In 2014 … All You Need is a Book!



As we start 2014, I wanted to share some ideas for celebrating the love of reading with our students and with friends around the world. First,The Washington Post’s KidsPost January 1st article highlights some fun days of celebration throughout the year, and I am confident I can find books to tie in with each of  these themes! For example, reading  Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks for January 13th Rubber Duck Day, and Ferris Wheel!: George Ferris and his Amazing Invention by Dani Sneed for Ferris Wheel Day on February 14th.

Dr. Seuss‘s birthday is March 2nd and as he’s quoted as saying,  “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”   

There are two celebrations in March to foster a love of reading, and the first is in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday:  Read Across America Day is slated for March 3, 2014.




The second celebration is sponsored by LitWorld :  World Read Aloud Day … scheduled for March 5, 2014.  


I am looking forward to celebrating a love of reading with my students all week — and hope to Skype with many wonderful teacher-librarians around the USA!

Lastly, Read Across Maryland is typically declared by the Governor of Maryland for the entire month of March, so a am looking forward to finding out about this year’s program (the site has not yet been updated with 2014 information as January 1) and encouraging my students to continue reading – simply for the joy of it!


Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Making our Mark!

The Dot Poster

Make Your Mark on Dot Day!

I am looking forward to connecting with other educators, and sharing the joy, hope, and creativity that The Dot by Peter Reynolds inspires in its readers.  For ideas about how to participate in International Dot Day on September 15thish, visit the official site here.  For even more ideas, read the blog posts on The Busy Librarian and Life Lessons for Little Ones.

If you haven’t read The Dot or Ish by Peter Reynolds, you should!  I also highly recommend The North Star, also by Peter Reynolds.  All three of these books celebrate finding one’s own talents,  following your dreams, and creating your own life’s journey to make your personal mark on the world.   Another book I plan to share on International Dot Day is the interactive book Press Here by Hervé Tullet (watch book trailer here).

For additional activity ideas, visit blogs Creative Connections for Kids and My Little Bookcase, or Laughing Book’s Pinterest page Ideas for Book of the Month. Both The Dot and Ish are available on TumbleBooks, and I also located a video on YouTube, if  you don’t have access to TumbleBooks and you’d like to experience the animated version of The Dot.

Whether we’re connecting with a classroom around the world, across the country, or across Montgomery County, my students and I look forward to visiting with you and sharing both The Dot and Press Here next week!