Things have quieted down on the blogs this week as Christmas approaches. But me, I've finished my shopping and my wrapping. Work has quieted down. And I find myself with a bit of time to catch up on the blog posts from the past few days. Here are some things that caught my eye. Consider this an early Christmas present for those of you still online...
One of my favorite posts of the season is the Shrinking Violet Promotions Holiday Survival Guide for Introverts. Here's a snippet: "A plea on behalf of all the introverted children out there in the world—for introverted children, having to get up in Santa’s lap and TALK to this perfect stranger, usually IN FRONT OF other perfect strangers can be the 6 year old equivalent of public speaking." Robin and Mary understand, from deep down, what it means to be an introvert. [Image credit: Microsoft ClipArt Gallery]
Margo Rabb has an interesting essay in the New York Times about people who steal books from bookstores. Who would have thought that a certain demographic would consider stealing books cool? And you'll never believe which book is the most frequently stolen. See also Liz B's commentary on the piece at Tea Cozy. Liz talks about how stealing from the library is even worse than stealing from bookstores, because this keeps other people from being able to access books.
At Book Moot, Camille talks about the advantages of board books, complete with some recommended new titles. She also discusses how essential she considers a bookshelf in every nursery (I certainly agree with that!). On a related theme, Lori Calabrese lists several of her favorite Christmas-themed board books. And, though not board book-focused, see also Esme Raji Codell's Christmas Book Picks.
Colleen Mondor has a lovely post about remembering where we came from at the holidays. Here's a snippet: "when I look at this picture (from 1972) all I know is that in every way that mattered, it was. I have always been, and still remain, the lucky daughter of wonderful parents and the little sister of the best brother in the world." Sniff!
For those feeling a bit grouchier around the holidays, MotherReader has her annual Festivus post, for the airing of grievances. You can click through to see mine. Speaking of MotherReader, she's selling Snowpocalypse shirts in her Cafe Press store, in honor of the recent East Coast storm.
Various people and institutions have been coming up with their "best of" lists for 2009. Sarah Stevenson is going to round some of those up on the Cybils blog soon. But there are a couple that I couldn't resist sharing here.
- At 100 Scope Notes, Travis offers a toast to 2009 Children's Lit: The Year in Miscellanea. He has topics like "most uncontroversial children's lit controversy" and "YA cover trend that was too popular to mention." Fun stuff!
- At A Fuse #8 Production, Betsy Bird shares her Best of the Decade: A Look Back at Children's Literature from 2000-2009. She discusses the rise of the children's book "phenomenon", the rise of YA fiction, and the rise of blogging and online media, among other relevant topics. This is a don't miss it post. See also Monica Edinger's response to Betsy's post at Educating Alice. Monica responds to most of Betsy's main points, and adds a few observations of her own about self-publishing, and the evolution of quality nonfiction.
You can also share your "best of" lists in a special January 2nd edition of Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books. In this post, Sherry explains how the Review of Books works in general, and invites people to participate in the regular and special editions.
Lois Lowry has been sharing some recent insulting reader feedback on The Giver (here and here). She notes that the vast majority of the emails that she receives aren't like these, but I think it's brave of her to sine a light on these negative ones. I think that these messages say something about the decline of politeness in our culture.
- Friday's Poetry Friday round-up was at Susan Taylor Brown's blog. Nonfiction Monday was at the Simply Science blog.
- Literacy Toolbox has an essay by Links to Literacy about how to choose nonfiction picture books.
- At Jenny's Wonderland of Books, Jenny Schwartzberg has an article about using the Internet to help with collecting children's books.
- At The Spectacle, KA Holt muses on speculative fiction that creates such wonderful worlds that she feels pained that they don't really exist (like the world of the Harry Potter books).
- At The Reading Tub, Terry Doherty offers tips for helping kids write letters to Santa, and including literacy in the process.
- In honor of a recent watching of the movie The Day After Tomorrow, Abby (the) Librarian asks: "If you were trapped in the New York Public Library and had to burn books to stay alive, what sections would you start with?"
- Justine Larbalestier offers her suggestions for blog commenting etiquette.
- Kim and Jason suggest 61 Ways to Put the Brakes on Holiday Stress at the Escape Adulthood blog.
And that's all I have for you today. I'm off to watch It's a Wonderful Life in front of the fire with Mheir. Wishing all of you who celebrate it a Merry Christmas!!