Just before I retired from teaching and changed careers to librarianship, I came across a wonderful book entitled Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. Madonna (singer and author) wrote in her book dedication to teachers that "It is about the power of words. And how we must choose them carefully to avoid causing harm to others."
The assassination of John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. My parents often speak of the assassination around this time of year, and it’s very emotional for my entire family. When I ran across the book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation by Ellen F. Fitzpatrick, I knew this was a book I had to read.
Olivia has a turkey on her head! This was the craft that the kids made during storytime last week at the Grain Valley branch. Bring your little ones to our storytime Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., and enjoy stories, crafts and songs.
Just look at that title. Those words put together just don’t make sense. Age 10 and divorced. It’s reality for Nujood Ali, though. Growing up in Yemen didn’t bring Nujood many opportunities, but she took life for what it could be. Nujood was excited to attend school, learn to read and write, and play with her friends. She was simply enjoying her childhood. All that changed, though, when Nujood’s father forces her to marry a man three times her age. She is sent away from her family to live in an isolated Yemeni village where she suffers emotional and physical abuse daily.
So, you say that you’ve been noticing all of your friends’ facebook statuses changing to say something like "ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT TALK TO ANYONE UNTIL I FINISH WRITING." Wondering what all the word count comparing is about? Feeling a little confused? Left out? Worry no more, the answer is here! It’s November, and that means NaNoWriMo, of course.
I have never seen kids feverishly paging through a book as much as they have been flying through all of the toy catalogs we have been getting in the mail and the newspaper. Holy smokes! Talk about well loved. These paper versions of their fantasies get creased, folded, torn, shredded, and still they are cherished so kids can continue to drool over the toys of their dreams. The other day, my son carried one of these catalogs around ALL DAY, even while he ate lunch, so he could show everyone what he wanted for Christmas.