http://www.canada.com/literacy/raiseareader/Local+sponsorship+opportunities/5442188/story.html Funds raised from these events help support local literacy programs.I am filled with yellow colors today because today, September 28, is "Raise a Reader Day". In Canada this is a national event where newspapers spread the word about the importance of reading.
Heather was surrounded by books when she was little and appreciates the way they opened up the world for her. We both think one of the best ways to "raise a reader" is to share your ability to read with someone else. I know how great kids feel when people take the time to read to them. It makes them glow with green!
Heather is sometimes asked by parents if their child is too young for Melvin's Balloons. The answer is always "no"! You are never too young to share a story. You're never too young to be read to. And you're never to old to think about me, and how colors make you feel.
So on "raise a reader day", curl up with me and a child and share the gift of reading.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
There are lots of traditions and celebrations around the September or Fall equinox. The Chinese have one I particularly like. They call the mid-autumn festival "Moon Festival". It's not always celebrated on exactly the fall equinox and they usually time it with my phases, and celebrate on the nights when I am full. They celebrate the abundance of harvest.
One of the main foods for this celebration is moon cakes! In their tradition, they used to make these cakes as offerings to me- the moon! The cake is made in lots of different ways and some are filled with lotus seeds, sesame seeds, duck eggs or dried fruit.
Heather isn't quite that good at cooking, so I got her to find an easy moon cake recipe. She found one on the Internet http://www.dltk-holidays.com/china/easy_chinese_mooncakes.htm This one won't look like the moon cake picture above (Heather's didn't even come close!), but it will taste pretty good. You could also just make a round cake, decorate it with yellow frosting and put my face on it. Or make cupcakes and decorate each one exactly the way you want to.
It doesn't matter how you celebrate, just that you do celebrate!
Monday, September 12, 2011
If you don't know why you are feeling drawn to the color purple, it's a good time to get your own copy of Melvin's Balloons! You can find it in bookstores or order it online http://www.brylerpublications.com/melvinsballoons.php
It's also a good time to check out the Nova Scotia Writer's Federation, Writer's in the Schools program and have Heather bring Melvins' Balloons to your school. http://melvinsballoons.blogspot.com/2011/08/teacherslibrarians-bring-melvin-to.html September 15th (Thursday) is the day to select your bookings if you are a teacher or a librarian. We can talk about all the colors!
For now, I'm just shining down on you and singing strong!