The #1 post for 2010 is … How To: Really Love a Child (Poem) by SARK. The Director of my last preschool (there were 3 of them!) had included this poem in a weekly newsletter to the parents. She had happened upon it while riffling through an old fundraiser cookbook where it was included as a “recipe.” I had no idea that this poem would be so popular but it is such a sweet poem and great reminder of what is important to a child! And I thought this would be a nice way to end 2010 and welcome in 2o11. Happy New Years! And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support all year! Hope to see you a lot in 2011!!!
This was my first Top 10 list EVER! Many thanks to my Mom Friend, Sarah, giftor of Where On Earth is My Bagel. I know that she single-handedly sent this post viral when she emailed it to every person on the planet with a drop of Korean blood in them.
I was surprised to discover that this post went viral. I guess we are all confused as to what medicine is not under recall. I hope it helped you through the cold and flu season.
This takes a while and gives me what I think is the first stage of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. But it’s completely worth it when people come to the post and actually click around to check out the books, and hopefully find some new ones to enjoy. I haven’t read much Young Adult lit yet; I read ahead for my 5th grader so I am looking forward to reaching this genre, finally!
But… it was such an excellent post that I emailed her back to ask if I could just list the books and link it back to School Library Journal. She’s so nice that she said yes and it’s been a popular post because she’s really knows her children’s lit! And her picks are dead on! I bought a slew of her picks for my oldest who read every single one of them and pronounced them great. A few were slow starts where it was an effort to get into the book, but she chugged through and ended up enjoying every pick. I need to buy more books for my oldest and I will use this list!
I went though my own bookshelves where I discovered that I was perhaps a bit paranoid in getting my older two daughters off to preschool and Kindergarten because I actually own all these books! (And, even more!). It’s true that my first two had serious separation anxieties. I did LOVE reading these books to them. Now my youngest trots into school as he has always done without a glance backwards and often I have to ask for a goodbye kiss. It’s an easy separation but a sad end of an era!
This also has a funny back story. I posted on my success referring to this item as “Chewlery” which I must have seen somewhere on the brochure — I’m not that clever to make this name up! Little did I know that there is a competitor with a similar product by this name who then “commented” and asked me to cease and desist using the Chewlery name in association with their competitor’s product. So, the Chewy Jewelry company founders shot back saying that it’s not trademarked and stop being so pissy.
This has a funny back story. When I was checking my links, I noticed that a prison website has listed this post on there site. This resulted in TONS of traffic. I am not sure if the prison website is for a network of prisons around the country or geared to inmates. I’m thinking it’s for administrators of prisons. Apparently, canned meats are a popular menu item and they must have a large store of them. I’m glad that they find this post useful!
The Cricket in Times Square was one of her all time favorite books and she asked her teacher, Miss Brooks Loves Books (But I Don’t), for a book as good as this. Her teacher would say, “Sorry, there really isn’t one but try Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, or The Trumpet of the Swan. None of these suggestions would work out. I’m not sure why this post was so popular to be honest. The craft, though, was fun. We decorated cricket cages and gave the kids pet crickets from a pet shop. They sell them as “live food” for lizards.