Archive for April, 2013


April 14, 2013 @ 7:03 pm | Filed under:


Remember yesterday when this happened?

Seven, you guys. She’s SEVEN.

My six-year-old’s library search queue

April 8, 2013 @ 4:13 pm | Filed under: , , ,

Rilla discovered the search and request features at our library website. Here are the topics she looked up:










Books she put on hold as a result of these searches:

The Big Bad Wolf and Me by Delphine Perret

My Mom Has X-ray Vision by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Alex T. Smith

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex

Stay in Line by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Gioia Fiammenghi (turned up by the zoo query)

There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea by Jennifer Ward,  illustrated by Steve Gray

(Publishers, clearly you are missing the boat in the FIFTY HUNDRED market.)

Well, it’s certainly creative…

April 7, 2013 @ 7:34 pm | Filed under: , ,

Rilla: I’ve been thinking. We should have an art club for kids who want to be artists when they grow up.

Me: I love that idea!

Rilla: I wonder what we should call it.

Me, having a Jane Andrews moment: Um, the Art Club?

(Somewhere, Anne Shirley shakes her head in disgust.)

Rilla: No…I know! How about the Art Bassoon?

Me: *blinks*

Rilla: What is a bassoon, anyway?

 Me: It’s a musical instrument—here, I’ll show you. *reaches for Google*

Google, beaming: You’re going to love this.

YouTube, modestly: This old thing? Why it’s just a little something I threw together.

We watch in delight as a bassoon quartet plays a Super Mario Galaxy medley. Rilla’s excitement cannot be described. She marvels over the size of the bassoons, their rollicking sound as they play the familiar melodies.

Rilla: Bassoons are awesome.

A pause.

Rilla: But on second thought, I don’t think Art Bassoon is the right name for our club.

She thinks.

Rilla: I’ve got it! Art Sardine.

April Bookletter is up and running

April 7, 2013 @ 2:27 pm | Filed under:

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to my new newsletter so far!

I sent out the April edition to the first wave of subscribers last night and will send it to a second wave this evening. Please feel free to share it anywhere you like! Especially with teachers and homeschooling groups.

To subscribe, click here.

Question for you: I’ve added a link to the newsletter in the sidebar (see “For Your Inbox” under the book-reading bee). Right below it is the form that has always been there—the one that lets you sign up to receive individual Bonny Glen posts via email. The newsletter is something different, separate. Do you think that’s clear in the info I put in the sidebar? Monthly newsletter, click the link; daily blog emails, enter name in the box? Or is it confusing? I’m still playing with this and would love your feedback.

Thanks, o ye most faithful of readers. 🙂

I’ve started a newsletter—care to subscribe?

April 5, 2013 @ 5:16 pm | Filed under: ,

Sign up for my monthly newsletter and you’ll get news about my books, giveaways, appearances, and more delivered right to your inbox. (But not too often, don’t worry.) I’ll also share recommendations for books my kids and I have enjoyed together—you know I can never resist a nice juicy bookchat!

I’ll also include links to fun learning resources, games, and apps. Basically, it’s a little taste of Bonny Glen distilled into a monthly newsletter for kids, parents, teachers, and homeschoolers. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Friday chitchat

April 5, 2013 @ 6:55 am | Filed under: , ,

I’m reviewing some new apps for GeekMom, including one I think is going to be quite popular: Mystery Math Town from Artgig. You may recall that I gave high marks to Artgig’s Marble Math & Marble Math Jr. over at Wired a while back. I’ll link to my Mystery Math Town review when it goes live, but I thought I’d give you a heads-up. Fun, absorbing, and is proving an engaging way to slip in some math-fact practice for my Beanie-and-under crew. Including Huck. You can customize for addition, subtraction, multiplication, single digits, double digits, etc.

Yesterday Rilla and I needed to choose our next read-aloud. We decided to spread all the contenders out on my bed. Turned out there were a lot of contenders. I see a couple of repeat-requests snuck in there. (Odd Duck, for example—a graphic novel by Cecil Castellucci, art by Sara Varon. Rilla adores it.)


(I rotated the photo so the titles would be easy to read, and Facebook friends thought I was displaying a giant wall display. I wish!)

After much deliberation, Rilla chose a new arrival, The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Vacation (which I’ve now read aloud three times in two days—once each to the 9yo, 6yo, and 4yo), and then settled in for Ramona the Pest. Her first acquaintance with Ramona. That perfect first sentence—“‘I am not a pest,’ Ramona Quimby told her big sister Beezus.”—had her at hello.


April 4, 2013 @ 8:28 pm | Filed under:

No new post tonight because I spent my blog-time working on my new Just for Kids page. What do you think so far?