It’s All About the BOOKS!
Celebrate This Week [No. 237]
I’m honored to be the caboose on the It’s All About the BOOKS Blog Tour. I hope you are keeping up, because the tour stops not only feature the best of this book, but they also offer you a chance to win a copy of Clare and Tammy’s brand new, must-read It’s All About the BOOKS! Follow along on the tour with the following links.
I’ve written a very practical and very typical blog tour post.
I deleted it.
This book deserves a celebration.
It saved the writer in me.
Those who follow me closely, have come to know I’m predictable with weekly celebrations, and also know I predictably miss a celebration from time to time. It is a byproduct of living a full life.
Until now, I’ve never missed two celebrations in a row.
I missed publicly celebrating because things have moved from rocky to gnarled to nightmarish in my momma-corner of the world.
I am exhausted.
But I’ve been reading…
…and it was just what I needed.
It’s just what we all need.
Clare and Tammy give us access to the the tools of growing readers. They wrap stories around the research and they break down organizing the tools of readers — BOOKS — in a practical (and FUN) how-to guide.
The whole time I’m reading the book, I’m admiring the stories that make me snicker and make me blink back tears. Sam, the future marine biologist, still has a piece of my heart, and nudges me to listen, rather than reprimand (even those who build book towers during independent reading time).
The research is staggering. It is a complicated issue — getting the right books into the right hands; getting access to books in all schools; getting organized in order to have the tools needed to grow readers. Clare and Tammy write the research in a way that makes me feel armed to defend more books, more books, more books. I understand the scope of the issue, and I have a way to fight for the tools needed for children to become readers who will change the world.
Purchasing the book not only changes me to be prepared to fight for putting lots of books in the hands of children, but it also puts actual books in the hands of children. Clare and Tammy are donating all of their royalties to the Book Love Foundation. Book Love donates classroom libraries to teachers.
So even if you don’t win a copy of this book, go buy one.
It’s good for you and it’s good for kids.
Writing a book is hard. Clare and Tammy will tell you, because they are the real-deal. As I was reading, I kept remembering bits of conversations we’ve had, over time, about being writers. It’s not always fun to be a writer.
Sometimes life hands us moments that are harder than the others. This blog tour post was ready to roll, because I didn’t want to let down Clare and Tammy. Sure, their book is something special, but it doesn’t compare to the lights inside of each of them.
I might have decided it would be a good post to close the doors on my blogging life. The caboose of the blog tour…the caboose of my blog. Today, I opened the post box to add the links of the tour and I remembered.
I remembered the way their words — stories and research and a how-to guide — is offering light to teachers in order to find and organize the tools we need most (BOOKS) to change the lives of children. I’m glad they kept writing even when the writing became too hard.
Light is precious is a world so dark.
I think I’ll keep writing too.
After all, It’s All About the BOOKS…That Inspire Readers.
Heinemann is generously giving away a copy of It’s All About the BOOKS to one reader. Leave a comment and let me know what book inspires you. I’ll select a recipient of the free book next Friday.