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Sunday Afternoon Visits: March 25

I've set this post up to appear on Sunday afternoon, because that's what people have become accustomed to, but the truth is that I'm out of town this weekend. So the links that I have for you won't include the very latest news. I'll get you some updates as soon as I can. Still, here is some fun stuff:

  • If you need a laugh, I highly recommend MotherReader's post about her daughters' dinner preparation theory. In essence, the 7 and 10 year-old kids have figured out that what they will be offered for dinner depends on Mom's mood, particularly if she is in a "deep depression." It's a riot. I said something earlier on this blog to the effect that MotherReader could write about paint drying, and it would be funny. Here's proof (no, it's not about paint drying, but please, what to cook for dinner? Close enough).
  • And this week we have lists! Kelly put together a bibliography of bird books over at Big A little a. She's grouped them into picture books, poetry, non-fiction, and middle grade fiction. And if you want a bird-related young adult title, the only thing I can think of is Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (and sequels).
  • Susan from Chicken Spaghetti put together a list of Top 10 Books of the Week (reading with a second grader), with tiny capsule reviews.
  • Colleen has a list of young adult books that she thinks qualify as science fiction at Chasing Ray. She asks why publishers don't seem to like classifying YA books as SF, and has some interesting discussion in the comments. All I know is that I'm listening to Life As We Knew It right now, and I don't see how anyone could NOT find it compelling.
  • And, on a quest for a list, Kathy at Library Stew is seeking recommendations for "FABULOUS (books for K and 1st graders) about women in history" (in honor of women's history month). If you have any suggestions, I'm sure she'll appreciate them.
  • Fred Charles (who keeps moving his blog around, and who I keep following) has a new blog about The Truth About Writing. He has reissued some of his favorite post about writing, including: What Makes a Book Good?. Excellent stuff!
  • Bookseller Chick ponders What Makes a Good Reading Blog? Mostly she raises questions (does a rating system matter?, for example.), which her commenters have begun to answer. If you have thoughts on what makes a good reader blog ("any blog or website dedicated (for the most part) to the reader's thoughts on books s/he has read."), head on over to leave your feedback.
  • I'm not a big meme person, for some reason. But I did like this one at Becky's Book Reviews (originated by Meme Girls). You use the letters of your name to make a list of book titles. I was going to do it, but I couldn't think of any good titles that started with "J".
  • Ever wonder what non-library jobs are out there for people with library science degrees? Well, Mindy from has one. See her job description here. She pretty much gets to read and recommend books all day, which is very cool!
  • Young Charlotte from Charlotte's Journey Home had cardiac surgery this week. Please join me in sending good wishes to her and to her parents. Charlotte's Mom, Ilene Goldman, is a reviewer for Book Buds.
  • Brooke takes up Liz's question about whether or not there can be tragic heroes in young adult literature at the Brookshelf. She discusses the definition of "tragic hero", and makes the bold statement that "tragic heroes in children's literature can only exist in stories that end badly". I tend to agree with this interpretation. I think that Harry Potter will be a tragic hero if he dies at the end (though I can't say that I'm hoping for that, given the potential devastation of millions of children from around the world).
  • As a nice follow-up to the recent carnival of children's literature, Midwestern Lodestar shares additional commentary regarding the various links. Given the sheer depth of this carnival, the fact that she had time to read and comment upon the posts at all is amazing! I'm a bit nervous about hosting next month's carnival - I know that there will be many, many posts.
  • A bit off-topic, but very cool. I learned from HipWriterMama that Jordan's furniture will rebate the purchase price of any furniture purchased between March 7th and April 16th if the Red Sox win the 2007 World Series. It's almost enough to make me wish I lived in Boston, so that I could purchase the new couch that I sorely need at Jordan's Furniture. Then I'd have two reasons for wanting the Red Sox to win the World Series.
  • Nancy has a new contest over at Journey Woman. We know that she loves words, so it makes total sense that she's proclaiming March 31st, 2007 to be Silly Words Day. She says: "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find and post your 3 personal favorite silly words in the English language. You have 10 days to come up with your words." You can find the details here. Nancy's already come up with some of my favorites: Bamboozle and Flibbertigibbet.
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith talks with the readergirlz divas at Cynsations. Read the interview to learn more about how readergirlz got started, what the founders hope to accomplish, and what kind of books they all write. The interview concludes with a challenge to "authors of middle grade fiction to create something similar to readergirlz for kids ages 8-12. Give kids a rich author experience! Tie books to community service!"

More soon. Cheers!