Author Archives: readingrachel

Top 10 of 2016

These are my ten favorite books published in 2016. Not in any particular order, or with any specific criteria other than they made an impression on me. Ocean Animals from Head to Tail / Stacey Roderick, Kwanchai Moriya A non-fiction book that also works as a read-aloud? Sign me up. The illustrations are captivating and the text […]

Top Ten of 2015

These are my ten favorite books published in 2015. Not in any particular order, or with any specific criteria other than they made an impression on me.     Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez Middle grade fiction. Published by Scholastic Press. The Da Vinci Code meets 39 Clues, only 10x better than both of those. Tons […]

rachel’s quick tips for ALA Annual

Rachel’s Quick Tips for ALA Annual Be friendly. Don’t just sit down on the shuttle and stare at your phone. Say hello to someone sitting near you: introduce yourself and ask about their library. There are so many amazing people at ALA, and you rarely have the opportunity to network so widely. Bring a good bag. You’re […]

story time: colors

I borrowed a number of ideas for this story time from Amy’s post on Color Science and Brooke’s baby art post. Thank you both for sharing such wonderful ideas. I kind of mashed a bunch of their ideas together and modified a bit to make an story time more suited to my adult:kid ratio. (And that I could do with the […]

preschool story time: magic trees

If you haven’t experienced the amazing book Tap the Magic Tree, do yourself a favor and go get a copy right now. It is an interactive adventure unlike any other that explores how a tree changes through the seasons. When I read this book to kids, I tell them that the book has some directions […]

preschool story time: quack quack

Books shared: Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora Duck on a Bike by David Shannon Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root I did this craft with a few different groups, and switched up the books each time. When I read Stuck in the Mud, I made triangle […]

OMG! ALA!

I’m getting so excited for ALA. It feels like I’m a kid and getting ready for summer camp. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to: Guerrilla Storytime in the Uncommons: Friday at 1, Saturday at 9, Sunday at 11:30, and Monday at 3 The Apps are All Right! Exploring the Role of Apps in Children’s […]