Tying Up Loose Ends

31 Dec

Tick-Tock 2014

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I’m down to the last two hours of 2014 and I need to extend the year by at least two months. I started a new feature on my blog in late March. And I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping up with it. But I need to more time to fill in the blanks. If you’ve been following Celebrate Every Day with a Picture Book (and I hope you have), you’ll know what I mean. I found a niche in this crazy blogsphere that I thought I could fill. I found some reason, whether big or small, to celebrate every single day of the year. And I paired the celebration with one or more picture books. I hoped that this would inspire teachers, parents, and caregivers to read to their charges every day. I did my best to have the daily pages posted at least a few days in advance so people would have time to pick up some of the books I was recommending for each day. Well, I did fairly well with that, but it took so much time that I didn’t have time to go back and fill in all the days prior to when I first undertook this endeavor. I got all of March filled in and have just started ordering books for days in January. I hope you’ll stick with me for a few more weeks while I find appropriate picture books for January and February.

Looking Forward

imagesAnd now, with 2015 upon us, I have another idea for this blog. It’s something I used to do with children to extend the life of a picture book beyond the published pages. Teachers used to have more time and freedom to foster creativity in children through literature. That time is seriously dwindling to a few precious minutes per year. Ironically, sites like Pinterest are exploding with creative ideas. So I’m going back to something I always enjoyed doing for my children and students, and hopefully give parents, grandparents, and others some simple and fun ideas to do with their little ones to make a favorite picture book come to life.

Beginning this month, I will be reading newly published picture books. I will choose a few each month to pair with a fun craft, game, or activity associated with one or more of the themes of the book to increase a child’s love of books and reading. Join me, won’t you?

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4 Responses to “Tying Up Loose Ends”

  1. writersideup January 1, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

    Anything you do to increase the enjoyment and value of picture books is a good thing, Juliana, and I totally applaud your efforts! 😀 😀 😀

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    • Juliana Lee January 1, 2015 at 10:26 PM #

      Thanks Donna. I’ve got the idea, just need a catchy page title and some 2015 books to read! 🙂

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  2. Jane Heitman Healy December 31, 2014 at 10:34 PM #

    I will joyfully! I can’t wait to see what you have for us!

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    • Juliana Lee December 31, 2014 at 10:45 PM #

      Thanks Jane! It’s sounding good inside my head, we’ll see how it turns out!

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