It’s Monday! What are you reading? Visit Jen Vincent’s blog Teach Mentor Texts for more!

This last week has been crazy busy! School and work and family. But I am so thankful for my 25-minute drive to work so I can listen to great books!

This week I am reading 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass It is a really cute MG book about a girl turning 11 and all of the drama that happens with being 11. I am finding myself cringing and yelling and shouting ‘YES!’ Or ‘finally!’ Or ‘No! Don’t do it!’ As I am listening. My whole body cringes with the memories of being 11 myself, that’s how realistic this book is when it comes to tweenage drama.

I am also still plugging away at Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley I really like this book but it’s my ‘bedtime read’ since my other waking hours are spent working on homework. And since it’s my bedtime read I may only get through a page at a time before falling asleep. I love Gertie!! She is trying so hard to be great at something to draw the attention of her estranged mother, while at the same time being a 5th grader.

This week I am also reading The Dot by Peter Reynolds to all of my kindergarten classes in celebration of International Dot Day! I adore this book about ‘making your mark’ it is perfect for everyone young and old alike. I can’t wait to read the book, do some activities and sing this great song by  Emily Arrow with them!

So what are you reading today?


15 years later

How to explain to your children that even hundreds of miles away the phone systems went down and we lost all communication with loved ones. 

How to explain the fear that completely overtook you. 

How to explain the uncertainty of protecting your unborn child from something completely unknown.

How to explain the shock you felt through your entire body as you witnessed a mammoth,  solid building disintegrate upon itself like it was made of paper. 

How to explain the world ‘before’…a world where family restaurants did not have TVs. A world without fear. 

These are not easy things to explain. Especially when 15 years later you still don’t understand why some people are so filled with hate. Sometimes it feels easier to not explain or talk about it. But that’s not the right thing to do…because when we ignore tough subjects it can make things worse. Or seem like they’re taboo and shouldn’t be talked about. This applies to everything…not just what happened 15 years ago today. 

So today, I will remember that day in my heart and with my family by telling my boys my story of September 11, 2001. 

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 

Excited to start blogging regularly and joining the #IMWAYR group! 

Today I finally finished Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. I was able to download the audio this summer courtesy of Sync

I’m reading a digital ARC Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley thanks to NetGalley. I remember what 5th grade was like with friends and cliques and still being a child but wanting to be grown up already. This is a great read so far! 

I’m also just getting into Full of Beans by Jenni Holm. I’ve anxiously been awaiting this one because I LOVED Turtle in Paradise. 

The past week has been crazy busy with new adventures as well as the return of college courses so my reading for fun time has been cut significantly.

However…I do still get to read for work! This week in one of my libraries we will be reading books about books! Including:

Where are My Books? By Debbie Ridpath Ohi 

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra 

Inside this book:(are three books) by Barney Saltzberg

Thanks to Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts,  Kellee from Unleashing Readers and Carrie Gelson at There is a Book for That for all of your amazing posts! 

New Beginnings

This past week was filled with many, many new beginnings for our family…

20150508_quote_with_sunset_sunrise_prairie_image1I left my first ever library position, in a school that was like a second family to me. I am grateful beyond
words for the opportunity to have been their librarian for six school years. I learned so much about the world of children’s literature, libraries, and most importantly, myself.

I started as a full time librarian in a new district at two very different but equally amazing elementary schools. There is a LOT to learn about the circ system, the schools, the students and staff but I am so excited about this new adventure!

My boys started 5th & 9th grades!! (what?!?!?!) I’ve already met all of their teachers and I am very impressed! I was able to reconnect with a high school friend after more than 10 years who teaches at the high school too and was even more reassured that our decision to join this community was the right one.

Monday also marked my first semester as a full-time college student in more than 15 years! I and was completely overwhelmed, but I am starting to figure things out…Thankfully some classes are short term and all work will be done in class. I still have my work cut out for me!

Tuesday morning I wrote my first ever 45 minute lesson plans for kindergartenChange-quotes-10n library! Then I met with two classes that afternoon to talk about the library, read Library Lion go on a lion hunt, and transition to tables to color a lion picture. This was also their first full day of school…ever! And…they did really, really well!

I am so excited about these new beginnings and all they will bring!