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Picture Book Month: Kindness

13 Nov

13It’s amazing what one person can do to make a difference in the world, but that’s exactly what this story is about – one woman’s choice to make a difference. Isatou Ceesay would walk down the road and each time she did, more plastic grocery bags would line the road in piles of trash. One day, Isatou came up with an idea to turn the trash into treasure by weaving the bags into new bags. She was able to teach other women in her village to weave and soon was selling these bags to earn a living at the same time making her world a cleaner, more beautiful place.
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/5/17

5 Jun

So, what I planned to read, just didn’t happen, but I was proud of myself for getting a stack of books read on Saturday, compliments of my BEA experience!

  • I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The Tickle Test by Kathryn White, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
  • Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
  • Swing It, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

I’m currently finishing up The Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein, the third in the series and due out this October.


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/19/16

19 Dec

I spent another great week reading!  This is becoming a trend (again) and I love it!  I’m still working my way through The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, but I also read Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina, Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon and Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet. It was a really great weekend of reading!

I’ve got a lot of reading planned for this holiday week, we’ll see how much reading I actually get to:

  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • Gertie’s Leap of Greatness by Kate Beasley
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale Or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner
  • The Bookshop On the Corner by Jenny Colgan


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Paralympic Games Inspired Booklist

9 Sep


I am a huge fan of the Paralympics – historically hosted a few short weeks about the Olympic games in the same host city, the Paralympics are the world’s greatest athletes with disabilities who come together to compete.  For those of you who don’t know too much about the Paralympics, I’ll give you just a few facts:

  • The Paralympic Games are primarily for athletes with physical disabilities (except deaf or hearing impaired athletes) including but not limited to vision impairments, dwarfism, disbailities that affect muscle power (spina bifida, parapelgia, etc.), amputation and more.
  • Many people confuse the Paralympics (remember physical disabilities) and the Special Olympics – for athletes with intellectual disabillities.  As I said previously, the deaf actually have created their own Deaflympics for elite athletes.
  • You won’t likely see much coverage on television, but check out Team USA for updates and check YouTube for live streaming of events as well as recorded coverage.

The booklist I created focuses on disabilities you would see during the Paralympic Games which means you won’t find Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deafness and Intellectual disabilites on the list.  I also tried to include some sports books, but I wanted to have a wide-range including fantasy/science fiction, historical fiction and a few biographies as well.  Caveat: I’ve included what the book description/review says is each character’s disability, so they may not be all politically correct as some are historically based and there may be new ways to understand or describe each character’s situation.  Enjoy!

  1. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson (born with a deformed leg)
  2. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Runner by Kathleen Krull (paralysis from polio)
  3. Ya Sama! Moments from My Life by Tatyana McFadden (spina bifida)
  4. Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (crippled foot)
  5. Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh (dwarfism)
  6. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier (blindness and visual impairment)
  7. The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare (limp)
  8. One-Handed Catch by MJ Auch (amputation)
  9. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (clubfoot)
  10. Shot in the Dark by Janet M. Whyte (blindness and visual impairment)
  11. The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff (dwarfism)
  12. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (amputation)
  13. Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer (cerebral palsy)
  14. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman (amputation)
  15. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (cerebral palsy)

Top Ten Tuesday: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

26 Jul

I am not nearly brave enough to try it but I would love to experience Roller Derby!


This book made me want to try geocaching, especially if books were involved!


Living in a museum after running away from home? Let’s do it!


I’m not going to spoil this story if you haven’t read it (and I don’t want the ending to happen to me), but living at the beach for the summer would be amazing!


I’d love to have an imagination as BIG as Dory’s in this story, she has an entire world all in her head!


Living in an inn in the middle of a snowstorm when unexpected guests start appearing would be so cool!


Although I will never be as brave and strong as Malala, she inspires me to do good in this world and make a difference!


I would love to have a library lock-in filled with games and puzzles.


A scavenger hunt around the world sounds so exciting!


I’ve always wanted to try dog sledding, but this book really gave me a close up look at what it would be like and I’d still like to try it out!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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