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Confessions of an anchorman

Posted October 30, 2008

I’m coming clean this weekend at Barnes & Noble at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh during a book signing and musical performance. I will be confessing the mischief of my childhood and other aspects of my life growing up in Western North Carolina. The fun begins at 1:00P.M. this Saturday, November 1 as I read from my book Blue Ridge Reunion and play tunes from the CD which shares the same name. I promise we will have a good time.

I am also really excited to help kick off Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive. This year, Barnes & Noble Crabtree will be collecting books for the Project Enlightenment Foundation.

Project Enlightenment’s “On the Road to Reading” program is an ongoing effort to promote early literacy. With assistance from Barnes & Noble Crabtree, over a thousand new children’s books are collected and distributed to schools, childcare centers, hospitals, and agencies serving families who may not have access to books at home.

I hope to see you Saturday afternoon!

Right now I would like each of you to talk about your all-time favorite children’s book. Doctor Desoto was a big hit at our house when Lauren and William were growing up. I loved The Big Golden Book of Poetry as a child myself and many others. What about you? Please share.

By the way, thefensk wins the chili contest. Congratulations! I appreciate all the fine recipes.


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  • Topsail Girl Oct 31, 2008

    Animal Lover - I got your post - thanks for the idea!!! It worked!!

  • CestLaVie Oct 31, 2008

    I've ALWAYS loved to read. I started early as a kid & I continue to read today. As a child, I'd spend my summers reading - going to the library to get 3 or 4 books, read them, take them back & get more! Today, I get some from the library & buy some too - depends on the budget!

    I, too, have read many listed on this blog. But my all-time favorite that always sticks in my memory is The Boxcar Children. I couldn't even tell you the author's name anymore. I loved it for the adventure and the innovation & creativity that it inspired....the ability to not accept all we see as the only answers...that there is more than one way to skin a cat, think outside the box and look for other ways to accomplish something.

  • thewomacks Oct 30, 2008

    "Officer Buckle and Gloria", "Tacky the Penguin", and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" are some of my kids favorites!

  • iriemom Oct 30, 2008

    "Green Eggs and Ham" is one of our favorites.

  • VoiceOfReason Oct 30, 2008

    The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown, or anything by Margaret Wise Brown. She is a wonderful, writer. Perfect for young children.

    Also The Wingdingdilly by Bill Peet, the consumate environmentalist. Wonderful books!!

  • carolinamissy Oct 30, 2008

    Had so many but here are just a few

    I was so Mad Mercer Mayer
    Charlotte's Web
    The Narnia Series
    The Laura Ingalls Wilder books
    Nancy Drew
    The Velveteen Rabbit

  • no more - no less Oct 30, 2008

    All Bible Stories.

    The Elves and the Shoemaker.

  • GRush Oct 30, 2008

    I am the daughter of a schoolteacher, so I have always loved books. Before I could really read, my mother read me a Bible story and at least one other story or some Mother Goose rhymes every night. I could quote "This is the house that Jack built" when I was three! As I learned to read, I loved anything Seuss, but especially Green Eggs and Ham & Hop on Pop. The first Christmas package I can remember really unwrapping had books in it and I still have them - Black Beauty, Call of the Wild, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I have all the Little House books, too, and I loved anything by Marguerite Henry (horse stories). I still love to read, and I still get books for Christmas! Current favorites include Margaret Maron (NC author!), Andrew Greeley, Diana Galbadon (Outlander series) a wide range of Christian Romance writers, & Irish & Scottish themes.

  • fishnett5977 Oct 30, 2008

    As a child I loved "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George. I bet my name was on the school library's card at least 20-30 times!!! I finally bought a copy at the Barnes & Noble in Cary at the first of this month - on a trip there to get Nicholas Sparks to sign his lastest book. I read it again and loved it even more. Now it will sit quietly on my bookshelf until my granddaughter Katrina,grandsons Damien, Ethan, Jeron and Nikolas are old enough to read. Katrina and Damien will be the first two - they are 5 and soon to be 5 in November respectively.
    That book and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" were my all time favorites! I still love to read them. Need to get me a copy of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for them now! I LOVE to read! And I hope I can instill the love of reading on my grandchildren! :)

  • bleslie Oct 30, 2008

    Thank you 2thebeach!




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