The Mathew Effect: How to Avoid it

The Mathew Effect: How to Avoid it

What’s the Mathew Effect? First coined by sociologist Richard C. Merton and his wife, Harriet Zuckerman, the term “Mathew effect” comes from the words of Jesus in Mathew 13:12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. In the educational […]

Books for Boys 15+ Masterlist

Books for Boys 15+ Masterlist

This is a masterlist of meaningful books that tend to appeal to teen boys (15+). Obviously, girls (such as me) enjoy them too, but for this list I’ve focused on themes I’ve noticed boys are particularly attracted to, like courage, war, survival, and danger. Note: because these are books for older boys, some of them […]

Three Tips for Expressive Reading

Three Tips for Expressive Reading

Not everyone enjoys reading aloud. I find that these strange people can be divided into three categories: You genuinely don’t enjoy it. You’ve never tried it. You dislike it because you think you’re bad at it. Most people fall under number three. This article is for you. Listed below are three pointers I’ve learned for […]

Review: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Review: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Our family has a soft spot for talking animals, so I am very pleased to review Charlotte’s Web. Sacrifice, friendship, and talking pigs in one novel–! It can’t get much better than that. You probably know the story–Wilbur, a young pig, is in danger of being butchered in the coming winter by his owner, a […]

Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“Let us be elegant or die!” —Little Women I find that calling something a classic can keep people from reading it (like Mark Twain said, “′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”) Little Women is rightly a classic, but DON’T MISS IT! It’s not difficult or boring–quite the opposite. Meg, Jo, Beth, […]

Our Family’s Top Three Movies

Our Family’s Top Three Movies

Yes, I know–this is a blog about books and reading, but this post is about movies. The reason I’m posting it anyway is that watching good movies can be beneficial in the same way that reading good books can. Like good books, good movies: Teach us how to identify with and root for the good […]

Three Tips to Help Me Read Aloud More

Three Tips to Help Me Read Aloud More

I don’t read aloud very regularly. We tend to finish books very quickly and go for a long time between them. Our last book all together was Gooney Bird Greene (I reviewed it here) which was almost three weeks ago now. I’d like to read aloud more, and when I thought about what I could […]

Top Two Books about Books (with booklists)

Top Two Books about Books (with booklists)

Booklists. I love them. I like just paging through the booklist in Honey for a Child’s Heart even when my to-read pile is already taller than my bunk bed. Books about reading. I love them. So it’s been a great week for me! I’ve been reading/rereading booklists and books about reading for four days straight! Here […]