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18 Books You Should Consider For Your Reader

As a teacher and reading specialist, I am always searching for and reading new children’s books. In this post, I share 18 of my favorites, the reasons why I love them, and the types of reading skills it helps promote.

18 Books You Should Consider For Your Reader

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Free Reading Resources for at Home Learning

You may have noticed it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me over here at For the Love of Readers. We recently welcomed our sweet baby girl into this world so my days are filled with lots of cuddles and lots of feedings. However, with everything going on in the world right now, I…

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6 Weeks of Holiday Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season for giving! I’ll be sharing gift ideas for the readers you love each week of November and December in this post. Stay tuned each Tuesday evening over the next 8 weeks to see all my recommended holiday gift ideas for the readers you love. Jump to each week by clicking the links…

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The Power of Personalized Books from Wonderbly

I realize now just how special it is to name a child as we anticipate the arrival of our first baby in January. And it sure is a huge responsibility to name another human, isn’t it?! My husband and I named our unborn child as we hiked trails in Greece – one of my most…

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Thanksgiving Book List

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is next Thursday! We still have a week to add some Thanksgiving-themed books to our collections and enjoy them before then. Here are some of the tried and true books I pull out each year around this time as well as some that I’m adding to my collection this year. …

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Open Book: A Q&A with The Batchmaker

If you live in the Charlotte area, you know the only thing sweeter than The Batchmaker’s delicious treats is The Batchmaker herself, Cris Rojas. Cris has been sharing batches with the Charlotte area for a while now, but recently opened her own storefront, The Batch House. If you haven’t checked it out yet, GO! You…

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Concepts of Print: Things to Know Before Starting Kindergarten

Quick disclaimer before we go any further. This idea is typically best for children pre-Kindergarten through 1st grade. In the aftermath of Halloween, you might find some of those creepy witch fingers or sparkly wands around your house from costumes. Or perhaps you’ve spotted them on clearance now and can easily to scoop up from…

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Open Book: A Q&A with Dessert for Two

My sister gave me the cookbook Dessert For Two for Christmas a few years ago after hearing my dilemma between loving baking and having way too much dessert in the house for just my husband and me. I was instantly hooked! Christina from Dessert for Two has videos, a recipe index, and cookbooks to satisfy…

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The First 10 Books I Bought My Baby

Andy and I have very exciting news! We are expecting our first baby in January 2020! We couldn’t be happier. I have bought many books for many readers over the years. I remember collecting books before my first year of teaching for all the readers I imagined in my classroom one day. Throughout my career…

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5 Questions to Ask Your Reader at the Start of a New School Year

The first week of school causes both excitement and nerves for our readers. It is also a wonderful time to reflect and set intentions for the upcoming school year. As your reader spends the first week of school learning more about their classroom and the expectations for the year, consider asking these questions to encourage…

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Open Book: A Q&A with Yellow Brick Home

Wouldn’t it be great to sit down in a cozy coffee shop and chat with parents that you’d only ever dream of meeting? Well, our new series offers the next best thing! This series features well-known parents sharing lots of great recommendations and tips. Plus, they’re even spilling about their own favorite childhood books. I…

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Take the Quiz: Personalized Ideas for Your Young Reader

Every young reader shows varying interests in reading. Whether your young reader is reluctant to read or head over heels for books, there are plenty of ways to engage them even more. That’s why I created these personalized ideas for your young reader. When you answer the short two-question quiz below, I have personally crafted…

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How Audiobooks Benefit Young Readers

What are audiobooks? It seems like audiobooks are growing in popularity for adult readers. I’m sure you’ve seen an ad for Audible or heard a co-worker talking about their latest listen. Audiobooks are simply an audio version of a book. It is a book that has been read aloud and recorded for readers to listen…

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For the Love of Readers

I have spent the last decade in classrooms as a teacher, reading specialist, and instructional coach. During this time I have taught kindergarten through eighth grade and worked at the district level of a large school district. I currently work for a university as an instructional coach, providing training and classroom-level support for teachers. I’m…

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18 Books that Caught my Eye Last Year

Using authentic texts with readers is critical. Authentic texts come in many forms – news articles, poems, picture books, novels, etc. When we teach using isolated passages we send an implicit message that “this is what readers do when they read a passage.” But when we use a real, authentic text we send the message,…

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You Might Have More In Common With Dolly Parton Than You Think

During college, I interned with a local businessman and philanthropist who created a program that helped 3rd and 4th graders build their home libraries. Each child was paired with a “buddy” – an undergraduate student at the university. They went on a field trip with this buddy where they were treated to lunch before receiving…

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Who We Are

Jenna Busam

Founder & Educator

For the Love of Readers was founded by Jenna Busam and her husband, Andy, as a way to help parents and families engage and advocate for their readers, and provide quality literacy resources. Read more about her background here.