What an honor! I'd like to thank Dawn Little of the Literacy Toolbox blog for nominating me for two blog awards.
Dawn and I not only share a first name, but we are both passionate about the cause of literacy (as are the other 14 bloggers she nominated). We both contribute to Literacy Lava digital magazine on a regular basis, and it's been a pleasure getting to know her over the past few months. Thank you again for thinking of me, Dawn!
Okay, so I was supposed to pass these on to 15 other bloggers, but that's a seriously difficult task for me! So, I have to give a lot more thought to whether or not I can even complete this task. In the meantime, I've completed the task of writing 7 things about me (which actually turned into 8 things).
Seven Things About Me (with an extra one thrown in because I felt like it!):
1. I'm a married mother of 2 children - a 12-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. We live in New York.
2. I worked in both public and private accounting for more than 8 years, but am currently a non-practicing certified public accountant.
3. Even though I always enjoyed reading, it wasn't until I became a parent that I became a truly avid reader and frequent library visitor. I read anything I could about how to keep my family healthy, and also fell in love with picture books. So did my children!
4. Since I came to enjoy volunteering within the local schools and learning along with my children, I went back to graduate school and obtained a Masters Degree in Childhood Education. I spent hours, months, and years seeking out the best of children's literature for my lesson plans and units. In training to become a classroom teacher, I discovered I was a librarian at heart.
5. I'm also a musician at heart, even though I no longer play an instrument. I believe that music has the power to change your day, or even your life. It was a song that inspired me to start writing this blog.
6. The music is in my daughter now, and for me it is in the words I read and write. You see, I've learned that music means different things to different people, and that sometimes it even comes in the form of silence.7. I completed a home-study class about writing for children at The Institute of Children's Literature while my children were very young, but never had the time or the opportunity to try to publish a book.
8. My favorite picture book author is, and always will be, Leo Lionni.
Have a wonderful week!