Mom’s Picks | Mother’s Day 2015


GirlfriendsInGod via Jorie's Wall of Word| Facebook

GirlfriendsInGod via Jorie’s Wall of Word| Facebook

I am celebrating Mother’s Day by sharing some of my mom’s favorite books.
By clicking on the covers, you can visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
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NIV Holy Bible  To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition  Stranger in a Strange Land
The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern)  Last Light (A Restoration Novel)  Katherine
The Green Mile  The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity  One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity
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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month


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The U.S. celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May. In honor of this celebration, I collected books with APAHM-related themes as well as authors of Asian-Pacific heritage. Check out my 2014 shelfie. What books deserve a spot on the shelf?
You can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
Samir and Yonatan  The Name Jar  Bindi Babes
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  How My Parents Learned to Eat (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin books)  Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Never Let Me Go  Thousand Cranes  Girl in Translation
Interpreter of Maladies  The Piano Teacher: A Novel  The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (Penguin Classics)
The Complete Persepolis  The Joy Luck Club  The Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition)
Doveglion: Collected Poems (Penguin Classics)  Monkey: Folk Novel of China  Millicent Min, Girl Genius
         

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TBTB – Clifford the Big Red Dog


The original, 1963 cover of Clifford the Big Red Dog. “[I] was shocked when it was accepted for publication, because I’d never written anything before,” says Norman Bridwell. Scholastic

One of my all-time favorite reads was of this friendly, red dog. Later on, Clifford made his way onto small-screen edutainment station PBS. I hope late author Norman Bridwell’s legacy touches the lives of future generations.

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‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ Creator Bridwell Dies At 86 (NPR)


Author Norman Bridwell and his wife, Norma, pose for a portrait in 2011. The creator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog stories passed away Friday at age 86. Charles Sykes/AP

Last night, I came across the news that author Norman Bridwell passed away Friday, December 12, 2014. Bridwell created the lovable Clifford the Big Red Dog series. Many kiddos, myself included, learned and enjoyed Bridwell’s “edutainment.” Access NPR’s piece about Bridwell by clicking here.

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Beverly Cleary’s Ramona


Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) by Beverly Cleary | Goodreads

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) by Beverly Cleary | Goodreads

 One of my  favorite PBS programs was inspired by Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books. This series lasted 10 episodes. I’d not thought about Ramona and Beezus until one of my Facebook friends posted this article – 10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s ‘Ramona’ Books – a few hours ago. Thus, I set aside another TbTB post (oooh – a pre-scheduled post that’s TBP (to be posted)) and shared Ramona instead.

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Native American Heritage Month Reads – 2014 Edition


Sequoyah with a tablet depicting his writing system for the Cherokee language. 19th-century print of a painting. | Wikipedia

I must confess: I’ve not read much Native American literature. I read a couple of books by the talented Sherman Alexie in 2013 but I’ve resolved to broaden my horizons. I happily discovered Open Education Database (OEDb)’s list – 20 Native American Authors You Need to Read. By this time next year, I hope to say I’ve read a few more pieces of Native American literature.
So, now I present a few books in honor of  Native American Heritage Month. To visit the store, please click on any of these book covers. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
Flight: A Novel  Love Medicine: Newly Revised Edition (P.S.) Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter  The Woman Who Owned the Shadows  Spirit and Reason: The Vine Deloria Jr. Reader
House Made of Dawn  Harper's Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry  Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance
Fools Crow (Penguin Classics)  Crazy Brave: A Memoir  Woven Stone (Sun Tracks)
Love at Gunpoint  From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian  Sundown
Pushing the Bear (Harvest Book)  The Winona LaDuke Reader: A Collection of Essential Writings  A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children (Contemporary Native American Communities)

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


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 My first experience with Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day must have been auditory. I can recall the words so much better than the images. Yet, I have often alluded to this picture book when I’m having a lousy time of it.

With the film out in theaters, I remembered the elementary school librarian reading this book to us.  Also, I recalled a substitute teacher playing the audiotape for us. How old school is that?

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National Hispanic Heritage Month Reads – 2014 Edition


Title page of first edition (1605) El ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote De la Mancha | Don Quixote – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Last year, I recognized some of my favorite authors and various heritage months in a feature called Celebrating Authors. As my various celebrations, I included some of Hispanic descent. In 2014, I began showcasing books from  Jorie’s Store on Amazon.
So, now I present a few books in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. To visit the store, please click on any of these book covers. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
The House of the Spirits: A Novel  In the Time of the Butterflies  Ficciones (English Translation)
Don Quixote  Caramelo  Drown
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies  Love in the Time of Cholera 1st (first) Edition by Gabriel Garcia Marquez published by Alfred A. Knopf (1988)  I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Tomas and the Library Lady (Dragonfly Books)  Esperanza Rising  The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition) (English and Spanish Edition)
We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories  The Labyrinth of Solitude: The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States, the Philanthropic Ogre  Hunger of Memory : The Education of Richard Rodriguez
The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel  The Feast of the Goat: A Novel  Thirteen Senses: A Memoir
         

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain


Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes | LibraryThing

Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain made my list of Independence Day Reads last week. This tale of 1775 Boston focuses on the titular character, a silversmith apprentice. A life-changing event alters Johnny’s prospects and Johnny must regroup.

Johnny Tremain set on my girlhood bookshelf. I liked that Johnny was an artist and appreciated the mentions of Paul Revere, another silversmith. When Tropical Storm Allison poured on Houston, family friends suffered a lot of property damage. As a bookish college girl, I aimed to rebuild this family’s personal library. Among the donations was my copy of Johnny Tremain.

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Independence Day Reads @ Jorie’s Store


Displays of fireworks, such as these over the Washington Monument, take place across the United States on Independence Day. | Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia

How better to celebrate Independence Day than to share some topical books? Here’s a little something for every taste and audience. What are your favorite Fourth of July reads?
You can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
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Johnny Tremain  Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation  1776
   Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (Great Episodes)  April MorningThe First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
  Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality  Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned  George Washington's Teeth
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