THE JOY, THE SORROW
I figured I’d start with probably my favorite item from the week – Lev Grossman’s Hating Ms. Maisy: The Joy, Sorrow and Neurotic Rage of Reading to Your Children. But don’t be fooled by the title, this is mostly a salute to the masters of children’s lit. How can you not love a comparison between The Color of Kittens and a Doors song? Click here to read.
For Those About to Mock looks at 14 of the most notable missteps in the history of the Newbery Medal. Can you guess which 3 from the 2000s make the cut? Click here to read.
SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER
Or you might think it is, based on a recent article from Publishers Weekly. For a look at the books hitting shelves next year, check out the PW Spring 2013 Sneak Previews.
(Thanks to @MrSchuReads for the link)
DONALD SOBOL: 1924-2012
Encyclopedia Brown creator Donald Sobol passed away recently and NPR’s All Things Considered paid fine tribute to his most famous series. Click here to listen.
ELSE HOLMELUND MINARIK: 1920-2012
More sad news. Little Bear author Else Holmelund Minarik recently passed as well. The New York Times had a nice write-up. Click here to read.
LESS EFFICIENT GOODREADS
Whenever I visit a Tumblr site, I feel like I’m entering into a totally unfamiliar world. Am I alone in this? Anyway, I enjoyed checking out Underground New York Public Library, showing what folks are reading on the subway, even though it isn’t children’s lit-centric. Click here to read.
(Thanks to Swiss Miss for the link)
TIRED OF HOLDING YOUR E-READER?
Lifehacker has instructions for making a “DIY ereader boom”. Click here to find out how.
I love the simplicity of Author Birthdays. It provides a list of the authors who were born and died for each day. Click here to see it.
(Thanks to Waking Brain Cells for the link)