Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

THANK YOU, "READING MOTHERS"... (and a giveaway winner too!)


With very scientific and accurate deduction, my son Jonny helped me randomly choose the winner of my "1st Blog-iversary Giveaway", and the winner is...Jane Meyer!  Please visit her lovely website: www.janemeyer.com   

Happy Mother's Day to all my readers!

by Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954)

I had a mother who read to me
   Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
   Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
   "Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath.
 I had a Mother who read me lays
   Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
   Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
   Which every boy has a right to know.
I had a Mother who read me tales
   Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
   True to his trust till his tragic death,
   Faithfulness lent with his final breath.
I had a Mother who read me the things
   That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
   Stories that stir with an upward touch.
   Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold;
   Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
   Richer than I you can never be --
   I had a Mother who read to me.


  1. Congratulations, Jane! - email your mailing address to me at wendySPAMb1963@sbcglobal.net

  2. And happy anniversary to you! This is a wonderful blog. Hope it's okay that I read it all the time and I can't count myself as young in anything *but* soul. :-)

  3. Thank you for the well wishes. We are kindred souls, Grace! :)

  4. You were a great "Reading Mother" to your children, and your husband. You encouraged character with the many books you read to us.

    Though I think the kids always liked my voice better for "Croie! Croie!" in The Children's Book of Virtues.

    Husband Tom