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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
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The Boy on Cinnamon Street
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The Mark of Athena
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Which is cause for celebration every year.  But this year?  I don't think the students, teachers, or parents have EVER been so excited.  I'm sure you already have a long list of things you want to do at this momumental moment, but here are a few more ideas.

I wanted to sneak in one final virtual field trip before school's out.  Our destination?  The farm!  It's a popular choice during normal field trip times.  Plus my mom is from farm country in Fulton County, Illinois.

This week's common item that will fuel our imaginations?  Craft sticks!  Or you might like to call them popsicle sticks.  Just make sure the sticks are free of sticky, sugary residue before you use them on any of these projects.  You'll notice just by looking at the list that craft sticks are very versatile.

I've always been kinda obsessed with words -- finding the right word, using unusual words, even making up words.  This began when I was a very little girl.  My dad loves to tell the story of how he would stand just out of my line of sight to listen to me playing.  I would speak as if I was reading aloud a script, saying things like " 'Oh, no!' she exclaimed" as my dolls had crazy adventures.  (My boss Jeremy claims I still do this.  He calls it narrating my life.)  Anyway, words are a thing with me.  And I love any and all games where words are important, like Scrabble and Boggle.  But I completely love, love, LOVE Mad Libs!

Today's blog was originally going to be about one awesome podcast I learned about during the lockdown.  Then I received emails with three other lists of equally amazing podcasts.  TIme to change the plan.  Luckily, I've become very adept at that during these last few weeks.

Remember Reading?
This is a monthly podcast from HarperCollins.  "In each episode, we rediscover one classic book, uncovering the unique story behind the story.  While sitting down with authors writing for today’s kids, we seek to find thematic parallels between books of the past and books of the present and deep dive into the special magic that makes a children’s book timeless." 
Recent episodes include discussions of:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Katherine Paterson & Sara Pennypacker)
Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Tiffany D. Jackson)
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Mac Barnett & Loren Long)