Posted tagged ‘Reading’

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

March 2, 2017

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

read

 

Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

hats-off

 

Books to Savor

November 3, 2016

My two little cuties love books. So when I find a great picture book I think they will like, I stash them in a secret place.

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When the time is right, I pull one out for all of us to enjoy. Here are two I’m waiting to share with them.

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Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Joy Ang

Petey and Pru are friends, but sometimes they don’t always agree on how to spend time together. The day Petey wanted quiet, Pru was feeling tricksy. That caused mayhem and a hullabaloo. Did that ruin their friendship? Of course not because they both know friendship is something to cherish – at least until the next time Pru is feeling tricksy.

Why I like this book:  The vocabulary is a mouthful of merriment! Who wouldn’t want to use words like kerfuffle, cacophony, and hornswoggled? The illustrations are eye-catching, vibrant, and filled with fanciful fun!

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Amos McGee works at the zoo. He’s a very busy man, but he always makes time for his animal friends. One day, Amos wakes with chills and aches. When he doesn’t come to work, the animals worry about him. Later that day, the animals get on the bus and travel to Amos McGee’s house where each of the animals has a special way to take care of him.

Why I like this book:  This is a quiet book. It delivers a message of repaying kindness with kindness. The illustrations done in muted colors add to the calm and charm of the story. See how many times you can spot the red balloon in this Caldecott Medal book.

 

Give Your House Soul

October 27, 2016

A quote credited to Plato says, “A house that has a library in it has a soul.” Give your house a soul and build a home library.

When children open a book, they open a door to new places, new ideas, and new adventures.

 

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Be a role model and let your children see you reading. Share lap time and read to them.

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With a home library, you can create an atmosphere of learning and cultivate the love of books. If buying books too expensive, visit your neighborhood library. Make a special go-to place in your home for those library books, and keep it overflowing with a variety of genres.

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The Traditional Library

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The Bedroom Library

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The Basket Library

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The Canvas Bag Library

Jump-start your child’s learning potential with books. Speech, communication, thinking skills, vocabulary, and hours of delight are all benefits to be reaped from reading books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get on Board with Board Books

October 29, 2015

Books have always been an important part of my life, but now that I have two sweet granddaughters, I’ve become obsessed with board books.

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What better way to introduce them to the magic of words and colorful illustrations than through board books. They’re just the right size for their tiny hands. It’s never too early to begin reading to children so I’m on the prowl for some first-class board books. Here are a few I highly recommend.

You Are My I love You written by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa. This charming book, delightfully illustrated in muted colors, can be enjoyed by both adults and children. It’s written in rhyme and follows the child and parent through various events of an ordinary day and the sweetness of daily life.

Everywhere Babies written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee. If your little ones like seeing other babies, this is the book for them. Susan Meyers’ rhyming text celebrates babies being dressed, fed, kissed, rocked, making noise, and doing all the things babies do. The combination of Meyers’ text and Marla Frazee’s enchanting illustrations depicting babies from many different places makes this book one to add to your collection. 

The next two books are from the talented Sandra Boynton. You’ll get your groove on with these.

In Barnyard Dance!, the animals are having an old-fashioned square dance in the barnyard. You’ll want to grab a partner and do-si-do with the animals in this rollicking rhyming story!

And if you like Barnyard Dance!, you’ll love Pajama Time! It’s another one of Boynton’s fast-paced rhyming texts about getting ready for bed. Bedtime has never been so much fun!

I’m still on the lookout for more great board books. If you have any you’d like to share, please do.

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!

International Children’s Book Day

April 2, 2015

Today is International Children’s Book Day. It’s a day to promote children’s books and the love of reading. It’s no coincidence that Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday is also today. He’s the fabulous Danish author of numerous fairy tale titles. Do you remember The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, The Nightingale, The Little Mermaid, and The Little Fir? These are just a few of the classic stories written by Andersen. All of them are treasures.

If you want to learn more about International Children’s Book Day (ICBD), click here.

And if you want to read some outstanding international children’s books chosen by a committee made up of members from the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), click here. It’s an amazing list.  

On this International Children’s Book Day, share a book with a child. As Garrison Keillor, an American writer and broadcaster, once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”

In the Neighborhood

February 19, 2015

It’s a beautiful Little Free Library in the neighborhood! While on a walk, I discovered this library in my neighborhood park. Families donated time and money to install the Little Free Library for everyone in the neighborhood to use. The day I stopped by, it was packed full of great books for children and adults.

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Keep those Little Free Libraries coming!


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