I Work At A Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks :: Since I spend so much time at the library, I felt it was my civic duty to read this book. It took no more than an hour to read, as it's filled with little anecdotes about life at the library. My own eyes and ears (AND NOSE) tell me that the public library contains the fuuuullllll spectrum of humanity within its walls. This book has given me a new appreciation for my library and the librarians I love!
Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected :: I heard about this book (and author) through Momastery's Facebook Page -- and I'm telling you, she is worth a follow. I truly respect her humor and grace. So this book (not her's, by the way--just one she highly recommends) falls into the small pile of parenting books I can read without gagging. That's saying something, you know. She understands what makes kids (and their parents) "tick," and shares ways to parent that are neither too authoritarian nor too permissive. Let's hear it for balance, you know?
Your Left-Handed Child: Making Things Easy for Left-handers in a Right-handed World :: I have one lefty amongst four righties in my family. And my lefty has always shown a strong preference for being left-handed--even as a baby she'd eat with her left hand, grab with her left hand, and turn pages with her left hand--working her way from the back to the front of every book. It's been a steep learning curve for me as I realize, little by little, that our world is overwhelmingly geared towards right-handers (test layouts, workbook layouts, kitchen gadgets, a computer mouse, etc.). This book has been helpful in giving me more ideas for how to make my girl's world seem less backwards. I will say--my favorite story in the book was about a left-handed musician who had a piano created especially for him--one that was a mirror-image of a regular piano. The high notes started at the left, which meant the pianist could play the melody line with his left hand versus his right hand--which made the whole thing 'click' with his brain. Isn't that crazy?!
Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron :: Who can resist a book with a title like that? Not me, apparently. I bookmarked about five or ten recipes to try on my very own waffle maker. I bought my waffle iron at Goodwill a couple of years ago (seriously, go to your local thrift store and I guarantee there will be at least two waffle makers there) (right beside the fondue pots, which I also happen to own, just so you know). I don't use it very often, seeing as it's a total unitasker. But this has inspired me. Did you know you can cook homemade hash browns in a waffle maker? OH YES YOU CAN. AND I FULLY PLAN TO.
Common Core Basics Core Subject Module Writing :: I grabbed this book and the other four books (social studies, reading, mathematics, science) in the series. As an educator, I do my best to keep up with what people are saying about Common Core. Granted, I've not seen one positive opinion but I'm sure there's one out there. Regardless, I feel it's my duty to figure out what Common Core is actually about--and do this outside of thoughts posted on the world wide web, see also, Facebook. I think what most people have a beef about is the curriculum used to teach Common Core. I've looked through all these books, which are the high school standards, and so far nothing has frightened me. Honestly, the standards look too low--my seventh-grade homeschooler could meet most of the learning requirements by the end of his eighth grade year.
And those books are just a few of the roughly two hundred we currently have home from the library. Remember--many of the books I read out loud to my kids end up being posted on my Facebook page--so "like" me over there if that's your thing!
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