Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there, especially to my own Dad, who is relaxing this weekend, and to Mheir's Dad, whose household is a bit more hectic than usual right now. I posted a round-up on Wednesday, and things have been a bit quiet since then, so this week's Sunday Visits post is a bit shorter than some. Here are a few items for you, however:
- The First Book Blog writes about The Library Hotel in New York, a hotel with books in all of the rooms, and books distributed among the public areas, too. How cool is that?
- Kim Kotecki has a wonderful list of 39 ways to slow down summer over at Escape Adulthood. My favorites are "Proactively schedule weekends to “just be”" and "Go to a drive-in movie or create your own at home."
- Monica Edinger share some Newbery selection criteria suggested by her students at Educating Alice. I especially enjoyed “You know you read a good book if you can say to a friend, ‘Oh, last year I read a really good book.’"
- This has been reported elsewhere, but I think it's interesting enough to bear repeating. The PW Children's Bookshelf announced: "Bill Murray will star in a film adaptation of Jeanne DuPrau's YA novel City of Ember, to be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Secret Garden and Corpse Bride). Murray will play the Mayor of Ember. Production begins in Belfast this summer, with an October 2008 release date planned. Playtone and Walden Media will co-produce." Now that's a movie that I look forward to.
- Via World of Words, Al Roker has announced the third title in his summer bookclub for kids: Swordbird, by Nancy Yi Fan.
- Liz B. announces the publication of some previously reviewed titles, including Gail Gauthier's A Girl, A Boy and a Monster Cat (which I reviewed here). I like that she does this, and I'd like to be organized enough to do it, too. Something to work on...
- For Father's Day, book, book, book has a list of favorite fictional dads, and the books in which they appear.
- And finally, don't forget that the deadline for submissions to the June Carnival of Children's literature is June 19th. You can make your submissions at the Carnival site, or at A Year of Reading. The theme is "Good News from the Kidlitosphere."
And that's it for this week. Happy reading to all!