|Nancy (in blue and white) chats with her students in the parlor.|
Greg and I carefully consider all of them, feature as many as we can, and then we turn our attention to giving them to good homes.
Over the past years, some have gone to shelters and hospitals and tribal libraries, others to school and classroom libraries and still more to juvenile detention centers and literacy organizations, among other places.
Most recently, we gave 350 to the classroom teachers in Dr. Nancy Roser's class, The Art of the Picture Book, in the Education Department of the University of Texas here in Austin.
|First, we piled books on top of the shelves in the foyer.|
|Then we piled more on top of shelves in the foyer.|
|But we ran out of room in the foyer, so we had to move to the fireplace mantle.|
|We bought some roses because the students/teachers deserved roses.|
|We polished the glasses and set the table.|
The menu included:
- chilled gulf shrimp;
- cowboy quesadillas;
- "a selection of fine cheeses: triple cream brie, Drunken Goat, Manchego, Gorgonzola, goat cheese and English cheddar, served with Marcona almonds, fresh berries, dried fruits, fig almond cake, crackers and baguette;"*
- "peak season fruits paired with cheddar, Jarlsberg, Havarti and Gruyere cheeses,
- also with baguette and crackers;"*
- macadamia nut chocolates;
- and homemade chocolate-mint cookies.
|The teachers arrived and began "shopping" for books.|
|Each left with 35 books and as many F&Gs as they could snag.|
|They chatted. I listened. The publisher they loved most? Lee & Low Books.|
The event was co-sponsored by Dr. Roser and the Leitich Smiths.
From The University of Texas: "Nancy L. Roser is Professor of Language and Literacy Studies, the Flawn Professor of Early Childhood, and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. A former elementary teacher, she now teaches undergraduate elementary reading and language arts, as well as graduate courses in teaching the English Language Arts and Children's Literature. Her research interests include close inspection of children's book conversations in classrooms."
I strongly encourage my fellow bloggers to find great homes for the review copies they receive. For example, teachers are often seeking books for their classroom libraries. You should give them some. And flowers. And food and wine, too. Then say "thank you" for all the hard work they do.