Check out this awesome Kickstarter from one of my favorite blogs! This will be a really unique book and they have some pretty interactive perks if you donate!

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Hello there!  This is a different kind of post….I’m going to share a project we want to do!

Um.  Oh wait…I guess we usually do that, don’t we?  But this different because this is a project we want to do THAT WE NEED LOTS OF HELP WITH.

Ever since the Collaborations post went viral, people have been asking me to make book.  “You should make a book!” they’d say, and I totally agreed with them because they’re all awesome.  We had a few publisher nibbles, but they all fizzled.  They said they weren’t really sure how to sell it.  (Do you know you have to have a TON of existing interest in your idea and a ready-made audience online before anyone at a publishing company will even LOOK at it?   I mean, how do new things even ever happen that way?)

Anyway, after many trying and much attempts, it occurred…

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Veronica Mars: The First Book in an Original Mystery Series

Maybe I’m late to the party on this one but I didn’t realize that there is going to be a Veronica Mars series to follow up the movie. It’s supposed to continue the character after the film, so this movie isn’t the last we will see of Veronica Mars a.k.a. 21st Century Nancy Drew/Comic Book Superhero fusion played by the marvelous Kristen Bell.

So obviously I preordered it immediately. And when is this movie coming out?? The book is coming out in February, so maybe the movie will come out before that?

This is going to be awesome.


19 Must Have Literary Manicures

For all you girly book lovers out there.

Here are few of my favorites:

Love these To Kill a Mockingbird nails AND they look like Fall!

Can you believe someone painted those faces and all of those letters perfectly?

The Lord of the Rings, of course…

Check out the rest here:
19 Must Have Literary Manicures.

A Star Wars Pop-Up Book exists in the world.

Everyone just take a moment and appreciate the awesomeness of this. A Star Wars pop-up book exists in the world.

Children's Book Reviews

My kids want to share with you this excellent book called Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure. Just be sure you turn your self on to this particular book and experience something totally new when you flip a page. This child’s book can be a joy. My close friend not long ago finished reading Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure for she sons and wanted me to create an evalutaion about it.

The author is Matthew Reinhart / Lucasfilm and it is published by Orchard Books. It went on sale in October of 2012. The child’s book dimensions are 2.67″ Height x 10.45″ Length x 8.47″ Width and has got a weight of 2.1 lbs.

An excellent book is one of the very best items in the world. Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure can now be found at a discount for less than sales stand price. I want you…

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For the birds

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” –Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Literacy and Learning: Telling the Story Together

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Or at least a couple of sentences…

The book at hand was Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the kids in my class were seven, all at varying reading levels.

Mr. Popper's Penguins (book)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I improvised.

First of all, if you haven’t read the book (which I had not) then I have to recommend it. It’s got an adorably quaint feel both because it was written in the 1950’s and because it’s about a house painter/Antartica enthusiast who raises a bunch of performing penguins in a small town.

That’s basically the plot more or less. Some of the kids new it and others had never heard of it. Either way, I’m sure this activity will yield some fun results, and it’s one that can be used with any book that has pictures.

I assigned each child a picture from the book and he or she wrote a couple of sentences down about what seemed to be happening in the picture. Then we went around the room and told our version of the story in order. It was pretty fun and also managed to be coherent. This is an idea I would definitely use again.