Beginning Again

“Hi!”  It’s been a long time since I have written on this blog.  Ten years ago I learned about blogging when one of my students, a fellow book lover, asked me if I’d join him in beginning a book blog for kids.  I was game and so we began meeting twice a week to learn about blogging (with the support of our awesome tech teacher, Meghan Wyman) and to share books.

When we began in 2011 we wrote this on our About page:

We’re a teacher (teaching grade 3) and a student (6th grade) writing book reviews. We started reading books together 4 years ago and have been sharing ever since. We thought it would be great to have a place to go to find out about books and get recommendations. Historical Fiction and Realistic Fiction are our favorite genres right now. But we like to read all types of books too. Right now we are reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book Two – The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood. We LOVED the book The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict. (We’re HUGE fans of the series!)

Ten years later in 2021 I added:

I’m a retired teacher who loves how reading adds to life.  Reading expands my life and helps me become a better person.  Reading teaches me about the world and the people in it.

I always have a book (or two or three…) with me wherever I go.  In the last few months, I’ve longed to share what I’m reading with others.  Books are better when shared and discussed.  So here goes…again.  If you find your way to this blog, let me know by subscribing or leaving a comment.  If you’ve got a book to share, please do.  Reading brings me joy, deeper understanding and renewed curiosity.  What does reading do for you?     Brenda

It’s been a wearying year for a number of reasons – all the ones you know from experiencing the trials of 2020/21, combined with my own.  I’m not in the classroom anymore.  I’m caring for my recently widowed, 90-year old mom and my 3- and 5-year old grandchildren .  I’m busy but, thankfully, I still have time for reading and journaling.  

Luckily, I’ve been able to stay connected to past students.  We write letters (no internet at mom’s). One recent note made me pause.  The writer told me he was feeling stressed. I thought, “Oh, you too?!”  I wondered what I could do to change that.  “Maybe,” I thought.  “I’d find myself smiling more, and sighing less if I started sharing books more often.  It’s what I love.  Maybe reading and sharing would reduce the worry and the weariness.”

So, here I am revamping the blog Matt helped begin 10 years ago.  Let’s see how it goes!

Good Books, Good Times!  poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins is the book that first came to mind with this blogging idea.  I keep these poems “in my pocket.”  I read them so often with my classes, they are a part of me.  “I met a dragon face to face…”  “Books to the ceiling, books to the sky…”  “Good books, good times, good stories, good rhymes…”  This collection shares the joys and comforts found through reading.  They share how books and reading transport you to new places, fill you with new ideas and support you as true friends do.  Savor them all and enjoy!


Happy Reading!📚



6 thoughts on “Beginning Again

  1. Hi Jenny! I am so glad to find you here. I hope you’re still reading lots – Matt too!
    Thanks for making my day! 📚

  2. Hi Mrs. Eaves! Yay, so glad you are blogging again. Some people have been slacking off (it’s just so typical of Matt). I’m sitting in a lecture about early childhood cognitive development right now, learning about the benefits of reading for young brains. My arcuate fasiculus and inferior longitudinal fasciculus are especially grateful for the time I spent in your classroom! Thanks for your help with my brain development. I should probably get back to lecture…

  3. Thank you for your encouraging words. The titles you shared are among my favorites – don’t forget the Mysterious Benedict Society. the the first book was published when Jenny and Matt were in 3rd grade. The most recent book was published as they graduated from high school. The characters had aged similarly. That made my heart happy. 📚

  4. I’m so glad you’re back! Laura sent me the link. I’m Matt’s great aunt. He and Jenny were great about sharing books that excited them with me. I used your blog for gift ideas for other great nieces and nephews. Now I’m the one with young granddaughters who are always looking for new titles. My 10 year old suggested I read The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Definitely worth it. Right now she’s reading Emmy and the Shrinking Rat, a book that Jenny and Matt insisted I read. Thanks for starting up again. You can be sure I’ll be back.

  5. Hi Laura,
    It is really great to find you here. Please give my best to everyone in your family. It is incredible to think that Jenny and Matt are seniors. Time certainly flies!
    take care and be well ~

  6. Welcome Back Brenda and belated congratulations on your retirement! You touched so many lives, including 3 that I know quite personally. Thank you.

    Looking forward to reading some books for young readers again.
    Laura Long

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