Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Big Picture: We've Got a Lot of Work To Do

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.
-Albert Einstein 

I was raised to be respectful - of my neighbors, my elders, my peers. I was taught to include rather than exclude, to help my fellow man, and to live my life to be the best person I can be.

I was also raised to respect the office of the President. And though I disagree with the choice of the people, Donald Trump was (sort of) elected through the democratic systems put in place to guarantee our freedoms: the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

This guarantee of freedom is what makes America great. But in order for me to be guaranteed these rights, so are you. And so is your sister's cousin's brother. And your creepy uncle. And his weird neighbor. And that gay guy you met once. And his Muslim best friend.

For "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." Not some men. ALL men. (And women, thank you.)

So whether or not I agree with you, I will choose to value freedom over all else. I will be kind to you whether or not you believe in God. I will come to your aid if your skin is not the same color as mine. I will never judge you because you believe it is a woman's right to choose whether or not she will have an abortion. Or because you've had an abortion. Or because you didn't. I will not turn my back on you because you are rich or poor or young or old or gay or straight or male or female. I will aid my neighbor when nobody else will. I will tolerate everything that is different from me.

But I will not tolerate intolerance. I will not allow fear, or ignorance, or generations-old ingrained opinions to squelch my freedom, or that of my neighbors, my elders, or my peers.

My freedom is not a threat upon your own. It is a GUARANTEE of your own. It is only when we all remember this that we will make America great again...and we've got a lot of work to do.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It's Picture Book Month!

Picture Book Month is "an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November." Each day has a pre-determined theme, as shown on the calendar below. Much like I did this summer with my Book-a-Day posts, I'll post books related to each theme, every day, for the month of November. I'll post here on the blog, as well as on my Instagram account (are you following me yet?). Check back each day to see new additions! And if you have favorite themed picture books that aren't listed, I'd love to hear about them in the comments! Happy reading!


1. Bears  2. School  3. Monkeys  4. Dogs
5. Fractured Fairy Tales/Tall Tales  6. Food
7. Presidents/Elections  8. Pirates
9. Reading/Books  10. Dinosaurs  11. Peace
12. Cats  13. Mice  14. Music  15. Travel
16. Jungle  17. Insects  18. Birds
19. Babies/Kids  20. Weather  21. History
22. Pumpkins/Fall  23. Chocolate/Dessert
24. Holidays  25. Farm  26. Sports  27. Family 28. Under the Sea  29. Chickens  30. Bunnies


1: BEARS
Bear Snores On (Wilson and Chapman)
Dance! Dance! Underpants! (Bob Shea)
Corduroy (Don Freeman)
Red Hat (Judge)
Horrible Bear (Dyckman and OHora)
And Then It's Spring (Fogliano and Stead)
Little Owl's Night (Srinivasan)
I Want My Hat Back (Klassen)
Children Make Terrible Pets (Brown)
Wild About Books (Sierra and Brown)
Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies (Carmen Oliver and Jean Claude)...and check out Carmen Oliver's essay on the importance of picture books, here)


2: SCHOOL
Chu's First Day of School (Gaiman and Rex)
Splat the Cat (Scotton)
The Kissing Hand by (Penn)
A Squiggly Story (Larsen and Lowery)
Flight School (Judge)
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
(Diesen and Hanna)
Rocket Writes a Story (Hills)
The Bot That Scott Built (Norman and Baruzzi)
Iggy Peck, Architect (Beaty and Roberts)


3: MONKEYS


Me and Annie McPhee (Dunrea and Hillenbrand)
Curious George at the Aquarium (Rey)
Be Glad Your Dad...Is Not An Octopus (Logelin, Jensen, and Chapman)
Caps for Sale (Slobodkina)
Tokyo Digs a Garden (Lappano and Hatanaka)...a little. Look for them! :)

4: DOGS
Smick(Cronin and Medina)
Zoomer (Young)
It's Only Stanley (Agee)
Go, Dog. Go! (Eastman)
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy (Willems)
Ladybug Girl and Bingo (Soman and Davis)
Bob the Dog (Folgueira and Bernatene)
Lenny and Lucy (Stead and Stead)
Clifford the Big Red Dog (Bridwell)

and Maisie, the lovable, book-reading pup.


5: FRACTURED FAIRY TALES
The Three Ninja Pigs (Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat)
Ninja Red Riding Hood (Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat)
Goldilovks and the Three Dinosaurs (Mo Willems)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion (Alex T. Smith)
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs By A. Wolf (Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith)


6: FOOD
Chimpanzees For Tea (Jo Empson)
Dragons Love Tacos (Rubin & Salmieri)
Sophie's Squash (Miller/Wilsdorf)
The Hole Story of the Doughnut (Miller/Kirsch)
Nanette's Baguette (Willems)
If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Numeroff/Bond)
Stone Soup (Muth)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Barrett & Barrett)
Bear Wants More (Wilson & Chapman)
and...
The Complete Children's Cookbook (DK | Penguin Random House)



7: PRESIDENTS/ELECTIONS
Duck for President (Cronin/Lewin)
When Penny Met POTUS (Ruiz/Manwell)

Grace For President (DiPucchio/Pham)


8 through 15: MICE, PEACE, BOOKS/READING, PIRATES, TRAVEL, CATS, DINOSAURS, MUSIC

There are so many great choices for all of these, and several favorites that aren't pictured (as I ran out of both room and time before Pre-K pick up time). But I think this list will get you started, at least! :)

The Mouse and the Moon, Mousetronaut Goes to Mars, There's a Bear on my Chair, The Lion Inside, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, The Monsters' Monster, All the World, The Story Book Knight, Surf's Up!, This is Sadie, Robot Zombie Frankenstein, Are Pirates Polite?, Through the Forest, Pop Up New York, Pop Up Paris, Kitten's First Full Moon, Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret, The Messy Book, How Big Were Dinosaurs?, Octopus's Garden, and The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants

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16 through 30: JUNGLE, INSECTS, BIRDS, BABIES, WEATHER, HISTORY, FALL, CHOCOLATE, DESSERT, FARM, SPORTS, FAMILY, UNDER THE SEA, CHICKENS, BUNNIES

Same as above, there are really so many great choices for all of these themes, but since I've procrastinated my posting into one giant conglomerate of 15 days, this is what we've got!

Monkey Puzzle
Finding Wild
Du Iz Tak?
Hoot and Peep
Mustache Baby
Mira Forecasts the Future
The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, Poet
Leaf Man
Those Darn Squirrels
The Night Gardener
Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory
The Hole Story of the Doughnut
Catch That Cookie!
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type
Hop! Hop! Jump!
Rattletrap Car
Edmund Unravels
Nugget & Fang
Chickens to the Rescue
Wolfie the Bunny