Find Out What it Means to Me
2012 is shaping up to be a literary year for sure. I am excited about all the possibilities, the new books coming out, and the events. For those of you with resolutions to give back, I have multiple opportunities for you to do this…and with books!
But before we get going I have to share one tiny story of what makes my job so amazing. I’m a teacher by day and that job is more than just guiding kids to new understandings. Some days I am a nurse (cuts and bumps and bruises), a dentist (many loose teeth), a mom (when you just need a hug), a judge (“I don’t care who started it...”), and a counselor (I don’t know why your parent hit you but it's not your fault and I can try to help.)
Then there are the days where we, as teachers, need to embrace a moment that doesn’t come along often. Today during writing, all my students were diligently working on their final drafts. We capitulated (our word of the day) to the writing process; we had a deadline to meet. While we write we usually listen to soothing, quiet music brought to us by Pandora. Today, however, without warning, the soul-moving voice of Aretha Franklin belted out her infamous first line, “What you want? Baby I got it!” Heads lifted, smiles spread, and some eyes turned to me. What to do? I tried to calm the impending shoulder-shaking. “Ok, ok, calm down.” We have a class DJ who is supposed to handle this type of situation. “DJ, will you please skip this song?” Our DJ walked over and glanced at the computer screen. Then he looked back at me. Hesitation. A beautiful thing sometimes. “Ok,” I caved, “Turn it up just a little bit.” And then, on my signal, our impromptu dance party began. For 3 groovy minutes we had our own version of Soul Train. We formed congo lines, kids walked like Egyptians, some were just rolling on the river. It didn’t matter how we did it, but we all got our groove on.
Yes, today I taught my kids that it is ok to break the rules every now and again. And now, as I said to my kids, back to business. What you need? You know I got it! Here are some upcoming events!
Storytime in the Garden
This Saturday, January 14th, and every second Saturday of the month, myself and a small group of other volunteers will be leading storytime at the Micheltorena St. School Garden. Storytime is from 12 to 1. Come on down! And, if you would like to help contact me! I could use more readers, folks to lead art projects, and supplies.
Author of Not a Box will be signing books at Vroman’s. Saturday, January 14, 10:30 am
Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
These two folks, who joined forces for 13 Words, have once again paired up. Their recently released Why We Broke Up is amazing. (I just finished it and will review very soon.) They will be speaking and signing books at Vroman’s on January 30. They will be at the Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica on January 31at 7 pm. (Handler, by the way, is better known as his pseudonym, Lemony Snicket.)
Author of The Year of the Dog presents her new book Dumpling Days at Porter Square Books. January 21, 7 pm.
Before heading to the west coast, this pair will be at Wellesley Books in Wellesley on January 21 at 4 pm.
World Book Night
World Book Night is an amazing event I just learned about. On April 23 (the date of Shakespeare and Cervantes deaths) this organization will send books to 50,000 volunteers. Those volunteers will each get 20 books and then they will be charged with the task of giving those books to people who don’t have books, who need to read, etc. All you have to do to be a part of this is sign up on the website and choose from among the 30 books available. The books are AMAZING. Because of Winn Dixie, The Hunger Games, and more great books are available. Also, the books are not just kids books. You can choose from many amazing adult books to give out as well. Check out THIS LINK
ALA Awards Show
Can't wait to find out who wins the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and other medals this year? Well you are in luck! The award show will be available as a live webcast on January 23rd. This amazing event takes place at 7:30 am, Central Time. The website (CLICK HERE ) says it is a virtual first come, first serve so get there early!
Get your reading groove on!