Terrific Tuesday: Some Cool Contests!

TeachingBooksLogoWe found The TeachingBooks.net Blog, which provides a compilation of great contests that you can enter to win books — from children’s books to those for adults. The books are listed by deadline date, making it really easy to rush to enter in case there’s something that you’d like to win!

The site also offers blog posts from authors and is well worth checking out!

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Terrific Tuesday: Don’t Sit Out, Read-In!

Although I have attended the Read-In before, each year is special, and Mom Karen and I are thrilled to be part of this exciting celebration of reading and libraries!

Although I have attended the Read-In before, each year is special, and Mom Karen and I are thrilled to be part of this exciting celebration of reading and libraries!

Today’s “shout out” is for Read-In 2013, which will be held at the S.C. State House on Thursday, April 11.  This illustrious event will feature more than 2,000 students and teachers from across our great Palmetto State — and they’ll all gather on the State House grounds to participate in this fantabulous day to celebrate reading and libraries.

And — drum roll, please — I will be there as one of the “speakers,” and Mom Karen has been invited, too, in case I need assistance. We’re looking forward to the talented Benedict College Drumline and seeing USC’s Cocky, the Clemson University Tiger, Miss South Carolina and other authors.

The fun starts with a parade from the S.C. State Library and continues to the State House. After the activities, students and teachers take out their books, enjoy a snack and read on the lush green grass. Wait a minute — did someone just write “snack”?

Read-In is a project of the S.C. Association of School Librarians and also is sponsored by the S.C. State Library. And here’s a fun fact for you: The Read-In comes just before National Library Week, which will be observed April 14 – 20.

This is the fourth year that I have been invited to participate, and I plan to tell about my blog and my book that is scheduled for publication before Christmas. Most of all, I can’t wait to see the students, teachers and librarians!

Want to know more about the Read-In? Visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/readinsc?fref=ts.

Mom Karen and I are applauding all who make this great day possible so that we can spread these words far and wide: Kids Who Read Succeed! This message is worth speaking all over the world!

And P.S.: Don’t forget to submit the name of a student, teacher, individual, business or community organization who is promoting reading and literacy. We will honor your nominee on one of our Terrific Tuesday posts! Just email me at LouiseSpeaks@gmail.com.


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Wordy Wednesday: Seuss Words We Use!

Dr. Seuss created new words that are now part of our language!

Dr. Seuss created new words that are now part of our language!

Dr. Seuss wrote many books and created amazing, memorable characters. Some of the words that he created have become a part of our language. Think about it!

In his popular Christmas book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Dr. Seuss created a character who didn’t like Christmas. He didn’t like the happy people whom he saw getting ready for Christmas. He didn’t understand their joy, and he set out to ruin Christmas for the people in Whoville.

Mom Karen and  I bet that you’ve heard people use the word “Grinch” to describe those who don’t enjoy the holiday season or who don’t like giving gifts. For example, people might say, “Uncle Bob was a real Grinch when it came to celebrating Christmas.” And when you hear this, you know exactly what the person means! The Grinch is grouchy and unhappy, and he doesn’t like the people of Whoville celebrating Christmas in their town.

And did you know at Dr. Seuss is the person who invented the word “nerd”? Today, when we talk about someone being a nerd, we think of a person who isn’t very attractive and probably doesn’t fit in with other people. Often, the word reminds us of people are really smart, like a “computer nerd.” The first time that the word “nerd” appeared in the English language was in 1950 in the Dr. Seuss’ book “If I Ran the Zoo.” A character in the book, Gerald McGrew, tells about the fabulous creatures that he would have in a zoom “… a Nerckle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too.”

Dr. Seuss has contributed so much to our language. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss character?

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Memorable Monday: Let’s Salute Dr. Seuss!

He may have been born with the name Theodor Seuss Geisel, but he is known to children and adults simply as Dr. Seuss!

He may have been born with the name Theodor Seuss Geisel, but he is known to children and adults simply as Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss is one of the most memorable authors of all time. Born in 1904 in Massachusetts, Dr. Seuss is recognized as a poet, writer and cartoonist. His children’s books are distinctive because of their lively rhymes, amazing characters, use of language — all of which are designed to crank up our imaginations and let us live in worlds that he created especially for young readers!

We’re paying tribute to Dr. Seuss this week on our blog because he is Mom Karen’s favorite author, as you may have read before on our blog. Notice that we have a quote from Dr. Seuss in the title of our blog, which is devoted to vocabulary, grammar, reading and all things related to language. We love books and writing!

And speaking of “blogs,” did you know that Dr. Seuss had a “Blogg” in one of his books?

You’ll find Blogg in “The Shape of Me and Other Stuff”:
“Suppose YOU were shaped like these … or those! …

Or shaped like a Blogg! Or a Garden Hose!”

We have so much to say and love about Dr. Seuss that we’re spending each day of this week on his life and works.

Did you know that he was a cartoonist for major companies before writing children’s books? He did not set out to devote his career to writing for children, but his books are beloved by children and adults all over the world!

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Terrific Tuesday: For the love of reading!

USC President Harris Pastides and his wife, Patricia Moore-Pastides, are shown with student volunteers for the Cocky's Reading Express program in South Carolina.

USC President Harris Pastides and his wife, Patricia Moore-Pastides, are shown with student volunteers for the Cocky’s Reading Express program in South Carolina.

It’s no secret. We love to read!

Reading is at the heart of everything that we do, and every child should love to read. That is why on this “Terrific Tuesday,” we applaud Cocky’s Reading Express, a literacy program launched by the University of South Carolina’s student government in 2005.

Cocky is USC’s award-winning mascot who represents the University’s academic and athletic programs. Loved by children and adults alike, Cocky travels with USC student volunteers to visit elementary schools, primarily those in underserved public school districts. During their visits, USC students read to children in grades 4K through second grade, and Cocky helps the children understand the importance of lifelong reading.

Each child is given a book to keep as a reminder of Cocky and the students’ visit and their promise to Cocky that he or she will read every day. How great is this!

An immediate success, the program became a joint collaboration with USC’s School of Library and Information Science and is now housed at the S.C. Center for Children’s Books and Literacy.

Just how successful has this program been? More than 715 students have participated in Cocky’s Reading Express, which has traveled to all of South Carolina’s 46 counties. To date, more than 56,300 books have been distributed at over 300 events. Grants from BP America, Bi-Lo, Verizon, CCCF, the Sunshine House, SCBT and the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation have supported  this outstanding program.

And just so you’ll know, I have had the opportunity to mingle with Cocky and student volunteers at the annual Read-In at the South Carolina Statehouse! What a great honor for me!

Visit http://www.libsci.sc.edu/ccbl/cockyreadingexpress/index.htm to learn more about Cocky’s Reading Express!

We appreciate everyone who is part of this important outreach program that is encouraging the same love of reading that Mom Karen and I have!

Why do you love to read? And who has helped you learn to read and appreciate books?

And don’t forget: I am honoring a student, teacher, school, community organization, business or other individuals who have excelled in promoting the love of reading, writing and literacy. Send your nominations to LouiseSpeaks@gmail.com, and Mom Karen will write you back!

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Thoughtful Thursday: A bear’s brilliance


Sometimes it’s characters in books who give us the best quotes about life.

This one is from the wonderful fictional bear, who was introduced in the 1926 book, “Winnie-the-Pooh,” by A.A. Milne. Since then, Pooh has been a favorite of children and adults around the world and has filled our lives with joy and inspiration.

Here, Pooh is calling on us to believe in ourselves, even when we have doubts.

Pooh has many wonderful quotes. Mom Karen likes many of them, including this one: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

I’m not surprised that she’d appreciate this quote, given her love for me. 🙂

I imagine that you have a favorite character in a book that has inspired you. What are your favorite quotes that you’ve found in a treasured book?

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