If you are between 8 and 108 years old and like to read middle grade books, then you are especially welcome here!

Happy birthday, Mary Shelley!

Posted: August 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

English novelist, short-story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer Mary Shelley was born on this day in 1797.

Among her many accomplishments, she invented the genre of science fiction with the publication of a book you’ve probably heard of. If the thought of it makes your heart beat faster, you’re not alone. This famous tale still terrifies the world!

Oh…and have you read the new ending?

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For the birds

Posted: May 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

No one was a bigger fan of feathered friends than American ornithologist, painter, and naturalist John James Audubon, who traveled deep into the woods, glens, and marshes to capture bird life in illustrated glory. Now, Audubon.org is making available prints from Audubon’s major work, The Birds of America, to download for free. Here are some of my favorites.

The Raven. Obviously croaking a warning.

American Robin. A harbinger of Spring.

Barn Owl. Silent night stalker.

Barn Swallow. The picture of grace in flight, just as beautiful in repose.

 

Red-Throated Diver. Awkward on land, unbeatable in water.

Common American Gull. The reliable guardian of the ocean shores.

Many more of Audubon’s amazing illustrations can be found at Audubon.org. Pay a visit and find your own faves!

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Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Posted: April 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Children’s book author Beverly Cleary is 101 years young today. Creator of fun-loving pest Ramona Quimby and happy, hardworking Henry Huggins, she wrote one of my favorite books of all time. Long live Beverly Cleary and Ralph S. Mouse!

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Posted: March 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on this day in 1904 in Springfield, MA.

The New York Public Library has posted some favorite Seussian quotes. Here’s mine, from Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go!”

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Coloring magic

Posted: August 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Photo found at The Daily Mail

Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford creates coloring books that take a little more time and effort to keep the color inside the lines. Complicated and beautiful, her coloring-book drawings include a special ingredient.

Magic.

Just look at these images from The Enchanted Forest, and you’ll have to agree!

 

Now get a copy of The Enchanted Forest for yourself, and break out the color pencils!

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King of the Wild Things

Posted: April 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

There’s a Wild Thing in the White House!

When reading a book aloud, it’s always fun to act it out. President Obama showed bad boy Max who the REAL King of the Wild Things is when he read Where the Wild Things Are to participants in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the nation’s capitol. Grrr!

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E is for Edgar

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Happy birthday to one of my all-time favorite book illustrators, Edward Gorey! Mr. Gorey long ago passed from this world to the next, but his beautiful and strange drawings will live on as long as there is imagination, humor, and weirdness in the world.

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When small is big

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

⌃Paedophryne amauensis is a species of frog from Papua New Guinea. It is the world’s smallest vertebrate.

⌃The Lilliputian Violet, found in the Peruvian Andes mountains, grows to be only one centimeter tall.

New York City’s Little Free Library may be the world’s smallest lending library. Designed by Venezuelan architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, it is one of ten mini-libraries in the city.

 

⌃This is the view upon entering this single-person space. It already looks crowded!

It has what we want, though. Books! And the instructions couldn’t be simpler. This library for people on the go is definitely a case where big things have come from something small.

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Happy birthday, L. Frank Baum!

Posted: May 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Happy birthday, Mr. Gorey!

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Edward Gorey is one of my all-time favorite writers and illustrators. Celebrate his birthday by checking out his awesome art!

He created the cover of one of my all-time favorite books. Celebrate his birthday by checking it out of the library!

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