Archive for July 2015

Summer Blog Break

July 30, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a summer blog break and time to anticipate the births of two sweet babies – my granddaughters! Whoop-ee! I’ll be the youngest grandma around. (Humor Me!)

Look for the next post the first week of September when this blog returns to inform and entertain the masses!

Keep on reading!

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Winnie-the-Pooh and Twin Girls, Too!

July 23, 2015

We recently moved from the Midwest back to the East Coast. It’s been an adventure, but the best part of it is that we are now closer to our daughter and son-in-law. And the pièce de résistance is the impending births of identical twin girls. Yes, we’re going to be grandparents!

Last Sunday we celebrated the upcoming births with a baby shower. Close friends and family made the Winnie-the-Pooh-themed gathering a perfect afternoon. Come join the fun!

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Enter

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It’s the 100 Aker Wood!

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Presents and Balloons

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Pooh’s friends and Pooh books were there.

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There were flowers, food, and drinks.

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Tigger Tails, Rabbit’s Munchies, Eeyore’s House Sticks, Piglets in a Blanket, Kanga’s Chicken Salad Pockets

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Roo’s Fruit Salad, Rabbit’s Carrot-Top Rolls, Tigger’s Twisted Pasta Salad, Eeyore’s “Whine”

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Pooh’s Honey Cupcakes, and Piglet’s Haycorns

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There were games, prizes, and a take-home honey bear.

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There was love. There was laughter. And the beautiful mother-to-be!

Having twins? Check out this book.

Take Two! A Celebration of Twins written by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen and illustrated by Sohpie Blackall

Good Things Happen When You Read Blogs

July 16, 2015

I read blogs – blogs about children’s books and the writing life. I find them interesting and informative. Blogs stimulate ideas and motivate me. They’re filled with writing tips, book recommendations, book reviews, illustrator studio tours, and plain good advice.

Contests and giveaways are an added treat offered by many of the blogs. I’m a sucker for these. Each time I’m a winner, I’m like a kid at Christmas, waiting to tear open my gift when it arrives. Here are a few of the things I’ve won recently.

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Once I read the books, I pay it forward – libraries, schools, friends … Although, there a few special books I’ve kept for my home library.

Besides the blogs listed on my blog page, here are a few more of my favorites. If you have more suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Picture Book Builders

A Year of Reading

Teaching Authors

Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books

Design of the Picture Book

Watch. Connect. Read. Mr. Shu Reads Blogspot

This Picture Book Life 

The Nonfiction Detectives

Celebrating With Family, Friends, and Food

July 9, 2015

“Laughter is brightest in the place where food is.” – Irish Proverb

Holidays are for family, friends, and food. That’s exactly how we spent our Fourth of July – with family and friends, enjoying a feast.

We began the day with a trip on a ferry that took us to Long Island. Our black jeep was the last one on. Yikes!

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After warm greetings, the feast began.

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To begin …

Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Bienville

These oysters were harvested by our host, who created this delicious presentation on the half shell. Yum!

On to dinner …

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Doris, the Boston Terrier, got a peek at what was to come.

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Lobster anyone?

If that wasn’t enough, out came …

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perfectly grilled filet mignon with sides of corn, salad, red potatoes, and wine!

We ate outside on a glorious Independence Day, overlooking Long Island Sound. The combination of family, friends, food, and laughter made the day remarkable!

Summer Reading

July 2, 2015

I’m beginning to compile a list of books for summer reading. They’re a combination of fiction/nonfiction from picture books to young adult. Then I’ll be off to the library.

Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer

Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

What do you think? Any other suggestions?

Wishing you all a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Celebrate America!

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“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”

~ Benjamin Franklin


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