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I’ll Miss Anna Dewdney: Llama Llama Red Pajama

The World got a little sadder the other day when we lost Anna Dewdney, author of Llama Llama Red Pajama.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Her books were so great, little ones everywhere could relate to the situations that little llama encounters. For example:

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Llama llama Holiday Drama: kids and holiday shopping and parties, etc. Who can’t relate? Or what about

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When little llama goes to preschool and misses mama? Look at those eyes! Of course there’s

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Llama Llama home with Mama when little llama has a cold and has to stay home and be cared for by mama. And who can forget

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Llama Llama Mad at Mama for being forced to go to the grocery store with her? Who likes that???

There are so many more Llama Llama books and other books written by Anna Dewdney.  Check them out, they’re keepers.

I had the great fortune to work with her when she came to the bookstore.

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She was ever so nice to me and I’ll never forget her. Read a book to a child, she said.

 

 

 

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When you Gotta Go by William Tellem is STILL my favorite bathroom book

When you Gotta Go by William Tellem
is STILL my favorite bathroom book

When You Gotta Go by William Tellem

If you’re afraid of potty humor then don’t watch this video.  As you can see from the video, I’m almost laughing as I read the book.  It was given to me because I enjoyed it so much.  I am honored and flattered to have received this book.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

When You Gotta Go is published by Swordpen.com, “sharp stories for keen kids”.  I am in love with this publisher.  Need more multicultural books for children around here. Did I mention the book was graciously given to me by SwordPen CEO Zev Lewinson himself?  Here’s a link to a blog post he wrote *about* me!

Meanwhile, watch the video. Have an open mind and…LAUGH

 

What did you think? Too silly for you?

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I’m such a book nerd I used to read the phone book

BOOK NERDS UNITE

AFTER THIS CHAPTER!

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Like many readers, I began reading as a child. I was an only child so lack of books was never a problem. My mother was always willing to take me to the bookstore and let me buy a stack of my own books. To be sure, her stack was just as tall!  In addition, I was a frequent visitor to the library and thought nothing of bringing a stack of books home from there as well. I ate books for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, when I wasn’t watching TV, or going to marching band practice, or doing lots of homework.

When I ran out of my own books I started reading my mothers. Her books weren’t as interesting to me, but I managed to find a few (I don’t remember the titles). The fact is I enjoyed coming of age stories and fantasy and her books didn’t contain any dragons! Can you believe it? Ick.  I even remember reading the dictionary AND the phone book. I’m pretty sure that reading the dictionary and thesauri helped me become the linguist I consider myself today.

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Michelle Garrett

Given my love for learning, it is no surprise that I’ve always wanted to get advanced degrees. I went to college right out of high school but the advanced degrees took time. I was always going to school, taking night classes everywhere I lived. I was once in an English lit class with a famous astronaut, but I thought he was a blowhard and there is only room for one blowhard in my life. ME.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to put my ego in check and am not the blowhard know it all I used to be (but don’t ask my kids, they’ll say differently). I’ve been successful in furthering my education and one day hope to be able to pursue my PhD (E.D, prolly) so I can introduce myself as Dr. Pam (which I frequently do anyway). The best aspect of furthering your education? Reading. To be sure, there is A LOT of reading. Boy howdy is there a lot. But it’s so worth it.

If it weren’t for reading, I don’t know what my life would be like, but I take great pride in my love of books and if you have ever run into me, I will probably offer to give you a book. That’s what I like to do: share books. It’s like sharing love.

That’s what reading is to me: love.

And cake. Cake is love.  That’s why I host the literary tea parties that I do. What better way to show you care than a party full of tea, cake, and books?

Please tell me I’m not the only person who read the phone book and the dictionary.
And maybe the legal dictionary.

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Children Reviews

When you Gotta Go by William Tellem

If you’re afraid of potty humor then don’t watch this video.  As you can see from the video, I’m almost laughing as I read the book.  It was given to me because I enjoyed it so much.  I am honored and flattered to have received this book.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

When You Gotta Go is published by Swordpen.com, “sharp stories for keen kids”.  I am in love with this publisher.  Need more multicultural books for children around here. Did I mention the book was graciously given to me by SwordPen CEO Zev Lewinson himself?  Here’s a link to a blog post he wrote *about* me!

Meanwhile, watch the video. Have an open mind and…LAUGH

 

What did you think? Too silly for you?

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I Must Have Bobo! – a graphic representational storytelling

I’d like to read show you a book today.

 I MUST HAVE BOBO

by Mark & Eileen Rosenthal

(who graciously signed my book)

When Willy woke up…

I MUST HAVE BOBO!!!

Bobo thought we were having pancakes

hmmm…could someone be angry?

BoBo..?

Where IS that Bobo?

Bobo?   Earl?

or EARL?

ahhhhh….

sluuuurp!

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#AtoZChallenge: V

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It’s the final countdown.

We’ve arrived at the letter

V

I know you’re first reaction is to guess

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle,

but eschewing expectations

I’ve decided to go a different way

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V for Vampires

I know, great, right?

Cirque du Freak: Vampire Mountain

sound interesting?

I have zero idea what this is about because I pinched it from Pumpkin’s room

but it qualifies as a V book!

oh yeah

and this book

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The Velveteen Rabbit.

Have you heard of it?

W is next so let’s get going!

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Dr. Seuss Activity – The Lorax UPDATE!

DON’T FORGET, IT’S EARTH DAY!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.”

If you have preschool aged or older (esp) children you can incorporate Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax into a science lesson about pollution.

Read The Lorax.  Engage the children, as much as they are able, in a discussion about pollution.

Talk about how trees, plants, people, doggies, etc need clean air to breath and be healthy.

Tell them: You can’t see air but it is all around us.

Practice breathing in and out.  That stuff that you can’t see? That’s air!

Air activity: give each child a straw and a cotton ball and set on a table or the floor.  Have children get down on the level of the cotton ball and have children blow through the straw to move the cotton ball.  That, is air!

Tell them: If air is dirty then it won’t be good to breathe and could make us sick.

What do you think dirty air looks like? Listen to answers.

Activity: On a piece of construction paper, allow child to draw or paint what they think dirty air might look like. Discuss.

Ask children: How can we keep our air clean and not dirty so we can breathe it and stay healthy? Accept and discuss answers.

Answer: Planting trees or plants or flowers are ways to clean the air.

Activity: plant a tree outside or plant grass in cups, etc.

Watch the plant grow and discuss growth.  This project could be extended days or weeks to watch the grass/plant grow!

 

I cannot stress how important it is for the little ones to learn to take care of the planet.  It’s the only one we’ve got!

 

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.

 

Join us to celebrate Dr. Seuss during Jersey Family Fun’s Suess-A-Palooza!

 

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#AtoZChallenge: O-Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

unconventional librarianHere we are a little more than half way thru the alphabet!

Today is the letter

O

which stands for

Oh my goodness have I got a book for you!

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Officer Buckle and Gloria!

Officer Buckle believes that safety is important.

He speaks regularly to children at schools but feels like his speeches are lacking something

Then he acquires Gloria, the dog and he becomes a sensation!

Little does Officer Buckle know that Gloria is performing tricks behind his back.

Like I always say, never work with kids and animals, right?

I can think of another sensational animal with a name starting with

O.  Can you?

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#AtoZChallenge: M

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There are so so so many good books that start with the letter M it was difficult to choose.

But, I did.

Two books, in fact

Two that are special to me for different reasons.

the first:

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My Lucky Day by Keiko Koszu

This is a funny tale of a smart pig who happens upon a hungry fox.

The fox thinks he’s going to eat the pig, but the pig outsmarts him!

There are so many levels of humor in this book it is appropriate for all ages.

The next book I’m featuring is

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

The illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful by Kadir Nelson

You don’t even need to be able to read to understand the emotion in the story

look at the pain in Harriet’s face

And look at the changes in size of the lettering convey different meaning.

Isn’t that a must add to your multicultural collection?

Do you have an M book for me?

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#AtoZChallenge: L-Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

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Hooray for the letter L and the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Bailey was so exhausted from reading the adventures of Lily

that he fell asleep before he could tell you how much he liked it.

Well, even though Bailey doesn’t like mice,

he LOVES Lily!

Lily is a little mouse with too much personality.

She loves school and her teacher Mr. Slinger.

But one day she just can’t keep her hands off of her special purple purse and Mr. Slinger takes it from her for the rest of the day.

Poor Lily, she makes another bad choice and ends up feeling even worse.

Will she be able to make everything better?

of course she will, that’s why we LOVE her!

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and the A to Z Challenge

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What letter is next?