Today is September 11th… a date that we all hold close in our hearts and minds. A date that we will never forget.
16 years ago, the world was changed, as terrorists attacked the United States of America. What I will always remember from that tragic day, is how we all banded together and helped one another.
9 years ago, I was hospitalized with ITP. Throughout all the years of testing, and still unanswered questions, I have learned that life happens. No matter what you plan, life has a way of changing things. You learn to continue to move forward each day.
Today, Hurricane Irma’s winds are wreaking havoc outside. Places that are still rebuilding from Hurricane Matthew are being destroyed again. Memories of Hurricane Hugo from 28 years ago, are flashing in people’s minds. Again, what I try to focus on is the fact that everyone is coming together to help one another. Whether it is from Hurricane Harvey or Irma, we are all trying to keep each other safe. (I also learned that the high school where I graduated from was vandalized. Things were stolen and windows were destroyed. However, let’s remain focused on the positive side of things.)
So book wise, what does this day mean? I have read a few adult fiction novels that reflect on the meaning of September 11th, but this year, this year I chose to read a children’s book.
During the month of July, I read mysteries and various fiction titles. However, my favorite book was not quite a book. It was an audiobook! I still prefer reading books, but I am trying to incorporate more audiobooks into my reading life.
And the winning title is:
The best book that I read during the month of June, was given to me back in March for my birthday. Books make the best presents and I am grateful to my Mom.
By: Kate DiCamillo
Raymie Nightingale’s world was destroyed when her father ran off with his dental hygienist. Now to correct everything, Raymie must win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, so her picture will be in the paper and bring her daddy home. There is only a minor problem with this plan and that is the fact that Raymie doesn’t know how to twirl a baton. When she signs up for classes, she meets Louisiana and Beverly. Louisiana lives with her grandmother and is determined to win the prize money so she can get her cat back and provide food for her family. Beverly is so sick of competitions that she wants to sabotage this one, so no one will win. This unlikely trio forms a friendship that will see them through difficult times.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
By: Karma Wilson
Illustrated by: Jane Chapman
Bear tends to hibernate all through the winter season, which means he is sound asleep during Christmas! His forest friends are determined to make sure Bear stays awake this year, so they find several holiday themed tasks for Bear to do. Will he be able to stay awake with his friends, or will he fall into a deep slumber?
Cat as a Hat
By: Richard Lake
Illustrated by: Petrina Ong
A young girl experiences everyday life, while her precious cat, Audacious, stays curled on top of her head. The people in her town express their concern and disapproval of this girl and her cat. However, the girl explains to readers all the wonderful things that happen, when you wear a cat as a hat.
By: Lynn Floyd Wright
Flick is a puppy who was hit by a train, when a young boy finds him trapped in the tracks. It is up to the boy to convince the adults that Flick’s life is worth saving.
Flash and Fancy An Otter Adventure on the Waccamaw River
By: Tom Doran and Christine Thomas Doran
Illustrated by: Nancy Van Buren
Flash and Fancy are two lovely otters living on Sandy Island. Even though they knew of each other, their friendship is solidified when Fancy’s life is in danger. Flash comes to her rescue and the two of them explore the mighty Waccamaw River together.
How to Be a Baby by Me The Big Sister
By: Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap
The big sister is old enough to do many things and in this book, she points out all the things a baby just cannot do. Even as the baby ages, he or she will still be “little” so the entire family will still be by their side. And the big sister is looking forward to being friends and sharing memories with the baby.
Dear Baby Letters From your Big Brother
By: Sarah Sullivan
Illustrated by: Paul Meisel
Mike’s Mom is expecting a baby, soon. As a way to prepare for his new role as a big brother, his parents ask him to write a letter to the baby. Over the course of a year, Mike writes letters to his new little sister.