A Cybils Checklist

Yes, time is of the essence … The Fourth Annual Childrens and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards process opens tomorrow! Squee!Everyone is invited to nominate one book in each of ten categories (Easy Readers is split in two this year).   Here is some info on how the nominations process will. I am a list girl, so with nominations just around the corner, I thought I better get out my checklist. Add Cybils bling to my blog. Check. Update widget that links to each of the panel/judge lists.[See sidebar!] Check. Write post announcing Cybils, my role as Easy Reader Panelist, and introduce all of my fellow panelists. Check. Buy Cybils mug to use while I’m reading nominated titles. [Note to self: … Read more

links for 2009-09-30

Reading skills need to improve #Reading skills need to improve #literacy Literacy program helps father give daughter gift of reading Literacy program helps father give daughter gift of #reading Kids Paying Attention to Nonfiction SLJ article (tags: raising-readers Nonfiction read-with-kids classroom-literacy) To help boys, school creates the poster men for reading | Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/27/2009 (tags: boys-and-books book-clubs reading-with-boys reading-help reading-ideas) Would you like books with that? Dish Up Literacy for dinner : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds in Issaquah, WA (tags: literacy-event) Do teachers read? « Bookwitch (tags: Read-Aloud reading classroom-literacy) Book Signing to Support Children’s Literacy at Barnes and Noble | The LinkedIn Personal Trainer Get Lit!: Brain Food Fundraiser (tags: literacy-event) Literacy Launchpad: Reading … Read more

Celebrating Culture and Heritage

In the early 20th century, my great-grandparents came to the United States from Italy, Germany, and what was then Polish Ukraine. Most of them entered the country through Ellis Island and settled in Baltimore. My mother has a wonderful story about being a new bride trying to learn how to make ravioli. Mom was desperately trying to write down measurements, but my great-grandmother was too fast. “Mom, how much water was that?” Her answer: “Half an eggshell.” That’s how my great-grandmother made ravioli, just as her mother and grandmother before her. A few years after Baba (my Polish Great-Grandmother) died, my grandmother (her daughter) told me a story about her mom. She wanted her children (4 girls) to be Americans. … Read more