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Aug 30, 2014

We Almost Went to the Beach - Instead We Read Beach Related Books

We Almost Went to the Beach – Instead We Read Beach Related Books

Ben and ZipShark KissHope For WinterBears Sea Escape
Thinking ML and I might take a trip to the coast for Labor Day, I checked out some ocean related books. Luckily, I never told her about my idea. With the start of school, we needed a low-key weekend. However, I knew with three days off from school, ML would be begging to have friends over. So I decided a sleepover on Friday night would be the ticket.

Last night I showed ML and Louise a stack of…

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Aug 29, 2014

Second Grade So Far - Once Again, ML’s Teacher Has A Greater Influence on The Books ML Chooses to Read Than I

Second Grade So Far – Once Again, ML’s Teacher Has A Greater Influence on The Books ML Chooses to Read Than I

ML’s not big on answering questions about school.  Especially, “What happened at school today?”  She will usually tell me if she had music, art, PE or one of the other specials.  I’ve asked her this every night since kindergarten.

I’ve added two questions this year,  “Did your teacher read a book to the class?” and “What did you read today?”  So far, she’s answering these questions; and I’m…

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Aug 28, 2014

The Very Cranky Bear

The Very Cranky Bear

Very Cranky Bear

I didn’t open the cover of this new arrival at the library until ML and I could enjoy it together. I’m glad I waited. The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland is a delightful, rhyming read-aloud.  After all, it’s set in the Jingle, Jangle, Jungle.

This fall, I’m presenting a Bear themed story time. I asked ML if I should read The Very Cranky Bearto the preschoolers. She put her thumb up. Can’t wait to…

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Aug 26, 2014

Do You Know What a StrollerThon Is?

Do You Know What a StrollerThon Is?

If you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area on Saturday, September 13th, it’s an event you should attend. Postpartum Education and Support is a local non-profit dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers. We offer support for mothers and their families, provide resources for health care providers, and raise public awareness of perinatal mood disorders. StrollerThonis the major annual fundraising…

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Aug 25, 2014

2014 Reading & Writing Goals - Update

2014 Reading & Writing Goals – Update


With school starting today, I decided to look at how I am doing with the reading goals I set in January.

Read 200 Picture Books – I’ve met this goal… plus some. According to my Goodreads account, I’ve read 321. I’ll continue to read every picture book the library purchases this year; and others I’ve missed throughout the years. Should probably up the goal to 500. I’m certain I can achieve it.


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Aug 24, 2014

Back to School - New Picture Books

Back to School – New Picture Books

There are a couple of things you can count on in the picture book publishing world.  New picture books about going to school and new Christmas picture books each year.  In honor of ML starting second grade tomorrow, some of the best new picture books about school.

Dog Days of School

Dog Days of School written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Brian Biggs– Be careful what you wish for or you might end up…

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Aug 23, 2014

Circus Camp


While visiting New York, ML called to tell me she was at the circus.  At intermission, she called with an important message, “Mommy, I’m joining the circus.”  We specifically discussed this spring how she could attend camp at Cirque de Volthis summer, with the agreement she would NOT run off to join the circus.  Yesterday was the last day of camp with a performance for family and friends at the…

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Aug 19, 2014

Sleepover With Beatrice & Bear

Sleepover With Beatrice & Bear


Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear by Monica Carnesiarrived a day late. ML and her friend Anna had an impromptu sleepover last night. Sunday we made plans for Anna to come for dinner. Monday, Anna’s mom learned the ankle she thought she sprained was actually broken. The doctor put her in a cast and said, “No driving for six to eight weeks.” As a working, single mom, it’s not what she needs. Luckily,…

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Aug 14, 2014

ML’s Last Day As a Tsunami - Well For This Year

ML’s Last Day As a Tsunami – Well For This Year


Once again, it’s been four fun-filled weeks of YMCA Camp this summer.  This year, ML moved up to the Tsunami huddle.  It’s for rising second graders and third graders.  So she’ll be one again next year.

The night before ML’s last day, I planned to read Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa and illustrated by Ed Youngto ML.  “A wealthy man in a Japanese village, who everyone calls Ojiisan, which means…

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Aug 8, 2014

Science Friday - FUNdamental Experiments!

Science Friday – FUNdamental Experiments!


It’s been far too long since I’ve written a Science Friday post.  The book which left ML silent in the car the other night was from the FUNdamental Experiements series by Bearport Publishing.  I recently discovered this publisher.  They have some of the most interesting science series I’ve seen … Plant-ology, Gross-out Defenses, SuperSized!, More SuperSized!, Even More SuperSized!and many…

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