I was initially skeptical about Eileen and Jerry Spinelli’s new book, Today I Will: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself. I have a knee jerk (and often unfair) reaction to any book that could be shelved in the Self Help section of the store.
I was drawn to this book based solely on the authors’ good names. And the truth of the matter is that I ended up buying it to use at school. Yes, it is designed to be inspirational—a quality that usually sends me running. But I also knew that when I was 12, this book would have been on my nightstand.
The book is designed so that each day of the year has its own page featuring a quote from a children’s book followed by friendly advice. I bought the book because in my line of work (school librarian and literature teacher), I can always use good quotes from children’s books and I could see myself reaching for this book to begin a class.
I should probably read the entry for May 11 every so often: “Minds, like diapers, need occasional changing.” In case you are wondering, that quote comes from The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman.