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 January and has always evoked the coziness of a warm house and a cup of tea on a wintry night. Enjoy and read the poem aloud to your children!

The Lamplighter, Robert Louis Stevenson

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
Its time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do,
O Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night.

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 […]


Happy Birthday Kevin Henkes— another author on my Evergreen Valentine list.

November 27, 2009

I have a few things in common with Kevin Henkes… As a child he loved to re-read books and he liked to take them everywhere. Even better, all his books showed signs of love— fingerprints on the pages, his name inscribed on the front and back cover and he liked peanut butter— and he was […]


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