Saturday, May 7, 2016

The 3 R's of Books for Kids

3 R's of Ruthi Reads Books For Kids - Read, Review, Rave
3 R's of Ruthi Reads Books For Kids - Read, Review, Rave
I am a firm believer in the new and improved 3 R's - READ! REVIEW! RAVE! I stand ready, willing, and able to share a good read for children worldwide.
Along with reading children's books comes the responsibility of providing others with an honest appraisal of the books. But of course, writing a book review is one of the best ways to share what we think of the books we read. Then, we need to get our rave reviews into the hands of readers so they are better informed for making their next book selection. That's where I come in!
If you submit your 12 and Under children's book review link to me - and I like it - I just might proceed with spotlighting and sharing your review right here on my books for kids blog. I might also share the links to your rave reviews on social sites, including Ruthi Reads Books For Kids on Facebook.
You may be wondering, "Why would she promote my book review?"
I am on a mission to put good books into the hands of children and into the hands of the adults who read these books with them. While I publish my reviews of books for kids, I cannot possibly read and review every book for kids that is published. And that is where you come in.
I am honored to have you joining me in this mission!

Read Books for Kids

How To Read A Book
If you wish to get the most out of the books you read, get yourself a copy of this book!

I worked in a used bookstore for about a year a decade ago. I discovered and purchased many gems from the book shelves at my disposal. (In fact, I spent half my paycheck on books!) I was fortunate to grab myself an old and worn copy of this one, which I believe to be one of the most comprehensive guides to reading.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

Review Books for Kids

Writing book reviews in an art! "The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing" is a great guide for teaching the basics and important factors involved in writing an engaging and comprehensive review for readers.

When it has been a while since I have written an evaluation of a book, I like to brush up on the techniques of doing so. In the case of children's literature, I often refer to the Children's Book Review Guide.

Rave About Good Books for Kids

Tell Me A Story
Once we have read a book for children and written our review of the book it is time to share our review with others too. Rave about books for kids!

It is important, too, for us to occasionally rant about a book for kids that we feel may in some way be inappropriate reading for children. Yes, we need to share our not-so-good reads too so that only good story books are put in the hands of young readers.

Whether ranting or raving, our job is not done until we have passed a good book review for kids forward to the adults who will be selecting good books for kids.

Feel free to share the links to your reviews of books for kids (aged 12 and under) on the InLinkz list provided below so that I and others may read them.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Three Little Pigs Power of Poverty

The Three Little Pigs - Buy Now on Amazon
Once upon a time there lived a mother pig and her three little hungry piglets... Ah! Yes, most of us know well the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs. Many of us have grown up and raised our children on one version or another of this traditional folktale for kids. (Myself included.)

But is this storybook just for kids? I think not.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Mothers and fathers—those who have not the resources to fulfill the hunger of their children. The elders are all too aware that their youth hunger - not just for food - but also for shelter from the storms a life of impoverishment has brought upon them.

Just as the wolf in the pig tale was able to gobble up a couple of the piglets, many children born unto poverty are eaten alive by the wolves of less than and have-not.

The collective we (that's you and me) of society and culture have cheated the poor out of needful things - training in how to live, rather than survive. Education, the Arts and Philosophies, Travel, History, and World Views—these are the necessary ingredients to keep hope alive in the spirits of the poor.

In the re-reading of my copy of The Three Little Pigs, I have come to realize just what a golden book it really is. I encourage you to treat yourself to another reading and review of its content too.
You may find that somewhere along the line, those who have built their house strong enough to withstand the battering of the wolves have done so through the inspirational gift of another.

Be that gift!

Share classic books for kids with your children. Read books with children which address the social issues of living in poverty, and perhaps, what we can do to bring ourselves and our community out of its stronghold. Remember to pause now and then to encourage discussion of the content as if it matters ... It does!

Where there is Power in Poverty - Something is Broken and We Must Fix It - Even in America!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Books For Kids Ambassador

Ambassador Sally of Ruthi Reads Books For Kids
I am ever so excited to introduce you to my good-voodoo rag doll Sally and to tell you that Sally now fills the role as official Ambassador of Ruthi Reads Books For Kids!

My darling doll, Sally, is a one-of-a-kind handmade gift from my friend Coletta, delivered to my door as one part of an autumn harvest Steampunk surprise.

Sally's d├ębut as Ambassador of Ruthi Reads Books For Kids was a big to-do in my article defining my passion for children's books. Ambassador Sally has already fallen in love with books for kids and together we've published a few of our book reviews and recommendations.

Plenty more reviews of books for kids are in our future and we plan to share them all with you on my book reviews list. But of course, my book reviews as well as reviews written by other readers of children's books, are all shared with our friends and followers on our official Ruthi Reads Books for Kids Facebook page, and other social sites too.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Spencer Library Reprieve

Terrific Star for Bookworms Sticker
Terrific Sticker by Books4Kids
I am pleased to bring you a positive update to the Spencer Little Library article previously published in support of young Spencer.

Leawood has granted a temporary reprieve regarding regarding these little neighborhood libraries that will allow Spencer to set up his library and again share books within the community.

Congratulations to Spencer and the city for voting for literacy!

Read the full news report from The Kansas City Star.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Support Spencer Little Literacy Library

The Library
Is Leawood the Grinch who Stole Spencer's Give and Take Library?

Young spencer has had the library he had planted in his front yard removed to the garage in the family home by order of somewhat of a Grinch—the city of Leawood, Kansas.

In support of Spencer's little library, I share this ABC news story of a young boy whose reading enthusiasm should not be squelched due to structural code violations.

Yes, the rule book must be followed but maybe it is time Leawood, Kansas change the laws in order to promote childhood literacy through neighborhood sharing of children's books.

Support Spencer and Literacy

We can support Spencer and follow his battle for literacy by following Spencer's Little Free Library on Facebook.

There you will find information to contact Leawood City Hall to make a positive suggestion regarding amendment of the city code to allow for mini libraries within its boundaries.

Promote Literacy With A Little Library

I first heard of these little libraries cropping up in neighborhoods through an article on how to improve literacy which led me to the Little Free Library organization.

I would love to set up a mini-library in my yard. Would you? 

A word of caution: Check your city code before you do! Or, you may have a fight on your hands just like the Spencer lad.

Friday, February 28, 2014

This Book Is Mine To Share

As parents and caretakers of children, one of the difficult lessons to teach our kids is the concept of sharing. On the flip side, it is important to also teach children to return things they have borrowed from others.

Children's books are a great way to teach both lessons. We can be sure to add a few storybooks that are fun reading while also on the topic of sharing. With each new addition to a child's home library we can add a bookplate to the inside cover that declares, "It's Mine!"

Books teach children to share and the bookplates teach kids that when a book does not belong to them it needs to be returned to its rightful owner.

Of course, another way to teach children about the sharing and borrowing of books is by taking them to the local library. Libraries share their books with us but also insist they must be returned in a timely manner.

For me, it has been far too long since I took a child to a library. It would have been with my son when he was young.

When was the last time you visited a library with a child? 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Communication and Childhood Literacy

Reading Together
Reading TO a child rather than WITH a child is about as productive as it is when people talk AT me as opposed to WITH me.

Picture it: A person at the podium or a teacher at the head of a class, the audience or children seated in front of them. We pretty much feel as though it is demanded that we listen. (Or at least pretend that we are!)

Picture this: a round-table discussion where everyone gets a turn at expressing themselves, each thought as important as another.

Now, imagine a group of kids sitting cross-legged in a reading circle on the floor, the teacher right there alongside them, and the kids all scrunched up as close to that teacher and book as they can be.

It is pretty obvious which groups shall enjoy the discussion in each scenario - and willingly come back for more!

I asked myself this question: Do you like it when people talk "at" you or would you rather they talk "with" you? To keep my own conversational skills in check, today I read a great article about communication. I equated the information for working relationships with that of my desire for children to read books.

If I want kids to read, I cannot just throw the book at them. I need to get in there with those kids and have us reading TOGETHER. This means permitting them to turn the page before I'm ready or to turn it back because they need to hear it again. It means allowing them to interject their exclamations of excitement or (heaven forbid) their dismay.

By paying attention to those in the reading circle I will learn as much about them as they will about the book. And what I do with this knowledge shall determine the outcome of my wish to encourage kids to read.

Take a book off the shelf and read with your children. Talk about the book with them. Sometimes these conversations are ever so much more valuable than the story itself at the moment.

If we do this, we can rest assured that more often than not a child will eventually read the book - and the child will eagerly return for another!

Image source: Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read

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