Peace is elusive. It is a goal of some people at some time in some parts of the world. As John Lennon wrote: “Imagine no possessions / I wonder if you can / No need for greed or hunger / A brotherhood of man / Imagine all the people sharing all the world …”
Is peace possible?… more
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
Kindergarten. It’s not peculiar to the USA, but the States took up the movement toward early childhood education after Friedrich Froebel introduced the concept in Bad Blankenburg, Germany, on June 28, 1840. “Children are like tiny flowers; they are varied and need care, but each is beautiful alone and glorious when seen in the community of peers,” Froebel believed.… more
Members have written to tell us about the books they currently have bookmarked …
From Nancy Carlson:
I am reading The Hunger Games (Scholastic Press, 2008). Very good!
From Sarah Lamstein:
I just finished Jeannine’s Atkins’ Borrowed Names (Holt, 2010), a brilliant book of poetry about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madame C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their accomplished daughters.… more
Barbara O’Connor’s book How to Steal a Dog is a real children’s favorite. This book about a homeless girl’s plan to save her family by stealing a dog has, to date, been nominated in twenty-one states for a children’s choice award. We’ve recently learned that the book is a winner in three states, receiving the William Allen White Children’s Book Award in Kansas, the Prairie Pasque Award in South Dakota, and the South Carolina Children’s Book Award.… more