World Peace: It Starts with a Book

A story in the Daily Progress about a local Title 1 elementary school in Albemarle County, VA, dovetails nicely as an example of the goals of RIF’s new Book People Unite campaign Read more

Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary

Tomorrow, let us all eat cake! Why? Because none other than Ramona Quimby has invited me to a party to celebrate the birthday of Beverly Cleary! The best part of this party, is that its all about reading and books! Cake, icing AND books? Oh, thank you Ramona Quimby (and Beverly Cleary, too!) So, I am counting down these these last 24 hours. Not just because of the party, but because it is a National Reading Holiday! A sanctioned excuse to spend my day with books and nothing but books. Children’s books. Tomorrow is Drop Everything and Read Day, aka D.E.A.R. Day! Image Text:  Ramona Quimby invites you to celebrate National D.E.A.R. Day on April 12th, the birthday of beloved … Read more

Book Review: 14 Cows for America

Ten years ago today. We all know where we were that morning … that afternoon … and likely in the days that followed. Not once in those  3,652  days have I forgotten. There isn’t a time that I hear the words “New York City” and not remember the World Trade Center from April 2004 when we Bill and I shared a celebratory dinner at Windows on the World … and on the morning of September 11, 2001 when he called to tell me to turn on the television. Today is a day of reflection. For remembrance, for gratitude, for hope. In her book 14 Cows for America, Carmen Agra Deedy has captured those ideas. For that reason, I am re-publishing … Read more