Archive for March, 2010

Reading for Discussing

Reading for Discussing

I wanted to drop out of my graduate English program after only three weeks into my first class, Development of the Novel. I was the only one in the class pursuing the double master’s track and I gave that decision serious reconsideration because I was the only one in the class who didn’t know how […]

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PLA: Where Were the Book Group Sessions?

PLA: Where Were the Book Group Sessions?

I’m just returned from the biannual PLA conference, held in Portland. There were dozens of great sessions on every reading topic imaginable. It was the rare chance to mix with the other Book Group Buzz bloggers–Kaite, Gary, Rebecca, and Mary Ellen were all there–as were Booklist’s other regulars. If you’re a librarian and don’t go to PLA, […]

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House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block

House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block

Cindy: Francesca Lia Block writing for middle grade readers about doll houses? Really? But it makes sense, doesn’t it? The maven of magical realism, high fashion, and love is the perfect author for this story that also peeks into the world of how we treat each other. The House of Dolls (Harper, 2010) features Madison […]

Mommy Lit?

Mommy Lit?

The inevitable has happened.  I’ve been asked to start and run a neighborhood book club for some local moms. Some are friends of mine, which makes me interested, but. Here’s my problem.  I’ll confess, book discussion groups seem like work to me.  (Eek!  Can I admit that here?  Well, since they are part of my […]

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Minority Report: Some Hispanics Avoid the Census Count

Minority Report: Some Hispanics Avoid the Census Count

While in a public library this week, I saw a representative of the US Census Bureau manning a desk set up as a questionnaire assistance center to make sure everyone had received and returned the census form and to answer any questions. The neighborhood was one with a very racially and ethnically mixed population. I […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
The Cutest Critter by Marion Dane Bauer

The Cutest Critter by Marion Dane Bauer

Lynn: You just cannot go wrong with pictures of baby animals but this charming book is something special. “Who’s the cutest critter in the land, ” asks the rhyming text of this beautifully designed new book. Each two-page spread in The Cutest Critter (Adventure 2010) features a single line of text opposite a full page […]

Reading the Screen: More Fun Than a Barrel of Dragons
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Reading the Screen: More Fun Than a Barrel of Dragons

Somebody finally made a movie out of How to Train Your Dragon (2003), the wildly inventive novel by Cressida Cowell. It’s the story of a “smallish Viking with a longish name,” Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, and his rather offbeat adventures in dragon-training and sea-monster-slaying. Here’s the trailer:   The book is, as grown-up Hiccup tells […]

Alexie wins PEN/Faulkner

Alexie wins PEN/Faulkner

War Dances has earned Sherman Alexie the $15,000 PEN/Faulkner award. The other four nominees will receive $5,000. Read more about Alexie’s win at the official website.

Posted in: Book Awards
Looking for Great Listening?

Looking for Great Listening?

Try ALA’s “Recommended Listening” web page for helpful articles and web links. You’ll find the American Library Association’s selection lists highlighting terrific music & audiobooks for children, teens and adults; links to the ALA Store’s listening-specific items (such as the poster at the top of this post; helpful articles on selecting and evaluating music & […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book Awards
Picture Book Preconference – Join Us!

Picture Book Preconference – Join Us!

Lynn and Cindy: We always love attending the ALA conference but this year we are totally geeked! We are signed up for an ALSC Preconference that sounds terrific. Do you love picture books? Look at this: Drawn to Delight: How Picture Books Work (and Play) Today. Learn to look below the surface. Explore technique and […]