Dewey's Read-a-thon Diversity Reading Challenge

Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon : Hour 17 Diversity Shelfie Mini Challenge!

Hour 17 Diversity Shelfie Mini Challenge!

If you’re reading a book that contains diverse characters we want to see them! Get out your cameras and take a photo of a diverse book you love or want to read; it’s time for a Diversity Shelfie! Whether you’re in the shot or not show us your diverse book. Tweet a photo, and a title of a diverse book with hashtag #Diversityshelfie to @pamlovesbooks

It’ll be late so if you don’t want to show yourself you don’t have to. Just show us your book!

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I’ll chose a random winner and announce it Sunday evening. The winner may choose a prize from the Prizes page at  You’ll need to fill out the form noting that you are an hourly challenge winner and the name of the challenge (Diversity).



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Lola and Tattletale Zeke by Marcia Goldman

Tattletales are the WORST!!! I have two kiddos of my own and I have seen the damage tattling can cause. In our house, Pumpkin, the younger sister, would tattle on #1 son about EVERYTHING.

It was awful. And so annoying. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who suffered through this experience! How do you teach little ones the difference between tattling and informing?

It’s so so so hard! I came up with a trick when I taught preschool that worked for us. I drew a giant elephant head with very large ears and told the littles to talk to Mrs. Ears (or whatever I called her) about whatever was troubling them. Quite often the littles would wait their turn to talk to a posterboard with a kindly elephant face.  Sometimes, though, it just wasn’t enough and the kids just HAD to tell me.

I wished I’d had Lola and the Tattletale Zeke by Marcia Goldman to share with them.

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Just LOOK at Lola!!! How ding dang adorable is she????

Well Lola has an annoying little brother named Zeke who tattles. Sweet Lola is at her wit’s end with this annoying little brother but she manages to work the situation out so that both she and Zeke learn a lesson.  OMG the photos in this book are so so so so so ADORABLE!!


If your littles don’t learn a lesson from Lola and Zeke in this book, you must not be showing them the pictures. Kids love dogs and they will love LOLA. Aaaaaaaaand they will learn any lesson that Lola is teaching. Prolly even trigonometry.


Marcia and Lola visit schools and talk about Autism. Lola could talk to me about anything, she’s so adorable!

You’ve got to grab this book and read it to your littles. And maybe your pooch. Especially if your doggie is still piddling on the floor.  Are you listening Bailey?

A dorbs.

Look at that face.



2015 Diversity Reading Challenge

An Unconventional Librarian’s 2015 #DiversityReadingChallenge


I’ve been wanting to start my own reading challenge and I’ve finally done it! Let’s ring in 2015 with a reading challenge that celebrates the multicultural reader and challenges the status quo.

Presenting the Diversity Reading Challenge!fd



This challenge pairs well with almost any other challenge you’re participating in; there are multicultural books in every genre. If you’re new to reading diverse books, you’ll be hooked. If you’re an avid consumer of multicultural reads, then this challenge will suit you just fine.  There are no complicated rules to this challenge; participate how you want, when you want.

Wanna chat about books? Tweet me @pamlovesbooks with #DiversityReadingChallenge, leave a comment here, or leave a link to your #DiversityReadingChallenge page! Let’s keep this conversation going…

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Looking Back at my Kids’ Vax Schedule #Blogust

All this month of Blogust, the [email protected] Champions have been talking about vaccines, which is a great way to get your littles (or not so littles) ready for school.  Many of my little friends have already started school which made me think back to the days when my littles were little.  As you know, I collect information and I’ve kept all of my babies’ shot records! I dug them up out o f the file and leafed through them with a cup of coffee. How fun it was to see my Pumpkin’s weight when she was 3 weeks old and how wonderful it is to know that even my firstborn, my #1 son, got all of his shots on time. As a new mother, I wanted to do everything perfectly and right so I adhered to the vaccination schedule like a BOSS.

My littles are now 22 and 17 and my Pumpkin is entering her last year of high school.  How did that happen? Let’s take a minute to remember that many children all around the globe don’t make it to high school. And that hurts my feelings.

As a brief reminder of the importance of vaccines and Blogust, here’s a collage to remind you of some of the highlights of my month.


What’s inside: A visit to Dr. Offit’s office, the inventor of the Rotateq vaccine, against the yucky rotavirus. A pic of my kids’ shot records from when we lived in Texas, and a pic of my littles on the first day of school, circa 2003.

Are you a hoarder, er collector like me? Do you still have all of your kids’ vaccine records? If so, why?

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An Unconventional Librarian at the Hospital: A Visit to Dr. Offit’s Office #Blogust

Recently a group of [email protected] champions and I got the chance to visit with Dr. Paul Offit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Who is Dr. Offit, you ask? He’s a doctor who has written the book, Autism’s False Prophets, which discusses the history of vaccines and why they are necessary and that they do not cause autism.

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Cleo helping me read Autism’s False Prophets


The other cool thing about Dr. Offit? He helped invent the Rotatek vaccine! Yep, the very vaccine that your little ones get to help prevent the nasty ugly Rotavirus vaccine. Did you know that dehydration caused from diarrhea kills many of our littles around the world? Giving babies the Rotavirus vaccine helps save lives and I was thrilled to be able to meet Dr. Offit.

During our visit, we chatted about the state of vaccinations and what can be done about getting the word out to more people about getting vaccinated. I was amazed that he wanted to hear about us and our thoughts; who knew someone so smart and passionate about child health could be so friendly?

After our chat we personally took us on a tour of CHOP, showed us some labs with real petrie dishes (see? I did pay attention in 9th grade physics) and lab technicians, and showed us his office.

Here’s a collage of our visit.


This is just a small portion of our day! Stay tuned for more about this FABULOUS day!

I wanted to wear my lab coat but my kids said NO but I thought it lended a sort of Patch Adams feel.  I later found out that there is a library INSIDE CHOP! More about that later…



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It’s Summer! Give a Kid a Shot at: Outdoor Story Time

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Please vaccinate your kids so they can enjoy outdoor picnics and story times!

Don’t know where to start?

Try here:






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Every Child Needs a [email protected] To Read.

It’s no secret that I love books. The only thing I love more than books is kids. As a mother and an educator I’ve dedicated my life to kids and keeping them safe, happy, and healthy.  That’s why I partnered with [email protected] and am proud to say I am a 2014 [email protected] Champion!

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Earlier in March I traveled to Washington DC and learned to become a global vaccination lobbyist. I am completely comfortable discussing diarrhea and you may have seen me discuss it in tweets, Facebook posts, on the radio, or in real life.  I’m all about diarrhea!

Why? Think about it: as a mother, I want the best health for my children. When they are sick, you’d move heaven and earth to make them well.  I think all moms around the world feel this way. So, what do you do when your child has Rotavirus and diarrhea? Well, you take them to the doctor and eventually they get better. You don’t have to worry about your child dying, yes DYING from dehydration caused by diarrhea. That’s unheard of, right?

Not even close in developing countries.  Imagine being a mother and watching your baby die from malnutrition and dehydration. They can’t just run to the nearest doctor’s office.  That clinic might be 12 miles away. On foot.

But you know what? It’s totally preventable.  By vaccines. Did you know:

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children.

  • Each year, more than half a million children under age five die as a result of rotavirus, and almost 2 million more become severely ill.
  • In July 2011, Sudan became the first GAVI-eligible African country to roll out the rotavirus vaccine. GAVI will support the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in more than 40 countries by 2015. GAVI aims to focus its support on the world’s poorest countries. GAVI-eligibility is therefore determined by national income.

This is the kind of information I learned while attending the [email protected] Summit in DC.  BTW, GAVI stands for Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations.  Groups like this and the UN Foundation work to educate people and to get necessary vaccines into the hands of the countries that need it the most.

A sick child can’t read, can they? If they’re dehydrated from diarrhea there’s no way they can focus on much else except getting better. That’s where I come in! I want to spread the word that vaccines are important to child health and vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Let me repeat that.


Vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Every child needs a chance to enjoy the things that children need to grow up. Like reading a book.  They can’t do that if they are sick. Or dying.

But I can make a difference.  And so can you.

Wanna talk about diarrhea? Hit me up on Twitter with the hashtag #vaccineswork and join the conversation. I’m HAPPY to talk about diarrhea!

And how to eradicate it from the world.  Think of me as the MoJoJo of diarrhea. Er, you know what I mean.

Adult Fiction Books

Towne Book Center Book Club Unsaid by Neil Abramson

This month’s book club pick is Unsaid by Neil Abramon.


I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first about the book.  Based on talk from other bookclubbers, I wasn’t sure if I would like it.  A veterinarian who comes back as a dog? Been there, done that. I love dogs and dogs in books but after reading Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, I wasn’t sure if the topic could be done properly.  To be sure, there were parts of Stein’s books that I loved; like the dog constantly asking for THUMBS!! But there was too much car racing talk to suit me. Anyway, I jumped in to Unsaid.

It was nice. Nicey nice. Not knock your socks off great, but a nice, gentle book club read.  If you love animals, you’ll appreciate being on this side of the fence after you watch your pets function after you’ve left them.  The author tries to include a little Temple Grandin ala Autism/Asperger spectrum, animal activism, animal testing, breast cancer, loss of a spouse, and law all in one book.  That’s alot to accomplish.

The author really makes you think about when is a sentient animal a person or a non person?  Not an argument I want to get into, for sure, but one that makes you think.  If you’re like me, you might jokingly say “dogs are people too!” knowing that they’re not.  But a chimp? A Monkey? I dont know.  If you know anything about me you know I love all animals except snakes and primates. Their human like qualities give me the willies. They ARE cute though, except when they fling poo at you. I don’t like the idea of them suffering through lab experiments and suffering.  I’m not even a big fan of the zoo or the circus.  But I digress…

Three cute doggies, a pig, two horses, 6 cats, and a bereft husband.  What more do you need?

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JKS Summer Beach Reads Virtual Tour Fun Reads for Kids #JKSSummerReads


Who doesn’t love a good beach read? No one, that’s who!  That’s why I’m happy that it’s summer because now you can read all the fun beachy books you want!

Let me share what I’m thinking with you:

Riding on a Beam of Light

Riding on a Beam of Light by Ramsey Dean (stop back later for a fun guest post!)

“It’s perfect for bedtime reading, and one I’m sure kids will ask to have repeated often – and maybe even get inspired by.” –

Albert Einstein famously put emphasis on the power of imagination and so does Riding on a Beam of Light. When Einstein won the Nobel Prize, he credited his own boyhood idea of riding on a beam of light with the spark that led him to his theory of special relativity. In this intricately illustrated storybook, lights-out turns into learning but instead of a history lesson we transcend to see the world from young Albert Einstein’s point of view, with a sense of fascination and adventure reminiscent of Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon and Max from Where the Wild Things Are. At it’s heart is a story about imagination and dreaming, with gorgeous illustrations that captures our grown-up hearts and our children’s curiosity. Can young minds change the world? Einstein proved it and now Riding on a Beam of Light brings that message to kids in terms they can celebrate on their scooter. So, turn the light on and off, discuss the speed of light, and have your child imagining what young Albert Einstein imagined as a child. This is a book parents can begin enjoying before the kids even understand language (or physics).

Down load on iTunes too! Click this.

Lola Goes to Work


Meet Lola, a little terrier with a big job. Children will identify with the feisty Lola as she struggles going to school, passing tests, and finally achieving her Big Dog dream. If Lola can make it in a world of Great Danes and Labradors, so can anybody who’s feeling like a runt. Teacher guide for empathy curriculum in back of book, additional material on Creston and Author website.

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl


With powerful words and pictures Florida Frenz chronicles her journey figuring out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen. For those wondering what it’s like inside an autistic child’s head, Florida’s book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien. A teacher guide is available on the Creston website for compassion/empathy curriculum and for modeling journal writing and print copies for major conferences.


Cozy Light, Cozy Night

Richly illustrated, Kleven‘s latest picture book feast presents a year of everyday wonders, giving children an opportunity to snuggle up with a parent and enter into a warm, cozy world, where even the planets are tucked cozily into bed along with the shining stars.


Claire, a glasswing butterfly whose transparent wings reflect her lush home, finds herself lost in the city after being separated from her family. She doesn’t know how they will ever see her, but she finds new city friends, a pigeon, an ant, and a ladybug, who search for the flowers Claire needs to live. They come upon a tiny urban garden, and as Claire drinks from the flowers’ nectar, she pollinates more flowers. Soon the garden—and Claire’s clear wings—fill with color, allowing her family to recognize her at last. Together they create an oasis for all to enjoy.

Dwight Kuhn and Davd M. Schwartz – Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices


Compost won’t mean the same thing after readers have seen the amazing transformation of Jack from grinning pumpkin to mold-mottled wreckage to hopeful green shoot. The story of decomposition is vividly told so that science comes to life (and death). Part story, part science, and a whole lot of fun. Features a teacher guide in the back of the book, and additional material (including instructions on how to put on a Rotten Pumpkin play in your school) are on the Creston and Author websites.

(that one gets a big ICK factor.  but thats why we love it!)

Click on the links to get more information about these books.  I’m going to see if I can meet Lola.  And then sing to her.  Hopefully she won’t bite me to tell me to stop (eye roll).