An award!

Stacey, over at TwoWritingTeachers (one of my favorite blogs) was kind enough to bestow an Arte y Pico Award on my blog!

Of course, I am honored!  And I want to bestow the same on some of my favorite blogs, too.

Essentially this award is like a Meme. There are rules for paying it forward after your blog gets recognized. They are as follows:

1) Select 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award, based on creativity, design, interesting material, and contribution to the blogger community. The blogs can be in any language.

2) Post a link to each blog so that others can visit.

3) Each award-winner has to show the award and link to the blogger that awarded it.

4) The award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show a link to Arte y Pico.

(I would love to post the image/logo, but it seems to be unavailable right now!)

Here are the five blogs I have chosen:

Abby (the) Librarian: I love getting an inside look at life in a children’s room at the library.  Abby periodically posts an hour-by-hour description of her life at the library and I love it!  Also, she reads some great books and her reviews always make me want to go out and buy the book.

Literate Lives:  Karen and Bill share blogging duties and review a wide variety of books.  Again, I always want to run out and buy whatever they review.  I especially love that they review a lot of non-fiction, because I don’t always know what the newest non-fiction titles are.  Plus, they run a great feature about books they read and plan to read aloud in “the pit”, the story area of the library.  It’s so much fun to imagine a big group of kids oohing and aahing along with them.

Miss Erin:  I want to be Miss Erin, if only I was still a teenager.  (I swear, it wasn’t that long ago!  My kids still think I look 13!)  But Erin reviews books, posts wonderful original poetry sometimes, and always has great author interviews.  Plus, she is a readergirlz diva!

My Breakfast Platter: Amy is a fellow 6th grade  teacher in Salt Lake City.  We have shared ideas and had some great conversations via email.  It’s so nice to connect with another teacher, even if they are on the other side of the country!  Plus, she shares my philosophy about the power of independent reading.

Shelf Elf:  Ok, I am shallow- I love the blog name.  How cute is shelf elf?  But she also posts great reviews and I usually want to run out and grab the books she posts about.  She also posts a lot of news and interesting tidbits from the kidlitosphere and children’s publishing.

Don’t despair if I didn’t choose you.  I had the hardest time picking just 5 blogs!  But keep in mind I have a whole lot of blogs in my Google Reader feed (an ungodly amount, I tell ya).  I read so many blogs and I really love them all!



I was tagged for this meme by ReadImagineTalk.  Usually,when I am tagged for a meme it takes me a month to get around to it  Here goes:

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.

Each player answers the questions about themselves.

At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.
What were you doing five years ago?

This is going to date me……five years ago I was in my freshman year of college.  I was living on the campus of Douglass College, meeting the best friends of my life and figuring out what to do with my life.

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
-grade spelling tests

-go to the mall

-exchange my new Gap pants for a better color

-cook dinner

-water my plants

What are five snacks you enjoy?
chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, ice cream, chocolate.

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
Buy books.  Lots of books.  And publish my own.  Donate to charity.  Adopt animals from kill shelters and foster/rescue them.  Put some away for “later”

What are five of your bad habits?

Biting my nails, being too cheap at times and not cheap enough at other times, being a lazy housekeeper, and I am a softie when it comes to abandoned animals.  Oh, and I kill houseplants.  I do not have a green thumb, but I keep trying!

What are five places where you have lived?

I don’t like being specific online, because I have lived in the same general area since birth.  But I will say Bunting-Cobb (Douglass College) and other various Rutgers dorms.  Other than that, the Jersey Shore. 🙂

What are five jobs you’ve had

Camp counselor

internet lead manager at a real estate company

waitress at a concert venue (so fun!)


SAT tutor

What five people do you want to tag?

Miss Erin

WIzards Wireless

Jen Robinson

Little Willow

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