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!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ruthi Reads Books For Kids

Welcome, kids of all ages, to Ruthi Reads Books For Kids! The concentration on this blog shall be that of reading, reviewing, and raving about books for children from the age group of birth to 12 years old.

I want you all to know, though, that I believe books to be golden for adults too.

Each time I pick up one of the Little Golden Books Classics for re-reading, I am spirited off to a wonderful place of make-believe and my childish imagination runs wild.

Then, too, I often become engrossed in a new perspective of a book, the words or rhyme now enlightened by reason born of real life and living, as with when I recently read The Three Little Pigs for review purposes.

John Denver describes my feelings towards children and books best in his folk song Rhymes and Reasons.

I believe books for kids to be like the flowers - pure and sweet as the driven snow - and I wish this fact for every child of the earth to know as they read and grow.

One of my greatest pleasures is that of an author of a book for children to send me a signed copy of his or her latest publication. I enjoy the reading, the reviewing, and the raving about the book and the author.

You are sure to be introduced to many great authors and books here. That is my promise to you and to the children in your life.

Until we meet again ... Read, Review, Rave!