Join Me in Reading for a Cause!

Dear Readers:

This morning, via the Goodreads July newsletter, I learned of a very interesting initiative that involves two of my favorite things – reading and social justice. I invite you to join the Pages for Progress challenge with me in order to support World Education. All you need to do is log pages you’ve read on the Pages4Progress website, and World Education will receive a $1 donation for each page.

I myself will be reading 25 pages per day between now and International Literacy Day on September 8th. I have already honored my pledge today by reading pages 163 to 188 of 10% Happier by Dan Harris (the July selection for the Talks with Teachers Summer Book Club). I will be regularly updating my progress on my pledge via my twitter account.

I do hope you will join me in helping the world to read! Please let me know if you do sign up by commenting here or on twitter!

Happy Reading from Jennifer Dines

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La Biblioteca de Vallodolid

When I was a little girl, my grandfather, John F. Berrent, was a retired guidance counselor who worked as a substitute teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools. When the library was discarding its older titles, my grandfather would bring them to his house for me. The books used different paper than modern books. It was a thick paper that was often dyed purple around the edges – this on books such as Password to Larkspur Lane of the Nancy Drew series and Donna Parker at Cherryvale. I enjoyed reading these older books because the feel of them was special and nostalgic, something you could no longer easily obtain.

In August, I visited the town of Valladolid, Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula while traveling between Chichen Itza to Tulum and Coba. I had a feeling I would like the town when I saw the sign that said: “Valladolid – Una Ciudad Limpia y Tranquila” (A Clean and Calm City). My husband and I agreed – that’s our kind of place. However, I did not expect that I would be so lucky as to stumble upon the library. The kindly librarians and the older titles reminded me of Saturday afternoons reading in my grandfather’s living room in Dundalk, Maryland. It brought me back to that place in my childhood, and I was absolutely thrilled to visit a library in Mexico and see how a beautiful colonial town has made a place for los libros.

Las bibliotecarias (the librarians) de Valladolid conmigo

Lenguas (Languages)

Lenguas (Languages)

La historia, biografía y geografía de Mexico (The History, Biography, and Geography of Mexico)
La historia, biografía y geografía de Mexico (The History, Biography, and Geography of Mexico)

Enciclopedia del Idioma: Encyclopedia of Language

Enciclopedia del Idioma: Encyclopedia of Language

Mis Primeros (My Firsts)
Mis Primeros (My Firsts)

Chris Van Allsburg picture books en español
Chris Van Allsburg picture books en español