The Musings of an American Bookseller

I’ve decided to share some of the observations, thoughts, and challenges that I’m facing as a bookseller. Take what I say with a grain of salt because ultimately: I know nothing. But, just maybe, in this mess that is my mental meanderings, something useful will come of this. Here we go. Entry numero uno. 

It’s Read Across America Week!

Every year, the NEA (National Education Association) with the help of teachers, parents, and students publish a list of recommended books to read. Each month, the NEA features three books—for young, middle grade and young adult readers—that explore a topic related to diversity and inclusion. These books are amazing. Read across America week is aContinue reading “It’s Read Across America Week!”

My child doesn’t like to read…HELP!

I would be a very rich woman if I received a nickel from every parent that has said this! The good news is that you are not alone. The bad news is that you are not alone. One of the biggest challenges facing parents and teachers is engaging readers. There are three types of readers:Continue reading “My child doesn’t like to read…HELP!”

Screentime– Does it affect reading growth?

As a reading specialist, I am often asked by parents, “Is it okay that my child is reading digitally? Does it affect their reading ability?” Kindles, e-readers and other devices certainly engage young readers and adults alike and so it is a fair concern. Virtual learning has brought about even more opportunities for children toContinue reading “Screentime– Does it affect reading growth?”

Could it be Dyslexia?

Could it be dyslexia? Jan 16, 2021 Many parents find themselves at a standstill when they see their child struggling to read. They may ask themselves: “Is my child not trying?”, “Are they distracted?” or “Could it be dyslexia?” Dyslexia is the most familiar of the langauge based learning differences and is often called aContinue reading “Could it be Dyslexia?”