I've been a bit behind on my blog reading, due mostly to back to back trips. However, I was able to spend some time catching up today. OK, a lot of time, as afternoon visits have gradually morphed into evening visits. Here are a few things that particularly caught my eye:
- Liz B. at A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy has a compiled set of recommendations for getting kids to read the classics. She has some great suggestions!
- A Fuse #8 Production breaks the news about Meg Cabot going corporate by teaming up with Clinique. Numerous site visitors, including other young adult authors, have voiced their concerns in the comments. The biggest concern seems to be that Meg is crossing a line by endorsing a particular cosmetics line because she has such a huge influence over her fans. I think my primary reaction to the whole thing is disappointment, because I've really liked many of Meg Cabot's books, and it does feel a bit ... off. But I do agree with Leila from bookshelves of doom that Tamora Pierce's response to the issue is very cool.
- The next Carnival of Children's Literature will be held August 18th at the Castle of the Immaculate. Submissions are due by August 16th, and can be made here, using the handy Blog Carnival submission form.
- A post on A Year of Reading brought to my attention the fact that TheBookDragon is on a quest to find 100 librarians from children's and young adult literature. The librarians on this list don't have to be "cool". It's ok if they're mean, as long as they're great characters. Don't forget A Year of Reading's list of Cool Teachers from Children's Literature, too. The list is now up to 59.
- Chris Barton's Blog tipped me off to an interesting new blog called Anneographies. Every day (or just about every day since she's started), children's picture book author Anne Bustard links to a children's book biography about someone born that day. For instance, today is Annie Oakley's birthday. How come I didn't know about all the cool Austin-based children's book authors and illustrators when I was living there? Oh, because I was in engineering grad school then... Thank goodness for the Internet.
- I don't usually highlight specific book reviews in my Sunday visits, (since there are so many of them), but I did want to point out Colleen Mondor's latest column in Bookslut. She reviews several new books that feature bookish heroines (those who are smart, and love books). I'll certainly be reading several of the books that Colleen highlights. See also her blog post about the article.
- Gregory K has started an entertaining new list on GottaBook: famous authors and the children's books they'd write. For example, "Freud -- My Potty Book for Boys" and "Clancy -- We Spy". You can find my offerings in the comments.
- There's an interesting discussion on ReadRoger about a new series of ultra-abridged classics. Or, as Roger calls them, Abridge Too Far.
- Mitali Perkins publishes some statistics from the Cooperative Children's Book Center about multicultural children's books. The numbers are surprisingly bleak. I'm with Mitali in finding "the low numbers in the Latino column striking, given the changing demographics in the U.S."
- Melissa at Pop Goes the Library offers a thoughtful response to a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article entitled: Parents Beware: Some Books Are Full of Bilge. The real problem that the Inquirer author (Karen Heller) seems to have run across is that when her daughter reads books that are above her age level, she sometimes finds inappropriate material. What I say is, isn't that why books have age levels? I know that when I review books, I take the content, in addition to the age range, into account when I suggest a reading level. But it's an interesting discussion.
And that's quite enough for now. It's great to be back!