07 Mar 2012 2 Comments
Not only are we bibliophiles in the midst of Seussemania, today is World Read Aloud Day 2012! What better way to begin the commemoration than to combine both, and read a book by the Doctor of Bookology to an eager group of 2nd graders. The kids were so mesmerized by The Lorax that nobody even commented that they saw the recently released movie until I finished reading. One student made a comment I was delighted to hear: she noticed the major differences between the motion picture and the Dr. Seuss masterpiece. Her observation gave the teacher and me the perfect opportunity to point out the superiority of most books to their movie counterparts. If only time had permitted, we could have had quite a discussion…
If you haven’t read to anyone yet, it’s never too late! There’s always someone who would love hearing a story, poem, or anything else you care to share. It doesn’t have to be today: any day can be Read Aloud Day!
11 Jan 2012 Leave a Comment
Winter is a phenomenal time in Bookland. (And it’s not only because chilly temperatures and long nights make curling up with a book even more enticing.)
It all starts in January, which has been designated Book Blitz Month. Coincidentally (even though I believe many things are not merely the result of coincidence), this is the time when I am involved in my own personal book blitz. My school libraries’ major materials selection of the year is well under way, as I have funds that must be spent in the near future.
So while the students at my school are reading with a frenzy to show that their grade can complete the most books by the end of the competition, I am taking part in a Book Blitz of a very different type: to select the best possible titles so that there will be great choices for future reading adventures.
February is not about to be left out. The shortest month of the year goes by another, more distinguished name: Library Lovers Month. It’s fitting: after a month of discovering marvelous books, it’s only natural that readers pay tribute to the place where they can be found for free. So visit a library near you, show it your support, and take advantage of everything it has to offer.
But there’s another month to winter, and it comes with a commemoration of its own. March is Read Across America Month, kicked off with the observance of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. But since one day isn’t enough to fully appreciate the work of the master, the Seussebration continues until the end of the month.
So, by the time spring rolls around, the flowers bloom (even though our poor confused quince tree is already blossoming due to the warm weather we’ve had lately), and the sun stays high in the sky when our work day is done, we are all richer for the experiences of the previous three months.
If you are looking for some special books to share with the young people in your life during this book-loving season, visit http://bookandagarden.com.