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Sep 30, 2014

Take Away the A

Take Away A

When ML saw Take Away the A: An Alphabeast of a Book! by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo book, she said, “I’m getting too old for these kind of books.” She thought it was a traditional alphabet book.  I assured ML, “It’s not an ABC book for preschoolers.  You have to be in 1st grade or higher to understand this complicated alphabet book.”

On each page spread, one letter is removed from a…

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Sep 29, 2014

The Mermaid and The Shoe by K.G. Campbell

The Mermaid and The Shoe by K.G. Campbell

Mermaid and Shoe

ML loves to draw mermaids.  I find them in her backpack, on her desk,and  all over her bedroom floor.  I even saw one when I peeked inside her messy school cubby.  When The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell arrived, I knew I had to take it home.  A combination of watercolor and crayon pencil are used to create the enchanting illustrations.

The story itself reminds me of a certain fairy…

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Sep 28, 2014

ML said, “I want to say goodbye to Donna Washington!”

ML said, “I want to go say bye to Donna Washington!”

Little Shiver

Yesterday, ML attended the 32nd Annual Storytelling Festival, a joint effort between the Wake County Public Library and Wake County Parks and Recreation Department, at a beautiful venue called Historic Oakview Park.

While I worked, ML’s babysitter carted her to a birthday party.  Then, brought her to the festival.  They arrived just in time for my break and to hear my favorite storyteller in the…

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Sep 25, 2014

Underwear Books

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ML is not alone. Most kids love books featuring underwear.  When One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheldarrived at the library, I remembered my”Underwear Books” post in draft form.  After a post about poop a few weeks ago and Captain Underpants on Monday, it’s only fitting I share the underwear post.  I’m not giving summaries of the books, just a quick reason…

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Sep 24, 2014

Trains! by Judi Abbot

Trains! by Judi Abbot


Judi Abbot knows her audience well.  The back of her book Train! states, “For toddlers who LOVE trains, planes, cars and diggers!”  Toddler’s are obsessive, stubborn, and every once in awhile open to a new idea.  Judi Abbot captures what I refer to as the “first adolescence” adorably in this book about trains… an obsession many toddlers experience. ML did.

What was your child obsessed with…

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Sep 23, 2014

Louise Loves Art

Louise Loves Art

This summer, I learned a book called Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light would be published in the fall.  I’ve eagerly awaited it’s arrival.  Why?  ML said it best last night, “Hey that book’s about me.”  The L in ML stands for Louise; and ML loves art.

ML loved the book and compared it to her life several times.  “Louise has brown hair.  So do I.  Louise wears stripes.  So do I.”  I pointed out,…

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Sep 22, 2014

Captain Underpants - Number 1 in Most Challenged Book Category for 2 Years Running

Captain Underpants – Number 1 in Most Challenged Book Category for 2 Years Running

Captain Underpants

This week is Banned Books Week.  For the past two years, the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey have received the most challenges.  This series has been around for over fifteen years.  I’m curious why there’s a new found interest in keeping them off library shelves.

Admittedly, I’ve never read one.  It’s hard to find one on the library shelf.  Kids love them.  Recently, I noticed our copies…

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Sep 21, 2014 / 5 notes

brown girl dreaming - A Miraculous Book

brown girl dreaming – A Miraculous Book

brown girl dreaming

I love novels in verse. One of the first I read was Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. Woodson’s new book, Brown Girl Dreaming, isn’t a novel in verse if you use Merriam Webster’s definition of a novel.    “An invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events.” Instead,  Brown Girl Dreamingis an…

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Sep 20, 2014

Anna’s Heaven

Anna’s Heaven

Anna's Heaven

From September 11th until October 12th is an emotional time for me filled with heartbreaking and joyous anniversaries.

We all have varied memories from September 11, 2001. Mine was trying to get in touch with my mom from a payphone in a small village in France. When, I wasn’t able to reach her, I wasn’t concerned, knowing she wasn’t in NY or DC. The next day, I learned why I wasn’t able to get…

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Sep 19, 2014 / 2 notes

Ms. Nelson Read a Miss Nelson Book

Ms. Nelson Read a Miss Nelson Book


I knew it would happen sooner or later at school.  So I refrained from introducing ML to Miss Nelson books and the vile Viola Swamp.

ML didn’t tell me when her teacher, Ms Wilson, read Miss Nelson is Missing!  However, she immediately told me when Miss Nelson is Backwas read.  The teacher assistant in her class named Ms Nelson read it. She thought Ms. Nelson reading a Miss Nelson book was…

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