Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2018!

I read everything I could about breastfeeding when I became a mom. You know why?  Because breastfeeding wasn't easy.  It didn't come naturally.  And it hurt! Why didn't anyone tell me it would hurt at first? Mini Me kept falling asleep and she lost more than the maximum ten percent.  And later she went on nursing strike at three months of age.

Happy Birthday, Harry: Part One of our Harry Potter Read-Along

I'm FINALLY reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!  Finally!  I admit that I had started and stopped it many times, not because of poor writing, but because it starts slowly for someone who has already seen the films. But the whole reason I picked this book for our summer read-along is because I wanted to get through the first book so I can get to all the rest.

And I'm glad I did. The world building is fantastic right from the get-go.

Roof Octopus

What I love about Roof Octopus is the quirkiness of the storyline and the whimsical, magical, and colorful illustrations that match the story perfectly. Basically a little girl wakes up to find an octopus on her rooftop.  And while the adults aren't so quick to accept someone new and foreign to their neighborhood, Nora is wholeheartedly all in.

Paris and the Happily Ever After

As I wrote the other day, my girls are loving Paris and so am I. We love the individual little boutiques and we're certainly loving all the independent book shops. We love the cobblestone roads, the delicious summer cherries, the little surprises in architecture that we find in every corner.

If I could read French, I would have bought books from every little cute bookstore we found in the Latin Quarter.

First Pages: James and the Giant Peach

“Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had had a happy life. He lived peacefully with his mother and father in a beautiful house by the sea. There were always plenty of other children for him to play with, and there was the sandy beach for him to fun about on, and the ocean to paddle in. It was the perfect life for a small boy.”

~ James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

I Have Lost My Way

I read I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman completely backwards.  Or completely out of order, at least.  Have you ever done that?  Skipped ahead to get to the crux of the matter?  Or because there's a scene you want to spoil for yourself?

I skipped around and then read the last third and then went back to the parts I skipped.

Hello Universe Read-along Part 1

We've heard the phrase WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS over and over again.  And it's true.  No matter how many times you hear it, or if you're sick of hearing the same things in conferences.  When I was growing up, I NEVER saw myself in the books I read.  Ever.

I was so excited that Erin Entrada Kelly won the Newbery that I did this read-along a little differently: I distributed ten copies of Hello, Universe to my fellow bibliophiles and colleagues who love to read.

First Pages: The Little Prince

“Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal. Here is a copy of the drawing.

In the book it said: “Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole, without chewin it. After that they are not able to move, and they sleep through the six months that they need for digestion.”

~First Lines of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Mermay 2018

Just like last year, I’ve followed the #Mermay phenomenon on Instagram, which was originally started by Tom Bancroft, a Disney animator veteran. This year’s favorites include many crossover mash-ups and though there were too many I admired to post in one spot, I’ve wrangled up a few of the ones that inspired me the most.

Escargot

I have this huge affinity for snails that started when I was little.  There's a great video of my cousins, sisters, and me playing in the backyard with snails.  I think theoretically we are rescuing and clearing the garden from them.  I also remember putting them in jars and watching them kiss.