Reading Together

Archive for April 2009

TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book. ~Author Unknown

I will be the first to admit that Twilight is not my favorite book.  In fact, if someone would ask me to give a review of the book it would not be favorable.  But, like Harry Potter before it, Twilight has turned reluctant readers into actual readers. I am a full-time children’s and teen librarian and I would say in the course of my day I am asked atleast once if we have the book or now the movie.  I see it or its sequels exchange hands atleast three times a day.  It has definitely made a mark on the literary world no matter what my opinion of it is.

One such “reader” is one of our library employees who is 16.  I have known him for several years and in that time I have seen him read one book.  Can you guess what that book might be? That’s right! Twilight! He actually picked it up and read it.  And not just that but he liked it and he talked about it and he was excited about it.  His status updates on Facebook were what page he was on in the book.  He has since finished it and moved on to the second in the series. He and other teens in the library have forced me to have a Twilight party at the library in the summer.  He has gotten excited about this party and I’m sure, because of his excitement, it will be a success.  

I love Harry Potter.  When I read the series I fell in love (again) with children’s literature, quit my job, and returned to school to become a children’s librarian.  So I credit the series for propelling me into a careeer I love.  Many people have written about how the series has turned kids back on to books and even some adults.  I know my husband never read until he read the series and know reads all the time. 

I don’t love Twilight but I have seen it turn kids and teens into readers.  It may not be on the same literary level (in my opinion) as Harry Potter but it has had a very similar effect.

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Beginning with Books is an early literacy outreach organization in Pittsburgh, PA.  Every year they come up with the “Best Books for Babies”.  This year’s list has just been announced:

http://www.beginningwithbooks.org/best-books-babies-11

I haven’t seen them all yet but I imagine I will soon.  They usually put out a great list.  Here are two I would definitely recommend for babies and toddlers that are on the list this year.

buckle1,2 Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines.  Great illustrations and a wonderful book to learn to count with.  My daughter and I spent quite a bit of time talking about the colors and counting with this book.

fingers1Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox.  Such adorable babies and a smooth flowing text perfect for reading aloud.

 

I also love to see the inclusion of a book about sign language for babies on the list (Baby Signs: A Baby-sized Guide to Speaking with Sign Language  pictures by Joy Allen) .  I am passionate about using sign language with babies and taught my daughter sign language.  I have another blog which I have not updated in forever but will once I begin to teach my son (on his way any day now) how to sign.  You can find it at http://signingmommy.blogspot.com.

Check this out!

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1180000718.html

School Library Journal and a bunch of authors have created a Battle of the (Kid’s) Books.

April is “Month of the Young Child” and in Pennsylvania we celebrate with a program called “One Book, Every Young Child.” Several sponsors send copies of a book to all the child care centers and preschools in the state.  Libraries also have several copies and most are doing some type of children’s programming with the book. This years book is If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor.  For more information go to http://www.paonebook.org/.

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  • Amber: Thanks for sharing my blog with your readers! You summed up the reason for the name better than I've been able to :) Good luck in the giveaway!
  • Musing: I wasn't able to finish Twilight myself, but I'm always glad to hear of young people being turned on to reading. :)
  • juliannahelt: I forgot about Twelve Hats for Lena. It is a great book! Thanks for mentioning it.