Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sunday Quiz

Fun little Classic Children’s Lit quiz from Fun Trivia.


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made e’m myself! (Valentine’s cards)

Again, with the Valentine’s…. I was just so happy with how my homemade cards came out that I had to share!

I made this one for my husband - sort of a running joke that Someecards got just right! I left the logo on the card to give them the credit - they deserve it!

This one was for my friend Ali. I loved this brown patterned scrapbook paper and couldn't decide whether to use it for the background or the cupcake paper - so I did both. The cherry is a red button 🙂










I used an Ellison Die (mini bee.) So cute! And the background is scrapbook paper.











I made this for my friend Andrea cuz she rocks. 😉


This was the inside of the"You Rock" card.


I found the idea for this last valentine from The Fickle Pickle blog. The guitar and “You Rock” was part of a free printable, which I cut apart. I loved the idea they had with the two staples making an X. Gives it that edge. The inside was my idea though 🙂


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Valentine’s Day Story Time

So I was trying to find a good Valentine’s craft that wasn’t all pink or a card and I found the best thing on Pinterest (obviously!)

In finding a great craft, I also discovered a book I had never heard of and in fact, found the best Valentine’s Day story time ever.

The image from Pinterest lead me to a great blog called Storytime ABC’s. Where I discovered the book My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall. Perfect for Valentine’s Day because, as you can see, the lion on the cover is made entirely of paper hearts. And such a great book for storytime! It’s short enough to keep 2 & 3 year olds interested, and asking them what sound the animal makes is always helpful if they get a bit wiggly. For the older ones, it’s fun to have them guess what the animals are. The lion is easy enough, but not all the animals are as well-known.

In addition to reading the book, I made a flannel board of as many animals as I had time to make (the night before.) I passed out the animals to the kids and when they came up in the course of the story, I had the kids bring up the animal and stick it on the board. Of course, some kids can’t wait, or like to take other kids animals off the board, but I just go with it 🙂

flannel board for My Heart is Like a Zoo

For the craft, we made lion and penguin puppets. I pre-cut all the hearts for each animal and also made a mini poster showing how to put each one together step by step. (I did the mini poster for the Wednesday class, as the Monday class was a bit confusing!) Sometimes I forget that non-crafty mom’s don’t always see things the way I do! Sadly, my Monday class is the “guinea pig” group. Below are some pictures of how the animals came out – very cute! All in all, a great non-Valentine’s-ish Valentine’s story time 🙂



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Sunday Quiz

Can you name the Roald Dahl Children’s Books?

created by Ben
Tough one! Some I didn’t know at all. I’ll have to read them now 🙂

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Mathmatical Hotness of Librarians…

so true

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Picturebook Friday

I Want My Hat Back


by Jon Klassen

Possibly, one of the best picturebooks I have seen in years. Truly.

I was lucky enough to get an autographed copy of this book at BEA last year. And not an ARC. An Honest-to-Goodness hardcover copy – with an autograph!! Totally psyched. Still am, apparently.

I love everything about this book. The type, the illustrations, the color palette, and of course, the story. The brown tones of the overall book work well to keep the story feeling calm, not really all that exciting at first. Just a bear looking for his hat. He asks different animals if they’ve seen his hat, no one seems to know, and the bear doesn’t really seem to be paying all that much attention. When the animals reply, they each have a different colored font to represent them. The color red plays a big role, representing the lost hat, which is red, as well as the “hat thief.” It also shows up on one entire page, as the bear realizes where his hat is. I don’t want to give any more away, because it would ruin it.

I would say that this book is not exactly for younger children, though you could get away with a different ending, as what I believe to be the true ending is more implied than stated. Even Jon Klassen would not admit to me what really happens…. 😉 Maybe 1st graders and up. Which is actually great, because I am always looking for good picturebooks for older readers. This one requires observation skills and a good sense of humor. The kids LOVE it.


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Young Adult Book Review

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Incredible. John Green has outdone himself. Honest, witty, poised and catastrophically beautiful. If only there were more stars to rate this book.

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