Lori Ries

Fun Fiction for Ready Readers

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Junior Library Guild Selection 2010
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book/ CCBC Choices 2011
Cybil Award Finalist /Bank Street Best Books of the year 2010 /Maryland Library Association Blue Crab Young Readers Award
New From Boyds Mills Press! Oregon Book Award Finalist/ Bank Street College Best Books of the Year 2009
Horn Book Fanfare List: Best books of 2006/2007 Oregon Book Award Finalist Nick Jr. Family Magazine's Best Children's Books of 2006/ The Bank Street College Best Books of the Year 2006/
Parenting Magazine Best Books November 2006 Parenting Picks
Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year/ The Friends Medallion 2007 Special Award
Children's Choices 2005

LitLife

Discover Your Family Stories

October 10, 2018

Tags: family, story, history, create, write

My husband and I just did a fun shoot with a friend at our cabin. Our Cabin was built in 1937 and it sits on the Oregon Trail. These walls are filled with generations of story. With a steamy hot cup of cocoa with snowy melting marshmallows dancing inside the rim, the wood table is my favorite place to write.

Have you ever asked your parents what the world was like when they were young? What did your grandparents do before cell phones and internet? Where did they play? Who were their friends? What was their biggest surprise as a child?

Asking relatives to share life experiences can open up all kinds of stories. A favorite family story (once told to me) happened long before I was born. My grandparents lived on a farm, and you know what else lives on farms? Garden snakes. I was told that one time my uncle put a garden snake in my grandmother's dish water. Can you imagine reaching into sudsy water for a dishcloth and pulling out a soapy snake? What would you do, if that happened to you?

Stories are what make our families' histories unique.
Have fun discovering the stories within your family.