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First Grade Girls Book Club

April 23, 2009

I totally missed my daughter’s book club last week.  I thought I could do it all  . . . HA.

I talked just a few minutes too long, didn’t factor in traffic, and got to the mother/daughter book club just as it ended.  Not getting mom of the year — again.  I felt so bad.  All because I wanted to network with an editor, just a few more minutes.

How many times have I told her, “Just a few more minutes, honey?”  When do I just stop my work for her?  How do I balance my priorities?

I never thought it would be this hard!



One day at the bus stop, my neighbor and I came up with the idea of a book club for our kids.  Wouldn’t that be fun we thought.

Who to invite? All the first grade girls in the neighborhood.

How often?  Every month.

Where? We take turns hosting and picking out a book.

Little did we know that we had fifteen first grade girls in the neighborhood.  Or how much fun it would be – for us!  And them.

First, the hosts facilitates a discussion of the book.  Favorite parts.  Funny parts.  The usual.

Then, the kids run around like wild banshees while pausing for a snack here and there.  We grown ups, get to catch up, and have our own conversations without the interruptions of our children.

Win-Win =

Win:  Kids are reading and enjoying books.

Win:  Moms are connecting and having fun with other adults.

(Except when they’re late and completely miss the whole event.)


She prefers to read . . . I’m so proud

February 6, 2009

This morning at the bus stop, my six year old sat down on the ground, and pulled out a book from her backpack.   She read until the bus arrived.  Her friend, wanting to play,  looked puzzled.  Her friends mom looked awe-struck.  “Look,” she pointed.  “Yes, I know,” I replied – as if I knew she’d be doing that all along.  “Can you believe it?”

I have dreamed of this moment.  To me, her choosing a book over playing, is huge.  SHE IS A READER!!!!  SHE LOVES HER BOOK!!!!!

I don’t want her to stop, so I say nothing.  Smile and nod.  Act cool.  Don’t freak out and try to hug her while crying hysterically about the wonders of losing oneself in a story and lifelong learning and . . . oh, I could go on.  No.  Smile and nod.  Act cool.

I am happy.  I am ecstatic.  SHE’S A READER!!!!

a short list of books with introverted characters

January 31, 2009

Introverts in Picture Books

Cherry and Olive by Benjamin Lacombe

The Shy Little Kitten by Cathleen Schurr

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Which Would You Rather Be by William Steig

Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells

Introverts in Chapter Books

Franny K. Stein books by Jim Benton

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Evan’s Corner by Elizabeth Starr Hill

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The 39 Clues by Rick Riordan

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech