World Read Aloud Day 2012

March 4th, 2012 by

SHHHHH!

That’s what you hear often in the library. But on Tuesday, March 7, you might get a chance to SHOUT at the top of your lungs*… because it’s World Read Aloud Day!

The goal of World Read Aloud Day is to promote literacy all over the globe — but you can get started in your own backyard! Or front yard. Or both, I suppose, if you clone yourself.

Anyway…

I usually prefer reading in complete silence — not even any music playing in the background. I usually become so intensely engrossed in my book that when someone comes up to me, I’ll get startled and scream, “BLARGHHAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!” really loud, jump three feet in the air, and position my arms in a defensive ninja-style stance.

But I’ll make an exception for World Read Aloud Day. And whatever your style of reading, why not kick it up a notch and read out loud a bit, to share the love? In honor of this sentiment, Karen and I decided to record ourselves reading some of our favorite book passages:

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Karen’s Favorite Passages
From Friends Are Like That by Patricia Hermes:

“Some stars burned out billions of years ago, but they’re so far away, and their light takes so long to reach the earth, that you’re seeing light that was sent out billions of years ago. So, if the star no longer exists, yet you’re looking at it, then in a sense, you’re looking backward in time.”

From The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth. Particularly if the thing is cats.”

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Nancy’s Favorite Passage

From Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.”

What awesome book will YOU be sharing on World Read Aloud Day?

— Nancy

*Nancy and Kidsmomo advise readers to first check with their librarians before potentially disrupting the serene library atmosphere by shouting, “I LOVE READING, OH YES I DO! I LOVE READING, HOW ABOUT YOU!?!”

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Dreaming of a Winter Wonderland

August 23rd, 2009 by

A collection of the holiday chapters from the Little House books

A collection of the holiday chapters from the Little House books

Remember just a few days ago when I said I wasn’t ready for the summer to end? Well, I take it back.

And I’ll tell you why: because it’s HOT out! Temperature-wise, this has been an unusually cool summer, and that’s exactly the way I like it. But all of a sudden, we’re dealing with heat indexes above 100 degrees and it’s muggy and gross and… Ugh. Just ugh.

So, I’ve been sitting in front of my air conditioner, shoveling ice cream in my face and reading descriptions of snow-filled fun from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Here’s a tidbit from Little House in the Big Woods:

The days were clear and bright. Laura and Mary stood on chairs by the window and looked out across the glittering snow at the glittering trees. Snow was piled all along their bare, dark branches, and it sparkled in the sunshine. Icicles hung from the eaves of the house to the snowbanks, great icicles as large at the top as Laura’s arm. They were like glass and full of sharp lights.

Over the years, I’ve regularly pulled out my Little House collection and re-read the winter chapters around the holidays, mainly because I love all the descriptions of food. Recently, I discovered a compilation of just those chapters, pulled together in one book called A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories from the Little House Books. Obviously, I snatched it up before any actual kids could get their grubby little paws on it. Mine! Little did I know I’d one day be using it to beat the heat of a New York City summer.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to reading about the candy that Laura and Mary would make by pouring a hot molasses and sugar mixture over cold, fresh snow. Btw, when I was a kid I attempted my own version of this by squeezing maple syrup over ice cubes. It didn’t work.

— Karen


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