Sesame Street has a Birthday!

November 4, 2009

Happy 40th Birthday to Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, the Count, Elmo, Kermit and of course, Snuffleupagus (at 40 years of age, I hope he has finally grown into his name).
An interesting piece of Sesame Street lore: Snuffleupagus used to be Big Bird’s imaginary friend until parents complained for the show to make him “real”.

Parents or Teachers: Who influences your child success?

October 22, 2009

The Wall Street Journal ran an article about a new school called the Equity Project, “premised on the theory that excellent teachers—and not revolutionary technology, talented principals or small class size—are the critical ingredient for success.” The Michigan Department of Education conducted a survey and found that more than budgets or teachers, parents are the […]


How best to first meet, Where the Wild Things Are?

October 9, 2009

As some of you may know, on October 16 Where The Wild Things Are is coming out as a movie. Although the book was never a favorite of mine, many people sing it’s praises, along with the committee that conferred upon it the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1963. The compelling question becomes— is it better […]


Happy Belated Birthday, Shel Silverstein

October 1, 2009

Last week (September 25) marked Shel Silverstein’s birthday. Here is one of my favorite poems by him: Mr. Grumpledump’s Song Everything’s wrong, Days are too long, Sunshine’s too hot, Wind is too strong. Clouds are too fluffy, Grass is too green, Ground is too dusty, Sheets are too clean. Stars are too twinkly, Moon is […]


Banned Books Week

September 27, 2009

Banned Books Week, begun in 1982, started on Saturday September 26. As I think back on the different forms censorship has come in over time, I realize that I have a lot in common with the censors. I believe that books matter and make a difference. They open your mind to new possibilities and transport […]


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