Can you freeze bubbles? My first thought was, "Sure, it's just water and soap. Of course, it can freeze." Then, I did a Google search and found one of those unreliable "Answers" websitesthat said, "The ice crystals would pop it. The air on inside would shrink and create a vacuum that would automatically pop the bubble." Even after reading this, I wanted to believe that my kids and I could freeze bubbles. I…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 30, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
I have never written a belated-birthday post. I am usually very particular about publishing the night before the author's birthday so that it is ready for the next morning. This time, however, my idea for an activity was just not feasible before Jerry Pinkney's birthday. However, many other blogs including Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-Day Almanac recognized the very special day.
I enjoyed reading many of…
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 27, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
December -- O, December! I think it is one of the busiest times for reading at our house. Every year we read from stacks of holiday favorites that include books like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, and The Christmas Blizzard. The author birthdays in December are fantastic and lead us to read books like George Shrinks, Punk Farm, and The Wall. This year, we even found a library used book sale that produced many old comic…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 23, 2011 at 7:21am — No Comments
The countdown had been on for quite a while. The anticipation grew with each passing day. My daughter could hardly wait any longer for (no, not Christmas) me to be the "Guest Reader" in her first grade classroom.
At Parent Night, before the first day of school, a sign-up sheet circulated the room for parents to volunteer to read aloud books to the class. I chose December 16th because I recalled quite a few…
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 17, 2011 at 9:51pm — No Comments
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 16, 2011 at 9:51pm — No Comments
I know many of you have voted for my Hey! Hey! School Bus Manuscript, in the MeeGenius 2011 Author Challenge, but if you haven't there are only a few more days left in the contest. Thank you to everyone who has supported me by voting and sharing the link with your friends. It is a dream of mine to someday be an author. Regardless of how this contest plays out -- I feel…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 15, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments
William Joyce described the main characters in his new series, The Guardians of Childhood, as "capable of extraordinary things, all in the defense of kids -- to keep them safe, to keep their imaginations alive, and their hearts happy and soaring and full of possibilities." (Simon and Schuster). The Guardians include The Man in the Moon, who Joyce describes as "The Dude. He's the Guy who starts in all." (…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on December 11, 2011 at 7:35am — No Comments