Book Photo Frames!

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I thought this was a nifty idea courtesy of Paper & Stich.

It only took me about 2 minutes to make as I didn’t actually cut into the book, I just stuck the photo on the surface.  All you need is a vintage book, some blu tack and some room on your shelf!

Top Stephen King Books

Cover of "Cujo"

Cover of Cujo

Cover of "Gerald's Game"

Cover of Gerald’s Game

Stephen King is one of my favourite writer’s.  His knack for creating disturbing characters and circumstances is one of a kind.

Here are some of his best novels (according to me, feel free to disagree!);

* Misery – One of my favourite books.  Every time I read it I don’t want to put it down.  Annie is one of the most disturbing characters I have ever encountered.

* Cujo – I enjoyed this book because you really feel for the main characters and desperately want them to get out of the dire situations (especially the car scene).

* Gerald’s Game – This book truly creeped me out and I don’t usually get frightened easily.  The presence in the room with her is terrifying.  Such an interesting concept – A woman handcuffed to a bed, her husband dead, miles away from anyone.

Misery (novel)

Misery (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Power of the Picture Book

Cover of "The Doorbell Rang"

Cover of The Doorbell Rang

I have been teaching upper primary school students for 6 years. Nothing grabs their attention as quickly or holds it for as long as a good picture book.

It is a powerful teaching tool and is often forgotten when students get older.  When we have our library lessons my student’s make me read until my voice hurts.  Picture books allow visual learners a chance to understand the story, creates a platform for interesting discussions and models writing.

Recommended Picture Books:

* Willy the Champ series by Anthony Browne

* Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

* This is not my hat by Jon Klassen

* Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems

* Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl

* Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers

* John Brown, Rose and the midnight cat by Jenny Wagner

* The doorbell rang by Pat Hutchins

* Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss

I read the above list to my classes each year and they get the best responses from my students.

Can any one add to my list?

Cover of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other...

Cover via Amazon

Book Collections – Alice in Wonderland

Some of my Collection

Some of my Collection

For some reason I cannot resist buying multiple copies of Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland  by Lewis Carroll.

I have approximately 15 copies in my collection ranging from thick volumes to picture books.  If I find a copy in a second hand shop I will buy it immediately.  My rule for bookshops is that if it has a beautiful cover and it’s not too pricey I will make the purchase.

I don’t know why I need so many copies of the book.  Sure its one of my favourites stories but why do I need so many copies?

I only actually read one of the books (the classic penguin) and my favourite is the very first one I got when I was nine years old.  I think I like it the best because the Alice on the cover has brown hair and in a world of Alice’s with blond hair it was refreshing to see that this Alice had hair the colour of my own.

My one bedroom apartment is not only housing my Alice collection but all my other books as well.  The solution?  I think I need a bigger place.

Does any one else have a book collection?