Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were nineteenth-century Germans who set out to preserve their country’s oral folk tales by writing them down. The stories were often cruel, but once the brothers saw how popular the tales were with young readers, they …[Continue]

Reading Activities

Reading Activities

Although printed books will probably be center stage for reading activities with preschoolers and early elementary grades, the Internet also has a huge stash of online reading activities and ideas for offline activities such as puppet play and making bookmarks….[Continue]

Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown

Although “Goodnight Moon” is her best known work (it has sold four million copies since 1947), children’s author Margaret Wise Brown (1910 – 1952) wrote more than a hundred children’s before dying suddenly at forty two, while recovering from surgery. …[Continue]

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

English novelist Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 – 1870) not only achieved fame in his lifetime, but continues to be popular to this day. He is known for his iconic characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver Twist, David …[Continue]

Children’s Books

Children’s Books

Whether choosing books for avid readers or finding titles for reluctant readers, these websites are sure to help. In addition to book reviews, they offer games, printable worksheets, author bios and an opportunity for kids to interact with others who …[Continue]

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Although Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” consists of only ten sentences, it has been a phenomenal international hit, selling over 19 million copies as of last year. Now that it’s been adapted into a hit …[Continue]

Phonics Games

Phonics Games

Phonics is a widely used method of teaching children to read. It is based on connecting the sounds of spoken English with the letters that represent those sounds. Today’s crop of websites stand at the intersection of education and recreation, …[Continue]

Book Exchange

Book Exchange

Have you ever swapped paperbacks with a friend? Then you’ve participated in a book exchange, also known as a book swap or trade. Now imagine a website that gives you access to thousands of book-reading friends and keeps track of …[Continue]

Folklore

Folklore

Folklore generally refers to stories and traditional beliefs spread informally, usually by word of mouth. The term was first coined by British antiquarian William J. Thoms in 1846, replacing phrases such as “the lore of the people” and “proverbs of …[Continue]

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee published her first and only novel in 1960, at the age of thirty-four. It won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. “To Kill a Mockingbird” tells two stories at once: one about attorney Atticus Finch’s defense …[Continue]