Happy Birthday Alan Alexander Milne— A.A. Milne (January 18 1982- January 1956)

January 18, 2010

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” A.A. Milne

Pooh Bear has many friends—“fearful Piglet, bossy Rabbit, single-minded Kanga, glum and underappreciated Eeyore, and energetic Tiger —and who can resist the charm of Winnie-the-Pooh himself, who loves “ a little something” at eleven o’clock?

~ Who are your stuffed animal friends?
~ Which of Pooh’s friends do you like the most—why?
~ Who are you most alike —Eeyore, who frets, Piglet who hesitates, Rabbit who calculates, Owl who pontificates or Pooh?
~ Would you like to live in the Hundred Acre Wood?

A thought to ponder: Today the 2010 Newberry and Caldecott awards were announced. A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is loved and admired —and never won an award.

Katherine Paterson has just been appointed the national ambassador for young people’s literature.

January 7, 2010

Congratulations to Katherine Paterson who has just been appointed the national ambassador for young people’s literature. Paterson is quoted as saying: “The main advice she’ll be giving adults: Read aloud to your children.” In honor of our new ambassador I am sharing one of my very favorite poems—it fits perfectly into the wintry month of […]


Happy Birthday Rudyard Kipling

December 30, 2009

At a presentation I did last week, the audience was asked to introduce themselves and name their favorite childhood book. It was heartwarming to hear and see the love that washed over the titles mentioned. What book turned you into a lover of reading? I am not sure I can definitively answer that question but […]


Happy Holidays

December 16, 2009

December is the month with the least amount of light and by 5 p.m. I am ready for an early dinner and bedtime — there is genius in why bears hibernate in the winter. But for us humans, hibernation is not an option however we do get something very special in December— the holidays and […]


Belated Birthday Greetings to Louisa May Alcott and Andrew Clemens.

December 2, 2009

November 29, 1832 is the birthday of Louisa May Alcott who wrote Little Women (1868) when she was 36 years old. November 30, 1835 is the birthday of Andrew Clemens (aka Mark Twain) who wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) when he was 41 years old and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) when […]


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