A Little Literacy, Please: So much to read, so little time!

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It was a little perturbed the other day.   My hubby and I waddled into Barnes and Noble after a muy gordo Mexican fiesta date looking for some books for our girls.   The books were to become a little “welcome home” treat after they arrived back to the “land of routine” from the spoil-a-thon in St. Louis.  I wanted a soccer-themed picture book for little Kelly (starting soccer II in a week) and one about gardens and planting for Kate.  Nothing 1) we didn’t have already or 2) looked cute “enough.” Of course, I didn’t walk out of the bookstore empty-handed.  No siree.  “Never leave a bookstore without a book!”  has become my motto. 

They each had a book sitting on their bed when they returned home.  Kate said, “Mom, is there anything on our beds?” 

“Um…yeah,” I replied.  “Go check it out,”  I quippped. 

She did and came back downstairs with a glum look on her face.  “What’s wrong?” I inquired. 

“It’s just I was hoping for a white fluffy dress with pink trim,” she proceeded to give me more details of her dream dress.  I knew she was disappointed.  A book?  Come on, mom.  Could you be anymore lame? (Hence the perturbed). 

But I love books!  And usually my kids do, too. 

You see, I have several books saying “read me!” right now.  My girls have books saying the same thing.  We have yet to receive a Scholastic order with yet another book.  They are fun, they are good, they are my friends.  Books.  I love. 

And so, that leaves me wondering why I feel as though I don’t have much to tell you on this “Literacy Tuesday” post. 

Okay, so that’s not entirely true.  I do have a pile of things I want to share with you related to chilren’s literacy.  Here’s a little preview of what’s to come:

  • “Linking Literacy and Movement”
  • Standout markets in kid’s literature
  • Jamie Lee Curtis books (one of my fave authors for kiddos)
  • “If You Take” series by Laura Numeroff
  • Berenstein Bear series by Stan & Jan Berenstein

It’s just that I am not all that organized today to tell you about any of them.  My head is too full of revisions and blah, blah, blah to do anything but revise, revise, revise.  Ugh.  Plus, I am trying to read my own two books, “The Weird Sisters” and “Cinderella Ate My Daughter.” (this last title is the part of the reason I was perturbed about the fluffy dress scenario) I tell ya, too many books, so little time!!  Stay tuned for next week when I post about one of those topics I mentioned above. 

Until then, happy reading!!

About leslie1218

Author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012) frantically working on a novel that should be ready for submission this fall. Mom of two spritely redheads & one chubby basset hound whose stories & images appear in my writing from time-to-time.

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