Introducing… Literacy Loot!

literacy loot memeLiteracy Loot is a weekly post that features cool and unique literacy items found online and in stores for the classroom, home and even to wear! Join me in sharing your find of the week!

So I had an idea…

A reader’s love doesn’t just stop at books, right? We love to surround ourselves with evidence that reading is cool and shout from the tallest (ahem) bookshelf, that “WE LOVE READING!” and we’re not afraid who knows it. If you’re like me and pin, bookmark and save reading related items when browsing the internet or when shopping near and far, this post is for you. I plan to highlight 1 or 2 items a week – perhaps a literacy “steal” that is priced under $20 or a literacy “luxury” item that we can all drool over and maybe drop not-so-subtle hints about to our loved ones. Sometimes I’ll even include one of each! I hope you’ll join me in sharing some items that you’ve found along your reading journey and brought into your own classroom, reading sanctuary and life.

Literacy Loot “Steal” of the Week –


Pretty Upcycled Flower Paper Clips
from My Knapsack Dreams on

These little paperclips pack a bright and colorful punch! Aren’t they gorgeous? While advertised as wedding favors, I think they would look lovely in a book or two! The colorful cuties are 6 for $4.00. I think they are perfect for book club exchanges and end of the year school gifts. I know they would brighten my day! Click on the picture to check out this literacy loot!

Literacy “Luxury” Item of the Week


Personalized Wooden Gear Bookend
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This personalized wooden gear bookend would make a great addition to any bookshelf. It is unique, classy and fully functional! This piece would be a lovely housewarming gift for a family of readers. Each wooden bookend is $55 and this shop has several more choices at different prices worth looking at – I especially like the owl and tree branch options. Click on the picture to check out this luxurious literacy loot!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s loot, and don’t forget that if you know of or find any literacy loot you think readers would enjoy, drop me a line in the comments section below. Otherwise, feel free to start your own literacy loot posts when you come across must have items for the reader in all of us! Have a great weekend!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/15/13


It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

 Here’s what I read last week…

mind games

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White
HarperTeen 2/19/13
Kindle Edition
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 STARS
Fun Fact: The sequel, Perfect Lies, comes out in February, 2014

flat out love

Flat Out Matt (Flat Out Love #1.5) by Jessica Park
Kindle Edition
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 STARS
Fun Fact: It’s really interesting to hear Matt’s thoughts and feelings this time around.


Lola and The Boy Next Door (Anna And the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins
Dutton Books, 9/29/11
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 STARS
Fun Fact: Book #3, Isla and the Happily Ever After, is scheduled to be released 5/13/14


I really enjoyed reading Flat Out Matt, even though I am usually wary of novellas from different characters’ points of view. I liked Flat Out Love so much when I read it as a book club book last year. The bonus chapter at the end was pretty steamy, but overall was a satisfying ending to the storyline. I will definitely read more books by Jessica Park.

Here’s what’s on my reading plate for this week!

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eyes of the beholder

As you can see I have some reading this week to do for my online grad class, but I hope to finish The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr and get to Kasie West’s Pivot Point as well. Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think?

Happy Reading! ♥