On March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday—the March winds blew in with NEA’s Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.
We are continuously expressing the importance of reading to children. Reading as little as twenty minutes a day can make a dramatic difference in a child’s vocabulary and reading skills. That’s less time than baking a cake!
Make the time and have your child read out loud to you on the way to the store or the ballpark. Anytime is a good time to read.
Wonderful new books have arrived at the Weimar Public Library including:
“Dog Man” graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey: Dav is a children’s writer and illustrator best known for his Captain Underpants books he was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in elementary school, frequently his bad behaviors landing him outside the classroom sitting at a desk in the school hall. It is there where he shaped the character of Captain Underpants. In 2016 he won the 2016 Milner award for favorite children’s book author.
“Half of What You Hear,” by Kristyn Kusek Lewis: After losing her job because of a scandal back in DC, Bess Warner moves to her husband’s hometown of Greyhill, Virginia. Worried about how her children will do at the elite private school and the snippy question asked by the local gossips, Bess wonders if the best way to find yourself is to uncover what everyone around is hiding.
“Silent Night” by Danielle Steel: Silent night is deeply moving story about a shocking accident that claims the mother of a young girl (Emma) and leaves Emma struggling to survive. Emma’s childlessA u n t Whitney, a psychiatrist, drops everything to help the young girl who is a shadow of her former self. Whitney and a team of caregivers support Emma as she begins to start her life all over again.
Fault Line: A History of the United States since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer: According to the authors they believe that America became polarized in 1974. Since then our own lifelines have been written with historical fault lines widened by our political system as well as a fracturing the media landscape. How did the United States become so divided? Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer are award winning scholars of twentieth-century political history. Kevin and Julian co-created a course at Princeton University - “The United States Since 1974”.