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Can 1000 Books Beat Fabio?

In June 2011, I posted a personal account of my interaction with Fabio that I had written for my Storytelling class in grad school. Although it took a few months, desperate housewives and business ladies alike searching for bare-chested pictures of Fabio began landing on my page. In droves they were using such keyword searches as “fabio sexy,” “fabio chest,” “fabio pecs,” “fabio with a spork,” “fabio raw food,” and “fabio’s bear hold” which sounds intriguing. Some even had the audacity to ask “who is fabio?”

Why am I reliving this golden moment in my blogging history? The August after that post was born, I received 2,404 views–the most I have ever received in one month. Still. This August appears to be challenging that record holder. With a post on my Summer Library Club and one on 1000 Books before Kindergarten I have received lush amounts of traffic that are nearing Fabio’s fame.

Will legitimate contributions to the library world beat Fabio’s imPECcable bodacious 1990s appeal? Only time will tell. Let the interwebs war begin!



happy to read

September update: Guess what, everyone? Knowledge beat out brawn! Move over Fabio, hello advancement of early childhood literacy through passive reading programs!

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Fairy Good Tales: Hansel and Gretel


Introduction: Why are nursery rhymes and fairy tales important?

  1. Nursery rhymes are strong in rhythm, rhyme, and repetition
  2. Learn the basic patterns of story patterns including plot, theme, and character
  3. Can teach lessons about actions and consequences
  4. Knowing the original tale builds a platform for understanding & appreciating fractured tales

Shake Your Sillies Out, clap your crazies, jump your jiggles, stretch your stretchies

Abra Cadabra
Abra Kazoom
Let Story Time magic
enter the room (pull out paper with fairytale)

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  1. Hansel and Gretel by Cynthia Rylant
  2. Action Rhyme: Going On a Bear Hunt
    Note: This was a really fun one to tie-in, even though it was a reach, because Hansel and Gretel also go on an “adventure” of sorts and must find their way back.
  3. Fractured Tale: The Truth About Hansel and Gretel by Karina Law
    Note: Early Reader books can provide fun, short stories
  4. Game: Pebble Game
    1. How many pebbles can you pick up in 30 seconds?
  5. Settle Rhyme: Wiggle Song (tune: For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
    My thumbs are starting to wiggle,My thumbs are starting to wiggle,My thumbs are starting to wiggle,

    Around, and around, and around.




    All of me is starting to wiggle,

    All of me is starting to wiggle,

    All of me is starting to wiggle,

    And now I need to rest

  6. Fractured Tale: Hansel and Diesel by David Gordon
    Note: This one was a little bit long but it was action packed to keep their interest. Very “Disney-esque.”

Activities & Take Aways

  1. Candy Land board games set out
  2. Maze
  3. Decorate a candy house


  • Smarties
  • Life Savers
  • Pebbles
  • Basket


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Happy May Everyone!

We made it to May, everyone! I can’t wait to feel sunshine on my cold, withered, winter-beaten skin. In honor of May, here is a bowl of mashed potatoes (for no real reason).


mashed potatoes

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