- Children's books. I love children's books, especially books that are unique in some way-not all kids are able or willing to sit and listen to words, and some kids are intimidated by large blocks of text (my bigger chick is a strong reader, well above her expected level, but offer her a choice of a book with pictures or one without, even the same book, and she goes for pictures every time). Recently I received a copy of a graphic novel formatted book about a tyrannosaurus rex from Rextooth Studios (www.rextooth.com is where you can find the different books and posters they currently have). How awesome is that? *Review will be coming soon ;)
- Tea. I'm a bit of a tea nut. In fact, I may be as hooked on tea as I am on books. Nothing compares to the smell of freshly steeped tea and old books, y'all. Right now I'm loving on Tea Punk Teas from Texas-my husband and I went downtown to the Big River Steampunk Festival and found their tent, and spent an inordinate amount of time smelling tea. Of course we got some. I'm drinking Scottish Breakfast tonight-it's a nice strong tea that doesn't get extremely bitter with a stronger steeping. You can find their full range at www.teapunkteas.com. Yes, they ship.
- A completed collection. Nothing feels better than completing a collection of books. I received the final piece to my well-loved (translation: used) Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian Tales, as well as my very own copy of The Land That Time Forgot. I found them on Biblio.com-there is an affiliate link to Biblio's site that you can use to search for specific books on the Contact page. You can search through the listed books from thousands of book stores. Spread the love and shop small :)
- Finally, I love watching kids get excited about books, whether they are my little chicks or someone else's. Last weekend one of our neighbors had a table full of children's books that they were clearing out, and I was helping them-some visiting chicks came over to see and they went so wild over those books. It was great to watch. Childhood literacy is important to me, and one of the best ways to improve literacy of children is to instill a love of books and reading. There are some wonderful organizations that work to improve literacy in disadvantaged areas-Reading Is Fundamental is on of my favorites. You can find more about their mission and history at www.rif.org.
Since it's been rainy off and on today, I feel like sharing a few of my favorite things (wink wink nudge nudge). This may become a regular bit-all the favorite things I have found lately, or old stand-bys.