August '09 Carnival of Children's Literature
International Rock Flipping Day 2009

People Are Talking About...

The end of the PBS show "Reading Rainbow." (via NPR) I hate hate hate this news. Hate it. But I like this post by The Millions' mom, a.k.a. Dr. Christine Morano Magee, of Educating for the Unknown.

Motoko Rich's New York Times article on reading workshops, in which students choose their own books. See also the Educating Alice blog for a 4th grade teacher's approach to teaching reading (and a response to the Times article).

Oprah's next Book Club pick, to be announced September 18th. (My guess? Like GalleyCat, I think it's Uwen Akpam's Say You're One of Them.)

Susan Straight's essay at the New York Times Book Review about Accelerated Reader, a school-based reading-incentive program

Lorrie Moore's new novel, A Gate at the Stairs (due from Knopf on September 1st). Excerpted in The New Yorker's 7.06.09 issue.

Entertainment Weekly's grade of "C" to Suzanne Collins' young adult novel Catching Fire, a sequel to The Hunger Games

The Boston Globe's look at high-pressure kindergarten and test prep (via Jen Robinson on Twitter)

"Where's Ramona Quimby, Black and Pretty?," a post at Publishers Weekly's ShelfTalker blog

Nearly fifty years after its initial publication, Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking makes the bestseller list. (via The Village Voice's Fork in the Road blog)

The Kidlitosphere Conference for bloggers, October 17th

Book Blogger Appreciation Week, September 14th-18th. Voting for favorites takes place September 7th-12th.


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Nice news summary, Susan. There's a lot going on right now, that's for sure!

Thank you so much for these links! The reading workshops article made me tear up a little because I believe in the workshop method so much, and it is so sad that literature is taught (usually) in a way that turns so many students away from reading!

So many good links here! Thanks for sharing them.

Thanks, Jen. It seem that back-to-school season has brought out a lot of interesting articles lately!

Kate, you're welcome. My son thoroughly enjoyed all the classroom independent reading time last year; the kids sprawled out on the floor and on couches.

Janet, you're welcome. There are a lot of newsy going on lately!

Thanks for these super links, lots to keep us all busy! :)

Don't you love all the book talk! Thank you for stopping in, Caroline. I hope others will visit your lovely blog, too.

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