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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 18, 2009

Crazy Hair

Crazy Hair

by Neil Gaiman (Author), Dave McKean (Illustrator)

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (May 26, 2009)

What to expect: Hair, Fantasy, Animals

Crazy Hair is a book for any child or parent who has ever wondered the following thoughts:

Is that guy’s hair real? It’s so long, do you think he sits on it every time he takes a seat? When was the last time he washed his hair? I’m sure there are things growing under all that mess! What would happen if you never washed your hair?

By Andrea Ross, Just One More Book!!
Published: August 16, 2009

The Children’s Book Review presents a guest post by Andrea Ross, co-creator of the children’s literature and literacy radio program Just One More Book!!.Through this thrice-weekly program and its website, Andrea and co-creator Mark Blevis are building a lively, interactive community that puts great children’s book recommendations in ear buds and links children’s book readers, authors, illustrators, librarians, enthusiasts and activists. Andrea lives in the heart of Canada’s capital with her husband, two daughters and a ridiculously large number of children’s books.

We often talk about the benefits of reading aloud to our children — but we usually focus on the benefits to the children. Today, let’s reflect on the ways reading aloud to our children benefits ourselves as parents, our families and our relationships with each other.

Dawn Little, Links to Literacy | August 6, 2009

The Children’s Book Review presents a guest post by Dawn Little, founder of Links to Literacy. She holds a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction, and literacy. Enjoy…

There has been a lot of talk lately (well, several years lately) about boys and reading.  Why don’t boys like to read?  What can we do to encourage them to read?  What is the difference in learning for boys and girls?  As an educator and a mom of a six year old boy, I am intrigued by this “new” phenomenon.  I am a reader.  I do not know a life without reading. I hope that my children will become avid readers, too.  But, I worry about my son.  I know the statistics.  Even though boys are pretty much developmentally even with girls when they start school, by fourth grade an average boy can be up to two years behind.  How is that possible?  What can we do to ensure that our boys don’t stray from the path of reading?