So in the last two months, we’ve added these two books to our collection that have just tickled me pink, because not only does each book feature a title character with the same name as two of my children (slightly different spellings, but that hardly matters), but each character ALSO shares some distinctive clothing affinity with said child! The mouse Lilly of Kevin Henkes darling series loves the clickity clickity click sound her red boots make walking down the halls of her school, and my Lily loves stomping around in her red boots! The Henri in Mike Wu’s book loves discovering all his Papa’s hats, while my Henry wore this hat to church every week for three years. Now I just need to find another book for my oldest kid... anyone know any books about a Josh who plays the violin? Needless to say, my kids adore these books because they identify so closely with them. They’ve been on constant read-aloud rotation over here. 👠🎩👠🎩 #childrensbooks #picturebooks #readalouds #henrishats #lillyandthepurplepurse #suchstuffbooksreadalouds
This semester, I was offered the opportunity to design and teach my very own 200 level English course on any literary topic I wanted to. I came up with the idea for this course over a year ago, and I have been looking forward to this so much. We are four weeks into the semester now, and I’m happy to confirm that so far, it has exceeded my wildest expectations and hands down been the most exciting teaching experience of my life! ✨✨✨ The course is called Magic Words, Magic Books, Magic Language, and is all about exploring the relationship between language and magic. Pictured above are four of the main texts I’m having my students read (yes, that’s a Harry Potter book on the bottom there... I’m teaching Harry Potter!!!!!!). If you’d like to know more about my course, head over to my blog where I posted the full syllabus today. I plan to post occasional lecture/discussion notes over there this semester, so if you’d like to “audit” the course with me and get a taste for the completely fascinating discussions we’re having, feel free to check those posts out (link in bio). If you love magic stories, or if you love thinking about the power of language, I guarantee you’ll find something interesting to think about! ✨✨✨ #magicbooks #magicwords #magiclanguage #collegecourse #englishmajor #awizardofearthsea #theemperorssoul #doctorfaustus #harrypotterandthechamberofsecrets
I read 115 books in 2019!!!!!!! 🎉🎈🎉🎈 That’s not counting read alouds or any of the reading I did for school, just pleasure reading. All I can say is, audio books have changed my life. Bless technology. 🎉🎈🎉🎈 On the blog tonight, my Top Ten reads from the year (not counting re-reads, because otherwise this list would be dominated by Jane Austen). And I always feel like I need to give the caveat that I read so many good books this year, books that probably deserve to be on this list, but this is the list that struck me at this particular moment in time. Anyway, check the link in my bio if you want to read more about my reading year. 🎉🎈🎉🎈 Happy New Years!
It’s my favorite time of year for children’s picture books! Last year I highlighted some of my favorite Christmas books that we actually own (see the highlights in my stories if you want to review). This year I’ll be sharing some new favorites that I want to own (and hopefully will someday!) I’m super proud of myself for being on top of my library holds game this year and getting these hot books requested back in November so we have them (juggling holiday library holds is always super tricky). Keep an eye out in my stories this week for a closer look at some of those pictured here. 🎄📖🎄📖 As always, please share recommendations for your favorite Christmas books! I’m always looking to expand our collection! 🎄📖🎄📖 #kidschristmasbooks #christmasbooksforkids #christmaspicturebooks #favoritetimeofyear