Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

IMG_0626Thank you Ruth Ayres for providing a place to celebrate our week. There has been much goodness in the week.


The CYBILS Awards have been announced! Head over to see the full list.  But I am so happy to announce that Voices From the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon. Here’s the blurb:

Voices from the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon takes the reader on a journey to August, 1963, when thousands converged on Washington in a march for civil rights. Through eloquent prose and verse poems that showcase a range of poetic forms and voices, the poets have recreated the individuals, both historical and imagined, who participated in the march and were changed by the experience.

A thoroughly engaging introduction by Lyon, a “Guide to the Voices” at the end, and all the interwoven stories in between combine to give us an authentic and accessible glimpse into the period and this important event — and offer older readers the chance to meet and imagine the widely diverse marchers, their personal backgrounds, and the private hopes that enticed them to join the march.

The immense amount of factual information contained in the poems invites further research, while the themes of civil disobedience, community protest, and racial tension serve as a mirror for current events regardless of where readers live.

The book’s timeliness–and timelessness–is summed up in this short verse, the title of which could easily be rewritten with the date 2015.

For All, 1963

If you contend the noblest end
of all is human rights, amend
the laws: The beauty of the sun
is that it shines on everyone.

Thanks to the judges:Diane MayrRenee LaTulippe, Matt Forrest, Laura Shovan, and Linda Baie.  They worked tirelessly to determine the winner from the Spectacular Seven Finalists.


Author Day at Silver Star. Author, Deb Lund, spend the day with us on Tuesday:

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Top Readers and Author Lunch:



Having dinner with Deb Lund and other friends from my writing community.


This week I leaned on my OLW: OPEN to address a work situation.  I hate conflict and it’s very difficult for me when there is conflict but it was a situation I in which I needed to be open.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: Winter Poems by Fourth Grade Students



Thanks to Paul for hosting Poetry Friday at These 4 Corners.  Perhaps one of my favorite things as a teacher librarian is when students and/or their teachers bring me poetry from the classroom.  That happened this week.  These are fourth graders from Mr. Y’s classroom.  They worked on rhyming.

Looking at the snow
through the chilly window
hoping it won’t go
for I will have to mow.

Two from Alex. She loves poetry.

The sky is dark and the ground is white
the world is peaceful on the wintry night.
No one around, not a sound to be heard,
not a laugh, not a car, not even a bird.

I made myself a snowball as
perfect as could be
I thought I’d keep it as a pet
and let it sleep with me.

Cats tramping in the snow.
Sniffing, smelling the winter glow
Hard walking through winter long.
Having a snow fight better go throw.

The air makes my cheeks red.
it’s dark, I better go to bed.
I like the trees, decorations, lights
I see the children’s snowy sled.

I love the pure white snow
the kind that’s easy to blow
building a white snowman
that has a glimmering white glow.
~Noah C

I love the snow when it glows.
I don’t like when I get cold
I make a snowball and that I throw>
I make a snow angel in the snow.

The winter fog and mist you see.
In winter, you pay a fee>
The warm room, you need a key>
You’re in the snow and you say, “EEE.”

We are all wishing for snow in the Pacific Northwest.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About This Week


It’s Saturday.  Time to celebrate the week with others at Ruth Ayres Writes.


Students returned to school this week.  Everyone has the spirit and promise of a new year.  I love seeing that in not only the students but the parents and staff.


Students love reading and they want to know you are a reader.

Two comments from students (one actually a sigh)…in answer the question of “what’s your favorite part of the library?” The answer was “I’m surrounded by books.”  

The other was a sigh when I answered the question to “did you read more than ten books this summer?” I said no ( I read nine both kid and adult books). I rechecked my list after class and discovered I actually read ten books. So I plan to share my list.


Am reading Reading in the Wild by Donalynn Miller (was the PD online book for the summer which with shoulder surgery I missed). I. Love. It.  So needed this inspiration.

Als reading Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Incredible.


Meeting with three other writers through Google Chat on my writing this week.  Such a great way to connect.


Signs of fall sneaking in:



What are you celebrating?