Anybody else feel like the end of August means summer is over and it’s time to go back to school? I always want to buy a new planner and notebooks and office accessories this time of year even though I’ve been out of the classroom (as student or teacher/librarian) for quite a few years. So… Continue reading #Nerdbery Update!
When I worked in a school environment, it seemed like the year revolved around holidays, big or small. If it was President’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I would be rounding up books and writing lesson plans and looking for activities that would tie into each one. Even after… Continue reading #TBT: St. Patrick’s Day
I have such fond memories of reading picture books as the days led up to Christmas (even when I was much too “old” for picture books), but Christmas Eve was always special. My parents would read our two favorite books every single Christmas Eve: The Little Golden Book Story of Christmas and The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas.… Continue reading TBT: Christmas Eve Traditions
It’s been a year since I decided to start reading all the Newbery Medal winners and join in the Nerdbery Challenge via the Mr. Schu Reads blog. So it seems like a good time for an update! The main goal is to keep it stress-free: no time limit, no pressure to read every single book on the… Continue reading #Nerdbery Update!
A few weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook seeking advice on finding cheap/free books since her spending was getting out of hand. I added my two cents and there was a long thread of great ideas. I’ve thought about it some more and couldn’t resist putting together a longer list of my own… and… Continue reading Books on a Budget
Last summer I decided to start reading all the Newbery Medal winners and join in the Nerdbery Challenge via the Mr. Schu Reads blog. The main goal is to keep it stress-free: no time limit, no pressure to read every single book, and no need to re-read books I’ve read before. So far it’s been a fun… Continue reading #Nerdbery Update!
I love children’s literature but it can be hard to choose new books to read from among the hundreds of new titles that come out each year… so I decided it would be a fun challenge to read the new winners of the Newbery Medal to keep up to date with the world of children’s… Continue reading #Nerdbery
I’m still having blogger’s block this week, hopefully I’ll feel more inspired after this weekend! In the meantime, here’s a weird little list that I started writing a couple weeks ago. Embarrassing confession: when I’m working out, sometimes I imagine that my favorite book characters are in the room working out too. I know, I’m… Continue reading Anne of San Francisco
There must be something about spring weather that gives me the urge to purge. I’ve been turning our closets inside out, crossing off neglected tasks that have been on my To-Do list for months, donating or throwing away anything unnecessary or unused. But even though space is limited, I can still find room for a… Continue reading Blast From My Past: Writers’ Strike
After reading a string of really great books, I started thinking about what would make it to my Top Ten List… you know, the Top Ten of my most favorite, most meaningful, most enjoyable books… so I decided to make that list. Which books have made the most impact on my reading life, that I… Continue reading My Top Ten List