Brand Bookshop is closing after 29 years. Did you hear that sound? It was the sound of my heart breaking, shattering and falling on the floor as I clutched onto a bookshelf to steady myself in my apartment after hearing the news.
I don’t remember the first time I went to a bookstore, but my first lucid memory of it I was very small and holding my Uncle Kiki’s hand. He’d taken me to a store and treated me to a book. That day glistens in my memory like a shining star. I’d been too bookstores before, taken in arms by my grandparents, uncles and aunts, my father…but that day I remembered. I remember the stacks, shelf upon shelf of glorious, musty-smelling used books. Treasures glittering in Aladdin’s cave.
My uncle took me to the children’s section and there I sat happily poring over book after book. We left that day happy, me with a sack full of wondrous books – my uncle probably thrilled I’d been quiet and still for so long. That day became just one of many such days in my life. Bookstores became my refuge, my second home, my lifeline in troubled times. If I had an extra dollar, that was where I was spending it.Read More»
When you think of wrestling do you think of books? I never did. When I thought of wrestling, I thought of big, loud-mouth, trash talking wrestlers pounding someone into the mat, or jumping on them from ropes, or hitting them upside the head with a chair. Yeah…that’s how people usually think of wrestling and the WWE I’m guessing.
But hold on! There’s another side to the WWE – a softer, gentler side of those somewhat rowdy folk. They’re big believers in helping to promote literacy which also happens to be a huge passion of mine and the reason I began this blog over seven years ago. I wanted to promote books, get people excited about reading and mainly, get kids excited about it. I serve on the Cybils for the same reasons. So when I heard about this amazing thing the WWE was doing for literacy, I got right behind it.
The WWE is working with YALSA (we know that acronym pretty darned well here at AmoXcalli) and We Give Books in this most splendid initiative. Through Friday, March 7, students can sign up for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge at WWEReadingSuperstar.com. Through WWE’s expanded partnership with Pearson Foundation’s digital reading initiative, We Give Books, and YALSA, children between ages 4 and 12 can select a WWE Superstar Reading Buddy and read digital books to participate, while teens ages 13 to 18 can select a WWE Superstar Pen Pal, read a book and write an essay.
How cool is that?
But wait, there’s more!
WWE will make a financial contribution to We Give Books and YALSA to support literacy initiatives and provide access to books for children across the United States. The WWE and its Superstars will also continue to host reading celebrations, visiting kids at local schools and libraries to stress the importance of reading. The celebrations will include special visits from the We Give Books ReadMobile. We Give Books is a digital initiative created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to equip families, classrooms and libraries with print and online books for children. What kid wouldn’t want a WWW Superstar in their classroom?
Additionally, WWE will utilize all of its platforms, including TV broadcasts, Live Events, digital and social media to encourage children to read at school, at home, in their local library or wherever they’re inspired to read.
So sign up your kids, get teachers and students involved, let the schools in your community know about this initiative.
Happy Holidays book lovers!
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and I are teaming up with a little giveaway to start the holiday season. I have four wonderful little books about animals to give away to one US resident. Entries are easy. Just enter in Rafflecopter and that’s it.
Here’s some info about the books:
UNDERWATER DOGS: KIDS EDITION by Seth Casteel
A picture book companion to the New York Times bestselling photography book, Underwater Dogs. Features over forty colorful photographs of doggies chasing their favorite toys underwater. Includes a full color poster and information about each dog breed (a great learning tool for young dog lovers!).
DOGGY KISSES 1,2,3 by Todd Parr
(who doesn’t love Todd Parr?)
Meet 10 colorful, lovable (and sometimes slobbery) canine friends! From one doggy kiss all the way up to ten, each page stars playful pooches showing love the best way they know how.
ANIMALS IN UNDERWEAR by Todd Parr
From alligator to zebra – there’s no better way to learn the alphabet than with animals…in underwear!
MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown
Mr. Tiger lives in a world that is inhabited by proper ladies and gentlemen, where manners and etiquette are of the upmost importance. Tired of being so formal at all times, Mr. Tiger runs away to the jungle to loosen up, have fun and be..wild. But will he go to far? From Caldecott Honor and New York Times bestselling artist Peter Brown comes a story that celebrates individuality and emphasizes that there is a time and place for everything..even going wild.