Today’s recommendation is bit tardy because the big winter power outage in Texas took all our power and the internet with it for over three days. We live thirty miles south of Houston, and our home is all-electric (of course). Thankfully, we had received a quilt apiece for Christmas, and with other quilts, blankets and down comforters, we slept in thirty eight or nine degrees INSIDE the house. I had bought a long all-weather coat with a fake fur-lined hood for a trip to NYC last March, which never came to be, thanks to Covid. During the day, I wore my warmest pjs under jeans and a sweater under a bathrobe under said coat. We survived. We were blessed that we never lost water, nor had any pipes freeze and burst. Not all of our neighbors were so lucky.

Today’s recommendation is the Peppa the Pig series

My great-grand niece had a Peppa party for her second birthday.

Here are couple of books in the series:

But, the book that turned up as a donation to my LFL (Little Free Library) was this one:

I enjoyed reading this one.

Although Peppa and brother George do everything they can to make Papa Pig understand they are not sleepy, Papa has them go through their nightly rituals of bath time and teeth brushing before he reads them a bedtime story. They ask for the story of the red monkey, with which Papa obliges, and sure enough, by the end of the story, Peppa and George are fast asleep.

The pictures are charmingly drawn, with Papa’s “hairs on his chinny-chin-chin carefully present, and Mama Pig’s eyelashes the envy of the Mascara line of cosmetics. This is the perfect tuck-you-in-and-read-you-a-story, story, perfect for assuring pleasant dreams to any two or three year old.

I highly recommend the series.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. My grandkids watch the television show, which is how I got “Grandmama” when my grandson tried to talk with a British Accent. I didn’t realize there were books.


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