Read Like a Wolf Eats: An Appreciation of Gary Paulsen

“You lived or you died… And in between you learned.” — Northwind, pp. 196 The prolific writer Gary Paulsen left us in October of 2021. The author of more than 200 books, Paulsen touched thousands of young readers’ lives. The testament of upper elementary school teachers across the country affirms that Paulsen also ignited the … Read more

Help Children Have Access to Read Aloud Programs on Giving Tuesday

Once we sit down with our families around tables filled with all the delicacies Thanksgiving has to offer, we are launched right into the holiday season. Gifts are spotted in both storefront and online windows, but one vital present that may be flying under your radar? The gift of family literacy. Earlier this month, we … Read more

Reading Aloud Is a Necessity, not a Luxury

Title: Reading aloud is a necessity, not a luxury. Image features a mom reading to her children at a library.

Recent months have featured alarming news about children’s books, reading, and literacy. We long for quieter times where children appreciate wonderful characters and stories and we support the joys of reading. The news also suggests, however, that sharing a well-told story with people you care about is more important than ever. A recent study from … Read more

Why Family Literacy Matters 

"Why Family Literacy Matters", a family reads a book together

The month of November– along with the other holidays and family gatherings on the horizon–  serves as Family Literacy Month. To us at Read to Them, this is our bread and butter, standing as essentially the biggest literacy celebration of the year… but what, exactly, is family literacy?  Family literacy refers to the way families … Read more

Head ‘Off On an Adventure’ During Read Aloud to a Child Week 2022!

Every year during the last week of October, Read to Them sponsors Read Aloud to a Child Week, a national event to showcase the importance of reading aloud to children and to encourage families to read together. For over 20 years, Read Aloud to a Child Week has been a stress-free way for everyone to … Read more

Chris Grabenstein Meets Us at The Lamp-Post

Author Chris Grabenstein is pictured beside his quote, "give yourself permission to write a really bad, terrible, no good, stinky first draft."

This month, at The Lamp-Post, we are going off on an adventure to celebrate Read Aloud to a Child Week (October 23-29, 2022). To explore how reading aloud can take you on an adventure, we are highlighting five chapter books, paired with five picture books, that can take families on a quest, romp, or journey.   … Read more

King’s Highway Elementary’s First Year with One School, One Book is a Success

A child stands in front of a paper gorilla

Earlier this year, the 600 students at King’s Highway Elementary in Coatesville, Pennsylvania participated in their very first One School, One Book program. Students, staff, and parents are all hopeful it is just the beginning of their read aloud journey. Hillory Rusnak, the Reading Specialist at King’s Highway, served as the facilitator and coordinator of … Read more

September Book Stack: School

Our September Book Stack recognizes, appreciates, and explores books in the Read to Them library that incorporate the element of school, our at The Lamp-Post theme for this month. Did someone just ring the bell? Let’s dive in! The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney  Longfellow School’s favorite classroom pet ventures home with students and teachers, … Read more

Cynthia Lord Meets Us at The Lamp-Post 

We just can’t get enough of books that take place in school!   We’ve already learned so much from Save Me a Seat’s authors, Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. Stories have taken place in school for as long as children’s literature has been around, offering roadmaps for kids who may be a little lost. It’s always … Read more

Gita Varadarajan Meets Us at The Lamp-Post 

By now, the school year has kicked off and kids have settled back into the classroom.    To celebrate the new year of learning fun, we are meeting at The Lamp-Post to discuss some soon-to-be classic school stories – Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord, Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, … Read more

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

At Read to Them, we strive to offer an array of books that reflect the richness and diversity of the schools we serve. For Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), we would like to highlight our books that feature stories and characters from the Latino community. Check them out below: Lola Levine Is Not Mean! … Read more