Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Labor Day weekend

We had a great Labor Day weekend! I'll post pictures once they're uploaded, but I thought I'd share what we did.

On Saturday, we went to Burke Lake Park (I already posted about that). On Sunday, we went to church and then in the afternoon went to Dairy Godmother and had yummy frozen custard. (Yup, that's the same place that POTUS and his daughters went this past Father's Day). I had a chocolate and vanilla cone and Mom and Dad had peach cones. Yum! Later, we went into Old Town to walk around and enjoy the beautiful weather.

On Monday, we went to the zoo and had a blast. Then, we came home and Mom baked up a storm. She made monkey bread and I helped her make heart-shaped sugar cookies with sprinkles on top. I liked rolling the dough and cutting out the little hearts.

It was a great weekend!

I've got my reading cut out for me

I just found this great list of Caldecott Medal & Honor Books from 1938 onward. I think I'm going to make it my goal to read all of the winners. I can't wait to go to the library and pick the first few up.

I've already read one or two of the most recent ones - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. But there are so many more - I'd better get busy!


2009 Medal Winner:

The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson (Houghton Mifflin Company)

  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, by Marla Frazee (Harcourt, Inc.)
  • How I Learned Geography, by Uri Shulevitz (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

2008 Medal Winner:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)

Honor Books:

  • Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
  • First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster)
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems (Hyperion)

2007 Medal Winner:

Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion)

Honor Books:

  • Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans (Walker)
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun)

2006 Medal Winner:

The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children)

Honor Books:

  • Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company)
  • Zen Shorts illustrated and written by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press)
  • Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride illustrated and written by Marjorie Priceman. (An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Company)

2005 Medal Winner:

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)

Honor Books:

  • The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (Houghton Mifflin Company)
  • Coming on Home Soon illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam's Son's/Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale illustrated and written by Mo Willems. (Hyperion Books for Children)

2004 Medal Winner:

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)

Honor Books:

  • Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Harcourt, Inc.)
  • What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? illustrated and written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. (Houghton Mifflin Company)
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. (Hyperion)

2003 Medal Winner:
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)

Honor Books:

  • The Spider and the Fly illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, written by Mary Howitt (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt & Co.)
  • Noah's Ark by Jerry Pinkney (SeaStar Books, a division of North-South Books Inc.)

2002 Medal Winner:
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin)
Honor Books:

  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins illustrated by Brian Selznick, written by Barbara Kerley (Scholastic)
  • Martin's Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rappaport (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)
  • The Stray Dog by Marc Simont (HarperCollins)

2001 Medal Winner:

So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George (Philomel)
Honor Books:

  • Casey at the Bat illustrated by Christopher Bing, written by Ernest Thayer (Handprint)
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type illustrated by Betsy Lewin, written by Doreen Cronin (Simon & Schuster)
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer (Atheneum)

2000 Medal Winner:
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback (Viking)
Honor Books:

  • A Child's Calendar illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
    Text: John Updike (Holiday House)
  • Sector 7 by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
  • When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang (Scholastic)
  • The Ugly Duckling illustrated by Jerry Pinkney Text: Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Jerry Pinkney (Morrow)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Burke Lake Park

Today we went to Burke Lake Park, which is just a few minutes from our house. We rode the train and checked out the marina. There is also an ice cream parlour, playgrounds, a carousel, and a mini golf course! We will definitely have to come back with a picnic lunch so we can stay longer.

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