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
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
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
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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