“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!