Happy New Year – Let the #Cybils Reading Begin

Is there really any better way to finish one year and start another? I think not! Last night, just before midnight, I finished The Dragons of Ordinary Farm [review coming soon.] That means today I need something new to read. Are you in the same boat? Let me suggest you peruse the 2015 Cybils Finalists lists. With 89 books across 11 categories / genres, there are plenty of highly-recommended books to choose for your first reads of 2016. Want to take it the extra step? Pick your favorite category and read along with the Round 2 judges.  Yes, your library is closed today, but their online catalog isn’t! Visit worldcat.org to find and reserve the books you want to read. … Read more

Milly and the Macy’s Parade – a Thanksgiving Tradition

Yeah! One of my favorite holidays is almost here. Thanksgiving is a mere blip in the drive to the December holidays, but I love it all the same. Lots of holidays have their traditions, but there is something uniquely special about Thanksgiving. Like many of you, I grew up watching the Macy’s Parade on television Thanksgiving morning. That parade is still one of the highlights of my day. Many moons ago, while living in New York City, Bill and I were walking in Central Park and we spotted a group marching with the new balloon that year: Babar. It was a windy day, and I was awestruck by just how hard it is to handle those balloons. Now, every year … Read more

Madam President by Lane Smith a Picture Book for #TBT

Looking for a little fun and inspiration this election season? Look no further than Lane Smith’s Madam President. We found it to be a wonderful way to introduce hard-to-explain concepts. For example, kids understand that they need to say only kind things, but they don’t generally say “I’m being diplomatic.” Madam President explains diplomacy in a way that parallels a child’s experiences. We’d love to add your review of Madam President to our Throwback Thursday review … after all, what’s a republic without discussion and sharing ideas? Madam President written and illustrated by Lane Smith Hyperion Books for Children, 2008 A president’s work is never done. Follow along with a young girl as she handles all of her duties: meeting with … Read more