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Here are the top ten articles for the Reading Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Reading to Cook Together as a Family
Cooking with your kids is a fun way to encourage them to get in some reading practice. Cooking allows children to read, work with fractions, and follow directions. It give families a chance to have special time together to do meaningful work as they are using reading for life's activities.

2. Missing Math: A Number Mystery Review
Missing Math: A Number Mystery, written and illustrated by Loreen Leedy, authoritatively answers the question, "What good is math anyway?" This children's book starts with one of its clever rhymes to set the scene. The bright illustrations in Missing Math: A Number Mystery are digitally painted.

3. Commonly Used Homophone Challenge
While there are hundreds of homophone groups, some of the words are seldom used. This article has a list of some of the most commonly used, and misused, homophones. They are in alphabetical order, more or less. How many of these can you use correctly? Let us know how you fare in the Reading Forum!

4. Harry's Spooky Surprise! Read Aloud Review
Harry's Spooky Surprise, by n. g. k. and illustrated by Janelle Dimmett, is the best book of its type that I have seen in years. I highly recommend this future classic for parents and teachers of young children. The charming prose and glorious pictures show friendship and gratitude in action.

5. Historical Fiction for Family Read Alouds
Family read alouds are close bonding times that help children develop a love of reading. Reading historical fiction can give children an understanding of our present-day society by seeing what the past was like and how that led to our present times. This article has a list of historical fiction.

6. Reading Quotations for Inspiration
Let's have some fun and get inspiration! When a kid asks, "Why do I have to read?" you can whisk out these quotations and share the wisdom of famous readers with the child. Then, sit down and read together! Make it a special time.

7. Teaching Kids to Love Reading
You donít have to stop reading out loud once your child learns to read. Reading together is still important Ė and fun! You can also encourage the kids to read in their spare time. Here is one family's story about developing a love of reading with their children

8. Ella Autie Book Review
Ella Autie by Catlaina Vrana is an informational picture book about autism that is written and illustrated by a young autistic woman. With charming illustrations and forthright text, it tells the story of a 4th grade girl with autism. The book shows how understanding autism can lead to friendship.

9. Heckedy Peg Picture Book Review
Heckedy Peg is the melding of Audrey Wood's words and the paintings of Don Wood to make a compelling picture book that is a treat for all ages. Young readers love the story and enjoy the pictures of the characters, especially the children. Kids like to discover the nuances of each of the pictures.

10. BookBub for Cheap Book Deals to Build an E-Library
BookBub alerts readers to offers that are deep discounts on books. Their daily member emails offer me about a dozen deals on books. Some are free. The others are usually $2.99 and under. It's easy to sign up. Just go to the website and follow the prompts. I love my daily BookBub emails!



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