Showing posts with label readathon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label readathon. Show all posts

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!

The Read-a-Thon TBR pile I started with, at 7 am Saturday:
And, as the hours passed,
TBR on the left gets smaller
while books read on the right gets larger....

At suppertime, we went to the Rainforest Cafe in Galveston,
where, after a six hour break, I returned with Build-a-Bear Snake-y:
Time Spent Reading: 18/24 hours
Completed Books: 8
 Nurse Matilda
Stuart Little
Madame Doubtfire
The 101 Dalmatians
Something's Fishy, Hazel Green
The Stone Book
Dragon Ball
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Pages Read: 1093
Blogs Visited: 101
Prizes Won:  1
The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard

Where did you read from today?
My delightful Meditation Room in
Alvin, Texas, in the USA

3 facts about me …
1. I am a primary school librarian.
2. I love corny jokes.
3. I am trying to read all
1001 Children's Books You Must Read
Before You Grow Up
(aka The List).

How many books did you have in your TBR pile for the 24 hours?
I had 30. All children's books from the List.

Did you have any goals for the read-a-thon?
1. Read many books.
2. Visit many bloggers.

Any advice for people doing this next time?
Lots of coffee.

Congratulations, Readathon Readers!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Salon: Readathon: Lecture des Pensées

C'est le temps pour jeter un coup d'œil au Readathon.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
At midnight, I fell asleep. Ironically, I was reading Jean Rhys' Good Morning, Midnight.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The French theme kept me reading...well, at least until midnight.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
An activity to keep one awake those last few hours...Jumping jacks? A run around the block?

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Everything. The cheerleaders. The organizers. The mini-challenges. Everything.

5. How many books did you read?

6. What were the names of the books you read?
M.F.K. Fisher's Serve It Forth
Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
Bemelmans' Madeline
De Brunhoff's The Story of Babar

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Serve It Forth

8. Which did you enjoy least?
They were all bad reads!

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will participate and I will probably be a reader again.

I have to list ten facts about myself
and then pass the award on to ten more bloggers, so here goes:

1. I'm going to Paris this summer.
2. I am a primary school librarian.
3. I've been reading since I was two.
4. I'm trying to read all 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.
5. I'm learning Spanish and French.
6. I love to trade books at BookCrossing.
7. Coffee...any kind...any place...any time.
8. I'm a good walker, but I'm going to start running. Slowly.
9. I always visit bookstores and libraries on vacation.
10. I love to connect with other readers...
So befriend me at Facebook...GoodReads...Twitter...and become a follower here on my blog.

I'll pass these awards on to ten other book bloggers:

Photo by JohnCohen

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Readathon: Hour 3: Et les candidats agréés sont...

Here is a fun challenge for hour 3:
Mini-Challenge from 'Til We Read Again:

Favorite Female Character in a book: Anne of Green Gables' Anne

Favorite Male Character in a book: To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch

Favorite Side Kick in a book: Drover in the Hank the Cowdog series

Favorite Couple in a Book: Scarlet and Rhett in Gone With the Wind

Favorite Book Series: Janet Evanovich

Favorite Author: New favorite is M.F.K, Fisher

Favorite Book Cover: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Favorite Book of 2009: Catching Fire comes to mind
Agree? Disagree?

Readathon: Hour 2: Une Visite à la Salle de Lecture

Readathon: Hour 1: Permettez à la lecture de commencer!

It's Readathon time! And here I am in...Paris!

Okay, not really. But I have French music playing. I'm dressed all in black (oh-so-French). And, most importantly, I have French books to read.


Where are you reading from today? 

I'm in Paris. (In my dreams, anyway.)
3 facts about me …
I'm a primary school librarian.
I read literary fiction and creative nonfiction and children's picture books.
I am learning French and all things French for a trip to France this summer.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
Twenty or so possibilities.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon?
I hope to read a book or two and visit lots of blogs.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Don't worry too much about pages read. It's fun to read, but it's lots of fun to visit other blogs.

Photo by Al lanni

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Salon---Readathon---Advent Tour Stop---Children's Christmas Picture Books

Am I a multitasker or what?!

I joined in with the lots and lots of children's Christmas picture books for school...was a stop of the Advent Tour...and now I'm combining all of this for my Sunday Salon post!

I was ready to go yesterday morning with Christmas music, candles, and heaps of Christmas books. Then I discovered a winter storm had knocked our Internet connection out! So I had to run up to Starbucks to post.

The Internet was finally restored yesterday afternoon. I had several other distractions, but I still managed to read 64 Christmas books and visit a lot of blogs and host a small Readathon contest.

BTW, I asked, in my contest, for readers to name five of their favorite Christmas children's stories. I will keep this open all day today if anyone else would like to join in. The winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift certificate. I will announce the winner tomorrow.

So, out of all those books, what do I recommend?

Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation
A New, Improved Santa
Pooch on the Loose
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas
Pirate's Night Before Christmas
Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve
Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake
Santa Claus, the World's Number One Toy Expert
Wombat Divine
I See Santa Everywhere

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie
An Orange for Frankie
Great Joy
Too Many Tamales
Santa's Book of Names
Santa Calls
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy

Beautiful Illustrations:
What Dogs Want for Christmas
Waiting for Christmas
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
Drummer Boy

Snowmen at Christmas
How Santa Really Works
Uncles and Antlers
The Peterkins' Christmas
Merry Christmas, Merry Crow
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Merry Un-Christmas

Learning Something Important:
The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear
All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll
Christmas Trolls
The Longest Christmas List Ever
Yoon and the Christmas Mitten

Different Ways to Celebrate Christmas:
Tree of Cranes
Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
Night Tree
The Soldier's Night Before Christmas
Twelve Days of Christmas Dogs
Texas Night Before Christmas

Amahl and the Night Visitors
A Christmas Memory
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A Christmas Carol
The Night Before Christmas
The Littlest Angel

A big thank you to my wonderful public library, the Brazoria County Library System, which let me go over my checkout limit for this readathon.

And because I am so full of Christmas cheer and because I might forget later:

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Contest: Favorite Christmas Stories for Children

Readathon! I love Readathon.

And what do I have planned to read? Wonderful Christmas stories for children.

In the spirit of Readathon and in the spirit of Christmas, I will give a prize. It will be a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. It is open to anyone anywhere. I will randomly select someone who leaves a comment below, listing your five favorite children’s Christmas story books. Please include your e-mail address, with enough spaces to thwart those who would use e-mail addresses for their own purposes.

Here are mine, before the Readathon:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
A New, Improved Santa
The Night Before Christmas, a pop-up book, illustrated by Robert Sabuda
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree

This contest will run the entire time of the Readathon.

NOTE: A winter storm has unexpectedly knocked out our Internet connection. I am posting this from Starbuck’s. I’m not sure when the connection will be restored.

Readathon: Last Christmas Picture Books

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My favorite kind of story...bad guy sees the error of his ways and turns good. Ages 12 up. 10/10.

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas read by the author

Ages 12 up.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote illustrated by Beth Peck

I read this every Christmas. Can't help but love this little tale. Ages 10 up. 10/10.

The Teachers' Night Before Christmas by Steven Layne illustrated by James Rice

More for teachers than for kids. A big thank you, teachers. Ages 8-12. 7/10.

Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini illustrated by Henry Cole

Moose is practically perfect and he's ready for Christmas. Almost. Oops. He forgot one thing---the tree. What to do? Ages 6-10. 8.5/10.

The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer illustrated by Lisa McCue

This puppy wants a boy for Christmas. But all the boys appear to be taken. Ages 6-10. 9/10.

I See Santa Everywhere by Glenn McCoy

Santa is watching. All the time. Everywhere. Best part: end. Ages 6-10. 8.5/10.

Santa Calls by William Joyce

A box arrives; Santa calls. Art, Spaulding, and Esther head off to the North Pole. Best part: Letters at the end. Ages 8-12. 9/10.

Brave Santa by Nancy Poydar

Jack's too shy to talk to Santa. He finally gathers up his courage to approach Santa, but where is he? Santa, too, it seems, is shy. Ages 4-8. 8/10.

Texas Night Before Christmas written and illustrated by James Rice

Cowboy Santa arrives on the ranch. Ages 6-10. 8/10.

Drummer Boy by Loren Long

The little drummer boy gets knocked about, carried off to a garbage dump and the top of a big city, until he finally returns back home. Ages 5-10. 9/10.

I Wish Santa Would Come by Helicopter by Amanda Haley

A boy has lots of wishes about Santa, but his mom shows the down side of his dreams. Ages 3-8. 8/10.

Santa's Crash-Bang Christmas by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Tomie DePaola

It's one of those days and Santa keeps banging into things. And how did a polar bear end up in his bag of toys? Ages 5-10. 8/10.

Santa's Book of Names by David McPhail

Santa needs a little help reading his book of names and gifts. Edward has trouble reading. Can he help Santa? Ages 5-10. 9/10.

Merry Un-Christmas written by Mike Reiss and illustrated by David Catrow

Noelle gets a new doll and a new bike and a pony every day. Every day is Christmas where Noelle lives. Every day except one. The day Noelle looks forward to. Un-Christmas Day. Ages 6-10. 9/10.

NPR Holiday Favorites

Doubtful if there is much here for kids. But I wanted something to end my day of reading that would send me off to sleep. Perfect end to a busy reading day.

Readathon: More Christmas Picture Books

I'm hours and hours into the Readathon. Here are a few more Christmas picture books I've read and reviewed.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is too tall for his house, so the tiptop must be cut off. And it's just right for the upstairs maid, but it's just a wee bit too tall. So the tiptop must be cut off and that's just right for...and so on, and so on. Ages 4-10. 9/10.

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent

Wombat really wanted to be in the Christmas pageant, but what part could he play? Ages 4-8. 9/10.

Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days by Cynthia Rylant with pictures by Sucie Stevenson

Three little stories about Henry and his dog and his parents. Ages 5-8. 8/10.

Make a Joyful Noise: A Pop-Up Book of Christmas Carols by Francesca Crespi

Beautiful pop-ups for four Christmas carols. Ages 4-12. 9/10.

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez

Oh dear. Maria just wanted to try on Mama's ring while they were making tamales. Trouble. Ages 5-10. 9/10.

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

The jolly postman delivers delightful Christmas mail to fairy tale characters. Ages 5-10. 8.5/10

Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs by Alan Katz and David Catrow

Little songs set to the tune of Christmas carols. Ages 6-10. 8/10.

Froggy's Best Christmas by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy wakes up and experiences his first Christmas. Ages 4-8. 8/10.

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell and illustrated by Sergio Leone

A four-year-old boy enters heaven and turns everything upside down. But he atones for it all and bestows a treasured box up on the infant King. Ages 5-10. 8.5/10.

Yoon and the Christmas Mitten written by Helen Recorvits and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Yoon tries to find a way to have Santa visit her, but her father insists that her family is Korean and not a Christmas family. Ages 5-10. 8.5/10.

Merry Christmas, Merry Crow by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Jon Goodell

A crow gathers this and that. Best part: the ending. Ages: 4-10. 8.5/10.

Amahl and the Night Visitors written by Gian Carlo Menotti and illustrated by Michele Lemieux

Amahl must walk with a crutch and he and his mother struggle to survive in the desert. One night they are visited by three kings and three shepherds who are following a star in search of the King. Best part: Amahl and his mother talk back and forth. Ages 8-12. 8.5/10.

Careful, Santa by Julie Sykes illustrated by Tim Warnes

Santa has lots of troubles delivering presents. Ages 4-8. 8/10.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Dogs by Carolyn ConahanA friend keeps giving dogs as gifts. Best part: the show at the end. Ages 5-10. 8/10.

The Christmas Train by Ivan Gantschev

A boulder falls on the train tracks and a girl must save the train using her Christmas tree. Best part: the lamb the girl’s father had for her. Ages 5-10. 7/10.