Saturday, January 20, 2018

Celebrate This Week: A Grab Bag

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

A grab bag of celebrations this week:

Picture Books
The picture books I check out are the ones I see mentioned by my blogger friends. This morning I rounded up the books that are due back at the library to read them before I return them.
1) The Watcher: Inspired by Psalm 121 
by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier
This is one that I've read several times. I love the way the author uses the golden shovel format to create a story of friendship, compassion and faith. 
2) When a Wolf is Hungry
by Christine Naumann-Villemin, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
I can't believe that it's taken me so long to read this one. What a delicious tale of Edmond Bigsnout, lone wolf, in search of a delectable city bunny. I love the dedication from the illustrator - 
To good neighbors and to little city rabbits!
3) That is My Dream!
by Langston Hughes & Daniel Miyares
I love poems that are illustrated in picture books. Two that come immediately to mind are Susan Jeffers' beautifully illustrated Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost and 
Dav Pilkey's rich illustrations of One Today, Richard Blanco's poem shared at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration.
That Is My Dream will join those books on my shelf soon. 
"Dream Variation" is the Langson Hughes' poem that is brought to life by Daniel Miyares in this picture book. In the words of the illustrator, this poem "contrasts a day smothered by inequality 
with one of bright hope."

Friday night ER
On Friday, my husband sent a note to our family that ER was streaming on Hulu. We used to record ER and the kids and I would watch it on Friday afternoons. I frequently fell asleep and would have to ask my kids what happened. Last night, my daughter and I watched the pilot together and I stayed awake the whole time! She's planning to make it her treadmill entertainment. 

Hornbook Webcast:  Exploring Race, Mistakes and Friendship through Poetry
I loved listening to this webcast with Irene Latham, Charles Waters, Selina Alko and moderated by Roger Sutton at Hornbook. After listening to the webcast, I began . . . 

 My Pursuit of the Book, Can I Touch Your Hair?
My local indie bookstore did not have the book. I called several other bookstores before finally locating another indie bookstore who told me they could get me a copy. I was delighted when the other bookstore told me to phone my local indie bookstore and let them know that one of the suppliers now had the book in stock. I can pick up the book on Tuesday, in time for the assembly on Friday at my former school where
Charles Waters will be presenting!

Grand Boy Pics 

My week is never complete without sharing pics of these delightful boys who bring such joy into our lives. 
Jack's charming smile
Teddy's new haircut


  1. Thanks for sharing a piece of yourself with us each week. I feel like you are a good friend I could have a cup of coffee with. We'd talk books and kids and podcasts and such.

  2. I had to miss the webcast, but have the link so I can listen today. Enjoy being with Charles; he's great! And the book is fabulous. I'm glad you will find a copy! Love seeing Jack and Teddy, always a treat!

  3. Ramona, I am starting my comment again because I lost connection. I looked forward to reading your post after I saw the grandboy's photo. Jack and Teddy are really shooting up. It is so much fun to see them grow. Thanks for the titles. I was fortunate to have Irene and Charles at the NCTE roundtable presentation I put together for Wonderopolis. They did an amazing job discussing their new book so I am enjoying the webcast (thanks to you). Have a great week. BTW, I used to watch ER.

  4. That is My Dream is a lovely book. You remind me that I haven't yet purchased it and I need to do that. I didn't hear that podcast, but want to do so. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Seeing those grand boys makes me smile.

  5. Thank you for sharing these titles! I just requested three of them (all new to me) from the library! This reminds me that I often neglect picture books as a part of my reading and what I can share with my students (even though they are in high school!).

    And, what lovely photos of your grandsons!

  6. I'm glad you mentioned the webcast. I love reading your celebrations because I feel like I get to keep up with you each week. So love seeing those boys!