Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nothing But Picture Books and Could I Have Zika?


What I Read Last Week
(Subtitled Nothing But Picture Books)

Hey, That's My Monster!

Ethan's little sister keeps getting out of bed to play, 
so Ethan's monster feels compelled to scare her into getting to sleep.

It's another scary
...more


My Grandparents Love Me

Some books just scream, "Gift book!" 
My Grandparents Love Me is one of these. 
The story is filled with all the wonderful experiences that...more


Creation by Cynthia Rylant

Are there more beautiful words than the story of creation? 
Could they be more beautifully illustrated than with the simple paintings Rylant made...more


 Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

No, of course, it didn't take me (almost) a month to read this book, 
as you might surmise from my Goodreads info; 
I simply wanted to continue to have...more



What I'm Reading Now
 The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and 
America's Only Family Interment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell

Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer


Could I Have Zika?
I've had a painful ache in my arm for weeks now, almost like flu. I ended up going to have a massage, my first, this week, and the symptoms were completely gone when I left the massage workspace. As the massage therapist warned me, however, the symptoms recurred the next day, and so I am again feeling like my arm has the flu. What is at the root of this? Did I strain my muscle? Is it the flu, but restricted to one arm? Could it be zika? Oh my. Just wish I'd feel better.



What are you reading today?


What is the Sunday SalonImagine 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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Church Outside Taos







St. Francisco de Asis Mission Church was built four miles southwest of Taos between 1772 and 1816 by Franciscan fathers. It is the subject of several paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe and several photos by Ansel Adams. 


For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's Me Again, Hank the Cowdog




What's my favorite audiobook series? No doubt about it. Hank the Cowdog.

Who, you ask, is Hank the Cowdog?

You ain't from Texas, is ya?


If this were a perfect world, Hank the Cowdog would be up there with Harry Potter in sales. Hank the Cowdog has adventure. Hank the Cowdog has action. Hank the Cowdog has drama. Hank the Cowdog has humor. Hank the Cowdog even has a bit of romance. Hank the Cowdog has everything a good book needs.

Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson at the Texas Book Festival.

We first ran across Hank the Cowdog when my older son won a writing contest in elementary school. The winner got to meet the author of Hank the Cowdog, John R. Erickson, and got to hear Erickson read from his latest book.  Forever after this event, my husband, two sons, and I always dragged along several Hank the Cowdog audiobooks on every vacation. I've seen John R. Erickson at many, many book events over the years, including the Texas Library Association Conference and the Texas Book Festival. Erickson not only writes the book, but he writes the songs and does all the voices for the characters in the audiobook and publishes the books and audiobooks. Erickson is a one-man wonder.

John R. Erickson at 2012 TLA

What's the story? Hank is the Head of Ranch Security on a cattle ranch in far west Texas. He has a sidekick, Drover, who often resorts to opting out of Hank's more dangerous endeavors because of a bad leg. Hank's nemeses are the ranch owner's wife, Sally May, who Hank always seems to cross, and the ranch cat, Pete the Barncat. Hank dreams of the beautiful collie, Beulah. There are also Rip and Snort, the coyote brothers, and Wallace and Junior, the buzzards, and Slim Chance, the hired man on the ranch, and High Loper, Sally May's husband, and lots of other wonderful characters on the ranch.

Hank the Cowdog author at TLA 2015.

Here are my ten most favorite Hank the Cowdog audiobooks. 
If you only have time for one, don't miss #8, The Case of the One-eyed Killer Stud Horse.


  






There's a website for kids, parents, and teachers where kids can join Hank's Security Force. 

There's a Facebook page.

Here's an interview with John R. Erickson:



I hope you will give Hank the Cowdog a listen soon.








Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy Day! Happy News!




I'm in a daze. It's a daze of happiness. With a bit of fear.

I got a call yesterday. The amazing Terry Doherty had to step away from her role with the 2016 Cybils unexpectedly and she offered the car keys to me. 

I took the keys.

I am...wait for it...the Category Chair for the Cybils 2016 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards Fiction Picture Books. 

Whew.

You know me. Fiction picture books are my world. I've had many huge happy moments in the children's book world. I posted my Mo Willems and Me pictures from BEA in Chicago last May outside my school library and I had a gazillion people say to me, "You...met...Mo...Willems???" I was chosen as an onsite correspondent for BEA last year. I was asked to be the moderator for the Five Funny Guys panel at TweenReads last year. My school was asked to host Jon Klassen the year he won the Caldecott.  I won a grant to build five Little Free Libraries for children's books. I've been an author escort for the Children's Reading Tent at the Texas Book Festival many, many times. I'm over halfway through reading the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.  And I've been a judge for the Cybils in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008, serving as a panelist for nonfiction picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and, yes, fiction picture books. 

But this is the Mt. Everest of huge happy moments in the children's book world. 

Thrilled.

And scared.

I need to get busy. Judges for Cybils panels will be announced tomorrow. Nominations for the Cybils will open on October 1. I hope you will stop by and nominate away for your favorite children and young adult books.




What Arrived in the Mail




What I Read Last Week





What are you reading today? 




What is the Sunday SalonImagine 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.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mabel Dodge Luhan House

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House has been a Taos, New Mexico center for the arts for almost a hundred years. Mabel Dodge Luhan hosted many amazing creative people over the years, including Georgia O'Keefe, D. H. Lawrence, Martha Graham, and Ansel Adams. The rooms are named after the authors and artists and dancers who stayed in the hotel. We stayed there last summer in the Frank Waters room. Do you know Frank Waters? I didn't either until we visited the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. I ended up reading two of his books, People of the Valley and Mountain Dialogues, while I was there.

Here's a quote from People of the Valley on the wall in the Frank Waters room:

"'Entiende, muchacha? I will say it for your simple ears. Life is a great white stone. You, a child, stare at it and see only one side. You walk slowly around it. You see other sides, each different in shape and pattern, fought or smooth. You are confused; you forget that it is the same great white stone. But finally you have walked around it, stared at all of it at once from the hillside above. Verdad! Then you see it: how it has many different sides and shapes and patterns, some smooth, some rough, but still the one great white stone: how the sides merge into one another, indistinguishable: the past into the present, the present into the future, the future again into the present. Hola! They are all the same. With wisdom who knows one from the other? There is no time, which is but an illusion for imperfect ages. There is only the complete, rounded moment, which contains all.'"

The Mabel Luhan House was a peaceful and lovely place to stay. I wish I'd taken a photo of the fantastic breakfast the next morning. Can you imagine frittata, raspberry crumble, bacon, yogurt, berries, sausage, and a croissant? The company was just as delicious as the food.










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Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Strong Girls and Strong Women in Literature

Okay, I don't know if it's really a genre, but let's spend today thinking about books with strong girls and strong women as leads in the story. 

You've probably already thought of Hunger Games and Pippi Longstocking. Well, here are a few of my other favorites:

The Good Earth
Does any woman have it harder than O-lan? She's not pretty and her husband treats her as little more than a slave. Her family comes close to starvation. She kills a daughter during the famine so the child will avoid horrific suffering. When the family finally comes into money, her husband takes a new wife.



Gone With the Wind
"As God is my witness...I'll never be hungry again."





Parvana's Journey

Parvana sets off in search of her family in war-ravaged Afghanistan.




The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
You have to love an African woman detective who declares herself "a woman of traditional build."





Anne of Green Gables
Anne can face down anything.





A Wrinkle in Time
The first book I called my favorite. 
I still adore it, and Meg is most of the reason.





Love is a Wild Assault
Historical fiction about an early Texas pioneer woman who faced trouble in buckets. 
A huge part of the story takes place in the county where I live.





Mrs. Mike

A woman who comes from privilege goes to live in the wilderness of Canada.




The Whale Rider
Kahu is destined to be the leader of her people, but will they accept a girl as leader?





Memoirs of a Geisha

Nitta tells the story of her life, sold into servitude as a geisha when she was only nine.




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.