The Pigeon has to go to school

Huurah for the Pigeon!!! He is Going to School ON Bus 🙂  🙂  🙂  Is he going to drive it? No. But at least he can get on the bus 🙂 🙂

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

Thank you, Mo Willems, for writing this lovely book

While walking around in the store, my eyes glanced at The Pigeon Has to Go to School. I had to read it right there and then. I chuckled while reading it. What a complete circle for the pigeon!! Finally, he will be allowed to get on the bus 🙂 🙂 He is invited to get on the bus 🙂 🙂

I like the story for its simplicity, the message, and just for the pigeon. Mo, take a bow for giving voice to children just starting school, all of us who are afraid and fighting with ourselves before starting a new endeavor. Talk about intrinsic motivation, a cause that allows us to overcome our fears, our excuses and embrace a new journey.

I relate to this book on a personal level. I am on my journey of becoming a marriage and family therapy. Soon I will start field experience. I also have insecurities, just like the pigeon. Like him, I am overcoming them as I am looking forward to earning my degree and starting a career helping families define strong for themselves.

Have you read the book? What do you think of it?


March is National Reading Month. 

Woo Hoo.

Did I say, once upon a time we lived in New Jersey, the Garden State, whose winters can give the Wisconsin winters run for their money?  Amaze and I read all the time, OK I read, she participated as she was a itty bitty bubbie.  She loved to be read to and asked a gazillion questions about what we were reading.  So when I had another munchkin and I was packing for the move to several states over, I needed to find ways where her love of reading will continue.

Guess what did I find?  Storylineonline.  A treasure trove of stories read by celebrities who are members of the Screen Actors Guild.  Oh! How I love them still. We listened from wide variety of readers including Darth Wedder AKA James Earl Jones and  Vice-President Al Gore who I bet had read many many stories to his kids.  May I share couple of them?  Thank you.

No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

Author: Ysaye M. Barnwell

Illustrator: Synthia Saint James

Read by: Tia & Tamara Mowry 


This is a book based on a song.  I like the questions Tia & Tamara asks: “If there were no mirrors in the house, will there be less stereotyping?”.  I think “No mirror in my nana’s house” means  Grandma’s home = acceptance & non-judgement. This book is special and you may find us humming the bars from the song at random times.    

Bad Case of Stripes

Author & Illustrator: David Shannon

Read by: Sean Astin

A book read by Sam Gamgee?

Added bonus: the book teaches kids to not be swayed by others AND eat their Lima Beans 🙂 

Hope you like these stories.   Now your turn to reflect, give feedback and share.


Slice of LifeI am writing this post for11th Annual  Slice of Life Story challenge hosted by  Two Writing Teachers .   On Tuesdays and During whole month of March, we will share a slice of our lives.  You are invited to join too.  





Bibliophile Me


Raising Bibliophile: 1. Surround them with books 2. Read to & with them 3. Give them room to reflect 4. Let them choose the books
Image created using Adletter


We are a family of proud bibliophiles.  My parents were readers and many evenings everyone read together. Our meals were infused with the stories mom told us from Ramayana,  Mahabharat & Shakespearean plays. Grandpa encouraged reading by presenting first grader me with Robinson Crusoe.  Growing up on Bakor Patel and Amar Chitra Katha was pure bliss. 


Cover Page of the Book Bakore Patel: Fun and Fun by Hariprasad Vyas
Image: Goodreads


As a child, while my peers played in school yard, I grabbed a bunch of books and read.  On lazy summer afternoons, I  got lost in a book & went on an adventure.  I was not very good at games and was a somewhat shy kid. Books allowed me to explore the worlds and get lost in the stories. I am not much different today. I continue to read, and be amazed by human nature, grit, complexity and hope.

gita-116Image: The Bhagavad Gita

I read from a wide range of books. I read picture books, comics, graphic novels, YA books, juvenile books, chapter books, bibliographies, self-help books, fantasy, science fiction,….I enjoy Eric Carle as much as Jodi Picoult and Amish Tripathi. I will to read anything from Amy Tan Maeve Binchy and John Grisholm.  Just like many of you, I went to midnight celebrations of Harry Potter books from J. K. Rowling and cried while reading Jacqueline Woodson’s Hush.  What can I say about Tagore?  He, the writer of Gitanjali, the Nobel laureates, the sage poet who knew a child’s heart!

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. - Rabindranath Tagore

There is not what I do not read. OK. So I do not read: horror, slash n dash AKA gory detailed, murder mysteries, and bodice rippers style books. Therefore,  no Fifty Shades of Grey or Games of Thorn are banished from my bookshelf . Janet Evanovich & Mary Higgins Clark, you are wonderful writers but your books are not for me.


Read Dog Books. They are good for you.                   Image:Adletter

I shared my book choices with you.  Now it is your turn. What kind of books you like to read?


Slice of LifeI am writing this post for11th Annual  Slice of Life Story challenge hosted by  Two Writing Teachers .   During whole month of March, we will share a slice of our lives.  You are invited to join too.  





Book Review: Add One More Star to the Night

My goal for 2018 is to read 100 books. 

I enjoy picture books and read them by dozens. 

What kind of picture books you ask?  Which authors? 

Here is one of them.


If you're afraid of the Dark, Add one more start to night


Painting a star in the sky!! Rather than cursing the darkness, let us shine a light.  Good idea, ya?  Cooper Edens dances on his own drum while encouraging us to skip along when encountering bumps in the road. His If you’re Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow and follow up If you’re Afraid of the Dark, Add one More Star to the Night are so full of joy, humor and sheer hope that I have to share the later with you. 



If you can't find your marbles, enlarge the game

“If you can’t find your marbles….

                                                                 enlarge the game.”



How many times we find ourselves lost, discouraged  and shaking our head with perceived constraints?  How about rather than looking at our or others deficiency, we expand our game & look at new ways to solve the problem or creating whole new ball game? 



If your rabbit has trouble finding you...practice your carrot calls

“If your rabbit has trouble finding you

                                                           practice your carrot calls”



Yup! If I forget everything else, let me remember the rabbit call. Let me meet my students, my kids where they are. Let me make sure I am enticing them to learn by providing fun opportunities not just the shackles of standardized test.  Rather than blaming social media, let me watch YouTube videos my kids like & discuss them. Go where my kids’ interests are rather than asking them to follow my choices.  Let them teach me MineCraft, Terraria & I can teach my kids via games not just books & lectures. Let me practice my rabbit call and keep tweaking it.


Your turn: Share a book that tugs at your heart & fills you with hope in comments below.


Peace & Joy (in Reading & getting lost in a book)