Judy Schachner Visits The Reading Bug!

One of our very favorite author/illustrators, Judy Schachner, stopped by The Reading Bug this week to visit customers and local schools.  Judy is the author and illustrator of the hilarious Skippyjon Jones books, Dewey Bob, and more, and she recently released Sarabella's Thinking Cap, a beautifully illustrated, heartwarming tale.  She spent some time with Lauren …

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One Last Summer Trip Through a Book!

Summer is coming to a close, the prospect of school and a return to ordinary routines looming at the end of August - but it's not too late to go on one last trip, if you have the right book! Through books, you can journey around the world without leaving home, and we've gathered some …

Bingo! Read Without Walls this Summer

Did you know there is a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature? As part of an effort to "raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature," every two years the Librarian of Congress appoints a new ambassador. This relatively new program has brought greats such as Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, and Katherine Paterson …

Duck & Goose Let’s Dance! The Making of a song…

When we opened The Reading Bug in 2009 I began performing songs along with reading books at our daily storytimes and we haven't stopped since.  The idea of reading a book and then singing a song is not only fun but also captures the attention of kids and grown-ups for the whole 30 minutes each morning …

Our Favorite Newbery Award Winning Books

2015 Medal Winner, The Crossover, written by Kwame AlexanderFollowing up on our Caldecott Winner post, we thought we'd take a look at another important award: The Newbery Medal. The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery and is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, to "the author of the most …

Look! We started a subscription box service!

Grandparents Subscription Box

It all started with a crazy idea - that we could (and should!) extend the reach of our small, successful, independent bookstore to the rest of the country, and to the growing number of communities that no longer have a local bookstore to turn to for inspiration, recommendations and exploration. Every day, we're inspired by watching the …

A Few Great Reads for Early Readers

Nature and The Environment Rain Forest Relay is the first book in the brand new Race the Wild series by Kristin Earhart for early readers (7-10).  Russell Dean and four of his friends have been chosen to compete in a Wild Life Competition in which the winning team must prove that they understand what makes …