by Marsha Qualey
It’s the first Tuesday of the month, and all the Winding Oak bookologists are a bit breathless but happy to be opening this second issue of Bookology.
We’ve been so gratified by the warm response to the magazine. Thank you.
In this April edition you’ll find another Bookstorm™ at the center of everything. Since its publication in 1994, Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman has been a reader favorite and classroom stalwart. So why shine the spotlight on a book that earned its honored place long ago?
Well, we chronic readers may know a book is worth reading and we may believe in our bones that you shouldn’t need a reason to promote and share a good book in the classroom, but ever-shifting curriculum requirements demand that we take a fresh look at old favorites and evaluate how well they support that curriculum.
And so we took a fresh look at Catherine, Called Birdy; we’re delighted to share the results in the new Bookstorm ™.
Besides the regular features and columns, you’ll also find an interview with the author of Birdy, Karen Cushman. Because we wanted to focus on the story behind the story, especially the research involved, we asked veteran nonfiction writer Claire Rudolf Murphy to conduct the interview.
April means poetry, and for this Bookology we asked Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong to share examples from two of their Poetry Friday anthologies.
And, finally, we’ve also launch a new feature: Wacky Book Lists. In this month — books starring dachshunds.