Saturday, May 3, 2014


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on Saturdays where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every day. Here are some of my celebrations from the week in no particular order.
  • I had an article published in School Library Journal about how to make a difference as a teacher librarian in the area of diverse lit. I am still pretty amazed that they let me write something for them. Seriously. I get a little giddy every time I think about it. 
  • After Zumba the other day most of the class members and our fabulous teacher went out to dinner together. There was much laughter. Time with them lifted me up and chased away any stress.
  • Dia de los NiƱos was a fun day. We enjoyed Pat Mora's Book Fiesta in the younger grades and Yuyi Morales' books Just a Minute and Just in Case in the older grades in addition to sharing Putamayo music. We also had bilingual and diverse books on display and many were checked out. Teachers celebrated reading in their classrooms too. I also enjoyed hearing from my students about some of their favorite characters and books in the library in honor of School Library Month (some featured in the above video).
  • The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign has been fascinating to experience this week. I wrote about it here.
  • I get to listen to my daughter play the cello in the orchestra and the snare drum in the band for State Solo & Ensemble today.
  • My daughter and I will be driving to the cities where we will visit a comic book store for Free Comic Book Day - our first time participating in this event. If there is time, we may stop at Birchbark Books and/or the library too.
  • We will have dinner together and finish the evening with the Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney.
It should be a full and rather wonderful end to the week. Have a great weekend!


  1. Congrats on your recognition for your hard work in diverse lit - you inspire so many of us and always have great suggestions! Have a great week :)

  2. Wow. So much here. I just went and read your linked posts included here. Congratulations on your article for the SLJ! I just pinned it for further reference. Well, well done! This video of all the kids talking about books and favourite titles is adorable. I think you better get more dinosaur titles - that one little guy was pretty convincing. Thanks for sharing all of thee celebrations here!

    1. My friend is always looking for more dinosaur books. He keeps me on my toes there. ;)

  3. Congratulations, Crystal on your article. I've enjoyed every bit of hearing what you do with diverse lit, so I imagine the article is wonderful. It sounds like such a terrific day ahead for you-hope every bit is fun!

  4. Congratulations on your article being published! Your activity in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks is inspiring, and your plans for Free Comic Book Day sound so fun! What a great week!

    1. Thanks Holly. It was a pretty exciting week.