 9 Books About Puzzles and Codes for 9- to 12-Year-Olds | A #BookList my 9 y.o. will love from @denabooks @ReadBrightly #kidlit

ProphetCallsBridging the Gap Between #MiddleGrade and #YoungAdult: Upper Middle Grade – A useful #BookList from @MGBookVillage

A contemporary, diverse 6th-8th Grade Back To School Reading List that @literacious "can guarantee kids will love" #BookList #DiverseBooks

Lodestar Award For Best Young Adult Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book Announced, reports @gail_gauthier | Congratulations to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi @MacKidsBooks #SFF #YA

#Kidlit + #YA bloggers: You can find more details about the 2019 #CYBILS Call for Judges @literacious | Identify excellent + kid-appealing titles in #fiction, #nonfiction, #poetry, #GraphicNovels + more

Growing Bookworms

CatInTheHatOn The Importance of #PictureBooks for babies, toddlers + older children | @vanessalobue @PsychToday #literacy #LoveOfBooks

Expert Tips for Keeping Busy Kids Connected to Books | Advice gathered by @olugbemisola @ReadBrightly | I especially liked “Nothing without joy!”

Ten Ways to Get Reluctant Adolescent Readers Reading by Sherri K. Wilcox @nerdybookclub #GrowingBookworms #ReadingCulture

#NoSummerSlide Week 12 – It’s a Secret, tips from @TheReadingTub to sneak in some #literacy while running Spy Training Camp! | We did spy camp at our house a couple of summers ago :-)

I like this idea from @100scopenotes for #SchoolLibraries: Kids + Books + Instax (instant prints of kids w/ favorite books) #JoyOfReading

On Reading, Writing, Blogging, and Publishing

GutsIn today's obvious news that I still appreciated, @WSJ reports that #GraphicNovels are taking off w/ young readers #kidlit #JoyOfReading

I’d Rather Read With My Ears - @WSJopinion on the joys of #Audiobooks | #reading

Breaking Down the Changes to E-Content in Your Local #Libraries: What You Need to Know — #eBooks #Audiobooks #Publishing

Parenting, Play + Screen Time

RT @RitaPlatt: Free range children. It's hard. It's scary. But, parents, we have to let them play. Walk to the store, ride their bikes, find new friends, explore their world. Without our intervention. @NewYorkTimes11

RevivingOpheliaThe Lonely Burden of Today’s Teenage Girls - new research by Mary Pipher and Sara Pipher Gilliam suggests many are becoming more anxious, depressed + solitary @WSJ #SocialMedia

#Homework Doesn’t Have to Be a Constant Battle - an educational psychologist shares constructive ways to get kids to do their h/w | Clare Ansberry @WSJ #parenting

‘Adult Recess’ Is Booming, Because Being a Grown-Up Is Hard - @WSJ | I say do what you like, as long as the people participating also support plenty of #recess for kids in #schools

Kids may need to learn to love nature - study finds preference for outdoors isn't a given in childhood + seems to increase over time #OutdoorPlay @FuturityNews @drdouggreen

Schools and Libraries

FlowNovelty and Mystery – ideas from @ReadByExample to capture students' attention + help them find #flow | Engage the senses when #reading, + more

Public Support Grows for Higher #TeacherPay, School Spending and Expanded #SchoolChoice per 2019 @EducationNext Poll #CommonCore support also rebounding

Growing Advanced Placement in Montgomery County, MD to improve #EducationalEquity: interesting book excerpt @EducationNext | #AP #schools

How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers | Cueing theory / MSV still being used in #ReadingInstruction despite being debunked by cognitive scientists, says @apmreports @ehanford

Distracted students? San Mateo CA High is locking up cell phones @mercnews #Yondr #schools

This is pretty neat: #Library receipt goes viral after reader saves more than $7,000 (over time) by borrowing books | via @tashrow


How Revising #Math Exams Turns Students Into Learners, Not Processors | @MindShiftKQED @KaraNewhouse #GrowthMindset

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