For the Love of Reading

I love books. I love to read. I always have. Undoubtedly, growing up in a house filled with books (Dad was a history teacher) made reading accessible. Having books around doesn’t guarantee a love of reading. I know, because neither my mother nor my brothers are avid readers. They read of necessity, but don’t pick up a book “just because.” Through my daughter, I have rediscovered a love of reading children’s books. Before she was born, I started collecting books for her. Not to teach her to read, but to have something we could share together, forever. As she grows, so does her library. I periodically thin her shelves, but it is hard to let go of a treasured moment. … Read more

Poetry Friday: My Hippo Has the Hiccups (book review)

My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally  Made Up Poems by: Kenn Nesbitt Illustrated by: Ethan Long Published by: Jabberwocky/Sourebooks (April 2009) Kenn Nesbitt’s newest book of poetry, My Hippo Has the Hiccups will arrive on bookstore shelves in April 2009. That said, since the title poem is all over the Internet and a few of the other poems are on Kenn’s Poetry4Kids.com website, I felt comfortable posting a review. Last week, on one of the days schools were closed, Catherine and I grabbed some hot chocolate and a bunch of books. Thankfully we weren’t reading and sipping at the same time. Otherwise, we would have had a mess! Among the 150 odd pages, you’ll find poems … Read more

The Next Chapter: 2009 Arrives

Happy New Year! Things have been quiet here … on purpose. We hope you had a great, restful holiday. With Christmas behind us, it’s time to close the book on 2008 and begin to write 2009. A friend sent an email from China, with a photo of fireworks and this quote, which I think is particularly apropos for this year. “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” I always love the “lull” between the last two holidays of the year because there is time to reflect on the good stuff and draw on that energy to start planning for the new year. As I … Read more