Category Archives: Book Reviews

There will be regular reviews of books from all the above sections and also books/ articles that have hints/ tips for parents.

Children also know what others would like, so to encourage this there is a section for Children’s Reviews, where they can share their favourite or not so favourite book. If they would like to submit a review, please email it to CLRlibchelle@gmail.com .

Readers Front and Center

A great synopsis of a valuable book which seems to give us tools to help our children not only to read but to understand their comprehension when reading. Whether they understood or misunderstood when reading. I am about to start reading this as I need to assist my 10 year old rather than tell her. Great blog to follow! Michelle

Catching Readers Before They Fall

readers-front-and-center I just finished reading a new book and now I’m feeling the need to shout about it. You might remember my posts from 2012 about my excitement after reading Barnhouse and Vinton’s What Readers Really Do from Heinemann (click on the 3 highlights and you will go to my past posts.) Dorothy Barnhouse has continued to share her work with her latest book, Readers Front and Center , from Stenhouse. Her premise is that “instead of listening for answers, we should be trying to listen to our students.” And she does exactly that as she takes us with her to each student she confers with.   She believes that if we really listen to our students we will be able to figure out not only what they are comprehending but also how they are understanding or misunderstanding what they are reading. But the biggest thing I’ve learned from her is what…

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This is not another teen, fluffy, love story.


Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

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Before you pass over this book because of its title please read on…

This teen novel will be released tomorrow but I was fortunate to read the first 6 chapters and it not only has me hooked due to the great writing but is challenging some of our thoughts on what we as adults share online and how it may affect others …. Yes, I did say this is a teen novel but I think all parents could read this.

Imogene, the central character, is a 15 year old in her last year before high school (it is based in America) and her best friend, Sage, have mothers who blog with very little consideration to the effect they have on their daughters’ lives. Many parents tweet, post on Facebook pictures, comments and other moments of their children’s lives, I know I have! Some people are unaware of the repercussions of this act.

“Nobody should share their life with the World Wide Web.” – Imogene (page 43)

This novel may make kids aware that some information that seems okay at the time to share may, at a later date be one that they regret.  It highlights that in this world of the Internet, privacy and personal space can be violated and how even the people closest to us can be the perpetrator.

The Internet and the tools we use allow easy access to post and share information. We consistently hear how we need to be more vigilant with our teens and their access and use of technology but as this story highlights that, many adults may not have the necessary knowledge in this area or skills to ensure their information is private. How many have Facebook accounts and not checked their privacy settings are in place? I know my husband’s had nothing and so I had to rectify this on the weekend.

The Australian government have a website for kids, teens and parents to get answers and help if needed in regards to digital footprint, digital shadow, cyber safety, cyber bullying etc. This novel, to me is a great way to introduce and discuss the issues that are now part of today’s world.

Looking forward to buying it and hoping once my teenage girl reads it she may realise I am not that bad after all.

Lastly, here is the book trailer. It is great to watch too! In the near future this will be the way books will be promoted and children can get into the fun of doing this too. I will post about how in the near future!

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