Out into the Cold

As if it wasn’t cold enough here in Cville (high around 15, windchill 0), we’re going to head to the frigid climes of Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia. Up in Canaan Valley daytime temps are expected to reach 6 … in the valley. We’re about 2,000 above that, so our temps will be around 0. I’ll be back to thaw on Wednesday. Don’t miss the weekly Literacy and Reading News round-up. Jen will bring it to you from sunny, warm California on Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

Poetry Friday: Robert W. Stevens

Happy135th birthday Robert W. Stevens! Given that we are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and the inauguration of a new president, it seemed only fitting to select a writer described as “the people’s poet.” He is best known for immortalizing the Yukon gold rush, but I think this selection is more appropriate for the occasion. It is called, “Let Us Believe,” and it was published in 1950. Let Us Believe (1950) Let us thank God for this translucent time, This crystal tide of peace between two wars, When we can hear the bells of beauty chime, And build our homes anew and lick our scars. Let us give praise for each dawn-birth joy, Each day in sunniness serenely spent; … Read more

In Case You Missed These …

It’s hard to keep up with all of the great stuff the children’s literature/reading/literacy bloggers are sharing. All those new year’s resolutions are well underway. There’s the blog tour for the Sydney Taylor Book Award winners (this week and next). Elaine Magliaro (Wild Rose Reader) pointed us to Grace Lin’s Small Graces Auction.  This week, and one week each month in 2009, Grace Lin will auction original artwork to benefit the Foundation for Children’s Books.  Get more details in Elaine’s post. Blogger extraordinaire Anastasia Suen has a new Activities for Homeschoolers page at Lee and Low’s new Homeschooling microsite. These aren’t your collage-on-the-shoebox ideas. They are very cool. Have you made your Inauguration plans? Want to do something that will … Read more