January 29, 2012

World Read Aloud Day on 3/7 - "Change the World, Story by Story"

 Celebrate World Read Aloud Day on 3/7 -- "Change the World, Story by Story"

WRADlogo World Read Aloud Day is back and bigger than ever

793 million adults worldwide lack basic reading and writing skills. This World Read Aloud Day, the globe will connect like never before. Let us together read and share to advocate for the power of words and stories.

Change the World, Story by Story

This amazing day is sponsored by LitWorld, whose mission is, "to use the power of story to cultivate literacy skills in the world's most vulnerable children through Education, Advocacy and Innovation."
* Books of Wonder in New York City!: We are excited to announce that Books of Wonder will host LitWorld’s signature World Read Aloud Day event. Stay tuned for the official schedule with details about our special guest authors and exciting workshops all day long.

* Join a LitWorld Video Chat: If you would like to take part in a video chat on World Read Aloud Day as a LitWorld classroom or special guest reader, please sign up at litworld.org.
Let’s rally for Global Literacy, together.
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January 20, 2012

Bigger Than a Breadbox

Bigger Than A Breadbox

Getting what you want when you want it- Wow! This may be everyone's wish. But, even when we are quite young, we find out this isn't reality...but.. what if it really was possible with a few exceptions- the wish made needs to be able to fit in a breadbox.

Bigger than a Breadbox is about a magical antique bread box that grants wishes to a young girl who's life has been turned upside down by her parents' divorce/separation. Rebecca finds this wish maker after being whisked away to her grandma's house after her parents can't seem to figure out how to stay together.

The only positive thing about this separation for Rebecca is the breadbox. After granting her a book in the attic to help her overcome loneliness, many wishes find their into the box: snack cakes, lip gloss, candy and even a cell phone. When the bread box is empty after wishing for what she wants most- her family back together- Rebecca finds her thoughts moving from the material to the emotional list of wishes.

The magic of the breadbox has its limits and consequences just like Rebecca finds that her life has. This book is thought- provoking and brings one to think of their own magic and how one's wishes may or may not be possible or even wise.

A MUST READ for all ages because we all have wishes even if we don't have a breadbox.

January 12, 2012

The Nerdy Book Club

I did it! I joined a club!
 I haven't "officially" joined a "club" since college and I am excited!
So what did I have to do to gain membership? 
Was there a secret handshake I had to learn? 
Did it cost a lot of money in membership dues? 
Do I have to wear a silly uniform or perform tricks?
Here was the membership questioned asked of me:

Do you love to read?  Is talking about books something that you can’t live without?
If you answered yes to those questions, congratulations, you are a member of the Nerdy Book Club. 
YES, was my answer!
I'll tell you about the handshake, $$, and tricks later, but I can show you what will be on my silly uniform:

Join me by joining the Nerdy Book Club and read about the other members at http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com

January 2, 2012

The 4th Stall Part II

The Fourth Stall Part II  by: Chris Rylander
Waldon Pond Press

Mac and Vince's business is overflowing!
(Which could be messy in a boys bathroom)
All the normal problems of surviving school and starting 6th grade are being handled by Mac and his guys. They even have a new teacher/baseball coach that likes the Cubs as much as they do.
Then things start going wrong: school lunches that would add calories and fat that even our fast-food restaurants couldn't serve, gym class easy enough for newborns, animal droppings showing up in lockers, and a strange new 8th grade girl, Trixie, that puts everyone in a tizzy. 
Can't get worse? Wrong!
Dr. George is brought in to FIX the problems and to administer the state standardized test that could close down the school not to mention Max's business. 
Can Max figure out how to save the school? 
Will he and Vince make the baseball team? 
Are girls really more dangerous than shotguns? 
Can anyone pass the SMART test?
Read The Forth Stall Part II and enjoy the middle school mystery!

January 1, 2012

New Year- New Books!

So, what is your New Year Resolution? 

Here is my reading goal for 2012:
  • I will read at least 212 books this year. These will be from a variety of genres and mediums. 
  • My favorite way to "read" is using the old-fashioned/low tech "book" but I will also use audio books and e-books. 
  • I will track my reading on Goodreads.com and on this blog
  • Since I read over 111 books last year, I hope that 212 books is attainable yet leaves a bit of a challenge. 
Make your reading goal attainable, measurable and challenge yourself just a bit : HAPPY READING!