Martin Luther King ~January, 15 1929-April, 4 1968
January 18, 2010
Two books that honor the sprit of Martin Luther King
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge, takes readers to the months of protest that culminated in the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery inn 1965, focusing on the courageous children who marched alongside King. The photos that accompany the text make the story come alive.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (6th grade+) by Phillip Hoose, 2010 Newberry Honor
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Ala. bus boycott that began in 1955 is a well-known name in the Civil Rights Movement, but few people know the story of Claudette Colvin. When she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person—nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing. Up to now, Claudette Colvin’s role in the Montgomery civil rights drama had been largely lost to history. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (6th grade+) by Phillip Hoose, 2010 Newberry Honor now brings to life Claudette’s story.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]