We delighted in a fun bridal shower for my beautiful daughter-in-law, Stephanie, this week. We played crazy games and ate amazing food and enjoyed the company of our wonderful friends and family. She and my son are planning their church wedding in late December.
My niece, Sarah, delivered her first child, Oliver, at 25 weeks gestation this week. He is a little less than two pounds, but he is in the very best of care at Texas Children's Hospital in the Houston Medical Center. Here is baby Oliver:
Oliver is doing well, in stable but critical condition, but please pray for this baby boy and his parents, Sarah and Kevin, as well as his grandparents and extended family, who all love him so very much.
I'm way behind in posting the books I've read and the reviews I have written, so I am catching up now. I'm continuing to read a #bookaday and to enjoy Paris in July through books. Here are all the books I've read (so far) this summer:
Emma the sparrow has trouble finding her cousin in Paris because of language difficulties. When they finally meet up, they put on a show together and ...more
I've recommended this series to kids for years...without ever having read a single book. Well, finally, I now have.
The story is a mystery with mice as ...more
What do I love most about picture books? Is it the simple text that tells so much in so few words? Or is it the brilliant pictures, an art gallery of ...more
See Paris through Degas' eyes, as Degas roams the city and zooms in on the details that make Parisian lives of his time, including dancers and horses ...more
You'd think it couldn't be done: Can you engineer your way to happy? Mo Gawdat, a chief business officer at Google, decided to do so.
Gawdat uses resea ...more
A neighbor disappears. Two young girls set out to find the missing woman by seeking out God.
It's a mystery. It's a coming-of-age novel. It's historic ...more
Two children, along with their rambunctious dachshund, look all over Paris for a present for their mother, and finally find the perfect present. The p ...more
An unexpectedly wacky novel that I could never begin to explain, but let's just say it involves Muses, Renoir, the Louvre, a dancer, a friend who keep ...more
You know what you get when you read books in a series. Since this is the thirty-fifth book in the Magic Tree House, let's hope you are the wee-bit-ish...more
This is the tiniest of pop-up books, but it's Paris, so who cares how pop-up-ish it is?
Louis Braille lost his eyesight as a child. He was horrified to learn that the only books available to the blind were terribly short because of the si ...more
Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids
How much fun is this?! Twenty-six children's book authors and illustrators (dare to) reveal their childhood stories and art. The authors and illustrat ...more
All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island, New York's Most Notorious Jail
I've been drawn to black stories this summer, and they have all been amazing. This is the story of an artist who decided to teach incarcerated kids on ...more
This is an uplifting and inspiring book of stories who found yoga to be a help in their lives. Many people in this book had huge problems and yoga was ...more
You can't help being happier when you read about small pleasures, and this is a whole book of small pleasures. I would love to now make my own book of...more
How important it is for children to hear stories and to read stories that apply to their own lives! This is a story many children in the Hispanic comm ...more
It's a fun premise for a story: Nell Stevens is a wonderful writer but nothing happens in her stories, so she decides to travel to what is almost lite ...more
Arturo Schomburg was shamed as a child for wanting to learn about famous black figures in history. He resolved to find out everything he could about t...more
I am (in theory) the perfect person to read this book. I have been working on a memoir/novel for...wait for it...forty years. Yup. And I haven't finis ...more
The narrator (unnamed) tells a sad tale of her Chinese parents' obsession with education and achievement for her, their only child, and her inability ...more
Bethan Woollvin briskly and boldly retells the story of Rapunzel as a lovely tale of courage and daring with delightful illustrations.
When you get stuck as a creator, this is the perfect book to pull out and pop open at any random spot. Every page is filled with clever advise from pe ...more
Solomon has panic attacks and an episode at school, and now he doesn't leave his home. Lisa dreams of being admitted into the country's second best ps...more
Kate DiCamillo just doesn't write disappointing books. She gets kids. She gets stories. She gets real.
This is just a little tale but it is sparklingly ...more
My husband oh-so-kindly brought this book home for me after his adventurous rock trip to the Eastern Sierra. He loved this beautiful place during his ...more
Henry helps nervous Mudge cope with the thunder and lightning of a bad storm, using imagination and kindness.
Take a walk with the mean people in this new book by master writer Elizabeth Strout. It's a walk we all know: our friends, our family, who love and ad ...more
I was thrilled to get the opportunity to talk with Katy Lynch of Sourcebooks while I was at BookExpo this year. She took the time to share lots of new...more
A crazy summer
Delphine and her two younger sisters are off to California to spend a month with their mother. Their mother who they haven't seen in sev ...more
Eilis can't find work in Ireland, but, sponsored by a priest, she comes to America. Exhilaration...homesickness...jealousies...frustrations...Eilis sh ...more
Natalie Babbitt took me to another world in this book, a world where I could easily believe a family could drink from a remote spring and ...more
Pig is ready to go to sleep, but who is that in his sty? Cow! C'mon, Cow, go sleep in your own bed. Cow reluctantly gets up, and what do you think he...more
Is there a more universal story for preschoolers? A little girl refuses to nap and then has a huge meltdown at the grocery story and later falls aslee ...more
When a storm destroys the books on the children's classroom, the teacher proposes telling stories instead of reading them. It's a simple story, but a ...more
Do you know how hard it is to find good picture books for young children in Spanish? Trust me. It is difficult.
I am very happy to have found this stor ...more
Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Really. She reassures herself, as she goes home, alone, after working at a job where she speaks to no one, without family, w ...more
Cora is a slave on a plantation run by a cruel owner. The first time she is asked to run away, she says no. The second time, yes.
You'll never buy the ...more
Another inspiration for creativity for children from author Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Not only is this a five star book. I have to add it to my list of best books ever. Every kid should read this one. These are stories full of all the t ...more
Let me tell you the truth right from the start: Sam lies. All the time. Big lies. Small lies. Lies to get out of lies. Lies about whether he is lying. ...more
Penny Parker Klostermann is at it again, with her zany takes on traditional tales. This time William tries to help out with food for Fairy Tale Headqu ...more
Another amazing novel by master-of-the-emotions Divakaruni. Her stories always have me feeling like the gods are watching the happenings of the world...more
This is a book that was written for me, I think. Patrick is a trouble student from a difficult high school, and Michelle Kuo is a deeply committed tea ...more
There are nothing like stories of people in hospice to both touch your heart and motivate your inner seize-the-day. Ostaseski is refreshingly frank ab ...more
The happiness of the girl on the cover of this book as she is swinging was irresistible: I had to read the story. And now I want to share it with othe ...more
Children are fascinated with Egypt and this new book, Ghost Ship, will continue that fascination. The story takes us through the discovery and uncover ...more
It's about time someone took this little-known tale and made it into a complete book of its own. The story is classic, though it doesn't have the wide ...more
Yes, it's the song, with adorable photo plus cutout illustrations. I think I need this for my library.
Today is the beginning of my summer. What better way to celebrate than to read this little book?! Every delight of summer---swimming, swinging, firewo...more
Bing-bang. Do what I did, and read, bing-bang, Just Mercy and then The Hate U Give, and, man-oh-man, you can't help but feel the hurt, the cruelty, th ...more
You wouldn't guess it, but this is a surprisingly thoughtful book. Takeaways: We are ignorant of our own flaws. We ignore the flaws of our really good ...more
A delightful look at New York with vintage illustrations from the 60's and a sense of fun.
Junior has had enough. He’s seen enough lives wasted on the reservation, people destroyed by a potent combination of alcohol and hopelessness. Junior...more
I liked it, but I wanted to love it. This is the second book in a series of books about two families, one neat and one sloppy. It may just be me, but ...more
I cried three times when I read this book. When's the last time you read a book that made you cry three times?
It's such an unexpected story. I couldn ...more
Gardening is a sadly neglected section of many school libraries. I intend to remedy this by purchasing a copy of Ultimate Guide for my school library....more
Let's take a walk around New York City with our dad. He knows all about the city, and he can show us and tell us everything we would want to know.
If you are a fan of Sherman Alexie, this is a book you need to read. It's a memoir of his life. It may surprise you to find out how much of his story ...more
This was my first thriller. I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. Shouldn't a thriller be...well, thrilling? At least a little? Nada, I thought. ...more
How much of what you post on Fakebook...oops, Facebook (!)...is really true? What part of your Twitter feed matches up to your real life?
That's what ...more
What an idea for an event! Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets the Dalai Lama. Imagine: a book about an extended conversation between two spiritual, thought ...more
Let me leave you with this. Anyone who works in a school or has ever worked in a school will get this.
What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.
The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. It is now being hosted here.
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.
Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.
Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)