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#blogbookaday: When’s My Birthday?

11 Jan

13Summary:  “In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.

when’s my birthday?
where’s my birthday?
how many days until my birthday?

i’d like a pony for my birthday
and a necklace for my birthday.
i’d like a chicken for my birthday.
i’d like a ball to bounce and bounce.

i’d like a big cake on my birthday
with lots of chocolate on my birthday
and lots of candles on my birthday
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Written from a child’s impatient perspective, this adorable birthday story is one that you hear from kids all the time as they anxiously await their own special day! Julie Fogliano’s poetic verses run at a breakneck pace as questions and statements collide as the narrator gets more and more excited about her birthday. Christian Robinson’s collage style showcases candles, cake, balloons and all things birthday (including a chicken!) with a simple style that is child-like and perfect! This is the perfect title for your own soon-to-be six year old (or anyone for that matter) who can’t wait for their birthday day to come!

Personal Reaction: With my own birthday just a couple days after Christmas were always very careful to make the day special with a special out-to-eat lunch wherever I wanted to go just me and my dad, to picking my favorite food for dinner and choosing what kind of cake I wanted (in a house with three siblings – these were all really exciting choices to be able to make!) I remember even though Christmas was a big day, celebrating my birthday meant so much to me!

Title: When’s My Birthday?
Author: Julie Fogliano
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Happy Kwanzaa

26 Dec


I created this list last year and if you’d like to print the titles and authors, see my blog post for more information!

Multi-Cultural Night

2 Aug

Multiculturalism.jpgThis is one of my favorite programs we put together at our library – we’ve done this a few times. What makes it absolutely amazing is that we ask our patrons to share their culture which means we get an authentic look into a variety of cultures in just one evening. Each patron/family sets up a table with clothing, household goods, toys, food, etc. to share with attendees. We also invite local dance schools to highlight different music and dance – this year we had Mexican folk dancing and a variety of other dances including the tarantella and an old fashioned square dance.

This is a wonderful program to support the multi-cultural community we live in  and with 150 people in attendance, I think it was well worth the time and organization to bring it all together. I won’t share program photos here on my blog, but it was wonderful to see a diverse crowd of people learning and exploring new cultures in an environment that lent itself to asking questions and understanding. Because, when it comes down to it.. that’s what we all need, kindness, empathy and understanding.

Children’s Book Week

3 May

CBWLogoDates.jpgBefore I let another day go by, I want everyone to know that it’s Children’s Book Week from May 1-7! This week celebrates children’s books and reading and has been since 1919. It is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, which in my opinion, makes this a pretty awesome thing!

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10 Titles for St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

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Grab your favorite leprechaun and pick up a book about St. Patrick, Ireland and the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  2. A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Tom Curry
  3. The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Ethan Long
  4. Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
  5. Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk: An Irish Tale by Gerald McDermott
  6. The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer
  7. The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
  8. That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
  9. O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
  10. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tome DePaola
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