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San Diego Fall Back Festival 2018

In only a few weeks we’ll be setting back our clocks by one hour to observe Daylight Savings Time. So what, you say? Big deal, you say? Let’s make a fun day out of it, I say! San Diego’s own Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation agrees. In fact, it has created a whole festival to observe… Continue reading San Diego Fall Back Festival 2018

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Brooke’s Books Project

  One day Brooke Trevett, a 10-year-old living in Oswego County, New York, was clearing out her personal library of hundreds of books when she was struck with an idea: why not put these books directly into the hands of kids who don’t have enough books or who don’t have any books? Soon, with a… Continue reading Brooke’s Books Project

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My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

Today I’ve got a first for Rosco’s Reading Room and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you: video. It’s a video in which my guest blogger, author and illustrator Nathaniel Gold, discusses and illustrates on screen, the story behind his series, The Diary of Henry Chimpman. Hit Play on the video below… Continue reading My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

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Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What Should I Do?

Please welcome New Zealand author, guest blogger, and creative writing teacher, Helen Vivienne Fletcher, as she discusses ways to help children learn to love the art of writing. Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What should I do? I often hear this from parents. Unfortunately I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer for you. What I can… Continue reading Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What Should I Do?

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Q&A With Author Michael Cascio

My guest today is a man who not only writes books for children, but juggles that currently with his busiest time of year, tax preparation season. Please welcome children’s author, Michael Cascio. Q. Hi Michael. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. Hello and thanks for having me. I am… Continue reading Q&A With Author Michael Cascio

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10 Ways to Instill the Love of Reading in Your Child

From the time my children were toddlers, every other week or more we’d go to the library and max out our cards. I’d carry a large mesh bag in and load it up with a huge stack of board books and picture books (and later chapter books and early readers and so on). We’d read… Continue reading 10 Ways to Instill the Love of Reading in Your Child

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February is Literacy Month + Free Ebook!

Welcome to February, in children’s book terms, Literacy Month. It’s also a time for celebrating several things that stave off the winter doldrums: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras. With all that in mind, what better way to celebrate than to share a few links (and… Continue reading February is Literacy Month + Free Ebook!

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World Read Aloud Day, One Skype Visit at a Time

Please welcome UK author and guest blogger Sarah Weldon today, who will be discussing her efforts at promoting child literacy around the world. Her story is a fascinating study on how one person can make such a big difference in so many lives – around the world! LITERACY MONTH AND SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM Back… Continue reading World Read Aloud Day, One Skype Visit at a Time

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12 Books for Groundhog Day

Two things I love: list making and children’s holiday books (one reason my books are often centered around holidays). So I’ve decided to start a new type of post here highlighting such books, in list format! These will be a mishmash of new and previously released titles, both traditionally and independently published. They’ll contain picture… Continue reading 12 Books for Groundhog Day