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Tag Archives | John Coy

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Free, Playful, and Courageous

Call me crazy, but my fam­i­ly knows very well that trav­el­ing to a new city means vis­it­ing one site in par­tic­u­lar: the library. It’s best if we have time to go inside. I like to see the walls, the sig­nage, the spe­cial rooms. I look to see how the books are arranged, not only Dewey or Library of Con­gress, but where the teen books are shelved and how the chil­dren’s area is set up and if there are sep­a­rate sec­tions for west­erns and sci­ence fic­tion or if they’re inter­shelved with the rest of the fic­tion.… more
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Summer isn’t over yet, the next part …

For old­er read­ers, grades four through sev­en, there are great series choic­es. How many books do a series make? I’m think­ing three or more — I have no idea if there’s an offi­cial clas­si­fi­ca­tion. In July, I heard three excel­lent speak­ers on chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, Ani­ta Sil­vey, Judy Free­man, and Bar­bara Swan­son Sanders. They could­n’t get their book rec­om­men­da­tions out fast enough.… more
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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 best 600 books, both fic­tion and non­fic­tion, which it lists accord­ing to age and cat­e­go­ry.… more
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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 of year.… more
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