• Authors,  holiday,  St. Patricks Day,  Tomie dePaola,  Uncategorized

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we have chosen three Tomie dePaolo books for you.  Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill, Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka and Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato. Fin M’Coul has always been one of my favorites since reading it to my 1st grade class over 20 years ago.  Fin and his wife Oonagh (both giants) live on Knockmany Hill, one day Cucillin the Giant comes to find Fin, as he is the only giant that he hasn’t been able to beat.  Oonagh helps Fin and they are able to outsmart Cucullin.  It’s a wonderful tale of love, mischief and adventure in Ireland.  Jamie…

  • adventure,  Reading aloud

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

    TMy son and I just finished reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom.  My daughter and I read it a few years ago and loved it.  Eddie, a maintenance worker at an amusement park, dies trying to save a little girl.  When he gets to heaven be meets the five people that affected his life.  There are five people for everyone.  Some he knew, others he had just seen in passing in his time on Earth.  But each one affected him in different ways making his life what it was. It is a very thought provoking read.  My son has been going through all the drama…

  • adventure,  love,  Reading aloud

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

    My daughter and I just finished reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I read it a few years ago after a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it, I don’t think I expected to. I usually give the kids several book choices, I was surprised that Anastasia chose this one. Rereading this book, I remembered how much I enjoyed it. Harold, recently retired and seemingly very bored in his life and marriage, receives a letter from a former work colleague/friend, Queenie Hennessy, who is dying of cancer. Instead of simply writing her back, he decides to bring the letter to her himself. And so begins the “unlikely…

  • friendship,  introvert,  quiet

    The Good Side of Quiet

    The Good Side of Quiet – By Anastasia Rogozinski “They do not participate, therefore, they are not smart.” Imagine your teacher thinking this when giving you a grade. This may be an exaggeration, but many students may feel as though their teacher sees them this way. Many classes grade participation. If some students perform poorly on assessments, a participation grade can give them a boost. However, students who perform well on assessments, yet refrain from participating, can watch their grade plummet. With a grade hovering over them, the pressure of engaging grows. For introverted students, sharing on-the-spot creates stress. The fast-paced nature of many discussions gives little to no time…

  • adventure,  friendship,  Land of Oz,  love,  Reading aloud,  Wizard of Oz

    L. Frank Baum and his Wonderful Land of Oz

    When you think of The Wizard of Oz, do you think of the classic movie or the book?  I always used to think of the movie. When we first embarked on this wonderful reading journey, thanks to Alice Ozma (The Reading Promise) and her father, I had no idea there was more than just The Wizard of Oz.  After reading The Reading Promise, we learned that there are 14 books in the Land of Oz Series.  I read The Wizard of Oz to my daughter and a couple of years later to my son.  My son and I decided to continue with the series.  We have just finished all 14! …

  • love,  Reading aloud,  Valentines Day

    💖Books We Love 💖

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are going to share with you books we love.  There are A LOT, so we have narrowed it down.  We have each chosen a book that we loved reading aloud. First on the list is a book that should always be on a Valentine’s list.  Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris.  I was given this book by a librarian in Cambridge, MA.  Yeah for librarians!  I would bring my 1st grade class to the library every week, and the two librarians quickly became very good friends.  Love Among the Walnuts is a silly story about love, family, and the family you find while…

  • David Barclay Moore,  Harlem,  LEGO,  The New York Times

    The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore

    I subscribe to The New York Times and usually on Fridays they publish an article about new books they are recommending.  I glance through it and think “this one looks good, but I have so many on my TBR lists that I just can’t put another one it.”  Before Christmas, The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore was in one of the Friday lists.  In the brief description in the NYT it mentioned LEGOs, I was hooked.  I made a point of writing it down immediately so I could get it out of the library.  I am always looking for books for my 12 year old son.  This…

  • Dining Room,  Dr. Suess,  House Design

    Reading is Always in Fashion

    My parents bring me Architectural Digest magazines whenever they get them.  I love to look through the beautiful houses and gardens.  I often rip pages out and save them for our “someday house”.  This month’s issue was no exception.  An article about a family with seven children in Oxfordshire, England had a picture of their dining room.  On one wall was a huge painting of a page from Dr. Suess’  Oh the Places You’ll Go.  Simply perfect!  And, this idea doesn’t have to wait for our “someday house”! Happy Reading!    

  • Reading aloud,  Telling the truth

    The Importance of Children’s Books

    I read this blog post from Parnassus Books https://parnassusmusing.net/2018/01/17/14-picture-books-kind-citizens/#more-28438  If you aren’t currently signed up to receive the “musings” from Parnassus Books, I highly suggest you do. This particlular post was about books to read with children showing them to be kind to one another.  I got to the book Love by Matt de la Pena.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I did link to the article in Time Magazine http://time.com/5093669/why-we-shouldnt-shield-children-from-darkness/.  This article is so beautiful, and so important.  Books can transport readers.  If one book, one illustration, can help a child to “feel” than it was worth it.  Often times, children do not have words to express how they…