ML’s Third Book Club


Friday, my friend told me I must be crazy to take a bunch of girls to Marbles on a Saturday.  She misunderstood; thinking I was supervising sixteen girls by myself.  I explained parents and a teen were helping out.  She’s seen me at my craziest so she was relieved to hear I hadn’t lost my mind.

At 12:30, our teen helper, ML and two other girls who rode with us arrived for the official Book Club Field Trip at Marbles Kids Museum. While Lillian watched the girls, I stood on the street waiting for parents to drop their daughters.  How did our parents coordinate all these things without cell phones and texting?

My reason for the field trip…  I wanted the girls to meet a real live illustrator.  Amy Richards, author and illustrator of the ABC’s of North Carolina is Artist in Residence for February.  Some of the girls met her.   A mob of preschool and elementary-school children surrounded her.  So we didn’t have a chance to have a conversation as a group with her.  I’ll try to set up a future book club where Amy can join us.

It was a zoo.  Each adult was assigned three children.  So it was less a book club meeting; more a book club play date.  No book discussion or book related activity.  Next month includes a discussion of Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth, a mystery activity and poetry.  No Marbles.  Today put things in perspective.  Sixteen girls running around our house and yard is no big deal.  Especially since the backyard is in the process of being fenced.  Next book club…sometime after the fence is finished.

I lied, there will be marbles at the meeting.  Marbles play a key part in the mystery solved in Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth.  Toy marbles and 16 girls I can easily handle with the  help of a teen or two.  Marbles Kids Museum even with a ratio of one adult to every three kids is exhausting.

An added bonus – we met UNC-TV’s Read-a-roo, Super Why, Princesss Presto and Betsy Kindergarten.  Afterwards, we learned about PBS Kids 2014 Writing Contest.  ML and friend discussed their story ideas on the way home.  Sounds like they are Rainbow Magic ghostwriters.  You can learn more about the contest at UNC-TV.

Please do not be discouraged from visiting Marble’s Kid Museum. It’s an amazing place.  A hint I learned from the staff… Saturday mornings are calmer.

Secret Pizza Party @ Quail Ridge Books


It’s the day after Thanksgiving.  I usually avoid stores of any type on this day.  I worked a few too many Black Fridays at a toy store.  However, I had to go shopping today.  Adam Rubin was signing books at Quail Ridge Books.  He’s one of our new favorite authors.  Sadly, while he was in Raleigh from New York, ML was in New York.

I’ve already featured one of his books Dragons Love Tacos  A young boy asked a question you may have.  “Do you love tacos?”  Adam’s response, “Of course I do.”

I can’t tell you much about Secret Pizza Party because it’s a secret.  But I can tell you, I know a preschool boy who thinks it is the best book of the century.

Shhhh! Here’s another secret.  Adam’s newest book is being published this spring.  Big Bad Bubble is the story of monsters who fear bubbles.  Another one illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.  Actually, he’s illustrated all of Adam Rubin’s books.  They make a great team

It’s not everyday you get to meet an author and his mom.  But today I  had the pleasure.  Adam’s mom lives in Raleigh.  She is planning a gala fundraising event at Marbles Kids Museum this spring to benefit Girl Rising, a nonprofit group campaigning for girls’ education around the world.  I don’t know many details but I should soon.  For all my Raleigh readers, I’ll let you know more closer to the event.