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Boys and Reading

I Am Giving a Talk on Boys and Reading In Illinois (Peoria, June 11th), and working on the speech got me to thinking. Surely many of you know the basic arguments — Jon Sciezcka made them in that fall 2007 issue of the Horn Book that was devoted to boy and girl reading. Those of us [...]

Nonfiction Reading As A Creative Act

Rosanne’s Post About Teaching Her Students to Read Nonfiction reminded me of something I saw in those articles on 3.6. Not only is it that teachers are unfamiliar with NF, but students don’t know how to read it. I had skimmed over that, but I think there is something really important in that. My 7 [...]

Memorial Day in Blue Land

The Parade Here In Ultra-Blue Suburban New Jersey Is An Interesting Experience First come the very few vets — Korea and Vietnam through Persian Gulf and even Iraq (one man in the chocolate chip uniform) I’d guess. A few cars follow for those who can no longer walk. I hear that there are some 600 [...]

"The Library In Your Future," NYRB

You should read "The Library in Your Future," an article in the June 12 Issue of the New York Review of Books http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21514 Darnton writes as a professor with deep knowledge of the history of print and publishing, as an enthusiast for digital publishing, and as sceptic — or at least healthy critic — of the digital [...]

"The Library In Your Future," NYRB

You should read "The Library in Your Future," an article in the June 12 Issue of the New York Review of Books http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21514 Darnton writes as a professor with deep knowledge of the history of print and publishing, as an enthusiast for digital publishing, and as sceptic — or at least healthy critic — of the digital [...]

Business or Pleasure?

I Am Giving a Talk to Essex County (New Jesey) Librarians and that leads me to ask you all a question: what is your definition of pleasure reading? You personally, and you as a professional who deals (in some fashion) with young readers and books. It seems to me two more questions lurk within this [...]

Why You Like Nonfiction From Clarion

Here is a Q and A with Joann Hill, Creative Director at Clarion Joann Hill is the creative director at Clarion Books, a house known for both its award-winning picture books and its commitment to producing handsome, thoughtful nonfiction. She could weigh in on other genre, but our subject here is nonfiction, so let’s start [...]

In Praise of Two Pronouns

I Am Loving Two New Nonfiction Books — In Large Part Because of The Pronouns They Use Kadir Nelson’s We Are The Ship www.kadirnelson.com/Books.html is getting all kinds of praise, it does not need my endorsement. But as I was reading it to my avid-baseball-fan 7-year-old-son, I began to notice something that I particularly liked: "We." [...]

News From the New Children’s Choices

Last Night the Children’s Book Council Held Its First Gala for the Children’s Choice Book Awards The event was part of a revived Children’s Book Week, and it did have real energy. I’ll describe that in a moment, but here is the interesting bit. The way the choices work, IRA and CBC come up with [...]

Preparing Kids For Many Kinds of Texts

A Few Posts Ago, Myra Mentioned Roni Jo Draper’s Research, And So I Asked Dr. Draper to write a post aimed at the readers of his blog. Here she describes some of her current research interests — especially as they overlap with your work. The point that jumps out at me is the need to find ways [...]