a february platter

"The Sunny-Sulky Book" by Sarah Cory Rippey, illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright, 1915 (via katinthecupboard)

Happy February!

Even though it’s been unseasonably warm the past few days, we’re still hibernating. It’s much cozier that way, a good excuse to stay inside with a nice cup of hot chocolate and a good book.

For some people, winter can start to feel really old right about now. They’ve started looking through seed catalogs and yearning for Spring. But February has a lot to say for itself, being Heart Month, National Bird Feeding Month, and the time we celebrate our Presidents. Oh, and with Cupid on the loose, anything can happen.

Heads Up: Friday, February 3rd, is National Wear Red Day. Time to don that sizzling red dress, snappy scarf, or power necktie in support of women’s heart health.


I’m Too Versatile for My Shirt

This might seem like deja-vu, or me just repeating myself. But truly, it’s happened once again. Remember when Heidi Mordhorst of My Juicy Little Universe presented me with the Versatile Blogger Award? Well, now the always lovely Maria Horvath at A Poem A Day has honored Alphabet Soup in the same way! I’m appreciative and humbled that two such talented bloggers think of me as versatile.

In case you’re not familiar with A Poem a Day from the George Hail Library, it’s a veritable treasure trove of carefully selected, beautifully presented poetry and fine art.

There is a different theme every month, and each and every day Maria pairs a poem with the perfect painting. She also includes fabulous quotes and backstories, and you come away feeling so enriched and enlightened. Truly a testament to her fine taste, depth of knowledge and genuine love for poetry. Talk about food for thought — hers is one classy blog. Thank you so much for the award, Maria!

Black History Month

Another reason February is such a special month: thanks to the Brown Bookshelf, we have the perfect opportunity to learn more about some of the African American authors and illustrators working in children’s literature today. The BB’s once a year celebration, 28 Days Later, kicks off today! Every single day this month, they are showcasing a different artist, and since this is a leap year, there will be 29 bright and shiny profiles honoring all these talented folks. Click here to see the full schedule.

January Carnival of Children’s Literature

Still time to catch last month’s carnival, hosted by Delightful Children’s Books. Settle in your favorite chair, refill your coffee or tea, and enjoy all the wonderful reviews, interviews, and other interesting posts related to picture books, chapter books, poetry and nonfiction titles.

Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

In case you’re in a crafty mood this month and are looking for simple, handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas, consider making a few bookmarks for friends, relatives, and/or co-workers. Misty at Hawai’i Book Blog has rounded up seven links to seven sites featuring instructions and printables for a variety of cute and colorful ones. These would make fun projects for schools or book clubs. Check it out!

Soup Day Giveaway

Just in case you missed the update to my Soup Day post yesterday, thought I’d mention it again. Melissa Iwai is giving away an autographed copy of her charming picture book to celebrate National Soup Month. Just leave a comment specifying your favorite soup at her cooking blog, The Hungry Artist, no later than February 6, 2012. You can increase your chances of winning by spreading the word via FB, Twitter, etc. Click here for all the details and three yummy soup recipes!

Okay, that’s a wrap. Bundle up, stay warm, and take a leap of faith this month!

"Peter Rabbit and the Tiny Bits" by Linda Stevens Almond, illustrated by Margaret Campbell Hoopes, 1935 (via katinthecupboard)

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” ~ Iris Murdock


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12 thoughts on “a february platter

  1. Congrats, Jama! And thanks for the red heads-up…must do laundry before friday!

    I’ve been thinking about crafty promo type things, and your picture of Valentine’s bookmarks just gave me an idea–thank yoU!


    1. Thanks, Laura. I’m sure you look smashing in red :). I’m so impressed with all the promo things you’ve been doing recently. I’ve bookmarked Vista Print — thanks for all the tips!


  2. Love looking at all your ‘eye candy’, especially that first image from the “The Sunny-Sulky Book”-just beautiful. I too like those Valentine bookmarks-fun little gifts. You are a Versatile Blogger! Thanks for being one!


  3. Of course you’re versatile. And all kinds of awesome. …. Piper was born during a leap year. She came one day late, so Blaine said she just adjusted for the leap year.

    Looking forward to February here, but it’s *always* good to visit.


  4. Is it Bearded Men month in February, too? Your eye candy and various tasty photos always make me laugh.

    I am LOVING the valentine’s stuff. What pretty, pretty ideas, all settled in a happy row, just for me! I’m excited, and am going to make some heart bookmarks, I think – those are a great idea. I might even use other colors than red or pink! But hearts – yeah. Those are cute.

    This whole post has cheered me up. But I find myself hoping that the Sunny-Sulky book is a 19th century children’s book on deciding not to be grumpy…


    1. Oh, didn’t know about Bearded Men Month! I could get behind that :). I knew November was all about mustaches and wondered whether beards ever got their due.

      Misty at Hawai’i Book Blog always has such great link roundups, “Huki-Links.” Happy to have stumbled upon all these valentine bookmarks. Hearts are my favorite!

      I’m curious to read those Sunny-Sulky stories. Sulky comes naturally to me . . . 🙂


  5. Thanks for this great post! I love all the bookmark ideas, and A Poem a Day is a treasure. If only we could have a leap hour every day so I ‘d have time to enjoy it thoroughly!


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