Category Archives: Childhood reading

Recipe for Storytime Success

My Storytime for Big KidsĀ is the high point of my week, which is otherwise occupied with budgets and HR and planning and communicating with board and staff and the public. I actually enjoy that work too, and I like working … Continue reading

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The new young adult books

Language changes. It always has, and probably it always will, but that won’t stop those of us who enjoy language from railing against awful usage and mistakes that become common practice. Who doesn’t enjoy a good argument about the Oxford … Continue reading

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Battle of the Books

34 years is a long time. That is how long my library has collaborated with our area schools to run a Battle of the Books competition. 34 years! Last night we celebratedĀ  with an awards ceremony for the winning team … Continue reading

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Not-Disappearing Print

I want to pass along a couple of interesting pieces that both relate to whether print books will continue to be needed and loved. While I like ebooks and was pleasantly surprised when I had one to review that I … Continue reading

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The Worst Children’s Books

I love classical music, but I don’t love ALL classical music. Some kinds of classical music–the pieces I think of as “circus music”–make me change the channel when it comes on the radio. I don’t love Sousa. I don’t love … Continue reading

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Celebrating Frog & Toad Day, May 22

Last year, I commented here that although I am a great admirer of Dr. Seuss, I’m a little tired of Dr. Seuss’s birthday being a big event every year. I suggested that maybe we could celebrate the birthday of another … Continue reading

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Reading rewards…for some

Many of my memories of being a mother to young boys are wonderful. Not all, mind you, but many. But someone recently posted on Facebook something that brought one of my least favorite memories back. Here’s what Paul Hankins wrote … Continue reading

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