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Apr 21, 2014

Happy Earth Day - Recycle Your Books

Happy Earth Day – Recycle Your Books


One nice thing about a small house… you can’t keep everything.  This includes books we’ve purchased.  Yes, even though I go to the library almost everyday, we still buy books.  I think it’s important for ML to see me valuing books enough to spend money on them.  Also, I take her to the book store every time she is invited to a birthday party.  I love watching her pick out the perfect book for…

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Apr 20, 2014

Gotta Love the Easter Bunny - Books, Chocolate and Jelly Bellies

Gotta Love the Easter Bunny – Books, Chocolate and Jelly Bellies

A pretty cool Easter Bunny visits our house.  Below is a picture of the goods.  ML’s been reading me Knock, Knock Jokes all day.


We’ve tried to make it a tradition to visit my brother’s family at Easter.  This year, we couldn’t make it.  We are fortunate to  have great friends here.  One stopped by this morning with a special present for ML.  A handmade purse using the same fabric as my living…

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Apr 17, 2014

Summer Camp… What does ML Think?

Summer Camp… What does ML Think?

Camp TimberwoodCookingCampDisasterIvyBean Make Rules

Below is the transcript of last nights phone conversation with ML.

Me: I signed you up for 4 weeks of Y Camp today.

ML: No fair!

Me: – (guilty working mom thoughts bubbling up)

ML: Only 4 weeks at Camp Skyline. Why can’t I go more?

In college, I worked as a Camp Counselor for two summers.  Then, I was the Program Director for the 9 & 10 year old girls for two summers.  I saw firsthand the…

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Apr 9, 2014

ML is Branching Out - Ivy + Bean

ML is Branching Out – Ivy + Bean


Every time we visit the library I ask, “Why don’t you try an Ivy + Beanbook?”  ML responds, “No.”  I admit I haven’t read any of the books, but lots of girls ML’s age ask for them.  I’ve held off reading them… hoping ML would eventually be interested.  Then, we could read them together.  Well, that moment has arrived.  Last night she showed me a book.  “Look!  I checked out an Ivy + Bean…

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Apr 8, 2014

The Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo’s Child


A few weeks ago I did a post called The Gruffalo about an international bestseller picture book.  In response to the post I learned about the sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child.  Sequels can be hit or miss, so I didn’t know what to expect.

The Gruffalo’s Child written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated  by Axel Scheffler is as funny and clever as the first Gruffalo book.  ML loved it and I did too.


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Apr 4, 2014

Herman and Rosie


Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon is a gentle book about loneliness, finding your true self, and finding a soul mate.  ML enjoyed the story, but the creative illustrations set in New York City were her favorite part.  I enjoyed the illustrations, but the detailed story of overcoming obstacles was my favorite part.  A perfect book for children and adults.

A crocodile named Herman works in a tall…

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Apr 3, 2014

8 Great New Picture Books

8 Great New Picture Books

The Noro virus took over our life a few weeks ago.  Luckily, I request all picture books my library system buys.  I wasn’t at work to peruse the new books when they arrived at the library; but they were waiting on me when I returned.  I haven’t shared the books with ML yet.  She’s hanging out with her dad for spring break.  Friday night, we’ll have a picture book marathon.


Oliver’s Tree by Kit…

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Apr 2, 2014

Firefly July

Firefly July

This week, I received the entries for the Poetry Celebration at ML’s school.  The Friends of the Library is self-publishing a book of poetry from entries received using Lulu.  Families can purchase the book, and copies will be purchased for the school library.  I’m glad I’m not the one choosing the standout poems.  I read the entries.  Impressive!

Recently, the library received a new poetry book

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Apr 1, 2014

Peas Are Finally Planted

Peas Are Finally Planted


One of ML’s nickname is sweet pea.  When she was a baby somebody gave her a onesie with a picture of a pea and the word sweat-pea embroidered.  Her granddad stated calling her “Sweetpea.”  It stuck and is the term of affection I use with her.

ML devours sweet peas.  It’s one of her favorite snacks.  Last year we grew them.  ML ate them straight from the vine.  In this area the planting season…

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Mar 31, 2014

Take Me Out To the Ball Park - Baseball’s Opening Day - March 31st

Take Me Out To the Ball Park – Baseball’s Opening Day – March 31st


To kick off the Opening Day of Major League Baseball  a few book ideas.

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares– This is Matt Tavares latest book featuring baseball.  He must be a huge fan.  Six of his thirteen books published are about baseball.  Until we read this book, all I knew about Babe Ruth was he was a great baseball player and a candy bar bore his name.  I had no idea Babe Ruth’s parents…

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