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Mother/Daughter Trip to Lancaster

Monday, April 21st, 2014

mommydaughtertrip1After spending last weekend in DC, Hannah and I dropped Adam off at the train station so he could come back to NYC for work. But I’d decided a couple of months before that it would be really fun for Hannah and me to go away together for a few days during her spring break. A mommy/daughter trip.

So, we (I) decided to drive from Washington to Lancaster county in PA. After a morning running around DC together, we hopped in the car and set off.


Dr. Seuss Day!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Saturday was Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and last Friday was Read Across America at school. I made paper bag Cat in the Hat hats with all the K, 1, and 2 classes during the week. I worked with the PTA president to put together some fun prizes for a Dr. Seuss door decorating contest. I sent out Dr. Seuss trivia all week. It was a great week for books, and it was also the first time in my current district that I’ve tried working on school-wide programming for Read Across America. Last year I was on maternity leave by now, and the year before that it seemed like teachers really did their own thing. So I haven’t been in the spirit since my last big program 3 years ago. It was great.

I brought back the paper bag hats this year in all of my K, 1, and 2 classes throughout the week.

I do love these hats. It was also Pajama Day.

I ended up with smaller bags than past years, but I improvised.

The teachers got pretty into the door decorating contest, too. This is the door that one for 4th grade.

I did a Dr. Seuss bulletin board for March, but I went very minimal.  There were so many cool doors and decorations all over the school that I just wanted some simple, colorful quotes in a Dr. Seuss font I downloaded.

My January Bulletin Boards

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I came up with this winter bulletin board idea around Thanksgiving, and I saved it for January. I love it so much that I might keep it up until spring. Can you tell the kids are having a snowball fight? I didn’t know if it would translate.

And my Blast Off With Books program is running along pretty smoothly. My supervisor had suggested having the K and 1 kids fill out a form or do a drawing for each book they read, but with 40 minutes a week that was just really time consuming. So for the little ones, I’m using the circulation statistics of how many books they are returning to the library. I may start sending forms home with kids soon, though, so then I may change that. The kids really love this program!


Wonderstruck Exhibit at QMA

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Last month my mom and I went to the opening of Brian Selznick’s “Wonderstruck in the Panorama” at the Queens Museum of Art. It was an incredible exhibit with a great talk from Mr. Selznick about the time spent studying and capturing the Panorama, a huge presence in Wonderstruck. And I was thrilled to go, I’ve sponsored buildings on that Panorama through the museum.

What was so fantastic about the talk was the fact that Brian Selznick (with an ASL translator) actually stood on the Panorama to speak. Seeing slides of his drawings of the Panorama from the book while he was standing on the Panorama was cool squared.

I actually avoided posting about this amazing event for weeks because after the talk Mr. Selznick signed copies of his books. And I had a miserable experience in the signing line, which at the time ruined the whole day for me. I’ve been trying to get books signed by Brian Selznick for a while now, and I bought copies of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck in the QMA store to show support for the exhibit and for him. The line was just full of extremely pushy families from a nearby school, and we were getting different messages from the staff depending on where in line we were. I got in line for the signing quickly and was near the front; it was on the narrow walkway above the Panorama, and standing in a hot, narrow signing line for hours is not that fun for a pregnant lady–I wanted to be close to the front. But there was so much cutting, shoving, smothering, and generally rude behavior from these parents that I was still in line for more than an hour. I lost count of how many times I was elbowed and shoved in the belly by kids running through the line.  The museum staff even let people cut in front of me while I was next in line in front of Mr. Selznick. It was horribly disorganized, and I left feeling hot, sick, and frustrated at the whole experience. I actually had a sore throat by the time I left and spent the end of that same week in bed sick.

So it left a bad taste in my mouth for what was actually a pretty amazing day. Time heals all wounds, etc. etc., and now I’m just really excited that Brian Selznick signed copies of those 2 books for The Sprout. Perfect additions to her library. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get Mr. Selznick to tell me where his next novel takes place (my 3rd graders wanted to know). And I probably won’t be back to the QMA again.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I’ve had a lot of adventures lately, but since I’ve been neglecting this blog a little in favor of sleep and school mania they have gone undocumented. So I’m starting with something from this past weekend, the Brooklyn Book Festival. Kathy and I went on Sunday, and it was quite cool.

This is one of those events I’ve wanted to go to for years because there are always great children’s book authors in attendance. But something always comes up. Not this year, though. The weather was absolutely perfect fall gorgeousness, the best for walking around.

The highlight for me was Mo Willems. Kathy elbowed some parents and small children out of the way so she could get this photo of his reading for me (I was parked in a comfortable shady spot too far away for good photos):

I bought Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny from Bank St. Bookstore’s outpost at the festival, and Mr. Willems signed them both for Baby Reeve! I geeked out just ever so slightly, muttering about being a pregnant children’s librarian and a big fan. It was enough to sustain for me years, these first signed books in the baby’s library. Kathy got a copy of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus signed for her mom, Annie, who is another fabulous children’s literature fan.

We had lunch at the Food Freak truck, a brand spanking new truck that makes grilled cheese sandwiches and incredible crispy fried brussels sprouts.

Seriously, I hate brussels sprouts, but these little wonders tossed in agave nectar are like crack. Delicious, delicious crack.

And after lunch, Kathy and I called it a day with a commemorative photo. She is so much better at the arm’s length photo shoot than I am, as witnessed by the perfect lipstick and the fact that you can’t see up her nose. Life is a learning process, people. It was a completely fabulous day. :)