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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Archive | Reading Ahead

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A Writing Tip

In Leonard Marcus‘ interview with author Beverly Cleary, which you’ll find while reading one of this month’s Chapter & Verse Book Club selections, Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy, she passes along a wonderful tip for prompting kids (and others) to write. Q: In the Ramona books, Beezus worries about not having enough imagination. […]

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Everything We Know

Synchronicity. We mark its occurrence by saying the word out loud, not fully grasping its power but understanding that we are honoring a confluence in our lives. There are three contributors to my confluence: Anita Silvey, Wendell Minor, and Katherine House. Last fall, Anita Silvey‘s book Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a […]

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Bank Street’s 2010 Choices

We eagerly await the annual list of books chosen by the Bank Street College of Education as books that work well with children from birth to age 14. Each year, the Children’s Book Committee reviews over 6000 titles each year for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. It chooses the […]

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Monday Morning Round-Up

From Wendell Minor comes this news (applause, please),  “It′s official: the original art from Look to the Stars will be included in the permanent collection of The New Britain Museum of American Art, and the original art from Abraham Lincoln Comes Home will be included in the permanent collection of The Norman Rockwell Museum. Watch […]

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Free Comic Book Day

Tomorrow. May 1st. At a comic book store near you. Zowee! Have you been made aware that May 1st is international Free Comic Book Day? Fly like a superhero to this website for all of the details. You can enter your zipcode in the lefthand column to get a list of participating stores near you. […]

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2010 Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards

What a pleasure it is each year to discover which books the Jane Addams Peace Association has chosen to honor. Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books meeting standards of literary and artistic excellence, published in the U.S., with themes or topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world […]

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Hitting a Home Run

It’s still April and I’m still feeling crazy about baseball. The first Ron Koertge book I read was Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (published by Candlewick Press in 2006). He tried several tricky writing tasks in that book and I finished it with a sense of admiration for his skill as a writer. Koertge hit a triple. […]

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Aliens and Nature

My thanks to Katherine House, who sent word that illustrator John Schoenherr passed away on April 8th at the age of 74. I have admired his work in two fields for many years—I am saddened by the loss of this prodigious and pioneering talent. Born in 1935, Mr. Schoenherr (he was known as Jack) grew […]

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Monday Morning Roundup

Barbara O’Connor‘s book How to Steal a Dog is a real children’s favorite. This book about a homeless girl’s plan to save her family by stealing a dog has, to date, been nominated in twenty-one states for a children’s choice award. We’ve recently learned that the book is a winner in three states, receiving the […]

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Celebrating Earth Day

How did you celebrate? How about your classroom? Your library? Your family? We went to Joyce Sidman‘s publication party for Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors (Houghton Mifflin), illustrated with linoleum block prints by Becky Prange, who lives in Ely, Minnesota, and was trained as a scientific illustrator. When Joyce explained how Becky created the amazing timeline […]

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Baseball Crazy

Yup. I admit it. I am baseball crazy. I have been since my mom took me to games at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, to see the newly arrived Minnesota Twins. And this year the Twins have outdoor baseball for the first time since 1982. It’s no wonder “baseball awareness” is heightened at this time […]

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Jordan Sonnenblick

Sometimes it’s about being behind in my reading. I’m finally getting to the level in my reading pile occupied by Jordan Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie. In truth, I’ve moved the book down a few times, not feeling strong enough to read a book about leukemia. I’m sure you understand—there are certain times when […]

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Best Read-Aloud Picture Books

Reading out loud is a low-cost, high-payback activity. It benefits both the reader and the listener. Lifelong bonds are often formed between people who engage in this activity. Make reading out loud a can’t-miss half hour in your home, classroom, daycare, place of worship, library, or workplace. The results may surprise you. “Best Read Aloud […]

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Libraries are Essential

This is National Library Week. It’s a great time to reflect on how much libraries mean to each and every one of us. Public libraries are the only place where everyone in the U.S. can access information for free … with help from a knowledgeable librarian. School libraries offer a safe and wondrous refuge for […]

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Rambling Around

Oh, how I love the Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves blog. A feast for the eyes, I enjoy the richness of these illustrations and the memories they stir. Not of my own childhood. I had curiously few books, primarily those that could be purchased at a grocery store or dime store. These are books […]

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Controlled vocabulary

These two words always make me shudder. I know there are sound pedagogical reasons for this concept, but it arouses images of fences and cattle prods and all matter of uncomfortable constraints. Vocabulary is the last thing we should control. One of my earliest memories is walking around the house repeating a word over and […]

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Humorist, screenwriter, biographer, magician, novelist

I’ve just finished reading Sid Fleischman’s new biography, Sir Charlie, Chaplin: the Funniest Man in the World. It’s due to be published in June by Greenwillow Books. I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Fleischman, but through his books, particularly his biographies, I have a sense of the man. His interests were wide, his […]

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Monday morning roundup

Hey, Joyce Sidman, your new book, Ubiquitous, has done the Most Unusual … five starred reviews! In 2009, only 13 books received five starred reviews (if you’re curious, check out the Seeing Stars 2009 document, stored on Radar, the CLN members’ home page). Booklist, The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal […]

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