Opening the Book Bag (March/April 2008)

Since it’s Turn Off TV Week, this seemed to be the logical day to publish the Reading Tub’s short-list of favorite recent reads! Head back to the Library … thank your librarian for the great books last week and enjoy a few more this week!

We have had an incredible two months … we posted more than 100 reviews. WOW! Our catalog has nearly 1,100 titles in it. Double WOW! Thanks so much to all of our new reviewers. Parents, grandparents, families, students, and librarians … you know who you are!

Special thanks to Clare P, a library media specialist at John Jay Middle School in Katonah, NY. Through her effort, we got to be part of Susan D’s English class project for her sixth graders. We don’t often have the opportunity to add classics to our collection, so it has been particularly fun to read their reviews. The students worked as teams and wrote consensus reviews for

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi,
Midnight Magic by Avi,
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech,
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

If you’d like to participate in sending reviews, just contact me through The Reading Tub.

Last but not least, head over to What Happens Next to read our new Reading Roundup feature. Be sure to check out the item about Audible Books … there are free kids books you can download!

Here are the links to each of the March/April 2008 editions of the Book Bag. Click on the one that interests you.

Bilingual Books

Books for Ages 0 to 4

Books for Ages 5 to 8

Books for Ages 9 to 12

At the end of each list you’ll find our links to podcast reviews submitted by Just One More Book! and the short-list of new titles that caught our eye as books with lots of potential.