Archive | November, 2013

Books for Veteran’s Day

10 Nov

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’ve been thinking of some of my favorite books for young readers that center around war. There are many books on this subject, so I’ve focused on books for early readers and young adult readers* about women who served or women whose lives were greatly impacted by war. Thanks to all our veterans and their families!

*Although these book recommendations are for young adult readers, I would recommend them to adults as well. I love to read books for pleasure geared to all age groups!

As a child, one of my favorite books was about Deborah Sampson, The Secret Soldier by Ann McGovern. Deborah Sampson was a woman who dressed as a man and fought in the Revolutionary War.


There are a few books about Clara Barton,  she was a teacher and nurse. She started the Red Cross and was a savior on the Civil War battlefield. Clara Barton: History Maker by Candice Ransom is very informative.


Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank and Number the Stars by Lois Lowery are two amazing books about the Holocaust, with young girls as the protagonist. The Diary of Anne Frank is a must read autobiography of Frank’s life in hiding. Number the Stars is a work of historical fiction about the rescue of the Danish Jews.



There are a few other that come highly recommended, but I haven’t read yet:

Alice Mead’s Soldier Mom, about a young girl whose mother is serving in Iraq during the first Persian Gulf War.

Peacekeepers, by Dianne Linden, which centers around a thirteen-year-old girl whose mother is serving as a peace-keeper in Kosovo.

And, if you see a Veteran on the street please thank him or her for their service.

How Playtime Connects Young Readers to Books

8 Nov


Do you ever finish a book yet still feel as though it is still alive inside of you? I know I do, and it’s one of the reasons I participate in a book group. As an adult, being part of a book group allows me to delve deeper into the book by asking questions of my fellow readers, listening to the opinions of others, and continuing to let the story simmer in my mind.

Children also need opportunities to make connections to books, especially after the book has been finished. Experiences allow children to add another layer of understanding to their word, and this is even true with reading. Follow-up experiences help young readers make personal connections to books and stories. Lastly, being able to be playful with books fosters a love of reading.

One of my favorite sites, The Imagination Tree (, has a recent post called ’12 Playful Storytelling Activities. Using everyday materials like play dough, garden plants and cardboard children bring the stories to life through play. I highly recommend starting these playful reading activites with children from an early age as children benefit from such interactive experiences, in addition to being active listeners.