While we were having fun barbecuing, eating watermelon, and hotdogs, and hamburger grilled outside, and drinking our favorite drinks and playing yesterday, it was such fun. But do you know that it was because of the meaning of this day, Memorial Day, that we could have such fun. So let’s see what makes it so special:
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
I love this picture because it shows a little kid, laughing and very happy. She’s excited about her life, even though she is in a wheelchair. That’s great isn’t it. Just like you and me she likes reading, video games, her own cell phone, ice cream, the movies, sports and more. I am sure she likes to have a couple of really good friends to sit at lunch with her in the lunch room and call her and just to have fun with.
In fact we all like those things. So, the next time while you’re in school or at the mall or outside playing or even at the community swimming pool and you see a special child, whether in a wheel chair or walking with braces on his or her legs or maybe even unable to communicate regular, like we know it, think to yourself: “Hey, there’s someone who might be a really good friend to me and I can be a really good friend to him or her.”
Let me tell you, special friends are the best. Talk to you later.
I have to share with you all about my latest book signing that I did in March. It was so much fun. There were a lot of children and their parents there at the book signing and I sold some of my book to some very excited kids. You may not think that in March someone would buy a book about Christmas, but they did. I was so very happy. too.
Boy! I just had a thought? If you continue doing wonderfully in school, reading and learning all you can, I am sure that I will see your names on some books that you’ve written, too. That’s exciting. In fact I know that you all will write books and that you’ll share them with others. Your books don’t have to be like mine, but they have to come from your heart, remember that. One day, I’ll be able to come to your book signing and buy a specially autographed copy of your book. I am looking forward to that. Until next time remember: READING OPENS UP THE WORLD TO YOU!
It’s me, Jenny! WHEW! It has been a whirlwind of activity with me for the last few months. I mean, I really missed you guys. But today, I am glad to say that I can catch up with all of you and find out what you are doing.
I sure hope school is going well. Can you believe that there are only about 4 or 5 weeks left until Summer vacation? Okay. I can hear a lot of you shouting YAYYYYY!! And there is nothing wrong with wishing for Summer vacation. Besides you all deserve it. You’ve worked so hard in school getting those A’s and B’s. So you deserve a break.
I just want you to remember one thing: While you are planning your summer always make plans to read 20 minutes a day. Yep, read every day. And please if you have little brothers and sisters or little nieces and nephews or just little kids in the neighborhood, please get a book and read to them, as well. Babies even love to hear your voices as you read Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham or my books, A Surprise for Junior, Loony the Loon and the Littered Lake or Junior Rabbit Learns About Christmas. Believe me guys, when you read you learn about this world and all the wonderful things in it.
Oops, I gotta go. I am writing another book to be published later this year. I sure hope you guys will read my books. Talk to you later,
Well guys, it has been such a whirlwind of events and activities for me. But we are almost four whole weeks into the new year and I am so glad!
Got a few questions:
Have you continued to read and visit the library?
Have you become a true friend to a special needs student at your school?
Is your GPA – grade point average a “B” or better?
Are you reading to your little brother, sister, cousin, niece or nephew?
You gotta keep reading if you want to open up the world for yourself.
Special needs kids are just people like you and me. They love friends and laughing just like you do. Please sit with them in class and even at lunch.
It doesn’t make any sense to go to school, do class work, have homework, projects, presentations and do speeches to get any grade below a “B”. You were made by God, and a “C” is just average. Blah! You are so much more than average!
If you read to the little kids in your life, you’ll help them to learn to read better and you’ll see that they, too, will be lovers of books.
So guys, remember that I am rooting for you. I want to hear from you, too. Besides my own books, here are a couple of book to read to kids. Talk to you later.
Well, I had a wonderful time at my book signing and reading Junior Rabbit Learns About Christmas at an elementary school in a suburb of Detroit. You can see some of the pics below. I had a wonderful time and so did the children. In case you don’t know it, that’s me in the elf outfit. We had loads of fun. I told you that reading is a lot of fun especially when you get together with others and have a reading party. I want you to see how much fun I had and enjoy the pictures. Have a wonderful and fun and safe Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year.
I am so excited! So, if you are local, I would love to see you there. I would make sure you get a personal autographed copy of the book, when you purchase it. We could even take pictures together.
Here’s the information about my book signings. Oh yes, before I forget, make sure you are reading every day between 15 and 20 minutes. Remember, too, that reading opens up the world to you. Gotta go guys!
Wednesday December 14, 2016, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 30003 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082. I’ll be there at 11:30 a.m. EST.
Wilder Library, 7140 E. Seven Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48234. I’ll be there beginning at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.