Tuesday, March 2, 2010

In Like A Lion...

lion image by Brian Wildsmith

Despite the recent snowstorms we've faced here in the Northeast, a walk through the park the other day convinced us that Spring is finally on the way. There were the smallest of buds on the trees and the earliest of flowers were starting to poke through the soil. Maybe March really will "Come in like a lion and go out like a lamb!"

This month is full of opportunities to read and share books. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Read Across America Day

‘Read to me and plant the seed,
Make me want to learn to read.’

-Judi Moreillon, READ TO ME

Every year, on March 2nd, the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America Day. In honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss, this is a day to celebrate and share the joy of reading. You can make a declaration as to how you’ll observe the day here and we encourage you to make a pledge and share the day with the emergent and fluent readers in your life.

Women’s History Month

As mentioned previously, Melanie Hope Greenberg organized a month’s worth of events for Women’s History Month. One last minute addition to the schedule was an invitation for the participating authors and illustrators to be interviewed by Barbara Ehrentreu on the blog radio program, Red River Writers. The interview has been archived, and you can listen to it here. (Our ladies are featured about a half-hour in.)

And don’t forget, if you’re in the New York City area, the launch party for this month-long series of events is Thursday, March 4th at Superfine. The full schedule of events can be found here.

St. Patrick’s Day

It’s time again to look at your family history, find out if there’s any Irish ancestry, and then (regardless of your heritage!) make sure that you’ve got something green to wear on March 17th. From what we hear, it also can’t hurt to read a book that depicts leprechauns as the witty, intelligent, clever beings they are. Our personal favorite is Lorna and Lecia Balian’s LEPRECHAUNS NEVER LIE. After being captured by the lazy Ninny Nanny and her foolish Gram, a clever leprechaun persuades the ladies to perform all the tasks that they’d thought he would take care of.

The First Day of Spring and National Nutrition Month

March is also National Nutrition Month and the perfect time to set a family goal of a planting a garden. The first day of Spring might be the ideal day to stop by the gardening center, pick up a bag of soil and some seeds, and get your window boxes or garden ready for planting. If you need some inspiration, here are some titles that will remind you what the dirt under your nails today will bring you in the months to come! WHAT'S IN MY GARDEN? allows young readers to pull tabs and discover what colorful vegetables are growing as they wander through a garden. Color by color, fruits and vegetables are depicted in the award-winning EATING THE RAINBOW, a nutritious, photographic look at the food we eat.

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