A Mardi Gras Book Tasting

This week we had a stellar book-tasting themed BookSpring giveaway event for the 5th graders.  I had a blast dressing up as a waitress, reviewing genres, book talking, and carrying platters of killer fiction, GN, and fun non-fiction. I was thrilled to get Heart of a Samurai and Crossover into the hands of some enthusiastic readers. Take-aways: don't … Continue reading A Mardi Gras Book Tasting


Storytime Thursday: Valentine’s Day for Toddlers

Y'all, my flannel game has reached new heights this week! Thanks to the lovely templates from Sunflower Storytime, I have the cutest animal valentines cards.  Also, I have deeply contemplated closing with the Barney song, so there's a chance I've been abducted by aliens. This week involved a lot of hemming and hawing over books, … Continue reading Storytime Thursday: Valentine’s Day for Toddlers

Storytime Thursday: Trains

How much do we love trains? After last week's surprise baby storytime, I made sure I had plenty of possibilities! https://www.instagram.com/p/BeqZAychqzS/?taken-by=rowanscience Book 1 What Wheels Do/ Meeow and the Little chairs (baby option) Book 2: I'm Fast Flannel: Clickety Clack, Vehicle Guessing Game Book 3: Dinosaur Train/Freight Train (baby option) As always, I relied heavily … Continue reading Storytime Thursday: Trains

New Year, New Texas Award Books

It's 2018, which means time for new Lonestar and Bluebonnet lists! Right now I'm gathering ways to promote and celebrate this year's Texas youth lit award lists.  So far, I've made padlets for this years' awards, although many books still lack book trailers and have not been widely read yet. https://padlet.com/heatherlin_rowan/86ph9eserdop https://padlet.com/heatherlin_rowan/t361pobch78e I've barely begun … Continue reading New Year, New Texas Award Books

More is More: My favorite interactive board books of 2017

Goodbye Where is Spot?  and other basic lift-the-flap board books. The latest interactive board books have blown me away and are perfect for holiday gifting or a great addition to the home, public, or preschool library.  Without further ado: 1) The Cook in a Book series by Lotta Neiminen What I love: Interactive wheels for stirring, knives for … Continue reading More is More: My favorite interactive board books of 2017