Big Green Pocketbook - Bookology Magazine Children's Literature Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:12:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 69996714 Forgotten Treasures: Scholastic Book Club Editions Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:00:28 +0000

The only “real” books we had in our house was a small selection of adult novels from the Doubleday Book Club. Mid-century titles such as Panther’s Moon, Lost Horizon, and Wake of the Red Witch piqued my eight-year-old interest until I opened them, dismayed by the tiny print and lackluster dialog. I had a shelf of Golden Books which I’d outgrown.… more ]]> 0 21499
Growing a Nonfiction Readerand Even a Nonfiction Writer Thu, 05 Mar 2020 13:00:35 +0000

It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know
than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate
.  —Rachel Carson One would never guess from the following excerpts that a certain nine-year-old would grow up to write more than 50 nonfiction children’s books. … more ]]> 1 21293
The Crack in the Door: How I Came to Write Bones in the White House Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:00:56 +0000

I’ve been keen on dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals my whole life, since I read Roy Chapman Andrews’ All About Dinosaurs. When I was nine, I added paleontologist to my string of future occupations (writer, artist, ballet dancer, detective). My love for Jefferson began when we moved to Fredericksburg in 1996. I was touring James Monroe’s Law Office downtown one day and learned how the building was nearly torn down in 1927 for a gas station when Monroe’s descendant stepped in and turned it into a museum.… more ]]> 0 21095
Arnold Lobel at Home Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:16:16 +0000

Every winter I find myself missing Arnold Lobel, a quietly brilliant author-illustrator who left us far too early. I pull out my Lobel I Can Read collection. Frog and Toad Are Friends was published in 1970, the year I graduated from high school, bent on my own career in children’s books. Hailed an instant classic by many far-seeing individuals, Frog and Toad earned a Caldecott Honor.… more ]]> 2 20753
Pterodactyls and Dragons Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:00:13 +0000

“The Boy chiefly dabbled in natural history and fairy-tales, and he just took them as they came, in a sandwichy sort of way, without making any distinctions; and really his course of reading strikes one as rather sensible.” The Reluctant Dragon Kenneth Grahame wrote “The Reluctant Dragon” as a chapter in his book Dream Days, in 1898, ten years before publishing The Wind in the Willows.… more ]]> 0 20553