April 24, 2009
One of my recent discoveries for finding new books has been the Class of 2k9 Web site. This concept of first-time middle grade and young adult authors banding together as a group started in 2007, and the Class of 2k9 Web site has links to authors and books from both 2007 and 2008.
This year’s list includes authors of 21 books. I’ve read two of them so far, Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry and Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton. I enjoyed both of them and recommend them to mother daughter book clubs.
On the site you can find out what’s going to be released in the next month or two, and find out information about the authors and their books. When I checked today I found links to blogs, recipes, and other resources that you can use to plan your next mother-daughter book club meeting.
April 20, 2009
Voting for The Young Reader’s Choice awards finished up last week, and results will soon be announced. Each year, the Pacific Northwest Library Association presents this award. Nominations are accepted from children, teachers, parents and librarians in the Pacific Northwest, which includes the U.S. states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington as well as two Canadian provinces—Alberta and British Columbia. Only books that have been in publication for three years can be nominated, and only Pacific Northwest students in 4th through 12th grade can vote. Voting takes place between March 15 and April 15.
Here’s a look at all the nominees for 2009:
- Room One: A Mystery or Two – Andrew Clements
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
- Homework Machine – Dan Gutman
- The Year of the Dog – Grace Lin
- Rules – Cynthia Lord
- Gossamer – Lois Lowry
- The Higher Power of Lucky – Susan Patron
- To Dance – Siena Cherson Siegel
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable – John Boyne
- Half-Moon Investigations – Eoin Colfer
- Ark Angel – Anthony Horowitz
- The Pinhoe Egg – Diana Wynne Jones
- Fablehaven – Brandon Mull
- Dairy Queen – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
- Small Steps – Louis Sachar
- Endymion Spring – Matthew Skelton
- The Road of the Dead – Kevin Brooks
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn
- An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
- The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl – Barry Lyga
- New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
- Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer
- American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
For more information about past nominees and award winners, visit the Web site:
April 8, 2009
April is National Poetry Month, and it’s a good time for mother-daughter book clubs to consider selecting poetry for a meeting.
There are many ways you can enhance a book club poetry meeting to extend to the whole family. My book club chose to read poetry for a month a few years ago, and everyone in the family got into the act. First, we all headed to our local library to pick out books of poetry that we wanted to read (in addition to our assigned book). My husband and I went for some of the classic poets that we read when we were younger, because we wanted to remind ourselves of some of our past favorites. We chose Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and others. We also added a few poets we weren’t familiar with, like Langston Hughes.
Our daughters both chose books with poetry that would make them laugh. They liked Jack Prelutsky’s A Pizza the Size of the Sun, and It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles. We took turns reading our favorites out loud over the dinner table each night.
We also tried our hand at writing poetry. I can’t say that anything profound came out of our efforts, but it was a great creative endeavor, and we wrote poems we could be proud of. When it came time for our group meeting, we had a great time reading some of our favorite poems out loud and sharing some of the work we had written as well.
Check out some of these titles of poetry that kids may enjoy if you plan to have a poetry meeting of your own:
• Kenn Nesbitt—Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, My Hippo Has Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up, and several other collections of poetry.
• Jack Prelutsky—A Pizza the Size of the Sun and It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles, plus more titles of poetry.
• Robert Louis Stevenson—A Child’s Garden of Verses.
• Emily Dickinson—The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.