by Marsha Qualey
For the last few days it’s been hard to navigate online without stumbling across some celebratory musing about the titian-haired heroine turning 85. Which main characters from recent YA and children’s lit do you think could be the subject of such attention eight decades down the road?
This month’s Bookstorm™ book is a graphic novel, Lowriders in Space. The heroine of the story, Lupe, gives Nancy D. a run for her money in confidence, skills, and roadsters. What’s more, Lupe — like Nancy — keeps company with two fine friends. Vicki Palmquist, Bookologist extraordinaire, has done her usual terrific job of compiling a storm of good reading to enjoy in the classroom or at your leisure.
I’m happy to announce three new regular additions to the Bookology line-up. We sneaked one in a week ago: Middle Kingdom, a monthly visit with a middle school librarian. Author Lisa Bullard wrangles these interviews, and the first librarian spotlighted is Laurie Amster-Burton of Jane Addams Middle School in Seattle, Washington. If you know a hard-working middle school librarian, email us with the info!
Maurna Rome returns, and she’ll now be writing regularly about her classroom literacy work (and the work of others) in Teach It Forward. Green eggs and ham never looked so good.
I’m especially delighted to introduce two wonderful writers to the Bookology crew: Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Phyllis Root. I’m sure many if not most of you are familiar with their books. Each month in their new column Two for the Show they’ll discuss two older picture books they’ve discovered or rediscovered.
And all that (and more) just today — issue launch day, the first Tuesday of the month. Look for even more all through this month as our regular columns and features roll out.
Thank you for stopping in. Now please go explore the third issue of Bookology.