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December 13 – National Violin Day

13 Dec

Happy Violin Day!


Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin written by Chieri Uegaki and illustrated by Qin Leng (2014)

Hana announces to her brothers that she is going to play the violin in the school’s talent show. Her brothers nearly fall out of the tree with laughter. Her parents listen attentively and Hana practices every day. As she practices, she remembers her grandfather who played second violin in the symphony orchestra and had once played for the Imperial Family in Japan. When she practiced, her brothers fled the house. Even the dog gave her funny looks. Finally on the night of the talent show, Hana sees her family and her best friend in the audience supporting her. She is afraid, but after a deep breath the audience disappears and Hana imagines her grandfather sitting front and center, cheering her on. And she heard his voice telling her, ‘Do your best’ and she did. She played the sounds of a mother crow calling her chicks, the rain hitting a paper umbrella, a cat yowling, bees buzzing, and more. Afterwards, she bowed and left the stage. That evening after dinner, even her brothers asked her to play an encore.


The Man With the Violin written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić (2013)

Dylan notices things that his mother doesn’t… like the man with the violin. There at the subway station, a man was playing the most beautiful music Dylan had ever heard. In fact, he heard it all day in his head and in his heart. That evening, while making dinner in the kitchen, Dylan heard the music again. This time it was coming from the radio. The music carries Dylan up in a swirl of notes. And this time, mom stops, and listens, and dances with Dylan, right there in the middle of their apartment.

This book is based on a true story. World renown violinist, Joshua Bell played music on a 300 year old Stradivarius in the middle of a Washington DC metro station for 43 minutes while over 1000 people rushed past. But no one truly listened for more than one minute, only children actually tried but were pulled away by hurried parents or caregivers. At the end of his concert which included the Ave Maria, Joshua Bell had collected only $32.17 in his violin case.

You can hear an excerpt of this experiment here. 


The Bat Boy and His Violin written by Gavin Curtis and illustrated by E.B. Lewis (1998)

Reginald loves to play his violin, Reginald’s papa loves baseball. It’s 1948 and the Negro National League is having trouble booking games because most of its best players, like Jackie Robinson, are moving to the white teams. Reginald’s papa wants him to get outside and play more, he wants him to be the bat boy for his team, the Dukes. Reginald goes with the team to Cleveland the next day. The team isn’t doing very well, and Reginald doesn’t help. He tried to carry six bats at a time, and ended up tripping the next batter when the bats scattered on the ground. He waxed the bats, like he does his violin, but they slipped out of the players’ hands. Finally, Papa tells him to just sit down and play his music quietly so as not to disturb anyone. The next batter, Mr. LaRue, compliments Reginald’s music and then goes out to hit a home run. Reginald plays him all the way in. The same thing happens again when Mr. Ervin goes to bat. The Dukes end up winning the game. Papa massages Reginald’s arm at the end of the game instead of the pitcher’s arm. Reginald begins following the team from game to game, playing his violin for them. The Dukes make it all the way to the play-offs. But in the last game, they lost. Reginald is afraid his papa will blame him and his music for their loss. But Papa surprises him by saying he helped the team go farther than he ever thought they would. That week, Reginald had a recital in the living room of their house. Mama and Papa were there. And all the players from the Dukes attended with their wives.


Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin written by Lloyd Moss and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (1995)

An orchestra is introduce one instrument at a time. Each instrument plays its unique music and the number of musicians in the group is defined from one to ten. The title character, the violin, is the fifth instrument to join the group with a Zin! Zin! Zin! making it a quintet.

October 23 – National Mole Day

21 Oct

Happy Mole Day!


Mole Had Everything written and illustrated by Jamison Odone (2012)

Mole had everything he needed, one bed, one pillow, one shelf for books, and one cup of tea. And he was happy. He spent his days looking in caves, scaring birds, and skipping stones. Then one day, Mole invited his friend Emerson for tea, but he only had one teacup. Emerson showed Mole his house and Mole started to think that maybe he didn’t have everything he needed so he went on a journey to find everything. He came home and filled his house with everything. But now he had to spend all his time, cleaning everything, moving everything around, and dusting everything. Mole didn’t have time to skip stones, scare birds, or look in caves. So Mole gave almost everything away. Now Mole has everything he needs, one bed, one pillow, one shelf for books, and two teacups!


 Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed written and illustrated by Mo Willems (2009)

Wilbur is the only naked mole rat who likes to get dressed. Clothes help him feel fancy, funny, or cool. He opened a clothing store, but got run out of town so to speak. He was taken to the portrait of Grand-pah, the oldest, greatest, and most naked of them all. Wilbur only noticed that he would look nice in a casual shirt and pair of slacks. The other mole rats marched right over to Grand-pah to discuss Wilbur’s odd behavior. Grand-pah thought about it for a very long time and then called everyone together for a proclamation. Wilbur was so nervous, he wasn’t sure what to wear and finally settled on a nice pair of blue socks. When all the mole rats arrived, Grand-pah was fully dressed in a shirt, tie, jacket, slacks, shoes, hat, and even a cane! Mole ran home to get dressed and came back to find many of his friends were dressed also. From that day on, mole rats are either naked or clothed, but all have a good time… no exceptions.


Mole and the Baby Bird written by Marjorie Newman and illustrated by Patrick Benson (2002)

One day Mole finds a baby bird who has fallen out of its nest. Mole takes it home and feeds it and takes care of it. Mole’s mother and father try to convince Mole that the baby bird is wild and not a pet, but Mole loves his baby bird and doesn’t want to lose it. Mole builds a cage and keeps the baby bird in his room, even though the baby bird looks sad. Then Mole’s Grandad takes him for a walk to the top of a high hill where he can feel the wind and see the birds flying. Mole wishes he could fly too. So Mole goes home and releases the baby bird. Now Mole visits the baby bird outside where wild birds live.


Mole Music written and illustrated by David McPhail (1999)

One night Mole heard a man playing beautiful music on television. Mole wanted to make beautiful music too, so the very next day he sent away for a violin. Mole practiced playing his violin every evening after he was finished digging tunnels. Above Mole’s home, a small tree was beginning to grow. As Mole’s music got better and better, the tree grew bigger and bigger. Mole’s music came up from the ground and lingered in the tree. People from all around came to hear the music. Mole never knew that others heard his music. He hoped that one day he would be able to play for presidents and queens, he did. He imagined that his music would change the world, it did.

Book Love Blog Hop

31 Jan


I’m participating in a blog hop to promote the books I love.

This isn’t a big stretch for me, is it? I’m always recommending great children’s literature on this site.


Last year I challenged myself to find picture books to celebrate every day of the year. (Of course, I didn’t think of this until March so I’m still catching up a few last days of February to complete the year; but it’s almost done!) I’ll bet you knew that February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day, but did you know that May 13th is National Jumping Frog Day? Have you ever celebrated Rubber Duckie Day or World Smile Day or National Violin Day?  You can find my picture book recommendations for those and 360 other days under the heading CELEBRATE EVERY DAY WITH A PICTURE BOOK

So, to complete this blog hop challenge, I will/have:

1. Pick some books you love (any genre) that you think deserve more attention than they are getting. Here are pics of some of the 2015 books I have liked so far. You can find them on my page, at the BOOKS ALIVE! tab.

2. Post reviews for the books you chose on Amazon/social media. I also post on goodreads. You can follow me there as well. I would love to connect with you and find out what you’re reading also. Take a peek at my 2014 Bookshelf on goodreads.

3. Post the reviews on your own blog.

unnamedThis year, I’m focused on reviewing newly published picture books for 2015. This endeavor includes a review of wonderful new picture books and links or ideas to help parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, caregivers etc. with simple and fun ideas to do with children to extend their enjoyment of the books. I call it BOOKS ALIVE! And I hope you will join me there to see the new and exciting publications.

4. Display the BOOK LOVE badge.

So you love the badge? Cute little bunny in heart-shaped glasses reading a book. Oh yeah! Grab it for yourself. And take a minute to visit the creator of the badge, Dana Carey Up in the Attic Lately and on the Sub It Club.

5. Tag some friends.

I’m tagging all the members of the new writing Facebook page, Mothers Writing Picture Books. Moms, Grandmoms, Mommies-to-be, and Favorite Aunties, heck pretty much anyone who loves a kid in their lives knows what it’s like to find just the right picture book for their little ones. So if you know of an uncelebrated picture book all you MWPBs, jump right in and share the love.  Even if you’re not a member of Mothers Writing Picture Books, you can hop right in and join the fun. Just follow the five easy rules and VOILA! you’re it!

Thanks to Carrie for her brainchild blog hop. If you would like to learn more about it and possible join in, visit Carrie Finison at her Story Patch site at BOOK LOVE – A BLOG HOP

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