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Book Life

Rachael Walker

In this special series, children's literacy consultant Rachael Walker and many of the authors, parents, and educators she’s met and worked with talk about how books have changed their lives, how to bring books to life for young readers, and how to enrich kids’ lives with good books. You can also visit Rachael at her blog, Belle of the Book.

April 19, 2022

The mayapples have emerged in my backyard. The delicate white blossoms hiding demurely under tiny green umbrellas have always been one of my favorite wildflowers.

September 22, 2021

September 6, 2021

I grew up in West Virginia and have stayed close by. But my more adventurous family has gone west. Which means that I also get to have western adventures!

August 12, 2021

Because they knew my dad was a birder, people in our community would bring us birds who needed help. Once it was a Pied-billed Grebe who mistook a driveway for a body of water and then couldn’t take flight again until my dad took him down to the New River. And for a bit, there was a Barred Owl recovering from an injury out in our shed.

July 28, 2021

Reading Rockets’ summer learning resources at Start with a Book include recommended books and activities to jump-start conversations, curiosity, and exploration.

July 20, 2021

While I’m making use of the Bird Buddies toolkit this summer, I can’t help but be focused on creatures with wings.


Reading intervention specialist working one-on-one with an elementary student struggling readers

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"Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them." —

Arnold Lobel