A September Poem

September The breezes taste Of apple peel. The air is full Of smells to feel- Ripe fruit, old footballs, Drying grass, New books and blackboard Chalk in class. The bee, his hive Well-honeyed, hums While Mother cuts Chrysanthemums. Like plates washed clean With … Read More.


Congratulations Judith Kerr!

Anne Judith Kerr, who received her OBE (Order of the British Empire) on January 25, 2013,was born on June 14,1923 in Berlin,Germany. The British writer and illustrator fled Germany with her family in 1933 because her father, also a writer, had been quite outspoken in his … Read More.


Bartholomew Biddle & the Very Big Wind

Today, in front of a roaring fire, I sat reading Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind to...my dogs and cat, because no grandchild was available. SAD! Let me just say, they were very attentive and seemed to hang on my every word, but that might just have been the promise of … Read More.


Making the First Book – From the Good Mountain

If you are a book lover, then I think you will like this book as much as I do - I am in love with it! From the Good Mountain - How Gutenberg Changed the World, by James Rumford is really amazing. Over two years in the making, this book checks all the boxes in my book. The … Read More.


The Secret of the Village Fool

Written by Rebecca Upjohn, The Secret of the Village Fool may seem like a rather unlikely title for a children's book. However, as they say, don't judge a book by its cover, er, title. Anyway... While the story here is sensitive, it takes place in Poland during World War II, … Read More.


“Seeing” the Possibilities – Annie & Helen

While I believe all books present opportunities for learning, there are some that are specifically written for that purpose. Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson is one such book. Drawing on letters written by Anne Sullivan to her own teacher, this story tells us about the … Read More.


Homer, The Library Cat

I did not pick out this book. On a recent visit with us, I took our grandson to our wonderful local library. We sat, in the aisle, trying hard to be quiet, pulling out books to bring home. He picked this book. OK, we have a cat, he has a cat, it's natural to pick out a cat book. … Read More.