December 2017

Learning to Read Apps

Do you use tech when you teach reading to your students, children or other people in your life? Have you used tech in teaching yourself to read? While some purists may argue against using tech at a young age, others have found it to be helpful in assisting people how to read. From websites to videos to apps, accessing different ways to learn has never been easier. The problem many people find is that there are too many choices.

Book Tracking

When I was a teenager, I kept a reading log in a notebook where I rated the books I read to keep track of them. I sure wish I still had that log so I could re-read some of my favorites today! My log was much like the Goodreads system, but much more cumbersome to use. I love using Goodreads because I can easily see when I read something, what I thought of it and what books I still want to read. I also enjoy their annual book challenge!

Best Books of 2017

The New York Times has released its list of the 10 best books to read from 2017 and it's one of their best lists yet. With authors like Jesmyn Ward, Patricia Lockwood and Ron Chernow, it's something you should definitely check out and add to your to-read list on Amazon or Goodreads. There are large ideas regarding exile, the trials of a Korean family, and even modern day mythical journeys. There's a book about friendship and a book about the destructive nature of power.

OMG Shakespeare

If you've ever wanted to make Shakespeare more accessible to your children or students, a new line of books called OMG Shakespeare may be just what you're looking for. Told in texts, OMG Shakespeare tells your favorite plays like Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream as if they occured today rather than in the time of the Bard.