Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Blogger Award

The Comment ChaIlenge has come to an end. I can say for sure that I have made at least 100  comments.  Some places I left three and four comments on some sites so I don't have an accurate count of how many comments I went over 100. I have found some wonderful blogs through the Comment Challenge.  Instead of just lurking around I actually take time to make a comment on different posts.  It was through one such venture I came across Jan at Eating Y.A. Books.  She has nominated me for the Kreative Blogger award and I am to pass it along

I was shocked to learn that Jan at Eating Y.A. Books nominated me for this blog award. I had found Jan through the Comment Challenge and now return often. She constantly has awesome books on her Shelfari bookshelf.

Jan I want to thank you very much for passing this award on to me. It means so much.

Here's how the award works:

• Thank the person who gave this to you.
• Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
• Link the person who nominated you.
• Name seven things about yourself that no one would really know.
• Nominate seven "Kreativ Bloggers."
• Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
• Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Here are seven things about me.

1. I am a teacher currently teaching middle grades intensive reading and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). However, I am certified to teach reading 6 – 12, elementary grades 1-6 and English 6 – 12.

2. In the past my husband and I have owned a scratch and dent grocery store, a Laundromat and a ceramic shop which we eventually moved into the back of the Laundromat. That way people could do ceramics while they waited for their laundry.

3. I was preparing to start my masters program when a friend offered to mentor me for National Boards I took her up on the offer and 2 years later in 2008 I became a National Board Certified Teacher.

4. I have always loved to read and write. One of my students looked at my classroom bookshelves and said, “Instead of buying all of these books for us to read, why don’t you just write them so they can be placed on the shelves for us to read?” That was the greatest compliment from a student, his belief in me. I finished my first book two months later and have two others in the works. Nothing published YET, but I am working on it.

5. I teach an afterschool sewing class and a creative writing class to students who have to stay after school. We have created several baby quilts that have been donated to pregnancy centers and my new creative writing class contains two sixth graders who have been working on a novel together as well as they each have individual books they are working on. They desire to be published before they get out of high school. Awesome goal

6. I have several grandchildren. All of them live out of state except Haylee, (who turns four at the end of February). Haylee calls me “Girlfriend” or “Grandma Girlfriend”. Her favorite place to take me is the library. The first time I took her I told her we were going someplace special called a library. I asked her if she knew what they had at a library and she said, “What?” When I told her they had books she balled her little hands up and shook with excitement and screamed, “Books, I love books?” She cried when we had to leave. Her toy box is full of books not toys. She has a cabinet and 2 shelves at my house full of books, (currently 43 of them). Yes I have turned her into a mini-me book addict.

7. Finally, from listening to me blather on you would probably find it hard to believe I am shy. I don’t like large crowds. If we have a lot of family in the house I usually find a quiet corner to hole up in. My one and only trip to New York was nerve racking. If not for my husband I would be a hermit. I have them deliver the food and my weeks supply of books and leave me alone. I am not quite that bad but close.

Enough about me. Here are seven very deserving bloggers I am nominating for this award.

1. Carrie at Carrie’s YA Books. When I need to find some of the hottest books out there for teens I stop there first. She is one of those who tells the reader what they might be interested in reading if they like the book she is reviewing. She deserves it for all of her great recommendations

2. Lenore at Presenting Lenore. Her reviews are not a regurgitation of what everyone else is saying. She explains what it is about the writing that she enjoyed or didn’t enjoy. Plus she has the wonderful cats and keeps us updated on their antics on a regular basis. Lenore deserves this award for her great insight into the writing of books.

3. Jenny at Take Me Away is another of my favorites. She does great reviews. However, the reviews are not the only thing that brings me back. She hosted an Alice in Wonderland challenge that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

4. MotherReader has been beneficial in getting me started with reading challenges. In my humble opinion she is one of the best motivators in the reading world. She is definitely worthy of this award.

5. Becky from Becky’s Book Reviews. I was following her blog before we both served on the Middle Grades Cybils panel. I found a lot of books that I recommend to my students. They tell me exactly what I need to know.

6. Jenners from Find Your Next Book Here is one of my favorites and very deserving because in my opinion she has one of the coolest challenges. It isn’t just a reading challenge. Often there is a lot of creative writing involved. She deserves this award for challenging us to go above and beyond.

7. Finally I award this to Cindy at Growing Readers for Life. The information she passes on to readers is beneficial to those of us who teach and need a few ideas to those who are parents and need to know what will work with their children. She is very inspiring and deserving of this award.

Thank you Jan for allowing me to pass this on to other deserving bloggers.


  1. Thank you very much for your kind words!

  2. I really enjoyed getting to know more about you. I already knew, from your posts, what a passionate reader and dedicated teacher you are. Now I've learned a lot more. ;-)

  3. I loved learning more about you ... what a sweet compliment from your student. And laundry + ceramics ... what a great idea!

    Thank you for your kind words! They mean a lot to me.

  4. Thank you so much, Sandra!!! What you said is so sweet too!

    Loved the facts you wrote. Your granddaughter loving books is adorable!

    My sister is an ESOL teacher too over in Palm Bay, just on the other coast of Fl.

  5. I have a little something for you on my blog to celebrate your blog.