Monthly Archives: January 2013

Flora & the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Cute cute book trailer for a new wordless picture book. I LOVE wordless picture books.



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Tips to Foster Great Readers

I don’t necessarily believe these lists. However, I don’t think you’d be doing your child a disservice if you followed these tips. Presumably my brother and I were raised the same way, although we’re 8 years apart so maybe we weren’t. Nonetheless, I am a voracious reader. I love reading. Love everything about it. Got my master’s in it. Made a career out of it. Think its the best! On the other hand, my brother hates reading. Doesn’t do it for fun or for school. He just wants you to tell him what happens. He likes movies. Couldn’t make him read a book if you gave him $100. Is this because I’m a girl and he’s a boy? No idea. But anyway, doing some of these simple tips may help guide your child into the reading sphere but I don’t guarantee anything.

1. Start early! Read to your children constantly. Read to them in the womb. Read to them 10 minutes after they come out. If you don’t feel like reading put a book on CD in and have someone else read to them. While you’re reading don’t expect children to sit through an entire book if they’re young. Just because they can’t sit still for a whole book doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy it. I can promise you if you FORCE them to sit down and listen to the whole book they will not jump in your lap to hear another the next time you want to read to them.

2. Set an example! Read books for you. This shows them that you like reading too. It’s not just something you’re making them do, it’s something you like too! Especially dads. Make those men read. Show those boys that reading is cool.

3. Stock up on books! Keep books all over your house. Whether they’re your own personal collection or from the library. If you’re kid is stuck on dinosaurs right now you can get tons of those but get something else too so they have a variety. Get board books, pop-up books, nonfiction books, fiction books, and more!

4. Don’t underestimate the power of a series! The Magic Treehouse Series has over 40 books at this point & it’s still going. Some parents keep their kids away from popular series’ because the books aren’t classic or educational. Get over that right now. Reading is reading. Reading encourages more reading which may steer them towards the “classic educational” books later. Don’t ever discourage your child from reading anything. If they like the first book in a series and there are 39 more books just like it that is a whole lot of reading! And a whole lot of quiet time for Mama.

5. Oldschool reading time! Have a time of the night or day when it is reading time. Turn of gadgets. This is a time when everyone can read and you can do tip 2. Put it with something exciting like dessert so it’s even better. Who doesn’t want dessert? Then something awesome will be associated with reading which is also awesome.

See the whole list of great tips here.

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Everyone needs a hug now & then. Someone realized this & made a list of the Top 10 Kids Books containing hugs 🙂

9    8    7    6    5    4    3    2    1    10

Here’s the list!

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Weird Obsession

Can I tell you how obsessed I am with books about Autism Spectrum Disorders? I’m obsessed. Actually, I think I told you that when I reviewed Colin Fischer. First of all, did you know there’s a debate about how to even phrase the sentence describing people with these disorders? Should you say a boy with autism or an autistic boy? If you say both with autism you’re giving them the disorder as a personal trait and something that they just have, not something they can push through. Like saying the boy with brown hair. He has brown hair. The end. Autism is on a spectrum so saying it as a matter of fact, the boy with autism is implying he either has it or he doesn’t, there is no in between or surpassing the trait. BUT, if you say autistic boy you are labeling him as autistic. He is autistic first, and then a boy. It’s like saying, the Jewish boy or the Caucasian boy. It is an ingrained trait and the first thing you hear being described about them. Okay anyway. Apparently other people find it fascinating also because there is a whole list of the Top 10 Books featuring Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nerdy Book Club.

1. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

2. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

3. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

4. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

5. Rules by Cynthia Lord

6. Clay by Colby Rodowsky

7. Freaks, Geeks & Asperger’s Syndrome: A User’s Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson

8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

9. Episodes: Scenes from Life, Love, and Autism by Blaze Ginsberg

10. Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism  by Temple Grandin

I have read none of them, so I better get on it & encourage my obsession!

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Love Times Three by the Darger family

Love Times Three: Our True Story of a Polygamous Marriage

I just finished Love Times Three by the Darger family. I was enthralled. I admit, I am one of those people who watched Sister Wives. So if you don’t & you could care a less about polygamy then this probably isn’t the book for you. I am genuinely interested in polygamy, not because I want to be a polygamist, but because I find it so fascinating to learn about other lifestyle choices. One weekend my roommate & I were watching a show on swingers (polygamy is not swinging, I know) and we got on the topic of a man with more than one wife. Why do women get jealous? Because their husband is sleeping with another woman? Newsflash, unless you married a virgin (which isn’t likely in this age but if you did props to you) your husband has slept with other women. Women you don’t know. Probably more than one. Maybe more than 5. Does it really matter if he’s doing it under your nose? If you know the woman as a person and love her and know he loves you also? No, not in my opinion. I feel like knowing is better. But that’s just me. And no, I’m not a polygamist.

So about the book. These women who are married to Joe are individuals. They aren’t teenagers with ponytails & skirts waiting for Grandpa to come claim them as their wives. They know what the like & want.  Apparently, this family was the basis for the HBO show Big Love. A show I used to watch and also enjoyed. While Joe says in the book that some of what happened in the show definitely wouldn’t happen in his family (i.e. having sex in another wife’s room or courting a new wife without asking the other wives first) he also said that some of the episode plots came directly from his family. Anyway, if you’re interested in polygamy (maybe not the actual why & religious portion but the family dynamics portion) this would be a good book to pick up and fly through!

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My Job has Meaning

I know everyone says their job has meaning. But I think mine really does. Sometimes. I was reading a blog post today and a librarian was talking about her annual visits with kindergarten classes. This is what happened at one of those visits.
“In one class, after we finished and I was packing up my stuff there was one little boy at the back of the room who was sitting criss-cross with his hands clasped in his lap. ‘I just really want to tell you a secret,’ he said to me, agonized. ‘Sure, come on up.’ I said, and bent over to his level. After he carefully and fastidiously parted my hair so that there was nothing in front of my ear, he whispered with great intensity, ‘I just love you SO MUCH.’ And then I melted into a puddle of goo on the floor.”

I want that to happen to me. I know that my children love me as a librarian, especially at my last job because I was the only librarian they saw. I get Christmas cards from some of them still & I talk to their mothers (via FaceBook) and stalk their lives. I can’t wait for them to grow up. But for now, I’m just waiting for the day when some adorable kid comes and whispers this in my ear.

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January 15, 2013 · 5:17 pm