Author Archives: CBethM

wu May 25

Read It for the Asians! by Wu Xueting

As an Asian, I have read fewer than ten books featuring Asian characters. Maybe half of them involve Chinese characters. Probably only two or three are written by Asians, not immigrant Asians in the West with cute acronyms like ABC, but born-and-raised Asians. I’m an enthusiastic supporter of the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign and […]

IMG_0702 May 24

Yes, and… Thoughts on print versus digital reading by Kristin Ziemke

I come from a place of pedagogy.  Raised by teachers who were readers and nurtured by principals who believed their most important job was to place text in the hands of kids.  I come from classroom libraries and nightly book checkout, from teacher book clubs and living like a reader.  I come from conversations about […]

staying fat for sarah byrnes May 23

Top 10 Authors My Students Read Everything By – by Shana Karnes

Every year around October, I find a few students in my 11th-grade classroom whose to-read lists are depressingly barren.  Despite the fact that by that time I’ve booktalked nearly 100 books, I begin to despair when I can’t help them fill that list and make a reading plan.   And then, every year, I find […]

emily May 22

The Joy of Sharing by Sarah Peden

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books […] which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and […]

dark days hardcover May 21

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk – Review by Brett Vogelsinger

Some books have a what I consider a “cover identity crisis.”  Covers communicate mood and genre and setting — and then there are those covers that confound.  The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin is one such book with a confouding cover.  In hardcover, it features three cartoon-art friends, tiptoeing forward in what first appears to […]

9781452126999_350_3 May 20

The Story of I Wish You More, as told by Tom Lichtenheld

Many years ago, I worked in advertising –  making TV commercials, magazine ads and the like. While casting kids for a tv commercial, this little girl showed up with her sweater mis-buttoned, so I said, “she has more buttons than holes.” Then, of course, I did a doodle…   Which made me wonder if it […]

neptunechallengefinalcover May 19

Teachers, Librarians and Authors: Let’s Work Together To Make More Author Visits Happen by Polly Holyoke

After I received The Call and sold my first children’s book, I was ready to head right out the door and start doing school visits. I’d been a middle school teacher for many years, and I knew there was nothing more magical than an enthusiastic author sharing with students the joy he or she takes […]

GatheringReaders at the Jurong West Public Library, Singapore May 18

Finding My Home In Books: Luminosity and Awakenings by Myra Garces-Bacsal

I’ve always had a love affair with books. I began reading at age two (or so my mother claims). When I was six years old, my well-meaning teachers would ask me to read long passages from thick books in front of a classroom filled with sixth-graders and high-school students to show how such a wee-little-thing […]

top10 May 16

Top Ten Things Lit Lessons I’ve Learned from Students by Arika Dickens

As an elementary teacher-librarian, I instruct many students over the course of the year. More important, though, may be the lit-lessons I’ve learned from students.  Over the last 10+ years, here are ten that stand out:     Series are King “Where are the My Weird School books?”  “Do you have Piggie and Elephant?”  “Is […]

read anyway May 15

Make a Little Time to Read by Ruth Duran-Chea

Life is busy. We have plenty to do with work, chores, errands, extra-curricular activities, more work, and everything else that we do between getting up in the morning and going to bed at night so we can do it all over again the next day. Making time for ourselves is hard enough, but does that […]