Here’s to the Twestival! Natalie Ghidotti and Her Favorite Childhood Book

As we mentioned early, Arkansas bloggers are supporting next week’s nonprofit fund-raiser, the “Twestival,” by blogging about their favorite children’s book — this, in honor of the Twestival’s beneficiary, Reach Out and Read Arkansas.

Alex Cone and Tsudo are among those blogger their beloved books. Kyran Pittman has her own post here. And since we didn’t read books when we were kids, we recruited ol’ pal Natalie Ghidotti to do the honors for us!

After the jump, Natalie talks about her favorite childhood read, “The Twirly Skirt” by Martha Goldberg. Also: More about next week’s Twestival and how you can get involved.

The Twirly Skirt

The Twirly Skirt

Natalie on “The Twirly Skirt”

I was a sucker for Nancy Drew books (I still have the entire collection, which in recent years made its way from the bookshelf in our home office to a Rubbermaid container to make room for books on pregnancy and raising toddlers). But although I loved all things Nancy Drew, Beverly Cleary (“Ramona the Pest”) and Judy Blume (“Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” – every 11-year-old girl’s favorite in the mid-80s), there was one book that I would read over and over – even as an older teen.

“The Twirly Skirt” by Martha Goldberg didn’t have a major plot. It was simply about a young girl who got to wear a beautiful twirly skirt to her birthday party. The skirt was big and puffy and amazingly girly. I was never a girly girl. I preferred climbing trees (or at least attempting it) and “backpacking” through the woods in our neighborhood. This is probably the reason I was completely drawn to this story. That skirt was so NOT Natalie, and that made it incredibly intriguing to me.

I wanted to throw a birthday party where everyone was in normal play clothes, and I was decked out in this lovely twirly skirt – just like the character in the book. I loved the fact that she set her mind to something (getting that twirly skirt for her party) and made it happen (obeying her parents, doing what she needed to do). Those are good lessons to live by. Work hard. Play hard. Wear a pretty dress to the cocktail party. Those three things will take you far, I believe.

That’s really what I love about so many great children’s books. The lessons taught – often in such simple terms – are truly lessons for life. It’s why reading to our children from Day One is SO IMPORTANT! It’s why you need to come out next Thursday and support Reach Out and Read Arkansas. They are dedicated to helping families build a library at home, so that all kids have the opportunity to begin a love for reading and the written word. I hope to see all of you there!

And now, more on the Twestival:

LRTweetup Presents Twestival!
Tweet. Meet. Give.

When: Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Clinton Presidential Library

Why: To support Reach Out and Read Arkansas

Tickets: $10 and a Book

Online tickets:

More: The Little Rock Twestival is just one of 46 events taking place across the country between Sept. 10-13 as part of the nationwide Twestival movement. A Twestival, or Twitter-Festival, is a global series of events organized by volunteers around the world under short timescales, in which people meet offline for one night, have fun and raise money for a local cause. More information about the national movement can be found at

RORA currently has four clinics that have applied for acceptance into its program, but the nonprofit is unable to provide the resources to begin distributing books in these clinics. Twestival can change that! We’re asking everyone, not just people in the Twitter community, to help us raise money and collect books for this important cause!


3 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for posting this- first I’ve heard of it. I will definitely post about it and pass on the word to mt students and their families.

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