Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.“ -Martin Luther King Jr. In the past, I always took this day for granted; I never resonated with the importance and sanctity of it. As a kid, I ignorantly appreciated it because it was aContinue reading “Martin Luther King Jr.”

Keep Those Books Out!

The other day we celebrated Indigenous People Day, formally Columbus Day. I think rebranding that day is a small step in the direction we need to be heading: honoring and respecting people from all backgrounds. Back when I was in the classroom, I was one of those teachers that has bins and bins of pictureContinue reading “Keep Those Books Out!”

Starting Storywalks

We’ve had students back in our building for about 3 weeks now, and even with all of our new procedures and safety routines, it’s been going really well!!! We’re all getting used to staying 6 feet away from each other and making sure we’re not working one on one with a student for longer thanContinue reading “Starting Storywalks”

Halloween Picture Books

In my crazy mind, I fully believe the holidays begin on October 1st with Halloween season!! The decorations come out of storage, the stores are decked out for every holiday between now and January, and the themed picture books are amazing!! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Halloween picture books just in time; myContinue reading “Halloween Picture Books”

Election Day Books

Election Day is quickly approaching and it’s never been more important to get out and VOTE!! I’ve already sent in my mail-in ballot and have been talking about the importance of this day with my two kids. They watched my husband and I as we chose our candidates and put the ballot in the mailbox.Continue reading “Election Day Books”

Remembering 9/11

I was in the high school commons laughing about something stupid at a table with my friends. We didn’t have a care in the world and we were just waiting until the last possible second before we had to get to our next class. All of a sudden, we heard our principal over the intercomContinue reading “Remembering 9/11”

Favorite Fall Picture Books

Fall is my absolute favorite season, and in my crazy mind, September 1 is when fall begins! I start ordering the Pumpkin Creme Cold Brew from Starbucks, I order my new fall candles from Bath and Body Works, and I slowly start pulling out a few fall decorations. In order to help celebrate my favoriteContinue reading “Favorite Fall Picture Books”

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker, Chicken Sunday, Pink and Say, and my very favorite, Thunder Cake. Patricia Polacco remains one of my very favorite children’s authors. Her books are written with so much emotion and feeling, and are based off of her own experiences growing up. Thunder Cake is my favorite book to read aloud toContinue reading “Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco”