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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 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!

SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge: Dr. Seuss Is On The Loose Again

When Obscura and I were talking about what we’d like to do with SpReAd the Love this year the one challenge that we really wanted to keep was this one. Last year our participants donated twenty-seven books to libraries, schools, children’s hospitals, and to special children in their lives and hosted twenty-one posts on blogs all throughout Armitageworld. Can we outdo ourselves this year?

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 or 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. You can find a masterlist of posts from last year here. We can host posts here at STL, Obscura can host at Ancient Armitage, I’m open at FunkyBlueDandelion, and Trudy and I are willing to host at The Armitage Authors Network.

Get in touch with us on the Contact form on the About tab and let us know what you’re planning to do so that we can get organized because this shindig is going down the first week of March again. Why the first week of March? Because March 1st is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and kicks off Read Across America week here in the US. So our target dates for posts and donations is during that week but we’re flexible and posts a few days or so before or after that week are fine by us. Last year we had an Anonymous Co-Conspirator who donated $1 for each post, each host, and each book donation to one of the charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving. If you’d like to do that for us this year please let us know.

So it’s Sunday and Sunday for me means spoken word poetry so we’re going out with this lovely piece that I played for the kick off last year, too. I think this might be the single video that I’ve played most frequently but I find it really hard to resist all that sunshine while it’s cold and yucky out. Have a great Sunday, wherever you are!