Monthly Archives: March 2015

SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge: REMARKABLE by Lizzie K. Foley

One of the things that I love about children’s books in general is that authors tend to be gleefully absurd, although it may say something about me that my sense of humor is still right around that of the average ten-year-old. Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley charmed me the moment I saw the blurb on the front cover. I mean, could you resist this?

“Welcome to the Town of Remarkable where Every Day in this Remarkable place filled with Remarkable people is Positively Remarkable for absolutely Everyone*

*except Jane”

Poor Jane Doe. She’s a middle kid, sandwiched between her brilliant painter older brother and her equally brilliant mathematician little sister. She’s also the only student at the public school because her siblings, and all of the other kids in town, attend Remarkable’s School for the Remarkably Gifted. She’s kind of a loner (her own father has “Ask Jane about her day” as Action Item #27 on his remarkably never-ending to-do list) until she meets Remarkable’s very own ten-year-old Criminal Masterminds, the Gimlet Twins. There’s a Lake Monster, too (because of course there is), and a crew of pirates come calling and then it might be up to Jane’s unremarkableness to save the day. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and sweet and anyone who’s ever felt overlooked can definitely relate to Jane. A copy of Remarkable, along with a few other books this week, is being donated to the library on the pediatric floor at my local hospital.

We are blogging all this week and possibly a little beyond to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Other posts include

Suzy at SilverBlueLining

Saraleee at Saraleee’s blog

Frenz at RAFrenzy

If you’d like to participate in the SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge there’s still plenty of time. Just fill out the Contact Form on the About tab and either Obscura or I will get in touch. If you’d prefer to donate a book without blogging just let us know what and where you donated so that we can keep track. An Anonymous Co-Conspirator is donating $50 to one of the charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving in honor of this event and we’d like to thank that person for his/her generosity!


SpReAd the Love Book Challenge 2015

Frenz from RAFrenzy joins us to SpReAd some love at her local children’s hospital, check out her fun choices below!


This post is part of the SpReAd the Love movement started in the Richard Armitage fandom by JazzBaby1 and Obscura. It has included all sorts of giving with this time being an annual event of book giving in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In that interest, I’ve decided to give some books to my “local” children’s hospital. I put local in quotes because the hospital is four hours from where I am, but I consider it my local children’s hospital, and it also holds a special place for SO and me.

During the weeks after SO received his transplant, he and I stayed at a hotel across the street from the children’s hospital and came to know many parents and grandparents of patients, also got to know their stories, and in some cases made some good friends. One of the recurring comments among these family members was the desire to…

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SpReAd The Love “Children’s Book Challenge” for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Saraleee joins us with reviews of two books she’s enjoyed with her son. Check it out!


March 1st is the birthday of beloved children’s book author, Doctor Seuss. Coincidentally, the first week of March is also Read Across America week here in the US, and elementary schools across the country will be celebrating with activities, author visits, and other events to share the joy of reading with kids.

In honor of Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel, the SpReAd the Love group has organized the Children’s Book Challenge! Fans of Richard Armitage everywhere are encouraged to write a review of a children’s book that you love and then donate it to a school, library, children’s hospital, Ronald McDonald House, or a child in your own life.

I think that sounds great! I’ve chosen two books that my son and I loved and cherished when he was small: No, David, by David Shannon and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica – Dinosaurs by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.

No, David!

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SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge: First Post

The SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge is up and running and our first post this year is from Suzy at SilverBlueLining who writes about one of her childhood favorites, The Little Witch by Otfried Preussler. Thanks so much, Suzy!

If you’re not certain what I’m talking about, the challenge is this: if there’s a book you loved as a child or a children’s book you’ve read and loved as an adult, we invite you to write a review of it and then donate a copy to a school, a library, a children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald house, or a child in your own life. Pretty simple, right? If you’d like to write a review but don’t have a blog of your own we can arrange a host for you here at SpReAd The Love, or at AncientArmitage, The Armitage Authors Network,  Me+Richard, or FunkyBlueDandelion.  If you’d prefer to just donate a book without a review just be sure to let us know so that we can count it toward our total.

 Like last year, this shindig is going down the first week of March. March 1st is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and kicks off Read Across America week here in the US. Our target dates for posts and donations are during this week but we’re flexible and posts a few days or so before or after are fine by us. This year we have an Anonymous Co-Conspirator willing to donate $1 for each book donated up to a maximum of $50 to one of the charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving. Can we max that? I’ll bet we can. Just get in touch with us on the Contact form on the About tab and let us know what you’re planning to do. Thanks again to Suzy for today’s post and for those of you who’ve donated anonymously!