I just heard that tonight there’s going to be a Family Dance and Scholastic Bookfair at New Scotland Elementary School.  It’s an Earth Day celebration with dances called by Paul Rosenberg.  It’s open to the public and it starts at 6:30 pm.

I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on Hulu, and one thing that’s killing me is the commercials.  His whole deal is teaching people how to cook and eat real food instead of processed and packaged junk, and the episodes that I watched in the last day or two included commercials for Carnation Instant Breakfast Essentials, Gerber Infant Formula, and frozen Lean Cuisine meals.  I mean, okay, I’ll grant you that it’s better than the deep fried donuts with chocolate icing that that poor mom was making, but I still don’t think Jamie would be all that psyched up about kids drinking chocolate vitamin milkshakes for breakfast.

A friend sent me a link to this list of great children’s novels.  It includes many of my very favorites from all time (#2 and #79, among others), but the exciting thing for me is that I’ve probably only read about half of them, so there are so many more to go!  I am a freakishly habitual reader.  I cannot sleep without reading (and it must be either fiction or non-contemporary non-fiction–if I try to read a magazine or read about parenting or current events it just makes me fret the night away).  I also read while brushing my teeth and blow-drying my hair.  This came up with the stylist at my last haircut, and she was amazed and appalled that I did this.  Clearly, the woman takes hair much more seriously than I do.  But, anyway, even though I must read all the time, sometimes my brain hurts, and one lovely solution is to read children’s novels, which are really good but potentially less challenging and faster to read.   In fact, I only recently read #9, #60, & #93.  And I was like, where have I been all these years?  Caddie Woodlawn completely kicks ass. I mean, you know that I love the Little House books (and tv series), but I get the feeling that Caddie could wipe the floor with Laura if there were some sort of pioneer-girl celebrity death match.

Enjoy the weather, everybody!


  1. Great list! One of my favorite parenting activities has been the parent-child book clubs. They give me a great excuse for re-reading old favorites and finding new ones.

  2. Thanks for the list. We are currently reading The Secret Garden, and have read and re-read almost every Roald Dahl book.

    (I loved the Little House Series but have never read Caddie Woodlawn. Guess that will have to be next on the list.)

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