Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Spark by Kristine Barnett

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You guys, this book? Its SO amazing. This kid baffles me. Check out this 60 minutes clip of him. I mean seriously. And to be his mother? What work! Here’s a quick summary.

“Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes.”

So Kristine vows her kid is going to do everything. No one is going to tell her he can’t tie his shoes. So she starts a special autistic program & gets through to these kids! I loved her drive. Although if I had been reading this book as a mother of an autistic child it may have given me unreasonable hope for my own child. I mean not every kid can grow up with an IQ greater than Einstein. Am I right?

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The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

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Happy Thanksgiving! I have a great book suggestion for this lazy holiday at home. The blurb says it all. “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.” Oh muh gawd. What else do you need? And its from Kirkus Reviews no less. And if anyone knows Kirkus they know that glowing reviews are few and far between.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I personally think its more Harry Potter than Hunger Games but that’s good for me because I adore HP and not so much the HG. Fast read! However, I’m not sure I’ll read book two only because there’s also a book three & I can’t get that invested. Trilogies are just not my thing. Although since all 3 books are already out I very well might because I don’t have to wait for another pub date… oh the decisions..

Side note, its an overlap book from Children to Young Adult. Love those. Such an age gap to fill & it does a great job.

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Hunger Games Interview

Lev Grossman, the author, interviews the director of Catching Fire & Suzanne Collins, the author of the book. It’s a great interview. I love hearing about the connection (or disconnect) between movies and their books.

Read about it here.

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Where is Platform 9 3/4?

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Storytime for Scooters: Fun!

FUN STORYTIME

OPENING SONG

We clap and sing hello

We clap and sing hello

With our friends at storytime

We clap and sing hello

Wave and sing hello…

Stomp and sing hello…

TUMBLEBOOK

lola

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

BOOK

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Baby Parade by Rebecca O’Connell

SONG

We got up around the room and did a baby parade!

We’re marching to the drum

Marching to the drum.

Hi ho the derrio we’re marching to the drum

Tiptoe…

Run…

BOOK

kisses

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

CLOSING SONG

Can you kick with two feet two feet two feet

Can you kick with two feet? Kick kick kick

Can you nod with one head…

Can you wave with two arms…

Can you kiss with two lips…

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Books are Better

Most of the time movies are better than the books. Actually, all of the time basically.

Here’s a list of kids’ books made into movies where the books are better. Read these!

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2014 YA Books

I love being tuned in with the up and coming things before everyone else is. Here’s a post that tells you all about what YA books are going to be hot in 2014. It gives me great pride to say, “Oh I’ve already read that” before everyone else knows about it. So I’m going to be reading this post very closely. Not that I ever have time to read or anything.. UGH

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