"Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace." - Unknown
"Sometimes the first step toward change is closing our eyes, taking a breath, and imagining a different way". - Jacqueline Woodson
“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” – Dolly Parton
"The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter". - e.e. cummings
"If we want to achieve anything good, we cannot do it alone." - Dr. Ariel Burger
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett (1906 -1989)
"Choose kindness. Do more. Peace!" - Henry Richard, Boston MA, 4/15/18
"The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others". - Eleanor Roosevelt
"My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness." - Maya Angelou
”Every one likes a compliment”. - Abraham Lincoln to T. Weed, March 15, 1865
My Life Begins by Patricia MacLachlan - My Life Begins is a gentle celebration of love. With the arrival of triplets, Jacob's family instantly doubles in size. The cozy narrative tells of the babies' growth, and Jacob's too - suddenly an older brother to three infants! He is a deep thinker, quietly funny, and full of empathy. Even the book's first line is perfect: "I am nine years old when my life begins." McLachlan packs great heaps of heart into this slim, sweet gem. (HarperCollins, August 2022)
Surely, Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly - I love the second Marisol Rainey book just as much as I love her first adventure. Marisol is smart. She is creative, and extremely funny. Also, Marisol has lots of worries.One of her biggest worries is gym class. Why? Kickball, that's why! Marisol is not good at kickball. Really, she isn't good at any sports. But Marisol doesn't give up. Maybe, just maybe, if she tries hard enough... (Greenwillow, August 2022)
MTH #3: Mummies in the Morning Graphic Novel by Mary Pope Osborne, Jenny Laird & Kelly Matthews. "The #1 bestselling chapter book series is now available as graphic novels! Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. 'In the pyramid, a real-life mummy is waiting. . . .The magic tree house has whisked Jack and Annie to ancient Egypt. Inside a pyramid, they find a long-dead queen who needs their help solving a centuries-old riddle. If only they can find their way through the pyramid’s maze!'" - (Random House Books for Young Readers; July 2022)
Creepy Crayon! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown - "First there were carrots. Then there was underwear. And now, things are about to get really creepy." Everyone's favorite bunny, Jasper, is back. He is really struggling in school. Then he finds a purple crayon. Suddenly, everything changes. As if by magic, his papers are all correct - even spelling! At first, it all seems great... This third creepy book is another winner! (Simon & Schuster, August 2022)
A Planet Like Ours by F. Murphy & C. Gordon; illustrated by K. Harren. This beautiful book reminds us of the of the urgent need to protect our planet. Simple, powerful text highlights our dependence on air, water, and Earth's varied animals. Harren's colorful art shows diverse children enjoying the beauty of the natural world. Other spreads feature images that show what may result from a continued lack of action. The book conveys urgency,but with reassurance. An afterword explains the authors' desire to offer "a love letter to the planet", and includes suggestions that kids and families can try to become better caretakers of the Earth's resource. (Sleeping Bear Press, August 2022)
Are You a Cheeseburger? by Monica Arnaldo - When Grub, a burger-loving raccoon, meets Seed (umm... a seed) in a trash can, the result is a funny and heartwarming tale. Grub is certain that, once planted, Seed will grow into a cheeseburger plant, or maybe a pizza plant...or donuts, even? When Seed finally blooms, both he and Grub are surprised. You will be too! Don't miss this fun, delicious tale about food, acceptance, and friendship! (HarperCollins, June 2021)
"Outside the wind is fierce and yellow birch leaves dart through the air like angry hummingbirds. It's only the beginning of September, but you can smell the cold coming." (p .4)
"Trying to fit into a new school is like studying for a test for a class you've never taken." (p. 5)
"Then the bell rings and Mr. Wahl, our algebra teacher, slams the door like he's locking in prisoners. A gloom settles over the room that has nothing to do with the clouds outside." (p. 8) from One Kid's Trash by Jamie Sumner. Atheneum, 8/21
"At some point, the clouds had begun fading from the sky. Only a few white wisps remain, like someone had swiped a paintbrush across the blue that had some white left on it from something else." from A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers. Algonquin, 3/18.
When you read those words, did you envision clouds in the sky, or did you picture a paintbrush with wet, white bristles? Both?
"'Look it up! Learn it! Learn as much as you can, for learning is the opposite of death! Wonderful!' Grandpa was the only person Vita knew who seemed to spark electricity when he talked..." (13)
After spinning off a trapeze: "Samuel's jaw was set, and he did not smile, but there was something strange and prodigious and ferocious on his countenance. It was the joy of seeing someone doing the thing they were born to do. (74)
Coffee "...tasted, to her, like angry mud, but she was aware that others felt differently". (17) from The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell. Simon & Schuster, 10/19.