Category: Books

Know-it-All (wrong)

Turns out, some of those grown-ups that I put my ever-lovin’ childhood trust in to know everything, did NOT know everything.  As a result, my youthful attempts to achieve know-it-all status ultimately turned into more of a know-it-all, but know-it-all-wrong kind of thing. The problem with having wrong information fed to you is akin to one of my (many) favorite Steve Martin comedy routines which featured the concept of teaching a child to speak completely wrong, so that when they […]

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…and National Library Week

Because I hadn't FINISHED my multiple mugs o' tea this morning — I forgot to encourage you to celebrate National Library Week, too!  April 11-17 is the week to remember "Libraries are the heart of their communities."  As an extra added bonus author Neil Gaiman is the Honorary Chair.  You may know him as the man behind the films Coraline and Stardust, but he is an AMAZING author and I encourage you to run to the library (or bookstore) and pick […]

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D.E.A.R. Day

Today is D.E.A.R. Day – Drop Everything and Read in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, April 12th.  If you’re not familiar with the legendary author Beverly Cleary, you might know her characters: Beezus and Ramona (coming soon as a movie to theaters – but, cheese & crackers people… read the book FIRST!)   Growing up, I remember thinking that I had a lot in common with Ramona Quimby.  I also thought the girl behind my house might have been the […]

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Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel (better know as Dr. Seuss) and it is also National Read Across America Day created by the National Education Association. As far as holidays go, it’s mighty high up on the totem pole of excitement for me.  The NEA sponsors school and community events across the nation to inspire children to read and there is nothing like a healthy dose of Dr. Seuss to get kids (and adults) excited about reading.   […]

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Oh, sweet dictionary. How I love thee.

If you haven’t discovered the Merriam-Webster website, consider this an early Christmas present – or late birthday present, if I unwittingly missed your special day (I’ve been a little distracted this year, I’m sorry): www.merriam-webster.com Sign up for their Word of the Day and you’ll receive an email with a word you may or may not know and a little history lesson to boot.  It’s like those old flip dictionaries, you’d put on your desk but with no pesky papers […]

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Captain Underpants Saves the Day

My son is just starting to read.  Never mind that he’s 13 years old, I couldn’t be prouder that he’s finally taken an interest in the idea of reading a book at all.  His autism has seriously hampered his ability to digest words, since language processing plays a big part when you’re trying to read.  It takes him longer than the average bear to get through one sentence at a time, whether hearing it or attempting to read it.  But, […]

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