Saturday, April 6, 2013
Tell us what you're reading right now using this nifty form on Patch!
As part of our ongoing Patch Reads program, we are actively seeking input from you on what you are reading right now. Fill out this form and tell us what you and your book clubs are reading and why. Then we'll share it with others so that we can all benefit from your book club recommendations.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Bestselling authors Sue Grafton, Jodi Picoult and more are releasing books this winter.
It might be chilly out, but book publishing is red hot right now. Several favorite bestselling authors are releasing books early in 2013. What are some of the most anticipated books?
Monday, January 14, 2013
Elite Freestyle Karate held their grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 750 Main St. in Winchester.
Discipline. Confidence. Focus. These are just a few of the words that line the walls of Winchester's newest business: Elite Freestyle Karate. Dozens attended Elite Freestyle Karate's grand opening Saturday afternoon at its new location at 750 Main St. Prior to the Winchester studio opening, Elite Freestyle Karate had locations in Reading and Wilmington. With classes kicking off Tuesday, this dojo is the third in a triangle of karate studios aimed at not just teaching self defense but inspiring “spirit and perseverance ... focusing on the interaction between child, parents and instructor,” explained Sensei JD, one of Elite Freestyle Karate's high-degree black belts and teachers. These ideals were also alluded to by those in attendance. …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
It's that time of year: The internet is littered with best books lists for 2012. But why let critics and publishers get the last word? What was your favorite book this year?
It's December, which is the unofficial "taking stock" month of the Internet. And one of the Internet's favorite year-end topics focuses on the best book of 2012. There are plenty of takes to choose from, like the newsy list, the most-purchased list, the best-as-voted-by-social-media-users list, the traditional list, the contrarian publication's list. We could go on. But now it's time to hear from you. What was the best book you read in 2012? And best, of course, is subjective. It can mean your favorite, the one you thought was crafted best, the one you thought was most thought-provoking. Or fun. Or important. It's up to you. Got a favorite book you read in 2012? Use the comments section below to tell us what it was and why you loved it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
There is so much a parent can do to create a foundation for a lifelong love of reading before a child even steps foot into a classroom.
We all know reading aloud to even the youngest child is beneficial, but it goes so much further than most of us realize. I was lucky enough to sit down with a co-author of an insightful book every caregiver should own. Susan Marx and co-author Barbara Kasok created Help Me Get Ready To Read as a practical guide for reading aloud to children from birth to age 5. Before I met with Marx, a Lexington resident, I thought about my own experience reading aloud with my children and wondered if there was really anything I could do to make it more stimulating and educational. I also thought about the education gap our country is struggling with and how caring parents can help teachers before children even take one step into a classroom. After …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Book Ends is celebrating Waldo's 25th birthday by having a monthlong downtown search for Waldo.
To celebrate his 25th birthday, Waldo will be visiting local businesses in Winchester's Town Center getting to know the perfect hiding spots. If you see the little figure wearing his famous striped red and white shirt and black-rimmed specs while he's checking out one of the 20 businesses across town, you could win a prize from Book Ends. To participate, just swing by the bookstore and grab a “Find Waldo in Winchester” search list with the names of all the participating businesses and collect an “I Found Waldo at _____" card for each Waldo you spot. If you find Waldo figures in at least 16 businesses, you will win a Waldo button and a chance at other giveaways. The grand prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books. A drawing will be …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
My grandmother would be so pleased to see her timeless book included in the Patch summer reading lists.
Summertime, and the reading is easy...or challenging, depending on our mood, right? I have just submitted my latest YA manuscript to my agent, so I am gearing up for a reading frenzy, a veritable feast of other people’s words. And I love them all, from picture books to the classics. (Right now I am reading The Mysterious Benedict Society aloud to my daughter (age 7) at the urging of my boys (ages 10 and 12) and I am LOVING it.) For myself I am currently reading A Discovery of Witches. When I was a child, summertime meant getting lost in other worlds created by amazing authors, JUST FOR ME. (Right?) This summer, Patch has teamed up with James Patterson to create a reading list to encourage literacy: Read Kiddo Read. I was very pleased to …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Patch has teamed up with James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD program to bring you reading lists for every age. If you’re looking for some great summer reading options, check out this list of The Best Illustrated books from James Patterson.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Looking for a great book to read this summer? This list of illustrated books for kids ages 2 to 7 is so much fun. Plus it includes books young readers can start to read to you! Read one, or read ‘em all – post your thoughts in the comments. Or, if we missed your favorite book, tell us in the comments! Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Who do you think will win, Shark or Train? Blackout by John Rocco A summer blackout can actually be a great party! Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Read about the adventures of best friends, Dog and Bear. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems What happens when a pigeon volunteers to drive a bus? An engaging story in question and …
Patch has teamed up with James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD program to bring you reading lists for every age. If you’re looking for some great summer reading options, check this list of “Terrific Transitional” books from James Patterson.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Looking for a great book to read with your kids this summer? This list will help you transition from illustrated kids books to books your kids will love to read independently. Read one, or read ‘em all – post your thoughts in the comments. Or, if we missed your favorite book, tell us in the comments! Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match by Mary Quattlebaum The biggest boy pirate and the maddest girl pirate face-off in a series of competitions and then find themselves falling in love! Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Bad Kitty series) by Nick Bruel When you give a bath to Bad Kitty, you need, among other things, soap, a towel and a suit of armor. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, Illustrated by Fritz Siebel Learn and…
Patch has teamed up with James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD program to bring you reading lists for every age. If you’re looking for some great summer reading options, check this list of “Favorite Pageturners” from James Patterson.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Looking for a great book to read this summer? This list of books has something for everyone – adventure, magic, smart kids and amazing kids. Read one, or read ‘em all – post your thoughts in the comments. Or, if we missed your favorite book, tell us in the comments! Dead End in Norvelt By Jack Gantos Two months of being grounded during summer vacation change Jack Gantos’ life forever. Especially since it involves the mysterious chore of typing obituaries for his intriguing neighbor. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading By Tommy Greenwald What happens when Charlie Joe Jackson, the most reluctant reader EVER has to actually read a book? Big Nate in a Class by Himself (Big Nate series) By Lincoln Peirce Things don’t always go your way …