#ReadingTogether: Tips & Tricks for Reading with Little Readers

Earlier this year, we featured a series entitled Reading Together on our Little Read Lakeshore social media accounts! This series provides intentional tips for reading, discussing and exploring themes of books with Little Readers. And surprise! Two NEW tips are spotlighted only here, our blog! Let your kids see you read! 👀 Tell them what you […]

Literature is Everywhere!

Are you wondering how to get outside and enjoy reading this summer? There are so many outdoor activities and places for you and your family to choose!  A great strategy for reading is finding a spot outside where you feel refreshed and at peace. Being outside is a great way to make reading fun. You […]

Introducing Our 2021 Selections!

We are excited to announce that we have received an eighth consecutive grant from the National Endowment of the Arts! Our program will highlight poetry and Native American history this November.  This year, we will concentrate on Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise, a collection of poems that traverses the homeland from which her […]

Poems Can Be Confusing! Strategies for Reading Poetry

Last week I challenged readers to choose a line from the poem “Relic” by Jennifer Foerster and reflect on the meaning of the line. Using reading strategies like this can help make poetry more accessible to readers new to poetry by breaking up the poem into more manageable parts.   Poetry has a reputation for […]

Celebrating Traditions and Stories Through Poetry

My name is Brooke Carbaugh and I am a current Hope College sophomore from Orbisonia, Pennsylvania. I am a newcomer to the lakeshore community, but I love the proximity to Lake Michigan, eating ice cream, and hiking through Michigan’s beautiful landscape. As the newest member of the BigRead team, I am excited to begin the […]

The Asian American Community is too, America

In light of news reports of increased anti-Asian American violence, our Big Read team can’t help but reflect back on our 2017 Big Read program with Julia Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine and the powerful discussions we had about prejudice and discrimination both in our nation’s past and present. Along with Otsuka’s book and […]

Documentary Recommendations you Should Listen to During Black History Month

Previously this month we released a list of books and podcasts you should read during Black History Month, but maybe books and podcasts aren’t your thing. If they are not, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out these documentary recommendations provided by Hope College’s Black Student Union. 13th Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history […]

Podcast Recommendations you Should Listen to During Black History Month

Since coming to college, I have driven back and forth from Chicago and Hope countless times. After hours of listening to music, the words eventually blend together and the music becomes as monotonous as the road ahead of me. Lately, when my music becomes background noise, I switch over to podcasts. Not only can you […]

Book Recommendations you Should Read During Black History Month

As an English Education professor, I’m involved in an organization called the National Council of Teachers of English. This organization is dedicated to “improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education”. Over the past 20 years, I’ve attended its conferences, subscribed to its publications, and used the […]

Poetry all around us: Inauguration poem

Poetry is all around us. We see it in television shows, greeting cards, and every four years at the Presidential Inauguration. This year Amanda Gorman, youth poet laureate, read her poem at the Inauguration ceremony held earlier this month. Don’t forget Kwame Alexander’s event: “Light for the World to See” coming up on February 26 […]