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Words of Wisdom by Dr. Seuss

(SOURCE Bellyitch:the blog)

March 2nd is the anniversary of the birthday of that great children’s book author Dr. Seuss(real name Theodor Seuss Geisel) who was born on March 2, 1904. He wrote over 60 books before his death on September 24, 1991.

Many of the author’s quotes from his various stories are actually beneficial for adults as well.  Here are 35 of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes that I rely on to motivate me and get me through life and various bumps in the road. They uplift and inspire and great to know and share! Enjoy!

1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

2. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

3. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ― Dr. Seuss

4. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

5. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

6. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”  ― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

7. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ― Dr. Seuss

8. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Dr. Seuss

9. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss

10. “You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”  ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

11. “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”― Dr. Seuss

12. “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”― Dr. Seuss

13. “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

14. “Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”― Dr. Seuss

15. “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” ― Dr. Seuss

16. “All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and The Lorax

17. “Only you can control your future.” ― Dr. Seuss

18. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

19. “They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!” ― Dr. Seuss

20. “I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”

 ― Dr. Seuss

21. “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” ― Dr. Seuss

22. “Be awesome! Be a book nut!”― Dr. Seuss

23. “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” ― Dr. Seuss

24. “Think and wonder, wonder and think.” ― Dr. Seuss

25. “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

26. “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ― Dr. Seuss

27. “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” ― Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

28. “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

29. “Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!” ― Dr. Seuss

30. “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.” ― Dr. Seuss 

31. “You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?” – Dr. Seuss

32. “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.” ― Dr. Seuss

33. “Everything stinks till it’s finished.” ― Dr. Seuss

34. “It is better to know how to learn than to know.” ― Dr. Seuss 

35. “Sometimes you will never know the value of something,until it becomes a memory.” ― Dr. Seuss


Which Book...

Has two authors, both of whom are award winners?

(And will be published this September!!)

It's All American Boys.

Meet the Authors


Jason Reynolds Brandan  Kiely


Book Reviews by Khanh Nguyen

This is not any normal mystery book but something else entirely. It is just simply so suspenseful and heartbreaking, with series of thrilling situations. Jazz is the son of a former serial killer. His father usually brought him to the scenes with a camera for his "Take your child to work day". He has witnessed the scenes from the criminal's point of view. Unfortunately, Jazz's father is in prison but serial killing is nonstop in their quiet town of Lobo's Nod.  How can he prove to the world that he has not become a killer? That's why we read this book.


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19 - 24   Teen Read Week

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27   (STEP)  Mary KayZuravlef 


13 (STEP)

OPEN MIC in Black Box

17 (5:30pm) 

National Press Club Book Fair

5 (11am) Poetry Writing Workshop @ Smithsonian African Art Gallery
10 (5pm) Poetry Club Hosts DC Youth Slam Team Qualifying Slam
11 (STEP) OPEN MIC in Black Box
12 (11 am) Sumner Museum Holiday Open House (Poetry Club Performance)
15 (STEP) Carolyn Parkhurst
16 (7 - 9 pm) Chavez High School Homecoming Slam (Ronald Reagon Building)
19 (1pm) Wilson Poets host Open Mic @ Smithsonian African Art Gallery
08 DC Youth Slam Team Qualifier Alam @ Wilson HS Library
15 OPEN MIC in Black Box
27 (All day) Hyper Bole Poetry Festival (George Mason University)


2015 YALSA Top Teen Reads

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These are 14 of the books nominated for Teens Top Ten 2014

Examine the full list (with annotations) AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES at


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2013 Teens' Top Ten Nominations

These are the books selected by teen reading groups across our nation.  The books nominated for " 2013 Top Ten Teen Reads".  


Crewel by Gennifer Albin
(Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012)

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
(Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, 2012)
Underworld by Meg Cabot
(Scholastic/Point, 2012)
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
(Penguin Group/Dial, 2012)
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
(Simon & Schuster, 2012)

Skinny by Donna Cooner
(Scholastic/Point, 2012)

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
(Egmont, 2012)
Croak by Gina Damico
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Graphia, 2012)
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
(Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012)
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
(Little, Brown & Company, 2012)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
(Random House, 2012)
)Wake by Amanda Hocking
(Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012)
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
(Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
(Bloomsbury, 2012)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
(Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, 2012)
Every Day by David Levithan
(Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, 2012)
Son by Lois Lowry
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
(Little, Brown & Company, 2012)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
(Harlequin Teen, 2012)
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
(Scholastic/Scholastic Press, 2012)
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
(Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2012)
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
(Penguin Group/Razorbill, 2012)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
(Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)
)Immortal City by Scott Speer
(Penguin Group/Razorbill, 2012)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(Scholastic/Scholastic Press, 2012)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
(Disney/Hyperion, 2012

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Gooooo, Tigers!!

The stats are in.  Wilson High School is number 1 among DCPS high schools for books circulation.

Go Tigers!! We read because we want to....Congratulations!


Top Ten Most Circulated

10 most popular fiction titles as of March 02, 2016. Come check them out for yourself.

  1. No country for old men by McCarthy, Cormac,
  2. Grave mercy by LaFevers, Robin.
  3. The road by McCarthy, Cormac.
  4. Batman. Volume 1, The Court of Owls by Snyder, Scott.
  5. The once and future king  by White, T. H.
  6. Thor, god of thunder. [1], The god butcher by Aaron, Jason.
  7. African-American poets edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
  8. All-new X-Men. 2, Here to stay by Bendis, Brian Michael.
  9. The amazing Spider-Man : dying wish.
  10. Avengers. 1 by Avengers world

Book Reviews


Caught - A reading memory

I remember being 10 years old.  Mom said lights out but I was in the middle of the chapter - a Nancy Drew Mystery. I couldn't put it down.  So after she left the room,  I grabbed the flashlight, from my nightstand, and pulled the covers up over my  head.  I read for the next hour or longer, under the cover, by flashlight. 

While reading, I heard mom come back into the room.  I lay so still you would have thought I was the bed itself.. When the door closed again, I breathed a sigh of relief.   Ha ha, I thought I was soooo smart. 

The next morning, as I ate breakfast, mom told me I was grounded for disobeying her. What did she mean? I asked.

"Girl, don't think I couldn't tell you were reading under those covers".

She laughed and walked out of the room.  Silly me.. I had not realized that the light from my flashlight had shone through the covers..  - Ms. Gardner



2016 Teen Reads Nominations

Baker, Chandler. Alive. Disney/Hyperion. Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering. Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?
Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.
Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. Little, Brown & Co. In Fairfold, a place where both humans and Faeries live, siblings Hazel and Ben have grown up telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin in the woods. The boy has horns and ears pointy as knives, perhaps he’s a prince or a knight. Of course, they’ll never know because the boy will never wake. Then, unexpectedly, he does . . .
Boecker, Virginia. The Witch Hunter. Little, Brown & Co. Elizabeth Grey is a witch hunter who is suddenly accused of being a witch. She is arrested and sentenced to burn. The only way for Elizabeth to avoid this fate is to help out her former enemy Nicholas Perevil, the most dangerous wizard around. The book is filled with magic and adventure, action and mystery and features a world full of witches, pirates and ghosts.
 Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters – Love and Death. This book is full of intrigue and is, at times, heartbreaking, and will have the reader racing to the final pages.
Childs, Tera Lynn, and Tracy Deebs. Powerless. Sourcebooks Fire. In a world full of powerful heroes and villains, Kenna is just a regular, powerless teenager who works in a *Annotations provided by the Teens’ Top Ten book groups. lab. Then, three villains break into the lab, and Kenna decides to fight back. In the midst of this battle, Kenna is saved by a villain. Suddenly, she is forced to rethink her beliefs.
Cornwell, Betsy. Mechanica. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt /Clarion Books. A new take on the classic story of Cinderella. Mechanica uses her wit and her mother’s old engineering textbooks to try to escape her stepmother and stepsisters. Mechanica is a strong, smart, and capable character in a book that has an inspirational message for teenage girls.
Dinnison, Kris. You and Me and Him. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books. Maggie is overweight. Nash is out of the closet. They are the best of friends. But that friendship is tested when they both develop feelings for the same boy, a new kid named Tom.
SUMMER READ Doktorski, Jennifer Salvato. The Summer After You & Me. Sourcebooks Fire. Lucy Giordano lives on the Jersey Shore and has a crush on a boy named Connor Malloy, whose family spends many summer weekends at the home next door. The pair eventually shares an unexpected romance. Then, Super Storm Sandy hits and alters Lucy’s life dramatically. Lucy and Connor go their separate ways. But several months later, Connor is scheduled to return to The Shore, which should definitely make for an interesting summer.
Doller, Trish. The Devil You Know. Bloomsbury. Arcadia, or Cadie for short, is 18 years old and has been longing for something more in life ever since her mother died. Then she meets two handsome boys, cousins to one another, and they invite her and a friend on a camping trip. What seems like innocent fun takes a negative turn when Arcadia discovers one of the boys is hiding a terrible secret.
 Heltzel, Anne. Charlie, Presumed Dead. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Charlie Price is presumed dead after his plane crashes. However, his body is never found. At his funeral, Lena and Aubrey meet and discover both were his girlfriend. Lena believes Charlie is still alive, and she and Aubrey set out on a journey across Europe and Asia to expose Charlie’s deceit. The girls try to work together, but the secrets they hide could prevent them from finding Charlie.
Kaufman Amie, and Jay Kristoff. Illuminae. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.
Laurie, Victoria. When. Disney/Hyperion. High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then, Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.
Matharu, Taran. The Novice: Summoner: Book One. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. Eventually, Fletcher discovers the fate of the Empire is in his hands.
Nielsen, Jennifer. A. Mark of the Thief. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. Set in Ancient Rome, a young slave named Nic finds an amulet that gives him magic powers usually reserved for the Gods. After discovering a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and start a war, Nic is forced to use the magic within to defeat the empire’s most ruthless leaders and save Rome.
Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.
Priest, Cherie. Illustrated by Kali Ciesemier. I Am Princess X. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. When they were young, best friends Libby and May created a comic character named Princess X. Then Libby was killed in a car accident. Lonely and grieving, May soon discovers an underground culture centered around a web comic at The similarities between those stories and Libby’s own stories are striking. Could her friend still be alive?
Schmidt, Tiffany. Hold Me Like a Breath. Bloomsbury. Penelope Landlow has an autoimmune disease that forces her to remain indoors. She is also the daughter of a notorious crime family that is involved in the black market for organ transplants. Penelope soon gains her independence and is forced to survive on her own in the big city. She learns about love, loss and how to survive in an often dangerous world.
Schreiber, Joe. Con Academy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Will Shea (aka Billy Humbert) is a con man who has scammed his way into Connaughton Academy, an exclusive school for the American elite. He soon meets Andrea Dufresne, who also has conned her way into the school. The pair soon makes a bet to see who can con the school bully, Brandt Rush, out of thousands of dollars.
Sedgwick, Marcus. The Ghosts of Heaven. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. An epic story about the journey of discovery told in four episodes. The first, takes place during prehistoric times, as a girl picks up a stick and creates some of the first cave drawings. Next, we visit the 17th century and a girl named Anna, whom many believe is a witch. Episode three is set in a Long Island mental institution and features a mad poet who watches the ocean. Finally, a trip to the future, as a spaceship travels to settle another world. Simmons, Kristen. The Glass Arrow. Tor Teen. Set in the future, Aya is a 15-year-old girl who has spent her life hiding in the mountains in order to avoid the fate of most women, who are treated like property and auctioned off for breeding. Then, she is caught. Desperate to escape, she relies on the assistance of a wolf and a mute boy in her search for freedom.
Stohl, Margaret. Black Widow Forever Red. Disney/Marvel Press. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is one of the world’s most lethal assassins, and she once rescued young Ava Orlova from being subjected to a series of military experiments. Now, Black Widow and Orlova, who is 15 years old and living in Brooklyn, team up again to stop Widow’s former teacher, the evil Ivan Somodorov, from wreaking havoc on the children of Eastern Europe.
Stone, Tamara Ireland. Every Last Word. Disney/Hyperion. Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Samantha’s life changes after she visits a place at school called Poet’s Corner and she begins hanging out with new friends like Caroline and AJ.
Westerfeld, Scott, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti. Zeroes. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. Six California teens have special powers that aren’t always welcome. Like Ethan, known as Scam, who has a voice inside of him that will sometimes speak out when it’s not the right time to do so. When that “power” gets Ethan in trouble, the other Zeroes are the only ones who can rescue him. However, the members of this group are not exactly the best of friends.
Weingarten, Lynn. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth . . . which, it turns out, is very complicated.
Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Random House/Delacorte Press. Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet, she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.

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Top Ten Library Patrons (so far)

Congratulations!! to our Top Ten Patrons.  These are the students who have read the most books from our library this school year, as of March 23, 2015.

  1. Michael Houghton
  2. Davon Gamble,
  3. Amanda Kartano
  4. Maria Lazaro
  5. Odera Oliver
  6. Carlos Herrera
  7. Mykah Walker
  8. Jalen McKinney
  9. Kastriot Gjoka
  10. Pablo Gudiel

Most Circulated Book This Year (Are you surprised?)

 :Veronica Roth was only 22 when Divergent hit the NYTimes best sellers list


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The Black Count


Generations have been enthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in The Count of Monte Cristo and the daring swordsmen in The Three Musketeers. Yet few realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a mulatto general in a slave-owning empire truly was. From single-handedly holding a bridge in the Alps against 20 enemies to spending years held captive in a fortress, Alex Dumas is a fascinating character that not even his son's vivid imagination could have dreamed up. --Malissa Kent (Source:


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