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Yay it’s Children’s Book Week! This event celebrates reading and books for youth. According to the official website: “Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.” So read to your children and encourage them to read!  Below is the poster for 2012 Children’s Book Week, created by author/illustrator David Wiesner (who created the amazing book Flotsam which won the Caldecott in 2007). Check out all the classic children’s book characters he used! If you like the poster, you can order one for free (just need a SASE and check this link for more info).

As you have gathered from my blog, I love to spend my free time reading children and young adult books, usually more than adult books. The Children’s Book Week website held a contest for the Children’s Choice Awards for the best books of the year. Here is a list of the books of the year and finalists. It is broken down in categories: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 4th Grade, Fifth – Sixth Grade, Teen Book of the Year, Author of the Year, and Illustrator of the Year. I curious about most of the books as I haven’t read any in the first or second categories. I’ve heard Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt was good, as well as Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein. I loved The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices: Book Two and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Rick Riordan’s books are always a fun read, for both girls and boys (I tend to find myself gravitating towards books made especially for boys). I absolutely love Brian Selznick and his magnificently illustrated books, and I managed to get my mother to read both The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, and she loved both of them as well.


Triple Celebration!

So this week we have three things to celebrate: National Library Week from April 8-14, then today it is National D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read), and Support Teen Literature Day. Therefore the ALA will be very busy. National Library Week focuses on celebrating libraries and the work they do for the community, getting people to support their local libraries and to not cut funding to those organizations. Since I am an unemployed librarian, I know how important libraries are not only to myself and the community, but also that they continue to be funded by local government organizations. I know Phoenix Public Library’s funding will hopefully be increasing soon due to a generous benefactor, so hopefully their hours will extend to 9pm for the entire week (they are currently open till 5pm three days a week).

Drop Everything And Read Day is to encourage people to read every day, especially kids. It is celebrated on children’s author Beverly Clearly’s birthday, which is today. She is the author of the Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and the Ralph S. Mouse book series, as well as classics like Dear Mr Henshaw. For librarians, parents and other caregivers who would like to celebrate today, this website page has resources you can use. If you would like to use the favorite booklist compiled for this day, check it out here.

Support Teen Literature Day is also April 12 and teen librarians and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) wants the public to know and “raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens.” For more information check out this press release, where the preceeding quote was taken from. This website, off the YALSA wiki, has a list of 38 Things You Can Do to Support Teen Literature Day, and here is the 2012 booklist for the Best of the Best Teen Books (which includes all the award-winning books as well as the Top Ten lists). I am very lucky that the Phoenix Public Library central branch has a great Teen section and they keep very up-to-date with the latest books, CD’s, and audiobooks. Even though I am no longer a teenager, the majority of my reading materials are YA as I like to keep up with what is out there, plus there’s a lot of good books written for this age group. I am hoping that I may be able to volunteer with this age group in the future at my library.

So normally my days are pretty boring, but today while I was going through my Goodreads mail (which I do about every month and a half), I found a lot of cool author blog posts and decided to share some of them. I found a really cool article that Philip Pullman (author of the His Dark Materials trilogy and other great books) had written about public libraries. Since I’m such a big fan of public libraries and use mine weekly, I wanted to share this.

Next is a blog post from an adult steampunk writer, Gail Carriger, whose Parasol Protectorate series include some of my favorite books. I highly recommend the series to any who have not read it.  Her new book Timeless has just recently been released and though it is the end to a wonderful series, I am so excited to read it!! Ms. Carriger does some really interesting posts and recently did this one on recreating a Victorian dinner and includes the recipes that she used and photos.

The third post is from Tony DiTerlizzi, a children and young adult writer who I have loved ever since I read/listened to The Spiderwick Chronicles. His most recent series, which starts with The Search for Wondla is a highly original and amazing book as well. The next book in the series A Hero for Wondla looks to be awesome (as far as story and illustration goes) as well and I am looking forward to reading it. The post is on his new guide for teachers and librarians for The Search for Wondla and Kenny & The Dragon, which includes discussion questions and activities they can use for teaching/programming.

The fourth thing I wanted to mention today is that it is World Poetry Day, which I just found out this morning. For more information, check out this UNESCO website. In honor of this, I would like to share my favorite poem of all time, Pablo Neruda’s One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII, taken from this website and the book The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems. It also happens to be one of the most romantic and heartfelt poems ever, in my opinion.

Pablo Neruda’s One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.
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