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Styling Librarian #WhateverWednesday Comics

Today’s focus: Comics  - It is fun to reflect on one thing each week that really catches my attention, entertains me, and is special enough I just have to share it with the world.

Here’s my Whatever Wednesday Randomness:  

I’m quite a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes, loved how this connection was posted about… and how the elusive Bill Watterson connected with the creative Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis.

http://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/ever-wished-that-calvin-and-hobbes-creator-bill-watterson-would-return-to-the-comics-page-well-he-just-did/

http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2014/06/04#.U5vXkJQyEph

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Thank you again to “Eat the Book” for the Whatever Wednesday meme: http://mretome.wordpress.com David Etkin’s words: “Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. A cool quote or poster, a picture, student work, a video—you know, WhateverEnjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.”

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Styling Librarian #technology My Blogging Secrets

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I recently attended a wonderful week at Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop and a topic that caught my attention was creating an online presence as a writer/illustrator. Now, I have a different experience as a book blogger but I thought I’d share a few blogging/online presence secrets since numerous new writing friends were asking… I was inspired so actually wrote up this post:

Online Social Presence Scare the Heck Out of You?

Naah, doesn’t need to… 

I’ve spent 2.5 years establishing my social presence as a “KidLit plus more” blogger and developed routines and tricks that allow me to not be burned out plus make the technology work for me vs. take all of my independent time… ready? Here they are:

1. Figure out who you are online: Decide initially about your presence, author/illustrator? Blogger? Name of blog? Catchphrase? I decided on “The Styling Librarian” with my catchphrase “I believe books are the best accessory.” – This has been a mainstay of my blog. I don’t feel like it pigeonholes me into any particular blog post.

2. Set up only a few things at first: claim your Twitter name (you can always change it later) and Facebook page. Watch YouTube videos on how to do these things if it is intimidating.

3. Make friends with online tools where one action can go to many things: (Multitask efficiently)
Hootsuite: I use this to post articles, blog posts and more to my personal Facebook, various Facebook pages, Twitter, LinkedIn… I love prearranging posts to share over a few weeks vs. all at once. I also use it to keep up with special Twitter posts by specific categories like #nerdybookclub #kidlit #tlchat #pypchat and more. I like that they can be organized and collected by a specific category vs. reading the Twitter stream.
Instagram: I use this to connect photos I’ve taken to personal Facebook and Twitter
Diigo: I archive all my favorite articles and keep track of good articles from Twitter here.
Twitter: When I “star” something, I actually am archiving to Diigo as well.
Pinterest: When I “pin” something, I also choose to share it to Twitter with a click of a box!
Goodreads: I can connect my book reviews to post to both Twitter and Facebook.
WordPress (my blogging platform): when I create a post, it is sent to: Facebook page, Twitter, email followers, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.

4. Create a blog if you want consistent communication. Decide $$/free?/pay a designer? I’ve never judged those that use free platforms vs. paid, although I do pay for this WordPress site.

5. Try at least one new technology tool a month. Make friends with it. Familiarize before moving on to the next best thing. Drop it if useless.

6. Twitter tips- it is well worth your time, each individual has a special experience – pre-set up articles to be sent there using Hootsuite. Learn who is similar to you, follow them, and retweet them. Find out which # are popular for your topic- #kidlit #yalit #titletalk…

7. Cross promote and support others- no it isn’t monopolizing/being sneaky to support others. The blogging world is supportive and appreciative. The biggest honor I’ve seen is when I meet a new blogger who lists my blog in “people to follow/blogs I watch”

8. Pace yourself. I allow 15 minutes AT MOST on Twitter. Facebook is my friend, I’m on there more for personal use but also because I follow websites and people I love and can open sites and share through Hootsuite. Experts have already blogged about their favorite resources. I personally have blogged about how to use Hootsuite, Instagram, Diigo, SMORE, and other platforms that are my favorite tools.

9. Be patient with yourself. Set only a few goals at a time for example here are a few of mine:

Blogging- 1x/week is good; 1x/month is ok although you might lose some readers…
I personally prewrite most of my blog posts around 4 weeks out. Some are the weekly posts but I prefer to have numerous prewritten posts, keeps me calm personally.
I have four consistent posts a week that I enjoy creating. I used to have six but have dropped them based on my interests, priorities, and energy.
1. Life Update/Hong Kong Update/Adventures – Sundays
2. IMWAYR – It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?
3. Whatever Wednesday – I share whatever has inspired me recently on Wednesday, almost never connects to books unless it is a book trailer.
4. Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday book share – I focus in on a special book I know I want to feature.
5. Extra posts either monthly or when inspiration strikes
-Author/Illustrator interviews
-Booklists by genre
-Booklists by IB profile/attitude words
-Technology posts
-Non-fiction book feature

10. Do not look at numbers to judge success, create for yourself, and give it at least a year. Check the top of my blog page on the right, how many blog followers are there now? I forget to check…

11. Fake it ‘til you make it, have the confidence to make it fun.

12. Find out what you can be most successful at, blogging? Twitter?

If you’re not strong at one platform (Twitter) figure out how to make it successful. I personally didn’t have time for it. I use Hootsuite and Instagram to maintain presence and then visit it once a day for 15 minutes and go to people I admire to retweet and chat with… Then at least once a week I read Hootsuite # topics to see what I’ve missed recently.

**Some ask me how much time I spend blogging. I always answer, “I don’t know”. If I track my time, it would probably bother me. I love prewriting blog posts and usually have around 8-10 blog posts ready to go for the next month, or 4 months if I’ve written a blog review for a book that will be released four months after I’ve read it.

So… those are my 12 thoughts after questions and various discussions about blogging, finding the time to blog, and balancing writing as well as a full time job and reading! :) Some of these thoughts were likely created originally by other bloggers I admire and am inspired by… but as I do as a teacher librarian, I reflected and internalized the ones I knew that worked for me. So I hope you can reflect and take away one secret tip.

Want to see more of my technology posts? Consider visiting:
Top 10 Technology Sharing Sites
Special Instagram Post
Appreciated Technology Resources
Diigo Resource Introduction
Hootsuite Introduction
Only2Clicks Introduction
Smore Introduction
Using Vine

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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

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Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now… experiencing more opportunities to read but a little backlogged by how many books I’ve read… Probably hit at least 40 picture books and numerous novels. Shall catch up in a few weeks… here are some special shares for the day…

Celebrated this past Saturday:

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

Precious picture books:

Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Craig Orback – 3rd grade and up - I was so excited to open this book treasure when I returned to Oregon. It was a powerful beautiful story I’d been waiting over a year to read. I paid for it through a campaign and waited for it to come out… This is a powerful Holocaust story that teaches about how you judge others sometimes on who they are vs. what their actions are. Based on an autobiography… Good book that can be shared with younger students curious about WWII and some of the tough situations people went through at labor camps and more. Goodreads Summary: “Gifts from the Enemy is the powerful and moving story based on From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography by Alter Wiener, in which Alter recalls his loss of family at the hands of the Nazis and his internment in five prison camps during World War II. This picture book tells one moving episode during Alter’s imprisonment, when an unexpected person demonstrates moral courage in repeated acts of kindness to young Alter during his imprisonment. Written by acclaimed children’s writer Trudy Ludwig, author of Better Than You and Confessions of a Former Bully, and illustrated by award-winning children’s book illustrator Craig Orback, Gifts from the Enemy teaches children in age-appropriate language about the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and stereotyping and that there are good and bad in every group of people. The accompanying questions and activities for readers provide teachers and parents with helpful direction in presenting this history and the valuable story. Gifts from the Enemy highlights how acts of social justice and kindness can change lives.”

Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White- I totally missed when this book came out. Quite enjoyed reading a sequel with another great message… touching library celebration with a goal for children to have a balance of books and technology. Good for discussions with children about retirement as well. I did find the book a little weak in how it was wrapped up but was quite happy to return to the world of the Library Dragon. Goodreads Summary: “Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school’s library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.”

The Pilot and the Little Prince- The Life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis – Biography – Fascinating to explore the life of a literature hero. Especially to see life through Peter Sis’s text and illustrations, just one beautiful book. Loved learning about how important flight was in addition to writing to Antoine. Quite a beautiful book, thrilled to add to the book collection. Goodreads Summary: “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. Antoine dreamed of flying and grew up to be a pilot—and that was when his adventures began. He found a job delivering mail by plane, which had never been done before. He and his fellow pilots traveled to faraway places and discovered new ways of getting from one place to the next. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts. He battled winds and storms. He tried to break aviation records, and sometimes he even crashed. From his plane, Antoine looked down on the earth and was inspired to write about his life and his pilot-hero friends in memoirs and in fiction. Peter Sís’s remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the most beloved books in the world.”

Graphic Novel Fun with Babymouse!!

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Isn’t it wonderfully amazing that this is the 18th Babymouse book?! I love it… of course things don’t go so well for sweet Babymouse when she wants to plan the perfect birthday party… love how stories unfold in Babymouse’s world with reality taking center stage, parents not rescuing her, and things not going as well as she imagined. Goodreads Summary: “You are cordially invited to the birthday event of the year! Babymouse is having a birthday and she wants it to be BIG! Mount Everest BIG. Eiffel Tower BIG. Tyrannosaurus rex BIG. (Okay, maybe inviting a T. rex isn’t such a good idea). Will all of Babymouse’s birthday dreams come true? Will she have a five-hundred-tier cupcake? Find out in Happy Birthday, Babymouse—the eighteenth hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series by Matthew Holm and Jennifer L. Holm!”

I treasured rereading:

Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans – All ages- What a beautiful picture book this is… Loved reading this book again. Love all the expressions, the characters, and the little changes throughout. Precious little sloth, cute little stubborn girl, and wonderful, wonderful story. Once again, recommended! Goodreads Summary: “The ingenious author of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the Coraline movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Like the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, Sparky stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn’t good at tricks or hide-and-seek . . . or much of anything. Still, there’s something about Sparky that is irresistible.”

Snuck in a young non-fiction book - 

Swing, Sloth! Explore the Rain Forest by Susan B. Neuman - Picked out this book to accompany the Sparky wonderful picture book. Cute little book full of animals living in rain forests around the world. Goodreads Summary: “Come along on an adventure through the rain forest. Along the way, you’ll meet new friends big and small, see amazing sights, and learn all about the creatures that make their home in the rain forest. Told in simple yet lively text built with sight words and using picture icons to aid reading, National Geographic Pre-readers will enchant kids just beginning their journey with books.”

Enjoyed a novel-

The Qwikpick Papers- Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger- 4th grade and up – I think it is fascinating that this book is being rereleased and has a new life/readership with Tom Angleberger’s popularity growing. Great story to read with a funny situation- deciding what to do/what to get away with since three friends have free time on Christmas day. Their decision to visit a poop fountain? Fascinating. Loved the formatting, images, text, diary, and more- all fit together with witty, interesting flow that kept me reading. Publisher’s Summary: “Lyle Hertzog and his friends Marilla and Dave expect to spend another dull holiday passing time at the local Qwikpick convenience store. Then an article in their hometown paper catches their eye—the sludge fountain at the nearby sewage plant is being retired. With this news, the three friends decide they’re not just normal kids who don’t have Christmas plans: they’re the Qwikpick Adventure Society. Their first mission: to see the “poop fountain” before it fades from glory.
Told with the mix of journal entries, doodles, and handwritten notes that has made the Origami Yoda books so appealing, this is another great series from a master chronicler of middle school.”

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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© 2013 by Debbie Alvarez of The Styling Librarian. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @stylinlibrarian or at my Styling Librarian Page on Facebook.

Hong Kong Life Update Y2 Wk51 Out and About in Hong Kong

Here's Sneaky Peeky!

Getting through the days… here’s the activities from the last two weeks before we headed to US:

At school, I wrapped up the year with various activities. I shared The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat and had students create their own imaginary friend picture. The following week we used the app Explain Everything and created little videos about invisible friends. Idea originally came from: http://ohekidstech.blogspot.ca/2014/05/1st-graders-had-unimaginable-adventure.html

Here was one of my quick examples I made in front of a class that I uploaded to YouTube, love how easy this app is!:

I’ve wandered around a few areas on my own and with friends. Took a few pictures here and there. Here’s what amused me:

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Styling Librarian Saturday Book Share The Frank Show

Saturday Book Share

”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share”.

Here’s to celebrating books that strike my fancy every week!

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh – all ages – LOVED this book. Appreciation of family. Understanding other generation’s perspectives. Taking the risk to do what you want even if your friends tease you a little. “The Frank Show reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye, and how much fun it can be getting to know them.” I’m personally excited about this book discovery because it fits with my year 2 unit of inquiry into past generations and how they helped shape how we are today. It will be such a fantastic provocation story. Plus it is part of a new book award program that I’m promoting, so many children will be reading it! Grateful that a librarian friend strongly spoke up about this one-of-a-kind book!

Goodreads Summary: “This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa Frank doesn’t have any interesting hobbies, unless you count complaining about how everythingwas better in the old days. He doesn’t speak Italian like Paolo’s mom, or play the drums like Tom’s uncle. He’s just a grandpa. So when the young narrator of this story is forced to bring Frank to school for show-and-tell, he’s sure it’s going to be a disaster. But Frank has a trick—make that a tattoo—up his sleeve! And a story to go with it. After all, the longer you’ve been around, the more time you’ve had for wild adventures.”

About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

FTC Required Disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). Additionally this site is a Powells Books affiliate, and purchases made through the linked book covers may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).
© 2013 by Debbie Alvarez of The Styling Librarian. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @stylinlibrarian or at my Styling Librarian Page on Facebook.

Styling Librarian #WhateverWednesday Talking with Children

Today’s focus: Talking with Children – It is fun to reflect on one thing each week that really catches my attention, entertains me, and is special enough I just have to share it with the world.

Here’s my Whatever Wednesday Randomness:  

I’ve been thinking about talking with children about grief and violence. Appreciated these two posts:

Good links here for talking with children about tragedy and violence.

https://multcolib.org/blog/20140610/talking-children-about-tragedy-and-violence

and

Tease Proof Your Kids:

http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-teaseproof-your-kids.aspx

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Thank you again to “Eat the Book” for the Whatever Wednesday meme: http://mretome.wordpress.com David Etkin’s words: “Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. A cool quote or poster, a picture, student work, a video—you know, WhateverEnjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.”

If you enjoyed this post, please consider following my blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Reading

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now… not sharing too much.


Shared a booklist about being a balanced person this past week:
Balanced Post

Celebrated this past Saturday: 

Tease Monster (A book about teasing vs. bullying) 

by Julia Cook, illustrated by Anita DuFalla

Got lost in a few libraries and bookstores, happy day! :)

Found a graphic novel that was fascinating:

Jeff Corwin Connect presents I’m Not a Plastic Bag- Graphic Novel by Rachel Hope Allison – 2012- Missed when this book came out, so glad I came across it on the library bookshelf. Interesting premise, giving voice to the great Pacific garbage patch. Never thought about it in this light… Appreciated the hope and positive action points that were at the end of the book, I do believe small action can help. Great for environmental units, especially 5th grade for those reluctant readers who do well looking at graphic novels. (It is appropriate for other age levels as well.) Goodreads Summary: “Foreward by Jeff Corwin Based on the real-life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas, I’m Not a Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness, beauty, and humankind’s connection to our planet. Produced in conjunction with American Forests and the Global ReLeaf programs, Archaia will plant two trees for each tree used in the manufacturing of this book.”

New Picture Books:

My Teacher is a Monster (No I’m Not) by Peter Brown – All Ages – Just loved this book. Think it is quite touching and draws readers to that idea of seeing a teacher outside the school environment. I always laugh when I get the big eyes from students who don’t quite know what to say to me outside of the school. Not certain that they all know I’m a regular human and don’t live at the school… (This hasn’t occurred as much since my son began attending the schools I teach at.) Quite fun and touching, especially accepting that teachers do need a little distance to manage a classroom. Goodreads Summary: “A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She’s loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won’t allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day… he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.”

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems – All Ages – How does he do it? Loved once again. So I loved this book because I knew it would be a book addressing that fear/worry about your close friend making other friends and leaving you behind… how Mo perfectly pulled this book off? It is Mo Willems, that is how. Loved loved loved… If all friends could balance off one another like Gerald and Piggie it would be lovely. *I loved that there were FOUR voices in this book and when my son and I read it aloud, we had fun reading some lines jointly, etc. Goodreads Summary: “Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My New Friend Is So Fun! Piggie is having so much fun with her new friend. But where does that leave Gerald?”

There once was a cowpoke who swallowed an ant by Helen Ketteman, illustrated by Will Terry – 2014 – Fun, quick new rendition of the classic using animals from Texas… oh my- swallowing a roadrunner, armadillo and what else? Really different resolution that made my son and I both wrinkle up our eyebrows and say, “Hmm. Really, that’s pushing it!” But we chuckled all the same. Goodreads Summary: “”There once was a cowpoke who swallowed an ant– A fiery thing with a Texas-sized sting. The cowpoke panted, and his voice got higher. ‘Yippie-ti-yay! My stomach’s on fire!!’” In this Texas-styled reworking of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” a cowboy downs a variety of native Southwest creatures–a spider, a roadrunner, a lizard, an armadillo, a snake, a boar, and more–all to catch that ant! Another hilarious and vividly illustrated tale from the team behind Senorita Gordita and The Three Little Gators.”

Out for a little bit picture books:

The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier – 2010 – Loved getting into the head of a little girl who believes she’s a fairy princess, quite cute. Glad I finally got a chance to read this book. Enjoyed how the little girl emphasized that you need to find your inner sparkle… Goodreads Summary: “While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in her royal attire, practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all twirls and tiaras – as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a perfect day! “

Little Lost Tiger by Jonathan London, illustrated by Ilya Spirin - 2012- Loved this picture book, quite suspenseful when a little tiger is left in a safe place only to have to run away when there’s a forest fire.  Goodreads Summary: “A tiger cub survives a forest fire and is reunited with his mother.”

Kimonos by Annelore Parot – 2011 – Just loved this cute little book about little Kokeshi dolls from Japan interacting with the reader making you seek/find, lift flaps, turn out pages, and more.

Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff by Sarah Burell, illustrated by Bryan Langdo - 2010 – loved reading a funny Texas story with a rattlesnake hero. First time I’ve heard about this book, quite cute… can tell it would be a fantastic read aloud! Goodreads Summary: “When a snake slithers into the sleepy town of Dustpan, Texas, the sheriff knows for darned sure that it shouldn’t be allowed to stay—even if it’s really a friendly kind of rattler. No matter if the neighborly reptile has managed to charm the customers at the local restaurant, entertain the Ladies Sewing and join the kids for playtime. After all, that’s the law of the west: NO RATTLESNAKES!
But when little Idie Mae Tumbleweed crawls her way over to dangerous Deadman’s Gulch, the rattler proves he’s one jim-dandy hero.”

Couldn’t stop reading:

Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills - Fiction, 5th grade and up (a few carefully placed b-words and a little more that reminded me of Esme Codell’s Sahara Special) – Just loved reading about the dilemma and reaction of student, her classmates, her teachers/administration and parents when Sierra, seventh grader, accidentally brings her mom’s lunch bag to work and pulls out her mom’s paring knife at the lunchroom table. Thinking she was doing the right thing, she quickly brings the knife to the office, which then activates the zero tolerance policy leading to a hearing which will decide if she’ll be expelled. Fascinating study of many different characters when they’re in personal crisis and how they rise, influence others, and guide the future… just loved this book, quite recommended, oh what a classroom conversation this book would have- just have to be careful about reading aloud a few words! :) Goodreads Summary: “Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother’s lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife at the school office. Much to her surprise, her beloved principal places her in in-school suspension and sets a hearing for her expulsion, citing the school’s ironclad no weapons policy. While there, Sierra spends time with Luke, a boy who’s known as a troublemaker, and discovers that he’s not the person she assumed he would be–and that the lines between good and bad aren’t as clear as she once thought. Claudia Mills brings another compelling school story to life with Zero Tolerance.”

Stole time and picked up this novel:

The Crossing of INGO by Helen DunmoreIngo #4 – Fantasy, 5th grade and up – So this is supposedly the conclusion but really I’m certain that there’s another one I have on order, shall see how the story continues soon enough. I enjoyed this book because it didn’t become heavy handed but certainly addressed environmental issues as characters visited oceans around the globe and discussed warming and impact of pollution. It was interesting to read a political mermaid book… how politics got into a mermaid book honestly worked well and I didn’t roll my eyes and beg for it to just be over… I enjoyed seeing how things developed. It is interesting to imagine having a foot in two worlds like these characters do. Quite the entertaining series! Goodreads Summary: “No human has ever made the Crossing of Ingo – the most dangerous journey young Mer have to face. Sapphy and Conor have been chosen for this epic challenge, and the future of both Air and Ingo depends on their success. But Ervys, his followers and new recruits, the sharks, are determined to stop them – dead or alive…”

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

FTC Required Disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). Additionally this site is a Powells Books affiliate, and purchases made through the linked book covers may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

© 2013 by Debbie Alvarez of The Styling Librarian. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @stylinlibrarian or at my Styling Librarian Page on Facebook.

Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Week 50 Causeway Bay, China Club, and FOOD

New building to look out windows...

A little post for the week, we’re presently in Portland, Oregon… so I’m prewriting these posts with little bits on past week’s adventures. I will certainly share about Oregon adventures on posts soon, but want to just focus on family times and working on my personal writing projects at the beginning of the holiday.

We tried out a Groupon restaurant and then I realized I had double booked myself for the evening, had mushrooms at the Groupon place and then ran to meet a SCBWI critique writing group and have a little salmon with fascinating flavor.

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Students in the library are having a blast with loom bands almost every lunch recess. I personally love watching their talent in action. Also enjoying supporting students’ needs to have fun playing games in the library. There were many games donated including chess, chinese checkers, Risk, Mastermind, and more. We already had a strong group of students that are quite devoted to playing Top Trumps during lunch but I love how many are coming in to interact and play with one another now. Sure, there’s technology being used as well, but I find that it is balancing out pretty well which was my hope.

Enjoyed a little art around Hong Kong as well. The opportunity to see art creations is just unlimited. This time there was a wonderful Mardi Gras art display created by children in Tai Koo Shing, CityPlaza Mall.

Really enjoyed learning with Leonard Marcus presentation about What Makes a Great Picture Book GREAT. Loved learning more and more about the beginnings of picture books and how they developed and were influenced through the years. Also enjoyed visiting with the SCBWI group for dinner after the lecture with Leonard Marcus as well. We went to The China Club and it was quite an enchanting location. I couldn’t stop looking at the paintings and art creations around the whole place.

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Styling Librarian Saturday Book Share Tease Monster

Saturday Book Share

”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share”.

Here’s to celebrating books that strike my fancy every week!

Tease Monster (A book about teasing vs. bullying) by Julia Cook, illustrated by Anita DuFalla – 5/6 years old and up – appreciated this book that made the number 1 the main character and special, one of a kind. Reminded me of many of my serious, thoughtful students who cannot differentiate between jokes and bullying even with their friends. I found that other books didn’t quite address this and I was grateful that once again Julia Cook found a way to address the topic. Also appreciated that there were strategies shared and dialogue that students could take away from the story as well. I recently was reminded about Parenting with Love and Logic. Appreciated this post that a friend on Facebook shared and think it also connects to this book: Tease Proof your kids (can be used at school and home):
http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-teaseproof-your-kids.aspx

 

Publisher Summary: “Is the Tease Monster a friend or a foe? That’s what “One of a Kind” has to figure out in this quirky tale that teaches young readers the difference between nice teasing and mean teasing. One-of-a-Kind is truly unique. Made up of multiple colors, One has big feet and loves eating popsicles while standing upside down. But when Purple laughs at One for being weird and Green playfully calls One a “klutz” for tripping on the stairs, One feels rotten and vows never to go back to school. One doesn’t understand the difference between friendly teasing and mean teasing. But with Mom’s help, One learns that teasing is part of life and that laughing at someone (mean teasing) can have a hurtful bite while laughing with someone (nice teasing) can be alright… if it’s not done out of spite.”

About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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Styling Librarian PYP Profile Books Balanced

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I decided to focus on PYP Profile connected books first since that is usually what schools initially focus on when introducing PYP to their students. One of my favorite PYP Profile book links is this one: http://pyplibrary.wikispaces.com/ I decided to separate them into 10 posts for profile and attitude lists instead. This will be an ongoing series. Hope it will be useful for my PYP educator friends.

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BOOKS TO REINFORCE UNDERSTANDING OF PROFILES:

Balanced: IBO Definition: “We understand the importance of balancing dierent aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence
with other people and with the world in which we live.”

Recipe for perfect planet pie - Kim Michelle Toft - Publisher Summary: “Recipe For Perfect Planet Pie reads like a recipe, each ‘ method’ using natural resources which need to be nurtured and sustained. Using cooking terms , it’s a fun way to look at solutions to ‘greening’ the planet.” Great connections to earth studies, writing recipes, and solutions for a balanced approach to treating earth better… Here’s part of the text: “To prepare the base. sift the rich chocolate earth and crystallised minerals together. Make a well and pour in one cloud of rain.”

A Fine, Fine School – Sharon Creech – Goodreads Summary: “One day, Mr. Keene called all the students and teachers together and said, “This is a fine, fine school! From now on, let’s have school on Saturdays too.”And then there was more. School all weekend.School on the holidays. School in the SUMMER! What was next . . . SCHOOL AT NIGHT? So it’s up to Tillie to show her well-intentioned principal, Mr. Keene, that even though his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it’s not fine, fine to be there all the time.” Lesson connected to A Fine Fine School - http://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/78409-a-fine-fine-school-book-activity-and-lesson-plan/

Bread and Jam for Frances – Russell Hoban – Goodreads Summary: “Frances, one of children’s best-loved characters for over 30 years, now springs to life even more in Bread and Jam for Frances,beautifully reillustrated in sparkling full color by Lillian Hoban. In this memorable story, Frances decides that bread and jam are all she wants to eat, and her understanding parents grant her wish’at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacktime. Can there ever be too much bread and jam?”

Where in the World – Simon French – Goodreads Summary: “Ari has an extraordinary gift for music. But he is also an ordinary boy with everyday things to think about – he has moved to a new country, he is getting to know new people, and he has had to leave his beloved Opa behind. Despite these changes, Ari never forgets that music means more than getting the notes right. Music not only makes things happen in the present, it also helps him remember the past. This is an unforgettable story about finding your place in the world.”

Song and Dance Man – Karen Ackerman – Goodreads Summary: “”In this affectionate story, three children follow their grandfather up to the attic, where he pulls out his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and his tap shoes. Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man. Gammell captures all the story’s inherent joie de vivre with color pencil renderings that leap off the pages. Bespectacled, enthusiastic Grandpa clearly exudes the message that you’re only as old as you feel, but the children respond–as will readers–to the nostalgia of the moment. Utterly original.”–(starred) Booklist.”

Me, all alone, at the end of the world – M.T. Anderson – Goodreads Summary: “The boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting treasure with old maps, finding fossils, whistling tunes, playing ball by the drop. It’s a peaceful, contemplative life, and the boy is content. Until, that is, a self-styled Professional Visionary arrives and puts up a sign: CONSTANTINE SHIMMER’S GALVANO-MAGICAL END OF THE WORLD TOURS. FUN ALL THE TIME! Soon men with machines come to pave a clearing for the inn and theme park, and the touring children seem nice, but still. . . .”

I like myself – Karen Beaumont – Goodreads Summary: “High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.”

The Village of Round and Square Houses – Ann Grifalconi – Goodreads Summary: “The village of Tos is like no other village in the world, for in this village the women live in round houses and the men live in square ones. The story of how this came to be is told from the point of view of a young girl who grew up there.”

One of Each – Mary Ann Hoberman – Goodreads Summary: “Oliver lives alone in a one-of-each house — “One plum and one apple, one pear and one peach.” But he discovers that two of each is even better because sharing makes room for friends. A “Publishers Weekly” Best Book. Full-color illustrations.”

My Great- Aunt Arizona – Gloria Houston – Goodreads Summary: “Arizona was born in a log cabin her papa built in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She grew into a tall girl who liked to sing, square-dance, and—most of all—read and dream of the faraway places she would visit one day. Arizona never did make it to those places. Instead she became a teacher, helping generations of children in the one-room schoolhouse which she herself had attended.”

Cinder Edna – Ellen Jackson – Goodreads Summary: “The famous Cinderella and her neighbor Cinder Edna each worked sunup to sundown for their wicked stepmother and stepsisters. But while Cinderella had the good fortune to be rescued by her fairy godmother, Edna was strong, self-reliant, spunky–and she lived happier ever after!”

Roxaboxen – Alice McLerran – Goodreads Summary: “Marian called it Roxaboxen. (She always knew the name of everything.) There across the road, it looked like any rocky hill — nothing but sand and rocks, some old wooden boxes, cactus and greasewood and thorny ocotillo — but it was a special place: a sparkling world of jeweled homes, streets edged with the whitest stones, and two ice cream shops. Come with us there, where all you need to gallop fast and free is a long stick and a soaring imagination.”

Ish – Peter Reynolds – Goodreads Summary: “Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon’s older brother, Leon, turns Ramon’s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just “right.””

Little Pea – Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Goodreads Summary: “If Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What’s a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to.”

The Greedy Triangle – Marilyn Burns – Goodreads Summary: “In this lively introduction to shapes and polygons, a bored triangle is turned into a quadrilateral after a visit to the shapeshifter. Delighted with his new career opportunities–as a TV screen and a picture frame–he decides the more angles the better, until an accident teaches him a lesson.”

The Black Cauldron- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander - Goodreads Summary: “Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his friends are led into a mortal struggle with Arwn and his deathless warriors. Taran must wrest the black cauldron from them, for it is the cauldron that gives them their evil strength. But can he withstand the three enchantresses, who are determined to turn him and his companions into toads? Taran has not foreseen the awful price he will have to pay in his defence of Prydain…”

The Keeping Quilt – Patricia Polacco – Goodreads Summary: “”We will make a quilt to help us always remember home,” Anna’s mother said. “It will be like heaving the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night. And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna’s babushka, Uncle Vladimir’s shirt, Aunt Havalah’s nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha’s become The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a century. For four generations the quilt is a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket that welcomes babies warmly into the world.”

Diamond Life: baseball sights, sounds, and swings by Charles R. Smith, Jr. – Goodreads Summary: “A mix of rhyming verse and lyrical prose bring to life the myriad emotions of young baseball players, and colorful photographs of batters, balls, and, of course, diamonds, capture the essence of our nation’s beloved pastime.”

More – I.C. Springman – Goodreads Summary: “One magpie, lots of stuff, and a few friendly mice show us that less is more. This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too much stuff?”

The three little pigs go camping – Tony Bradman – Goodreads Summary: “The three little pigs are going on a camping trip! The third little pig likes to plan everything – but always misses out on the fun. Perhaps his brothers can help.”

Otto runs for president – Rosemary Wells – Goodreads Summary: “It’s election time at Barkadelphia School, and popular kids Tiffany and Charles are already in the running. Unfortunately, they care a bit more about winning than they do about their voters. Before long, little Otto thows his hat in the ring; he doesn’t have a flashy campaign, but he does have a big heart and a great idea — he polls the students and asks them what THEY want for the school. When the ballots are finally counted, Otto wins by a landslide — but he learns that while it’s hard work running for president, it’s even harder work BEING president.”

Tiger-tiger, is it true?: four questions to make you smile again – Byron Katie – Goodreads Summary: “Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? is a story about a little tiger who thinks that his whole world is falling apart: his parents don’t love him, his friends have abandoned him, and life is unfair. But a wise turtle asks him four questions, and everything changes. He realizes that all his problems are not caused by things, but by his thoughts about things; and that when he questions his thoughts, life becomes wonderful again.”

Stella by the sea – Ruth Starke – Goodreads Summary: “Stella Seaton longs to live in an ordinary house, with an ordinary backyard. Instead, she lives in a luxury penthouse at the top of Bayview Tower with her mom and dad. When Stella finds the perfect girl-sized playhouse–and tries to make it hers–how far will she go to become an ordinary girl in her extraordinary world?”

Where in the world – Simon French – Goodreads Summary: “Ari’s talent as a musician helps him adjust to his new home in Australia.”

Habitats and wildlife in danger – Sarah Levete – Goodreads Summary: “Clearing land to grow crops, pollution from industry, and farming damages habitats at a quick pace and threatens the survival of wildlife. This fascinating book uses real-life examples to explore the destruction of habitats and their wildlife and the ways in which people can reduce their impact on these homes in nature.”

Only One You – Linda Kranz - Goodreads Summary: “There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. This exquisitely illustrated book explodes with color and honest insights. Kranz’s uniquely painted “rockfish,” set against vibrant blue seas, make an unforgettable and truly special impression.”

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post). I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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Styling Librarian #WhateverWednesday Short video entertainment

Today’s focus: Shorts – It is fun to reflect on one thing each week that really catches my attention, entertains me, and is special enough I just have to share it with the world.

Here’s my Whatever Wednesday Randomness:  

Enjoyed watching these quick “shorts”…

Secret Life of Bugs…

Tall Tail, hah:

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Thank you again to “Eat the Book” for the Whatever Wednesday meme: http://mretome.wordpress.com David Etkin’s words: “Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. A cool quote or poster, a picture, student work, a video—you know, WhateverEnjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.”

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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

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Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now, not sure if I will REALLY update with what I’m reading until next week and the following, for now, here’s a snippet:

Celebrated this past Saturday: 
A Bucket of Blessings by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal,
illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong

Currently enjoying:

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder, release date July 29th, 2014- High School-  fantastic book, varying chapters. Enjoyed reading another book by this wonderful author. I was surprised at first that this wasn’t a novel in verse but still treasured this read since Lisa is so thoughtful and selective with her words throughout her books. Secrets developing in the book and touching layers are revealed… shall share more in another two weeks. Goodreads Summary: “Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible–something to truly believe in.”

Grabbed a few books to enjoy on my first visit to a public library in Oregon in 15 months… (I was so thrilled to be there):

Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall – Great picture book, graphic novel feel, felt like I was reading a new adaptation of the movie version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, my son agreed. Kiddo also said his favorite part was that the main character Dawson repeatedly said “Everything can be used again!” Pretty creative.
I thought this book would fit well with this booklist from What Do We Do All Day? Website that is called: 11 Books to Inspire Inventors and Engineers:
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2013/10/kids-books-for-inventors-and-engineers.html Goodreads Summary: “EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN! That’s Dawson’s motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too… AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?
Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse, repurpose, and recycle in this inventive adventure about a boy superhero who turns trash into treasures–and saves the world while he’s at it!”

Off We Go! A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand – Was curious about this book and wasn’t disappointed to realize it was a story about a little mole learning how to ride a bike without training wheels, quite a cute story. Reminded me of a recent Nerdy Book Club Book List post titled: Top Ten Books for Young Readers about Encountering Obstacles - http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/top-ten-books-for-young-readers-about-encountering-obstacles-by-kristine-mraz/ Goodread summary: “In the third endearing Bear and Mole adventure, Bear helps his friend learn to ride a bike without training wheels. But even with Bear’s support, Mole grows frustrated and wants to give up. Gentle Bear tells Mole, “I think you can,” and Mole summons all his strength to make his first bike ride a success. Off he goes! This story is perfect for reading aloud.”

New books I enjoyed: (Just mentioning, not breaking the rules with full reviews since a few of these don’t come out til September…)

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke – release date, Sept. 2nd, 2014 – creative, witty, and well worth the purchase! Goodreads Summary: “When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” Soon she’s hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn’t a problem anymore for Julia…but getting her housemates to behave themselves is!”

The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke – release date, Sept. 2nd, 2014- my son and I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book! Reminded me of some novels pointing out, look out for what you wish for… like Pandora’s Box… Goodreads Summary: “When Erika and Patrick’s parents leave them home alone for the night, they head straight to the attic to explore. When they open a mysterious box, hundreds of animals come pouring out! Soon the town is awash in more and more zoo animals, until Erika and Patrick discover that the tables have been turned… and the animals now run a zoo full of humans!”

The Art of Plants vs. Zombies edited by Philip Simon – Kiddo was entertained, I was impressed with all the planning it takes to create the collections… Goodreads Summary: “Get the story of the mulchifying super hit Plants vs. Zombies from the zombies’ point of view! The Art of Plants vs. Zombies is part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part anti-plant screed, as well as a treasure trove of rare concept art, sketches, and more covering Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. It’s a must-have for any fan and an insider’s view of zombies with some Wall-nutty surprises and never-before-seen awesome art. Even Crazy Dave wants a copy – if only to learn more about his fun-dead foes!”

Other good books I had fun reading:

Goldilicious by Victoria Kann – 2009 – Enjoying the chance to continue to read this cute series… Goodreads Summary: “Being Pinkalicious is pinkatastic, especially when she’s accompanied by her pet unicorn, Goldilicious. Goldie is a roller-skating, kite-flying, high-jumping unicorn who will protect Pinkalicious from the evil wizardry of her little brother, Peter. Together, Pinkalicious and Goldilicious can conquer anything!”

Don’t Be Horrid, Henry by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Kevin McAleenan – 2000 – Enjoyed reading a few Horrid Henry book series a while ago, thought reading the picture book was entertaining. Yes. It was hilarious. Goodreads Summary: “Horrid Henry reaches a younger generation of readers in a new picture storybook.” – great little story about Henry’s reaction to his little brother and how he gets blamed for everything.

Animalympics- Panda Goes to the Olympics by Judith Simanovszky, illustrated by Adeline Ko – 2008 – Embrace your shortfalls and then figure out where you can dedicate your enthusiasm. Cute little story about a panda who wants to be a long distance runner… until realizing that it just cannot happen. Goodreads Summary: “This story is about a Giant Panda who loves to watch athletic events on TV. She decides that she wants to become a runner! Pandas aren’t normally good runners, so she has to work very hard to improve her running skills. Her parents are very worried about her because she’s always out of breath. They take her to the doctor who advises more rest, but the little panda refuses. When she turns up missing one day, they find her sound asleep on the ground. She realizes that she’s not really cut out for long-distance running, but then her dad tells her that they’re looking for Olympic mascots. The little panda applies and gets the job! Now she can be part of the Olympics!”

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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