Banned books week crept up on me! I usually keep an eye on bookish "holidays" but with my busy schedule this one almost passed me by. ALMOST! Luckily I have some friends who help me remember these things.
It's hard to find ways to fill the time while driving and I am currently on a driving-heavy vacation up the New England coast. As the wheels rolled on we discussed many things including spirit animals and books....
Like with books and movies about children, I cannot watch a movie or read a book where a dog gets hurt or dies. For those of you who feel the same way, here are some safe dog-based lit books I found that should not make you cry (at least not because a dog dies) and you will be very happy that you read.
April is such an awesome month, I can almost barely stand it. First, it's National Poetry Month. April also means spring and flowers and warm weather. And, today, April 2, is International Children's Book Day. Just another reason to love April.
It's Saturday, so I thought I'd have a little fun storytelling time. As a writer and an author (The Travelers), I tell stories. That's basically the essence of a writer. I thought it would be fun to write down some of my oft told stories. When I think about this story, it feel a little like a fable in that there is a moral embedded in here somewhere. So I'm going to write it that way. Once upon a time....
On our way to our weekly music lesson on Sunday, my daughter sat in the back seat of the car lamenting that we never do anything interesting on Sundays and that she needed more steps. Apparently, unbeknownst to me, Sundays in our family are "boring." So, you can guess what I suggested - let's check out a new bookstore!
I love movies almost as much as I love books. And I love watching the Oscars. However, if there is a movie based on a book, I'd really prefer to read the book first. So, I'm always interested to know what movies have books as their basis. If you are too, here is a list of the movies nominated for Oscars that are based on published books and novels.
On this blog I have a series called Books Over Looks. The goal is to focus on how books can help stimulate the minds of young people. In that spirit, today's blog is from the mind of my 11-year-old daughter. Here are her top 10 books of 2016 to, hopefully, help inspire other kids to read more.