Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Party Palooza Preschool Storytime Plan

Today's my baby sister's birthday.  In honor of her birthday, I decided to share the storytime plan from my birthday week.  Yes...we had a birthday themed storytime in honor of MY birthday.  Because it is all about me and my day. ;)

 You can download a PDF of the Party Pallooza storytime plan by clicking here.


For the craft we made pigs in party hats (click for PDF of the craft).  The kids enjoyed the storytime, craft...and the treat I shared (since it was my birthday, I wanted to give them a little something extra).  There were smiles all around. 


Please note, to view the files, you will need a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it free here).

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

2016 Reading Resolutions

I'll soon post a review of my 2015 Reading Resolutions; however, before we get too far into January, I want to share the ones I've decided on for 2016. Some may seem familiar from previous years.  That is because I use my prior resolutions as a guide for the next year. I still have so many award winners and honors to read!  




2016 Reading Resolutions

1. Participate in at least one of the two Dewey’s  24-hour Read-a-thons. The next Read-a-thon is scheduled for April 23.  I’m scheduled to work the next day, so I may not be able to do all 24 hours.

2. Read more books from the below lists.
·         Read 2015 winners/honors for Caldecott, Belpre illustrator, Coretta Scott King (CSK) illustrator, Odyssey(read 35/attempted 4) YALSA non-fiction , and Geisel  (a.k.a. the awards I finished reading in 2013 and again in 2014 and 2015).  The 2016 winners/honors will be announced on January 11, 2015, adding several titles to my TBR list.
·         Read at least 3 honors/winners from: Schneider Family Book Awards (36 total books 15 read/1 abandoned), Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's Young Adult Literature Award  (30 total books 23 read/1 abandoned), Morris 40 total books 24 read), and Sibert  (59 total books 26 read)

Schneider
Stonewall
Morris
Sibert



·         Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (400 total books 102 read/1 abandoned), Printz (77 total books 41 read and 7 abandoned), and CSK author (161 total books. 38 read. 1 abandoned).   

Newbery

Printz

CSK author




3. Finish re-reading the Outlander series. I only have one of the novels left to read: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

4. Read/Listen to 375 books.  Originally I was going to go for 500; however, I am on an award selection committee this year, so I am lowering my goal to around what I read in 2015 (373 books). I’ll continue to keep track via my Goodreads account.

5. Blog more.  I would like to make a schedule and stick to it.  Will it happen?  Who knows?  Here’s hoping it does!



Monday, January 04, 2016

December 2015 Reads

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I wasn't able to read as much as I would have liked.  I did finish 17 books in December, for a final yearly toll of 373 books.
  Here's the list of the books I read in November.  As usual, the titles that are in bold are ones I have rated five stars on Goodreads.

Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister
Bound by Grace by Amber Stockton
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Love Finds You in Folly Beach, South Carolina by Loree Lough     
Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow        
Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber  
Bluestone Homecoming by M. J. Fredrick    
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman      
Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
Almost a Bride by Patricia McLinn    
Share the Moon by Sharon Struth
Naughty Mabel by Nathan Lane
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
Queen of Diamonds by Barbara Metzger
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins
Uncover Me by Chelle Bliss
Her Heart's Desire by Ruth Ann Nordin

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

November 2015 reads

I had a few reading challenges I wanted to finish in November.  Mostly I succeeded, thanks to the 29 books I read that month.  One I finished on the final day! (Those will be in another post)

Here's the list of the books I read in November.  As usual, the titles that are in bold are ones I have rated five stars on Goodreads.


Resist Me by Chelle Bliss
Resisting by Chelle Bliss
Jack of Clubs by Barbara Metzger   
Throttled by Chelle Bliss
Hook Me by Chelle Bliss
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Her Dakota Man by Lisa Mondello
Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss
Wretched Chastity by Carré White
A Mail Order Bride For Charlie by Carré White
Ace of Hearts by Barbara Metzger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Rudy's Windy Christmas by Helen Baugh
The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Bargaining With a Rake by Julie Johnstone
Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper
The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper
The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
If... by Sarah Perry
Brain Camp by Susan Kim
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  by Alexander McCall Smith
Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas
The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
Public Displays of Affection by Susan Donovan

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 Reading Resolutions - December update

The year is nearly over.  How about another update on my 2015 Reading Resolutions?



1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2015, organize my own. One day I will do this!  Dewey’s  24-hour Read-a-thon is slated for April 25, 2015!  I did it!  I did it!  I participated in the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon in April.  The fall Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon was scheduled for October 17.  I participated in that one as well. 

2. Read more books from the below lists.
·         Read 2015 winners/honors for Caldecott, Belpre illustrator, Coretta Scott King (CSK) illustrator, Odyssey(read 31/attempted 4) YALSA non-fiction , and Geisel  (a.k.a. the awards I finished reading in 2013 and again in 2014).  The 2015 winners/honors will be announced on February 2, 2015, adding several titles to my TBR list. Finished all!
·         Schneider Family Book Awards - 36 total books 15 read/1 abandoned
·         Morris 35 total books 24 read (Finalists announced in December 2014; winner announced February 2, 2015)
·         Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (400 total books 102 read/1 abandoned), Printz (77 total books 41 read and 7 abandoned), and CSK author (161 total books. 38 read. 1 abandoned).   Thanks to the spring Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon, I finished the CSK titles. And thanks to the fall Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon I finished both Newbery and Printz!

Newbery
1.     Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
2.     The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
3.     Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
4.     Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
5.     The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
6.     Paperboy by Vince Vawter
7.     Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
8.     Show Way by Jaqueline Woodson
9.     The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Printz
1.     I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
2.     Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
3.     Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
4.     And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
5.     Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill
6.     Keesha's House by Frost, Helen

CSK author
1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
2. Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
4. The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson
5. I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
6. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

3. I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be the Year of Non-Fiction.  This means I plan to focus on reading non-fiction titles - not just those on award lists such as YALSA Non-Fiction (25/30 read as of December 15, 2014) and Sibert  (39/53 read as of December 15, 2014) – but non-fiction in general for a variety of ages.  This will include biographies. YALSA Non-fiction finalists were announced in December, but the winner for that award – and the winners and honors for most of the other Youth Media Awards won’t be announced until February 2, 2015. (UPDATED TOTALS: YALSA Non-Fiction (30/30 read) and Sibert (46/59 read).  It has become more the Year of Graphic Novels than the Year of Non-Fiction.  I need to get on the ball!

4. Read the Harry Potter and the Outlander series again. Both are favorites of mine.  After recently watching all of the Harry Potter movies, I realized how many details I had forgotten (that are missing from the movies as well).  I think it is time to revisit the stories.  I’ve listened to the Outlander series twice.  It takes quite some time!  Hopefully by starting them again this month I will finish in time for the next book to be published. (Please be soon.  Please be soon. Please be soon.) I was participating in a Buddy Read of the Harry Potter series through one of the Goodreads groups I belonged to, and had read books 1, 2, 3, and 4, and 5 for it. Since then I dropped that group (too many changes through the year).  It took me a while, but I did read HP6 over June and July. In November I read book 7 as a read along with a friend who had not previously read all of them. 

I finished Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone. I’ll likely not start the final book until January, as I have a few other audiobooks to finish first.

5. Set aside time each week to read the libraryland blogs, journals and other news sources. This really needs to be a part of my regular workweek.  Ever since Google’s blog reader bit the dust, I’ve fallen behind on reading blogs.  I’m trying Feedly, but need to get in the habit of checking it on a regular basis. I give up on this.

6. Keep up with tracking books read!  I read over 775 books in 2013.  My goal for 2014 was 1000, and I ended up reading just over that amount. In 2015 I am going to go with a less hectic goal of 500. I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. I lowered my goal to 250 and feel so much less stressed. I’ve hit my revised goal!  My new goal was to read 350, which I also hit.  I’m now over 360 books.

Monday, November 09, 2015

October 2015 Reads

October was a busy month.  The hubby, pups, and I went on vacation to visit my family. I did get some reading accomplished, but not nearly as much as I would have liked.   Then I participated in the Dewey's fall 24-hour Read-a-thon.  That was awesome!  I can hardly wait for April and the next event!

Here's the list of the books I read in October.  As usual, the titles that are in bold are ones I have rated five stars on Goodreads.

The Fairytale Cake by Mark Sperring 
Monster Needs a Party by Paul Czajak 
The Cake That Mack Ate by Rose Robart 
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Joffe Numeroff 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black 
Your Alien by Tammi Sauer 
Little Bird's Bad Word by Jacob In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van 
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia 
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King 
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore 
Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan 
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine 
You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister 
Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy 
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson 
All-Star Superman, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison 
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson 
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe 
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill 
Captain Marvel, Vol. 3: Alis Volat Propriis by Kelly Sue DeConnick 
Keesha's House by Frost, Helen 
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman  

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 
Paperboy by Vince Vawter 

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh 
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon 
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes 
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard 
A Midsummer Night's Romp by Katie MacAlister 
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day