To Judy Blume, Thanks For Everything! Mami

I don't even know what to write, people! I am SO excited! Please be sure to mark your calendars for THIS THURSDAY, May 3rd at 7 pm. EST! Why, you ask? Well, I will be taking part in the Live Chat with none other than JUDY "OHEMGEE DID I JUST READ THAT IN THE 7th GRADE" BLUME!

Below, is the copy that is currently in my collection.  Alas, it is not the original book I read but, years ago I came across it in a used bookstore and how could I not purchase it?

I remember like it was yesterday. I was happy to be reading Sweet Valley High when I felt a disturbance in the bibliothecary force.  Out of nowhere there materialized a waiting list for a book that everyone was whispering about.  I remember Martha G told me she'd read it.  And of course, I put my name down.  I had thoroughly enjoyed Are You There God It's Me Margaret in both English and Spanish.  I was going through my "I want to read the same book in different languages to see if it's really the same" phase.  Alas, Forever was, for me, a continuation of perhaps what Margaret might've gone through had she not seemed so comical in comparison.

I believe this was a stepping stone book for me.  A year and a half later, my high school was giving away donated books and I found myself smack dab in the middle of Harlequin.  The feel of the book was similar and I took home a handful of them.  Yeah, um, I was not disappointed (let's just say I was 13 and the books kept me in the house).  But, I digress.

Are you going to join me or what?! You know you want to! I'd actually like you to because there's a chance I might go all "great big fan" on her or worst yet, what if I can't think of anything to say? Can you imagine? Disaster!

The great thing about Judy is that while her name may automatically conjure up thoughts of first kisses and, she has written so many more books! SuperFudge, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Blubber, Freckle Juice, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Then Again Maybe I Won't, Double Fudge, Tiger Eyes...I could go on and on and on.

Which is your favorite Blume book? And, will you be joining me to thank her for all of the vibrant characters she brought to life?


Read and Play Community Recap


Have you been checking out the Random House Community over at The Blog Frog? No? This makes me sad.  Oh what wonderful things you've missed! For starters, we've had Live Chats with Chris Raschka, Rebecca Stead & Clare Vanderpool, Mary Pope Osborne, David A. Kelly, John Stephens and we even had a Sesame Street Work Shop!

It's been a great experience for me to be knee deep in books once again. I'd forgotten just how much I love interacting with fellow bibliomaniacs and nerds alike.  Not only have we had some very active Live Chats but, we have also had some great conversations.  Among them:

And yesterday, I received this lovely collection of books that transported me back to my book buying days and brought a smile on to my face and a warmth in my heart that only the feel and scent of new books can bring.

The live chat yesterday was fantastic as we got to talk about the new Elmo's Big Birthday Bash app which is a Step Into Reading Level 1 book.  It was very interesting and I've already downloaded the app on to my mamiPad and can't wait for the frog princess to sit with it.

If you're thinking "mami, why are you telling me this if we've missed it?" well you haven't missed all of it.  The community is still going to be around come May.  And I don't know how, but I am even more excited about May! Why you ask? Well, we will be talking to Tom Leveen, Judy Blume (YES! Can you say, Forever?), Tad Hills, Devon Kinch, Trudy Ludwig and Kate Klimo.

We will also have some great conversations about reading, fostering the love of books, printables and activities and a myriad of other subjects.  Feel free to start your own conversation or, contribute to one that's already been started. We are here to help you with any questions you might have or just chat about books that you love!

I hope to see you there!