Saturday, January 19, 2013

100 Followers and Monday Linky Parties

Yesterday, my little bog reached 100 followers! Thanks so much for taking the time to follow.  I have lots of plans for future giveaways, linky parties, flash freebies, etc.  I'll also continue to share with you any treasures I find - new technology, apps, sales (online & brick and mortar stores) and teaching ideas.  I told you about my monthly giveaway coming up that is exclusive to followers.  In order to make that work, I assigned each of you a # that is your forever number.  It probably is not the actual number of when you followed because Google doesn't number the followers for us and they actually re-sort them into those with pictures (first ones listed) and those who don't have a profile picture.  There are 2 numbers that I know for sure: my first follower and my 100th follower: Heather's Heart was 1st and Tama Trotti was the 100th!  Heather & Tama, please go to my TPT store and pick out an item that you would like and I'll email it to you!  Thanks!

I'm so excited about a weekly linky party that I'll be starting on Monday.  It is all about books!  There will be a different theme each week.  I already have the themes planned for the next few months.  The first one will be "favorite picture books of 2012".  It will feature books published in 2012.  This one is actually going to be a challenge for me.  I tend to have books that were purchased at thrift stores or that I purchased at Scholastic.  So, they're usually not the latest ones.  I searched my local library by just putting in a single letter ("a") and sorting by date published and then choosing only books in the "primary" target audience.  So, my husband and kids are at the library right now and I asked them to pick up a big pile of books.  Hopefully there are at least a few in the stack that are "review worthy"!

The linky will include you linking back to your blog where you've featured a book that fits into the category.  It can be one book or multiple books.  The review that you post on your blog could be as simple as telling why you like the book or a full book review.  I'm planning on leaving it open indefinitely (I think 1 year is the max), but only promoting it during the first week (pinterest, google plus, etc.).  So, to get the most "traffic" to your blog posting, it will be best to join the party while it is current!  There will be simple, clear directions on Monday.  I just wanted to give you a chance to start looking for books to review.

If you don't already have a book in mind, here are a few from 2012 that looked interesting:
*The Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan Quallen
*Princess-in-Training by Tammi Sauer
*The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne
*Snowzilla by Janet Lawler
*Sophie's Fish by A.E. Cannon
*Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford
*Olivia and the Fairy Princess by Ian Falconer
*I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black
*In the Land of Milk and Honey by Joyce Carol Thomas
*King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel
*Oh no! Not Again! by Mac Barnett
*Oliver by Judith Rossell
*Don't Wake the Bear! by Steve Smallman
*Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen
*Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
*Giant Peach Yodel! by Jan Peck
*Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack
*Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please? by Steve Metzger
*Zero the Hero by Joan Holub
*Millie Fierce by Jane Manning
*The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway
*Horseplay by Karma Wilson
*The House at the End of Ladybug Lane by Elise Primavera
*I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
*Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod

Enjoying the long weekend...~Melissa


  1. What a great idea! I need a few more read aloud books for my kiddos.
    What i have learned

    1. Thanks, Jessica. That's what I was thinking! I have my favorite books that I love, but don't have much time to explore new ones -- especially the work of weeding through the ones I don't want to waste my time on. Sharing our book discoveries through these weekly linkies should help us easily discover great new books AND give an ongoing reference for thematic books (books about friendship, etc. - stay tuned for the theme each week!). Thanks for posting!

  2. Congrats on reading 100 followers! I just recently reached that milestone as well! I am hosting a giveaway for reaching 100 followers that you should check out :)

    I am your newest follower (101)!

    Rae from Mindful Rambles
    Click Here to Check Out my Giveaway!

  3. So this linky has made me realize I really need to start checking out new books...I even googled a list of children's books published in 2012 and hadn't heard of any of them. Oldies are goodies, but I bet there are some great new ones out there too!
    Literacy Spark

    1. That's exactly what I was thinking! I don't want to give up my "tried and true" favorites but I want to know what's new! Thanks for the comment. I visited your blog and followed - - cute design! Thanks!

  4. Rae - Congrats on 100! I visited your blog and became a follower. Thanks for following and commenting!



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