Friday, April 9, 2010

Who Can Write Now?

I have stared at a blank page for two days. Who can write now? Each day is bringing more wonder to my yard. The dogwood is breaking out in pure white blooms. Some azaleas are in full bloom and other are covered in buds. Yesterdays buds are open today. The yard is covered with pink, coral, and white blooms. Three hummingbirds have returned to their feeder at my kitchen window. They spend all day competing for time drinking the sweet nectar in the red honeysuckle and feeder. Sitting out on the patio is risky and exciting these days. The hummingbirds are swooping back and forth so you can feel the wind around your head. The purple martins are busily building nests in their purple martin condominium and gourds. The bluebirds are hilarious to watch taking their daily bath in the birdbath. The house finches are sitting on eggs in their nests under the carport. Too much excitement is happening! I do not want to miss a single sight! Maybe I need to write at night during the spring. What a terrible conundrum!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Library Blog

Sorry folks! I have been out of touch with my computer and then right into a very busy Holy Week. But I am back! So how much did you earn for the Gilbert Gragg library? I had fifty seven comments. I am going to round that up and make a fifty dollars donation. The check will be mailed today! Thank you all for supporting libraries!

Friday, March 26, 2010

How is the Library Challenge Coming?

Fifty (50) comments have come in thus far! Thank you all! The more comments I receive the more books the library will be able to purchase. Better get a move on folks! Twenty five dollars will not buy many books! Enough comments might even convince me to donate a little more!
Keep passing the word along and visit the others who are participating and comment on theirs too. Here is the link to the list:

Boys and Reading

REMINDER: Remember the Library Blog Challenge described in my March 23 post.

Recently the Center on Education Policy released a report that clearly shows that the reading levels of boys in the United States are lagging behind girls. Being a retired educator, I have studied these statistics for years and therefore was not surprised. I was disappointed though! Educators have considered boys a high-risk subgroup for many years now. Specific interventions for boys have been put into place; however boys are still lagging!

Do you suppose as authors and ‘trying to be’ authors that we could play a significant role in changing these statistics? Could we consider writing more stories focused on the interests of little boys? What if we filled classrooms and libraries with stories that would intrigue them so much that they would want to read more and more?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

How is the Library Challenge Coming?

Forty two (42) comments have come in thus far! Thank you all! The more comments I receive the more books the library will be able to purchase. Keep passing the word along and visit the others who are participating and comment on theirs too. Here is the link to the list:

My Grandson’s Reading List

This writing ‘gig’ is making my house messy! I intended to devote my morning to household chores-the great advantage of working from home. As I picked up the stack of books by my recliner, I was touched with memories of my grandson’s visit. You see, these are some of the books we read while he was here. As I put each book on the shelf, I remembered our joy and discussions as reading. Then I thought some of you might like to share those memories too. So here are the books we most recently read together:

Which One Doesn’t Belong? By Linda Haywood ©1981---This book happened to belong to his uncle and mother when they were young. It is full of puzzles that he loves doing over and over again.

Wubbzy’s Wild Ride adapted by Jo Hurley © 2009. He loves Wubbzy and this book.

The Silly Family by Katherine Pebley O’Neal © 2008. He actually chose this one out of a bin at the grocery store, believe it or not, during this past visit. A four year old really loves the silly jokes!

The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party by Stan & Jan Berenstain © 1990. This is another of his mother’s childhood books and is just as good today!

Miss Hunnicutt’s Hat by Jeff Brumbeau © 2003. This book was discussed in an earlier [posting]. Elliott loved it as much as the class I read to did.

My Day by Sindy McKay © 2002. This is a ‘We Both Read’ book. Even though Elliott is not actually reading yet, this book is written so that he could do part of the child’s pages by himself. At four, he loves doing everything by himself.

The Bears’ Christmas by Stan & Jan Berenstain © 1970. Another classic! Elliott laughs as loudly as his mother did when she was four.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss © 1960. His mother’s was totally worn out, so this is a new copy. We have read it so often that he can recite parts of it with me.

Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg © 1988. Elliott had such a serious face as I read about the trials of these ants.

Thomas’ Big Storybook by The Reverend W. Awdry © 1985-2006. Being Thomas the Engine’s biggest fan, this is Elliott’s all-time favorite book. This book has 185 pages. We have read all 185 pages many, many times! We read it so often that my daughter and I take turns hiding it for a while to give ourselves a break!

Did I mention that my grandson loves books and being read to? Reading books to my grandson that I read to his mother is a wonderful connection of generations.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Children’s Book Choice Awards & Library Challenge

Did you know that the Children’s Book Council and the International Reading Association sponsor the Children’s Book Choice Awards each year? Publishers submit hundreds of titles for consideration. Check out the finalists for this year! Better yet take time to vote.
I plan to read every book on the list! How about you?
Remember the Library Blog Challenge from yesterday’s post! If you have not commented, do so and help out the Gilbert H. Gragg Library. Pass this on!