I like to do the New York Times' crossword puzzle, but occasionally (okay, more like every Thursday through Sunday), I need a little help. I recently found out about the blog Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle. Parker gives some answers, offers opinions, and runs a cool site.
The 2008 Lee Bennett Hopkins poetry award was announced a while back. Carole Boston Weatherford's Birmingham, 1963 took the top prize. Cybil winner This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness, by Joyce Sidman, and Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems, by John Grandits, made the honoree list.
Last Saturday I was lucky to catch Monica Edinger's presentation at the Donnell Library Center in NYC. The fourth-grade teacher, Newbery judge, and blogger at Educating Alice talked about fantasy literature. A Fuse #8 Production provides an excellent summary. Next up in the Donnell's ongoing Children's and YA Literature Cafe series is YA editor Sharyn November. (The date's in March, but I can't track it down. Maybe someone will pop up with the info.) [Edited to add: Monica E. says that it's March 15th. Thanks!]
Some new blogs to see:
- I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids). Posts from nearly 20 children's authors.
- Literate Lives. Book talk from a school librarian and an elementary-school teacher.
- Creative Literacy. A mom/teacher/kid-lit enthusiast.
- Literacy Is Priceless. Early literacy resources for parents and teachers.
- 100 Scope Notes. A library media specialist with a good sense of humor.
Passionately Curious, the blog of a second-grade teacher, is rolling along again, documenting 30 days in the life of a very literary second-grade class.