#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 5.21.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to:  So, last week, I said I was getting ready to start reading Ghost Boys (getting all the buzz). I got into my car to head to the gym and I had not downloaded it! It was sitting in my Audible cart. So sad. It has since been downloaded, however, I am still listening to the one that had been purchased for a summer bookclub instead (it was just sitting there, waiting to be downloaded) – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This book is heartbreaking. Stevenson is a lawyer and social justice activist. He writes about his work with incarcerated people on death row. Many of whom did not do the crimes they are on death row for. Stories like this make me mad. I am reading it for the Book Love Foundation Summer Reading Club. We do not discuss it until the end of the summer, but I am looking forward to that discussion.

On my nightstand:  Finished Rebound by Kwame Alexander. I cried. Started my Book of the Month Club book – The Perfect Mother by Molloy. It is starting to get good…

Reading with the toddler:  Books on repeat – It’s Not the Baby by J. Patrick Lewis and People Don’t Bite People by Wheeler. 

What are YOU reading?

VBF

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 5.14.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to:  I read Bob by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass. LOVED IT! Perfect read aloud in a 2nd – 3rd grade classroom, I think. I also started two books that I could not finish. I think it’s important to note that I do this a lot – in the books I listen to and the ones I read. I think some folks feel like if they start a book, they MUST finish it. I am not one of those people. There are too many great books out there I want to check out! The two I started but couldn’t get into are In the Great Green Room by Amy Gary (it’s a biography about Margaret Wise Brown! I so wanted to get into this book!) and Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein. Like, Girl, Wash Your Face, this one keeps popping up on “we think you’ll like these titles” lists. But, no. I don’t. You might, though! I start Ghost Boys today and am looking forward to it.

On my nightstand:  Still reading my signed copy (!) of Rebound by Kwame Alexander.

Reading with the toddler:  This week, she’s been into Baby’s First Words by Blackstone  and Dr. Seuss’ ABC.

What are YOU reading?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 5.7.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to:  Finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Good one! Family drama. Also started and finished The Last Thing She Ever Did by Olsen. GREAT mystery! Made me want to drive around, sit in my driveway, take the long way home – whatever I needed to do to keep listening. Now listening to Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I guess I live under a rock, but I had no clue who Rachel Hollis was until this book started popping up on all of the “we think you’ll like” lists. Really just downloaded it to get it to stop showing up! I LOVE HER!

On my nightstand:  Had to give up on UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Borba. There were great ideas, but then I got to the chapter about reading and books and she lost me. YES! Read books that show kids different viewpoints and types of life and books that model empathy, but don’t worry about what reading level they are on. When she started going on that tangent, I just had to stop. Now I am reading my signed copy of Rebound by Kwame Alexander.

Reading with the toddler:  She’s mixing it up, you guys! Last week, we read (multiple times) The Hole Story by Bright, Jane Foster’s ABC, and Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz.

What are YOU reading?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 4.30.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to:  Still listening to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Good one!

On my nightstand:  Still working on UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Borba. Lots of practical ideas on how to get your kids to care more about other people. I think it would be a great book for parents with kids who are already in school to read.

Reading with the toddler:  WE’VE MOVED TO A NEW BOOK! She found Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth on her bookshelf (a book I’ve had for years before the toddler) and she loves it. I love it too!

What are YOU reading?

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 4.23.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to: Finished both of Jason Reynolds’ new books – Sunny and For Every One. So.Much.Talent. Both are fantastic. I also finished Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children by Sara Zaske. Supposed to be about German parenting vs American parenting, but was more about how the educational systems are different. Very interesting. Just started listening to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Keeps showing up on my “if you liked this…you’ll like this” lists, so finally reading it. So far, so good.

On my nightstand: Couldn’t get into On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Peterson. Now reading UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Borba. Good stuff! 

Reading with the toddler:  Still loving My Pillow Keeps Moving by Gehl . Sigh.

What are YOU reading?

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STORY TIME! Egg theme!

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! 

This school year, I am staying home with my toddler. There is a lot that I do not miss about getting up everyday and going to work, but one thing I do miss is story time. One of my favorite things about being a librarian is story time…it allows me to be creative and have fun and dance and sing (hmm – this just might be my favorite things about being human). Anyway…

Recently, I started volunteering once a month during family visitation time at our local juvenile detention center. This came about because I have always been interested in the children that are left at home after a parent or loved one is incarcerated. There is already some outreach happening via our public library at our local adult prison, so I decided to work with the school librarian and volunteer coordinator at our detention center to see how story time might fit in with the work they do (PS – the librarian at that school is awesome and is doing such amazing things with those students). The kids at the center range from 6th – 12th grade. Some of them do have their own children, but for the most part, I am working with younger brothers and sisters. The idea is I read stories to little brothers and sisters while the guardians visit with whomever is staying at the detention center. I have loved the times I have gone so far. The first couple of times, I just brought stacks of books and hung out with kids as they stopped by to see what I was doing. The last time I was there, however, I decided to come prepared with a full fledged, themed story time. I will definitely do that from here on out – it was a hit!

Because it is April and Spring and Easter weren’t too long ago, I decided the theme would be EGGS. During a typical story time, I would have some sort of flow and “schedule” in mind with the  books I read, but since this is almost one on one with kids as they come and go, I just kind of did what felt right at the moment.

Here is what I brought with me:

Books
Egg by Kevin Henkes (after reading, we had some fun with this free printable from KidLitCrafts)
First the Egg by Laura Vacaro Seeger
From Egg to Chicken by Ganeri (not linking because silly price on Amazon! – any nonfiction about eggs and chickens would work!)
Chicken’s Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
Eggs 1 2 3 by Halfmann – I’m not so sure this one is in print anymore, but it’s great!

Games/Hands-on Fun
I had lots of plastic eggs that I got for pennies at an after Easter sale. We stacked them, we sorted them, we put them together and took them apart. They colored a free printable I found on the internet – I can no longer find the exact one I used, but any coloring sheet about eggs would work for this activity. This was a big hit. For sure bringing more coloring sheets and art supplies next time.

Songs
I brought a set of egg shakers. We sang and danced to, “If you are happy and you know it.”

We had so much fun! Cannot wait until next time!

VBF

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#SCReadIn2018 – SC Read In!

Last week, I had the pleasure of being the Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 South Carolina Read-In. This is not my first experience with this awesome event. In 2008ish, I was President of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians and as part of that “job,” I spoke at the Read-In. In 2015, I took my little with me when I was on maternity leave – she must have been just about one month old! I really love the SC Read-In!

It is a wonderful event. Basically, schools around the state (public, private, charter, day care, everyone) come together on the State House grounds to celebrate reading. It is always in April – perfect month since it is National School Library Month and the legislature is in session. The thought is if they see a big group outside, they will come out to see what the fuss is about.

This event celebrates READING and how FUN it can be to be a reader, but it also focuses on how IMPORTANT reading is and how CRUCIAL the school library and school librarian is in making reading a priority. In most cases, I would say the school librarian was the one behind getting the children to the State House. No small feat when you think about transportation, permission from parents, volunteers, t-shirts, etc.

The event starts with a parade through downtown Columbia where students hold signs that say “Kids Who Read Succeed.” Some students dress up as their favorite book characters, some hold banners to show the name of their school. Mascots are there (Mason from the Fireflies and Cocky were a couple that I saw) and there is a general sense of celebration and pride in the air as students gather. After the parade, there are remarks and entertainment of some sort. This year, there was a read aloud with Cocky’s Reading Express. The best part though, is after the parade, after the entertainment. Everyone breaks up into groups and spreads out across the lawn of the SC State House to eat lunch and READ. You walk around and see blankets, snacks, and all the books. It’s an awesome event and I hope you plan to attend next year! I know I will be there!

VBF

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