This should be a relatively quick visits post, since I had a lengthy catch-up post on Thursday. And I don't have a lot of time to spend on visits today because I spent so much time writing reviews this weekend (seven!). It feels so good to be back to writing reviews. I've really missed it, but have had trouble keeping up lately because, for me, writing reviews requires some quiet, reflective time. That's not always easy to come by. Anyway, here are some other tidbits for you:
- Tricia linked from The Miss Rumphius Effect to a wonderful article by teacher Donalyn Miller about how to create readers. This is the first of a three part series in Teacher Magazine. Ms. Miller is a self-proclaimed “book whisperer”, and she believes that all children can be turned into readers. How refreshing is that? I especially enjoyed the section of the article about how she helps low-level and reluctant readers.
- Longstocking Jenny Han, with a library budget, is seeking recommendations for new fall titles for tween readers. Lots of great suggestions are in the comments.
- You can also find some recommended titles at squeetus (Shannon Hale's blog), from her well-read nine-year-old nephew.
- And, for a more focused list, Jenny recommends fall titles at Wildwood Cottage, and shares photos of her fall decorations.
- And for one more list, check out transportation themed books by Jennifer Schultz at The Kiddosphere.
- Lots of people have written about their sadness at the passing of Madeleine L'Engle. Gina has an extensive wrap-up of coverage at AmoXcalli. I especially enjoyed Colleen's comments.
- On a lighter note, Shelf Elf is building a book fortress. Don't we all want one?
- Sarah Miller would like us to participate in Oprah's summer reading survey, and encourage Oprah to feature more children's and young adult titles (original post and updated post). Link via Fuse.
- I learned from Becky that the third Picture Book Carnival at Mentor Texts is now seeking contributions. Submissions are due by October 5th. And although it's billed as a picture book carnival, submissions for grades K to 8 are welcome. Submissions should include "a description of how you use the book to make kids' writing better (i.e., what does the author do that you want your students to do) in your post".
- Vivian offers a writer's tip at HipWriterMama: Read, Read, Read. She discusses the things that she learns from reading. Some of her commenters have things to add, too, so don't miss those.
And that's it for today. Happy reading to all!