Friday, June 29, 2012

Featured article in Volume One about A Horse Named Viking

A Horse Named Viking was featured in the June 28th issue of Volume One. Marni Kaldjian wrote a lovely article that captured the story.

Volume One article

Volume One's new space on Dewey Street truly rocks. Do stop down and check it out. Wonderful merchandise and great atmosphere.

Also, Julie Schaller, the cover artist, and I did our first school visit at Trinity Lutheran's VBS. We met with 4 groups of elementary students and talked about reading and writing, journalling and painting. It was great fun!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Trailer for Malcolm at Nidnight by W.H. Beck

Check out this delightful book trailer for Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck. This book will be available on the first day of new school year, September 4th 2012.

Looks to be a great read aloud, sure to please kids.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Review of Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

This is an charming book with a nostaligic feel to it. It transports you back to those hot and endless summer days when your knees were scraped and your chin and neck, sticky with ice cream. Julia is spending the summer with her her best friend/niece Eliza at the Mohawk Mountain Lodge where her brother-in-law is a caretaker. Julia's mother is in the National Guard and and serving in Iraq and her father often works late.

Until this summer, Julia has loved her time with Eliza at the Lodge. But something has changed. There's a boy at the lodge whom Julia may like while Eliza still wants to play the imaginery games of their childhood.

I enjoyed this read. I especially liked how Julie's emotions concerning her mother's deployment are handled with sensitivity and care.

I would give it 4 stars on a scale of 5.