Tag Archives: children’s books

“If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.” — Beverly Cleary

“I think children want to read about normal, everyday kids. That’s what I wanted to read about when I was growing up. I wanted to read about the sort of boys and girls that I knew in my neighborhood and … Continue reading

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2023 Books Read

I think I might have read more books by non-American authors than American this year. Countries represented below: Austria, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Croatia, Ireland, France, Russia, Colombia. I revisited some old favorites, which I will continue to do in … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Beverly Cleary

“I think children want to read about normal, everyday kids. That’s what I wanted to read about when I was growing up. I wanted to read about the sort of boys and girls that I knew in my neighborhood and … Continue reading

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2019 Books Read

It’s been such a busy year for me as a writer. The busiest. I’ve had to “make time” for reading stuff that has nothing to do with anything writing-wise. I need to read for pleasure. Many of the books I … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Are; (2009) Dir. Spike Jonze

Maurice Sendak’s children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are isn’t plot-driven. There’s not much text, and he uses a lot of repetition (“and they roared their terrible roars,” etc.) that gives the book an incantatory feel. As though we, as … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Hobbit” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien As a child, I was never a Tolkien fanatic. I was a fanatic about other books – all of Madeleine L’Engle’s “time” books, and I … Continue reading

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“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines …”

Today is the birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the beloved Madeline books. Here is a really interesting biographical sketch of him. I didn’t know any of it. Listen to this: When he was a teenager, his parents apprenticed him … Continue reading

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A Book Questionnaire

Book Meme!! I got it from Heather. I love her answers – it’s always fun to see what other people were into, if they’re big readers. 1. How old were you when you learned to read and who taught you? … Continue reading

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The Books: The Birds’ Christmas Carol (Kate Douglas Wiggin)

Daily Book Excerpt: Children’s books: Next book on the shelf is The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin I can’t remember where I got my copy of this book but I have had it for what feels like my … Continue reading

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The Books: The Sword in the Stone (T.H. White)

Daily Book Excerpt: Children’s books: Next book on the shelf is

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