October 17, 2018

About a month ago we shared a fascinating article with you about how teachers are not being trained to teach reading!

The article rightly points out that all the brain research that has been done regarding reading too often does not match up to how teachers are taught t...

July 25, 2018

Some children - people - enjoy mysteries and figuring out the whodunit part. Others enjoy the thrill of it. Here are the most popular Mystery series I know:

1) A-Z Mysteries - 26 early chapter books of three quirky friends solving mysteries in the alphabetical order....

July 12, 2018

Last week you mentioned reading newspapers as precursors to professional articles. Could you expand some more on the value of reading professional articles?


Professional articles are articles with information regarding ones fields of interest, studies or profession...

July 5, 2018

The other day we got a phone call from a newspaper company trying to sell us a subscription. In my childhood home, I remember my parents enjoying the thick stack of papers full of news when it came and we would sometimes read it too. Nowadays newspapers are on their wa...

June 6, 2018

Are you a non-fiction enthusiast? Or maybe after reading this column, you are looking for non-fiction books to entice your son. Here are our top non-fiction picks for all ages:

1) National Geographic Readers Series are fantastic for early readers! Books on all sorts of...

April 25, 2018

Dear Gaila, 

I have a son in 6th grade, a daughter in 5th grade and a son in 3rd grade. While my daughter is an avid reader, I find it so much harder to find books that my sons enjoy. My older one enjoyed the "Percy Jackson" series but that was about it. They claim that...

December 20, 2017

Dear Gaila, 

Last week you posted about Book Circles for struggling readers. My son can read well enough by now but he is disinterested in reading. Could the Book Circles help him?

Dear Parent of Disinterested Reader,

I'm so happy to hear that your child has mastered deco...

December 13, 2017

Dear Gaila,

I've seen your posts on facebook that the Readathon is around the corner. You have also mentioned these Book Circles. My daughter is an early struggling reader. Could these Book Circles help her?

Dear Mother of Struggling Early Reader,

I know how frustrating i...