Carpe Read’em

PiBoIdMo is coming up, and you know what that means, right?


Well, and a brilliant brainstorm of 30-ish brand spanking new picture book ideas. But you definitely need a new tshirt to go with your empty notebook.

Thank you, 2012. We may not have hoverboards, but we do live in a world where Facebook statuses (statii?) can become tshirt designs.

And no, Tara and I are not making money on these shirts. If you purchase one (or a million) from CafePress, $3.00 will go directly to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).

More styles and colors are available on CafePress, so, you know…CARPE READ’EM!

Go, Dog. Go!

When I was a little girl, quiet and lanky and clumsy, my dad took me to the library every Saturday morning for story time. The librarian’s name was Bunny. I’m pretty sure I thought that was a fake name.

I vaguely remember getting my first blue and white library card. I remember that it clicked when I flicked it, but it would never bend in half.

And I vividly remember checking out Go, Dog. Go! every single week. Each and every Saturday.

(Much later, I continued this habit when my sister and I insisted on renting Girls Just Wanna Have Fun every Friday night. Then there was that time that my dad finally snapped and said we were NOT getting Girls Just Wanna Have Fun anymore, ever. Ha.)

The library had a long, circular ramp from the parking lot down to the children’s floor, and one morning we got there a few minutes before it opened. Some other folks were hanging out along that ramp as well, but I hung back a bit with my dear old dad. And then the librarian unlocked the door. My dad nudged me forward and said, “QUICK! Get in there before they take all the good books!”

I remember laughing at him, because even though I was young, I had already caught on to his subtle jokester ways. But I also believed him. I’m positive I made a beeline for Go, Dog. Go! so those other people wouldn’t take MY favorite book. Our favorite book.

Go, Dog. Go! made me a reader. My dad made me a reader.

And this is what I gave him the summer I left for college:

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Hope you will have a dog party of a day.

Picture Book Month Celebrates Moms!

This is for moms and all who love them! Grab the embed codes and share with your favorite mom!