I never watch the Oscar's or the Grammy's, but the last few years I do wake up at 6:00 AM to stream the live presentation of the American Library Association (ALA) awards which include the Newbery and the Caldecott. Yes, you may give me my crown now for being the homecoming queen of all kidlit nerds. When I hear the word "Caldecott," I get a shiver up my spine. Every year my heart races for just a second right before they announce the winner. Not only is it fun to see some of our favorites receive well-deserved recognition, but I am always introduced to some fantastic new titles which previously escaped my notice. Here are some of our favorites this year: Finding Winnie by Lindsey Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall I have to confess that I am 100% guilty of . . .
Welcome to my "listology" --a sporadically occurring series of posts where I share the notable, interesting, or beautiful craziness I've seen around the Internet lately. 1. So much intriguing middle grade fiction coming out soon like this one and this one. 2. Plus, I never met a Kate DiCamillo book I didn't like. 3. Ever have a crazy trend that just speaks to you? That's how I feel about negative space manicures. 4. Shopping for myself for Valentines Day... 5. How an introvert makes a phone call. It’s funny because it’s true. 6. My goal was to be sugar free for the month of January. I'm in the home stretch and after much contemplation, this is the dessert I’m making on Feb. 1st. 7. This was the runner up. 8. I didn’t know about Pinterest 100. I feel fascinated and . . .
Years ago, I used to be an art teacher. My career was pretty short. I stopped after I started having kids, but over the years I've kept my certification current and continue pinning ideas on pinterest, because you never know. Plus, my kids always appreciate a good art project. Once an art teacher, always an art teacher. Collaborative art projects are fantastic because they turn a somewhat solitary discipline into a group effort and yield a result that would be impossible for a single artist. We created collaborative valentines, but you could also adapt this project to become a mural with lots of hearts--the possibilities are endless. 1. Print out this downloadable PDF or you can freehand your own. 2. Have each child color their heart however they wish. 3. Cut them into . . .
As I thought about my goals and plans for 2016, I decided I wanted to designate a clear intention for my year. I tried to narrow it down to one word, but in the end, it was this phrase: There is unmapped territory in all of us. I don’t mean finding myself. I’m not lost. I mean finding out what is inside of me. For me, 2016 will be about doing new things. Also about being brave. Have you ever seen a spring? To me, a spring is like a little miracle. I know it has a scientific explanation, but it feels like magic. Water bounces up through the earth and bubbles over where it can no longer be held inside. When I was a little girl, we used to drive into West Yellowstone and hike into a cave along the Fall River. Inside the cave, there was a network of springs that trickled and . . .
Who has plans for making big crazy things happen in 2016? I absolutely do. And whenever I want to do something crazy, my first thought is, “I need to read a book about that.” I confess that I am kind of a self-help book junkie. I probably need a self-help book about not reading so many self-help books, but today I am just going to share six of the most inspirational ones I read in 2015. Thank you all for reading my very first post! Have you read any inspiring self-help books lately? I am ALWAYS looking for a good book! Look for book reviews and more fun stuff coming your way soon! P.S. This post contains affiliate links, which means that when you click on a link and purchase on amazon, I will receive a small percentage of the . . .