I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making...– http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2011/12/my-new-year-wish.html (via neil-gaiman)
I dreamt that I could paint you with words, but there were no colors bright...– Mos Def, Beautiful (via soundingcharisma)
2011 Stats from Real Kids/ Good Books
The 2011 Round-up 9 months blogging 129 original book reviews 79 picture books 20 nonfiction books 10 middle grade novels 6 early readers 5 YA novels 5 graphic novels 4 board books and an assortment of reblogs of news and whatnot pertaining to kids, books, writing and apparently anything having to do with Totoro + a bunch of wonderful people following this blog Thanks for making this little...
Number of homeless children highest in American... →
soupsoup: Josh Sternberg for Current - The number of homeless children in the United States is at its highest levels in the nation’s history, according to a study released last week from the National Center on Family Homelessness. 1 out of every 45 children is homeless. That’s a staggering number; a majority of them are under 7.
It will always remain a mystery you have to go home now and live with,...– Mary Oliver, from “You Are Standing at the Edge of the Woods” (via growing-orbits)
NPRs best comics of 2011, if you can handle... →
Libraries are logical, obvious partners &... →
[She opened her hand and showed him the necklace. “Could you fix this? I have...– Lois Lowry, from Number the Stars (thanks, skyy-dn)
Into the Strenuous Briefness: Science/Nonfiction... →
iamlittlei: Thanks Tumblrs! There’s an impressive list here: Scholastic’s True Life: Forsensic Files (levimoonflower) Elephants on Acid (eymiss) Band of Brothers (eyesonthebackofmyhead) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (katy-mylady) books by Erik Larson (kaitykait and …
Sweet Talks--Books: Award-Winning Children's... →
nbclatino: BY KRISTINA PUGA, NBC LATINO STAFF Dr. Monica Brown went from writing about Latino gang culture to writing award-winning children’s books. Brown is a bi-cultural parent and the author of My Name is Celia:The Life of Celia Cruz/Me Llamo Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz, a…
Homage to a Picture Book Rebel ---> →
Another excerpt from Ash by Malinda Lo
Excerpt from Ash by Malinda Lo. For more, head to her website. Aisling’s mother died at midsummer. She had fallen sick so suddenly that some of the villagers wondered if the fairies had come and taken her, for she was still young and beautiful. She was buried three days later beneath the hawthorn tree behind the house, just as twilight was darkening the sky. Maire Solanya, the village...
Excerpt from Ash by Malinda Lo in Lavender Review →
Walter Dean Myers Reviews Heart and Soul →
10 Themes Shared By Historical Fiction and Science... →
vikingpenguinbooks: You love spaceship fights and zooming through futuristic cities like Coruscant. But you also love gladiator fights and seeing 1920s Atlantic City recreated for Boardwalk Empire. Why is that? Though historical fiction is supposedly based in facts about the past, the genre has a surprising amount in common with the speculative tales of science fiction. Here are ten major themes...
[He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time,...– Lois Lowry, The Giver (thanks, nothingunknown)
NYTimes Notable Kids Books of 2011 →
Online Excerpt of The Zabime Sisters →
Check it out. You will not be disappointed.
14 Authors Take on Chris Van Allsburg →
Sherman Alexie, Lemony Snicket, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, MT Anderson, Walter Dean Myers, Stephen King… … They had me at Sherman Alexie. Want read now.
Body of Water Review in NYTimes →
I haven’t come across Sarah Dooley before. While the review is mixed, I’m still putting it on my to-read list along with her debut, Livvie Owen Lived Here. One in 50 American children are homeless, the National Center on Family Homelessness reported in 2009; Ember, the 12-year-old protagonist in “Body of Water,” is one of them. And as with many homeless families, her parents’ slide...
If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of...– Sherman Alexie (via thesearepeopleyouknow)