Sunday, April 26, 2009

Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day on April 30! ¡Celebra El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros el 30 de abril!

Viva Fiesta and howdy from Stefanie in Texas! From Fiesta San Antonio to the Texas Library Association Conference, I’ve had the pleasure of cracking open lots of books and cascarones this month----and the celebration continues with Children’s Book Day coming soon!

What a celebration of books--TLA is one of my absolute favorite conferences, Texas librarians really know how to give reading a boost! A few favorites from the exhibit floor: Chronicle’s LITTLE OINK, an adorable followup to LITTLE HOOT; BOYOLOGY by Sarah Burningham is one that I wish would’ve been around for me and my girlfriends; Little Brown’s stunning book written and illustrated by Peter Brown THE CURIOUS GARDEN; the Gaudi picture book biography coming from Holt, the Mexican folk art opposites book, OPUESTOS, from Cinco Puntos Press made me want to visit Oaxaca; and LATINOS AND THE NATION’S FUTURE by Henry Cisneros just out from Arte Publico Press.

There was lots of buzz about El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) the annual celebration of family literacy coming up on April 30. Pat Mora’s new release BOOK FIESTA! illustrated by the amazing Rafael Lopez, celebrates families reading everywhere ---on trains, hot air balloons and of course, in libraries! Children’s books authors Pat Mora, Monica Brown, Carmen Tafolla, and Gwen Zepeda shared inspirations and activities to engage young readers in the lively TLA panel “Little Latinos/Big Dreams”. Group readings, storytelling, paleta parties, butterfly gardens, each of the authors shared ideas to connect reading and young readers (visit the authors’ websites for more information, bookjoy ideas, and event schedules)! In Pat Mora’s words… “there’s a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day….why shouldn’t there be a Children’s Day?!”

On April 30, how will you celebrate reading with the special little readers in your life?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

It's Earth Day! How will you and your loved ones show appreciation today? How about by starting your day outdoors? Here's an idea to get you started:

Enjoy your coffee or breakfast outside. Do it solo, with a loved with, or with a clan of kids.
Move your morning breakfast ritual anywhere that allows access to the sights, sounds and everything sensory the earth offers, be it a balcony, deck, patio or yard. The weather may vary, but it matters not. Perhaps the sun will warm you, a cool breeze will invigorate you, or moisture in the form or rain or snow may refresh you on this day. The important thing is to simply be out in nature and slow down your pace and thoughts so you may savor the environment - even if it's just for ten minutes consuming coffee, cocoa, or crunchy cereal.
Enjoy the earth. Its offerings are bountiful and everywhere around you.

Happy Earth Day!
-Jennifer Ward, author of I LOVE DIRT! 52 Activities to Help You & Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature

From Stefanie:
We're excited about Jennifer's followup to I Love Dirt!, a new selection of outdoor games, projects, and adventures specifically for families with children ages 8–12.

Parents have shared so many of their own nature stories (and photos) inspired by I LOVE DIRT! ---it's one of those books that you can open day after day with little ones. Yesterday, we took an old wool sock along on our neighborhood walk (with 1.5, 3, and 4-year-olds + their moms) and soon we had a clinging garden of nature to explore! As children get older, it can be even harder to get them outdoors, and once again Jennifer Ward offers so many new inspirations in her newest book coming to bookstores and libraries on July 14. Let’s Go Outside! Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature offers a menu of activities specifically for preteens that encourages them to go outside and experience adventure in the great outdoors.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Preggatinis Hits the Road

"Welcome to one of the biggest decisions of your life . . . to give up cocktails for nine months!"

Thus begins Preggatinis(tm), Natalie Bovis-Nelsen's book of delicious virgin drinks to ease today's mother-to-be through the changes that come with pregnancy and parenthood. If you're looking for a gift for that baby shower but dreading buying her a breast pump, pick up a copy of this humor-filled tribute to the modern woman's pregnancy for the Sex and the City set.

Natalie is the renown Liquid Muse, writing and blogging on the latest trends in mixology for the masses. Last week her booksignings brought her through San Diego to our own Warwick's of La Jolla. Attendees watched as she mixed up her "Preggie Provence", as well as Sparking Citrus and Sparkling Pomegranate. The drinks got rave reviews. Say bye bye to the tacky virgin pina colada- these drinks are sophisticated and delicious. Preggatinis(tm) includes "De-virginize for Dad" options for partners or friends who might want a bit more kick in their drink.

Preggatinis(tm) are here to stay. Just today Natalie could be seen quoted in the Washington Post article about virgin mixology.

So what are you waiting for? Drink up!

For more information about Natalie's book and her signings, please visit the Preggatinis blog.

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