Here are a couple of highlights for you today:
- Via A Fuse #8 Production and bookshelves of doom, you can now buy banned books bracelets. They have little tiles with the covers of banned books, and also tiles that say "I Read Banned Books." There are versions with adult titles and kids titles. They were created for the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom. I looked, and they're actually slightly cheaper if you buy them directly from the ALA. The ALA site has a list of which books are included in each bracelet. You can also find a list of the 2005 most challenged books at Chicken Spaghetti.
- Responses are starting to come in to MotherReader's newest challenge, Top Picks (so far) for 2006. Check out the comments on her original post, and see her choices here and here. Please note also that although Amazon lists Gail Gauthier's Happy Kid! as being published in 2005, that's a mistake. The real publication date was May of 2006.
- Nancy at Journey Woman is looking to add more names to her list of Great Antagonists of Children's Literature. She's sponsoring a contest good for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Head on over and cast your vote!
- Don't forget, today is Roald Dahl's birthday. I intend to eat lots of chocolate in his honor. You can find some other suggestions to honor Mr. Dahl at Scholar's Blog. Thanks to Kelly for the reminder. Kelly and I both choose Matilda as our favorite Dahl book.
- Shannon Hale returns to the topic of whether high school kids should only read "classics" or not. Specifically, she addresses this question that people have been raising: "if we stop teaching only the classics, aren't we in danger of getting on that slippery slope where eventually we don't teach any classics? And then how will teens read those books?" Shannon comes down firmly on the side of giving kids a range of books to read, to increase each kid's chance of finding the book that they love, and that will turn them into a lifelong reader. She concludes: "There are these amazing, accessbile books out there. They're great works of literature. They're changing lives. And someday soon, they'll be accepted in your high school."
And now I'd better get back to work!