Happy Birthday Mr. Schu!

From  First Bookhttp://blog.firstbook.org/2011/08/27/happy-birthday-mr-schu/

This Sunday is a very special day. It is the birthday of a friend of First Book and of mine, an inspired educator, blogger and children’s books advocate: John Schumacher, the man we all know as Mr. Schu.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Schu!I knew of Mr. Schu long before we actually met. My already-high opinion of him (School Library Journal Mover-and-Shaker andcover boy that he is) went through the roof this summer as I received photos, videos, emails and tweets about his Adventures Out West, a kidlit roadtrip he took with many of his favorite new books in tow.

Whether at the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas or Standing-On-A-Corner-In-Winslow-Arizona, Mr. Schu is always a fine sight to see (I dubbed him Johnny Orangeseed because one of the books he carried cross-country proudly was my When Life Gives You O.J.). He always has a book in his hand, a smile on his face and something positive to say about authors, bookstores, libraries, and children’s books he loves. Returning home from these adventures, did he kick back and put his feet up? Noooo! It was back to school time and he wasdetermined to bring fabulous books to kids not just his library but the whole school (bathrooms included!). Books to kids, the motto of First Book, is what Mr. Schu eats, sleeps, and breathes.

That’s why some of Mr. Schu’s friends proposed the idea of donating to First Book in his name as a birthday gift. We discussed the fact that Mr. Schu has a LOT of friends and fans, all of whom love him and everything he stands for. So we decided to open this up to everyone who wants to provide books to kids in need (for all sorts of good reasons, and especially in honor of Mr. Schu’s birthday). If you’d like to participate – and, for extra fun, have First Book send Mr. Schu an e-card to let him know that you did — just click here and give whatever feels appropriate. By the way, Mr. Schu’s email address is mrschureads at gmail dot com (you need this for the e-card part at the bottom of the donation page). You can also go visit a local Title I school in your area and help them register (easy! online!) with First Book, if you’d like!

Follow @firstbook and help spread the word by sharing and retweeting this blog post and using the hashtag #happybdaymrschu all weekend and beyond to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. SCHU!

See also: Coverage at SLJ: http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production/2011/08/28/video-sunday-a-birthday-for-mr-schu/

I was lucky enough to have Mr. Schu in 3 classes during my time at Dominican. His work was some of the best I’ve ever had and I have high hopes for the future of school libraries with leaders like him. Happy Birthday!!!!