March 6th is Read Aloud Day!

According to Holidays for Everyday, March 6th is Read Aloud Day (along with National Chocolate Cheesecake Day and the anniversary of the first day Oreos were sold…both of which deserve their own post). In honor of this wonderful holiday, I’ve put together a list of my favorite books to read out loud. When was the last time you had someone read to you? Let me tell you, it is a wonderful experience at any age.

My list:

the-giving-tree.jpg Ah, a classic.  There’s something so touching about this book, that just lends itself to hearing it in someone else’s voice. It’s the type of book that brings a tear to your eye and leaves you with happy chills at the end, and you always want to share that with someone, no?

the-raven.jpg Ooooo….creepy. Several years ago my husband made a poetry book for me for Christmas, and he included this book. The creep factor of this poem is crazy high–perfect for curling up and reading aloud.

when-the-frost.jpg This was also included in my poetry book, and this one has a much different feel than The Raven. The cadence and rhyming found in this poem is perfect for listening, and always gives me a chill.

where-the-wild-things-are.jpg There is nothing more fun than this book! Especially for one of my generation. What a great memory.

harry-the-dirty-dog.jpg Another one of those childhood memories. There’s just something about having books read to you as an adult that yo had read to you as a child. All I need now is to turn on the Smurfs while hugging my old bankie and I’ll be a child again.

oh-the-places-youll-go.jpg This is one of those early childhood inspirational books…and every once in a while it’s nice to remember that old inspired feeling. It just isn’t the same if you have to read it to your self.

make-way-for-ducklings.jpg This is the only book on this list that I didn’t love growing up. Nope. In fact, I don’t remember this book at all growing up. I actually got it as a present last Christmas as part of my goal to collect all the Caldecot Award winners, and my husband read it to me Christmas morning. I loved it. Have someone you love read this to you tonight, and I guarantee a happy evening.


Published in: on March 5, 2008 at 8:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Free Book Alert!


In order to celebrate the birthday of his blog, author Neil Gaiman has decided to put one of his most popular books on the web for free, for one month. Go, read, and enjoy!


Published in: on March 4, 2008 at 9:49 pm  Comments (1)  

What, Exactly, is a Dord?!?


Amazon is selling a fun new book entitled The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two.This is the perfect holiday gift for your favorite wordsmith or know-it-all, and and excellent resource for readers of any age. From Amazon:

“A collection of some of the most interesting stories and fascinating origins behind more than 300 words, names, and terms by the founder of

Did you know:
There’s a word for the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell? Petrichor, combining petros (Greek for stone) and ichor (the fluid that flows in the veins of Greek gods).

An illeist is one who refers to oneself in the third person.

There’s a word for feigning lack of interest in something while actually desiring it: accismus.

For any aspiring deipnosophist (a good conversationalist at meals) or devoted Philomath (a lover of learning), this anthology of entertaining etymology is an ideal way to have fun while getting smarter. ”



Published in: on November 20, 2007 at 3:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Public Domain E-Books

You know, I’m not a big lover of e-books–there’s really nothing that beats reading the old paper-and-board version. And they smell so wonderful! However, I must admit that I’ve filled my lap top with a variety of public domain works, just in case I finish a book while on a plane, or forget one at home and have to sit in a waiting room for 10 minutes. The horror! Anyhow, here’s a list of a bunch of e-books for your enjoyment. W00t!


Published in: on November 13, 2007 at 7:18 pm  Leave a Comment