It’s report card time again, and I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the time it takes to get the paperwork done and prepare the report cards for my 28 second graders. No matter how organized I am each term, it’s always the same crunch at the printing deadline. But I can’t just work straight through and get these report cards done in one fell swoop. I have to take reading breaks — little rewards to myself for getting the comments done, or finally posting the last of the math grades. So, in the last few days, I’ve treated myself to two of Kate DiCamillo’s books that I hadn’t read yet: Because of Winn Dixie, and The Tiger Rising. I like them both very much, and I’ve decided to promote Kate DiCamillo to the rank of One of My Favorite Authors. She’s delightful! … I give her an “A”.