Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Year of Billy Miller by Henkes

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All my books are packed so I haven’t done a lot of reading lately. I had this in an ARC from ALA Chicago this summer so I picked this up. Very quick read done in four parts, each for one of Billy’s family members. Billy is a new third grader and wants his year to be awesome. Great book! Love Henkes. There was no art, so I’ll have to pick it up at the library to see what the art looks like, although I’m sure it’s great.

Moving in a week so may be off and on here for awhile.

 

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Literary Feuds of 2013

The New Yorker has an article about literary feuds of 2013. Whether it be author to author or author to interviewer, I thought this was a great article. Super fascinating! My favorite was women writers and only children. The statement was made, the secret to being both a successful writer and a mother: have just one kid. Which spurred a backlash from women authors who have MORE than one kid. Are they not successful? Love it. Check out the feuds!

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Young Adult is for Everyone

This is not a new thing. Adults are reading YA but I think this article from CBS News has some great statistics. I love statistics.

80 percent of the market for young adult books is now over the age of 18.

The overall category of kids’ books is the fastest growing in publishing, with sales up 24 percent since 2010.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” [sold] 115 million copies.

[The] “Harry Potter” series, which was embraced by all ages, [sold] 450 million copies.

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Storytime for Scooters: Winter

Totally out of the loop with Christmas, moving & wedding stuff. But here’s this weeks storytime plan. We talked about winter & Christmas.

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

BOOK

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Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson

SONG

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

I made quick hand signs for it. Touch your nose when you say Rudolph, put antlers on your head with your hands when you say reindeer, etc.

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MAGNET BOARD

Snowman magnet board found here

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What Am I? Christmas by Anne Margaret Lewis

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Ears, Nose & Toes

Today we talked about body parts because we’re overly caught up on the alphabet. I wasn’t watching the calendar. Whoops! But this is a fun one. I love seeing them find their eyes and their ears. It makes them so happy to know they know where they are. I have ears? You have them too? WILD!

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

BOOK

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Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson

RHYME

Two little eyes to look around

Two little ears to hear a sound

One little nose to smell what’s sweet

And one little mouth that likes to eat.

Yum yum yum yum yum (tickle tummy)

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All of Baby Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler

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(with washcloths)

This is the way we wash our face

wash our face, wash our face

this is the way we wash our face

so early in the morning.

(repeat with other body parts)

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Toes, Ears & Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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The Signature of All Things

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Of course this book has hype because of its author. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the phenomenon Eat Pray Love. I’ve read the aforementioned book & her follow-up book, Committed. But I’ve never read any of her short stories so I’m not familiar with her fiction writing style.

This book has a great beginning. Amazing. In order to find out more about the main character, Alma, Gilbert goes through the history of her father in a sweeping description through continents and decades until Alma’s birth. Halfway through I was waning, the book is 512 pages. I wasn’t so sure I wanted to stick it out to the 500 page end so I read the review on B&N and decided not to finish from what they said about the conclusion. Would’ve been a satisfactory story but I just don’t have time to finish an “okay story”. That being said, I recommend it to those who like sweeping historical novels with lots of detail.

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