Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Birdie's First Day of School

Oh my gosh! Guess what I saw at Target the other day??

How did I not know about this book? My kiddo is about to have her first day of school and she LOVES Birdie!

Like most kiddos, Birdie is a little nervous about starting school. People have told her all these good and weird and a little bit scary-ish things (that her teacher is a werewolf?? WHO WOULD DO THAT??)

But never fear,  of course it all turns out all right! And of course there is a lot of delightful art (which I sadly have very few pictures of!) And of course her teacher IS NOT a werewolf, he just has a beard!

Listen, I would have snatched this book up in a second and brought it home to read to Cuteness, but guess what? In the book, Birdie has a locket with pictures of her mom and Monster (her dog). Well, Cuteness happens to be very easily persuaded by literature-- especially if it involves jewelry. So, I'm thinking I better not read it to her until I have a locket for her as well…guess I should work on that.

Oh, and speaking of back to school, once upon a time we put together a list of some school-ish picture books we enjoy. Check them out here.  (And! Speaking of what I saw at Target the other day, this book is now out too!! Can't wait to read it!!)

Happy reading! 
(And if you're in my boat, happy locket shopping.)

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Letter from the Teacher

I realize that many of you are already in the full swing of school, but we haven't started yet around here.  But, we have been getting a few little whiffs of schoolishness here and there. You know, the supplies are all out in stores, bus routes are being sent to our mailbox, and letters have been coming in the mail from the new teachers.

Cuteness has been somewhat trepidatious about what her teacher will be like because-- HE'S A BOY?!? Being that she is a 5 year old girl, boys are not really her cup of tea.  Thankfully her teacher sent THE COOLEST letter to all the kids with lots of pictures and funny stuff and (best idea ever coming after these parentheses) some of his favorite books and app recommendations!  GENIUS!  The guys is speaking the kids' language with app ideas, right?

I'm super excited because the book list he sent was full of Mo Willems, Jon Klassen, and David Shannon! I have a good feeling Cuteness in gonna have a fantastic year, don't you?  Anyway, one book her teacher seems really excited about is….

Have any of you guys read this??  It's by JOHN ROCCO! Remember how much I was swooning about him in this post? Well, apparently Super Hairo is about a kid who thinks his super powers come from his awesome hair-- the longer it gets the stronger he gets!! AND, apparently there's some sort of villain (I'm guessing the barber of doom!) and yeah, I don't know what happens but I'm gonna be running straight to the library of this one! How about you?

Happy school starting friends! I hope you all have just the best year yet! And stay tuned, maybe next time I'll post about a book I've actually read…


Friday, August 14, 2015

The Little Red Preschool (of fish)

I'm having one of those crazy years where everything in my life is changing.  Lots and lots of changes.  Remodeling a house originally built in 1911.  Moving.  Opening up my own preschool.  Sending my little girl to kindergarten.  With so much up in the air I figured "why not take this crazy time to start-up a little side business designing and selling plush sea creatures?".  It's not really like that… but kind of.  Anyway, I've taken the first step and set up an Instagram account for them.  @thelittleredpreschooloffish You see, I've got my first (and real) venture 'The Little Red Preschool' and then my second (and silly) venture selling cute sea creatures (etc).  All proceeds will go to my school.

We'll see how it goes.  This is just a baby step.

Reguardless, I'd love for you to find me on Instagram.  I promise I won't flood your feed with fish.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Possum's Tail

Hello there!  When's the last time I shared a rhyming book with you?? You know I'm obsessed, and I'm pretty sure I haven't gone all rhyme crazy on you the whole summer?? I must be sick-- heat stroke maybe!  Well I just happen to have a cute right here!  It's called A Possum's Tail (not only rhyming, but a punny title!! I couldn't be happier!)

This book is filled with the most delightful illustrations of a little boy (Sam) and his pull behind dog making their way to the London Zoo.  The city scenes are so cute!

It's possums they're out to see. But when they get to the possum cage, all the possums do is sleep.  Or is it...

And because Sam doesn't know they're following behind, he causes quite a ruckus on his way back through the city!!  But tagging behind Sam isn't the only trick the possums have planned.  I'm not telling you all of it, but I will show you this…

Happy reading! 


Thursday, July 30, 2015

ART SHOW 2015!

It happened!  And it was wonderful.  More than 60 people attended this year.  There were so many wonderful entries!  I wish I could go back and live this night again.  It was that much fun!  I'm so glad we have an annual art show.  I'm so grateful my kids pressured me to make this happen three years ago, it's become a tradition I absolutley love.


 Some things to take note of in the above photos:
*These pix are just a snippet of what there was to see.
*Kids and adults brought art work to display!  This is one of my favorite aspects of our show.
*We had a silent auction to raise money for the preschool I'm opening this fall, people were SO generous!  I have no words, only gratitude.
*The star stickers on the art work is how all of the attendees vote on their favorite pieces of art, that's a way we make the show interactive!
*The tiny art work was entered by Miss Kitten's fairy friends.  She's been having great adventures with a couple of fairies this summer.
*Our theme this year was SHAPES, that last wall of art was all inspired by our theme.  All of that work was donated to create a book (which I will compile) as a keepsake for ART show 2015.

It was the best night!  (A little rocky when the clouds threatened to rain) but in the end it was perfect.

I highly recommend starting up your own annual art show.  You won't regret it!

                                           Happy Creating!