Readin’ and Skateboardin’

Why yes, I do want this book-on-wheels cubby!

That way I don’t have to run back to my room to get a new book every time I need you to read to me.

And when I go down the street to visit my friends? I’m taking my cubby-on-wheels with me! Out of sheer curiosity, I want to count how many people start their conversations with, “Soooo…whatcha got there?”

(Really, the whole neighborhood should be filled with people rolling their books around, yes?)

[Project Little Smith via Apartment Therapy]

Woody would have been 100

Belt out a rousing rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”?


I did *not* know until oh about 10 minutes ago, though, that I’ve been belting out only part of the song all these years.

There are more verses!

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.


You knew?

Learn a whole bunch more!

Then, when you’re finished reading, can you build the campfire and tune your guitar? I’ve got some songlearning to do.

There’s no place like home

Really, no matter what happens, there is no place like home.

Home is where the heart is.

But what if your heart is in many places? Ah, that shouldn’t be a problem. That’s a blessing.

(Who are the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Toto, and Glynda in your life?)

Weekend Routines: Paul LeClerc

Oh it’s been *ages* since I last had a perfect weekend routine!

Because Paul LeClerc seems to have a perfect-to-me Sunday routine, can I swipe his? I’ll take that bread, snack, and dessert, too, yes, thank you very much.

Quite possibly my favorite part of his Sunday:

BOOKS AND A SNACK We always stop by the Corner Bookstore. It’s a treasure. We buy books for ourselves and also as hostess gifts for friends. Then we go home and do some recreational reading and have a snack: espresso and chocolate and walnuts.

(Hey, psssst, Mr. LeClerc is currently president of the New York Public Library but will be retiring this summer. You looking for a job?)

Beautiful Butterfly

A Beautiful Butterfly is one of my favorite books at school. A little caterpillar must eat certain foods to become a certain color butterfly.  I read it mostly with the 2-4 year olds, but I also find excuses to read it with my elementary school-aged students.

The younger learners love shouting out the butterfly colors, eating the large images of food, and feeding their mommies the food on the page.

The older learners feel proud when they can read the book to each other

Yesterday, my first graders were the first group ever to refuse to eat the red apple, or the yellow banana, or the pink peach. Or any of the other food items.

Why? I asked.

Because, teacher, can’t you see?? There’s a caterpillar on the fruit! Who eats bugs?? they replied.


A Beautiful Butterfly is published by Apricot Publishing.

The most useful gift

You want your child to be kind, generous, confident, and a whole bunch of other things, right?

Your fairy godmother could give your child many of these qualities. Which quality would you consider the most useful gift?

Eleanor Roosevelt (I think, but I’m not sure) said,

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.

What? You don’t have a fairy godmother? Go find one. Right now!

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