Thank you for the kind words on Buster. After everything was said and done, I became very sad and just loafed around the house. I didn’t walk on three days, in fact, but I did walk yesterday and Friday. We heard from the vet that he has a bacterial infection. Good news! No mass! Bad news: he was already on antibiotics earlier this month, so we’re not sure if he’s responding to antibiotics at this point. It makes starting immunosuppresant doses of steroids a bit tricky. His appetite is good so long as we don’t give him kibble, and he’s content. We’ll see what the vet says today about the antibiotic/steroid conundrum.
I kept myself occupied by diving headfirst into library projects I’ve been putting off for “lack of time.” [re: procrastination] I searched for an obscene amount of time for a poster that lists all the Newbery Gold Medal books, but in the end had to make my own. Full disclosure: the idea isn’t mine. I read about Mr. Shu’s Newbery Challenge about a month ago and thought it sounded like something I could do that would benefit both me and the kids at school.
The poster is not glamorous, but it serves my purpose: it gives credence to our library catalog and (hopefully) inspires the kids to read outside their comfort zone. We have a surprising number of Newbery Medal winners in the library. I haven’t completely torn apart the shelves, but I’d say we have at least half of them. Behold, one of the benefits of having an old catalog! Haha.
Basically, I know what I’m reading for the next 15 years. I’m sure I’ve read some of these before as a child, but I sure can’t remember them. The kids were shocked at the list. First, they wanted to know why. The answer has two parts. One, it’s my job to know what’s in the library and it’s my job to find them a great book to read. I can’t really do that if I don’t know the books. Two, the Newbery recognizes books that have changed the face of children’s literature. Seems like those are books I should read. “Like, how are you going to read all those books, Mrs. Kendall?” One page at a time, young padawan. One page at a time.
I’ve been showing it to parents and teachers, trying to drum up interest in a Newbery Gold Medal book club. Believe it or not, no one thought I was crazy!
Just in case you want your own poster, I made one to download. I took off the Newbery image for legal reasons and replaced it with vintage clip art. I also changed the title to make it more generic because if you do hang your poster, no one is going to care how many Newbery Gold Medal books Mrs. Kendall can read.
I have never done a download before, so doing one today might totally blow up in my face. It’s roughly 36×52 and I had it printed on blueprint paper for $9 at FedEx. It’s tack sharp and clear on my end, but when I pretend download it, it’s a little blurry. Hopefully, with the magic of the internet, it looks good on your end.