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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.

June 14, 2022

At our house, we’ve always tried to keep summer reading social and low-key. With long, warm sunny days, there’s a little more time for TV, video games, bike rides, swimming and reading what you like.

May 30, 2022

This year our county’s parks and recreation division had multiple fails for summer camp registration and I could feel the frustration of parents around our community, especially for those who rely on camps to provide kids with a safe place to learn and have fun during the long summer days. 

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.

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

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"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." — Dr. Seuss