Sunday, September 25, 2016

#BannedBooksWeek begins today!

 Catcher in the Rye . . . Harry Potter . . . Captain Underpants . . . Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during Banned Books Week, September 25 to October 1. For more information, visit

Friday, September 23, 2016

Eat your greens reds yellows and purples - a review

Eat your greens reds yellows and purples

DK Children's Cookbook
DK Publishing, 2016

I'll admit that I checked this book out for me.  Eat your greens reds yellows and purples (why there are no commas, I'm not sure)  The photographs are beautiful and the recipes are great!  Each color (orange - ever the slighted one, was left out of the title but included in the book) receives an introductory page and photo, a double-spread collage of all its edible goodness (see the "red" photo below), and at least four recipes.

I made the Zucchini Frittata, and not only was it delicious, it popped right out of the pan like nobody's business!  I thought for sure that it would stick.   I didn't have time to try any others, but I will likely check this book out again.  If you have a budding chef in the family, or are trying to introduce kids to healthier eating, this is the book for you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nursery Rhymes - the horror genre of the preschool set

Today you can find me blogging at the ALSC Blog with a post titled, 

I've opened up a discussion about using some of the more gruesome nursery rhymes in storytime.  If you'd like to weigh in on the topic, or have your own particularly horrific favorite, please click over to the ALSC Blog.

In the meantime, here's my own childhood favorite,

Ladybug, ladybug, 
fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
Your children will burn.
I married a firefighter. ;)

Images in the Public Domain and available from Project Gutenberg.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 National Book Awards - Longlist for Young People's Lit

Be sure to check out the 2016 National Book Awards.  Yesterday, the longlist was released for 
the category of Young People's Literature. 

The longlists for Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction will be released today, tomorrow, and Thursday.

Beneath the Waves - a review

As we read disturbing news accounts of dying manatees , environmental disasters caused by toxic waste, and ocean pollution on the scale of ...