Mock Geisel

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to both the author and illustrator for excellence in a beginning reader book. Beginning readers are meant for children from pre-kindergarten through second grade, who are reading but not yet fluent. Beginning readers support children in gaining reading skills through the use of repeated vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pictures that support the text.

Beyonce and African Novels

African fiction took a prominent position in publishing last year and more notable novels will be published early this year. NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names is an episodic story about Darling, a ten-year-old girl in Zimbabwe, and her immigration to the United States. Through the eyes of Darling, Bulawayo melds the terrible (forced relocation, AIDS, poverty) with the pleasant (discovery, family, and friendship).

Favorite Antarctica Novels

Thursday a Chinese helicopter dramatically rescued  52 scientists, journalists, and tourists who had been trapped on a Russian research vessel since Christmas Eve. The ship got stuck in sea ice off Antarctica while on a mission to follow the footsteps of historic Antarctic explorer and scientist Douglas Mawson. The event made me think of two of my favorite novels that happen to have Antarctica as a setting.

Stitch-opedia: Your Getting Started Guide for Embroidery

The beginning of a new year is a time when I make all sorts of promises to learn and do new things. This year, to help me along with this promise, my sister (who is awesome at doing and learning things) gave me an embroidery starter kit. I’m convinced that, like knitting, embroidery is due for a comeback of epic proportions. Sadly, she lives in the fair state of Illinois which left me to figure things out on my own.


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