Travelling to Italia! Booklist

For my Reader’s Advisory class, I was also asked to do a pathfinder (but this time we called it a booklist) and a booktalk. I had a lot of fun putting together a booklist for a fictional group of adults, after which I chose three books from the lists and talked about them. One, A Venetian Affair, was somewhat odd to talk about as both the author and the main character share my first name but, as I opened my booktalk with, they are both men, and I am a woman. Peruse at your leisure: Italy Booklist


Princesses Who Kick Butt! Pathfinder

Last summer, as part of my children’s literature class, I created a pathfinder for children 8-12. Specifically, I wanted to find books that featured strong female heroines (mostly I wanted to read them myself, I really enjoyed the Tales of the Enchanted Forest series as a preteen myself, and it was a fantastic opportunity to read them again on a beautiful summer day with an iced tea in one hand and the book in the other)–or, as I titled the pathfinder, I wanted to find “Princesses Who Kick Butt!”

I’ve attached a pdf copy for anyone who would want to look at it: Princesses Who Kick Butt pathfinder

So I made a Reading Map


For my Reader’s Advisory class, I was asked to do a final project. Of all of the available choices, the idea of creating a reading map website for the James Bond series captured my interest. After copious work, reading, and YouTube-video-watching, I present to you:

The James Bond Reading Map

I am rather proud of it, if I do say so myself. It was a really fun project to create, and as an added bonus, I got to read up on Bond lore, a personal interest of mine. I also discovered a large trove of BBC documentaries…guess what I’m doing over my school break?

Children’s Lit Reading Responses – #2

From May 21:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I can’t say that I enjoyed this book. Similar to Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which I read in YA Materials last term, it strives to get into the head of a boy of the intended age. I just found the protagonist to be an awful little boy who often decided to do the wrong thing and was rewarded for it.

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Children’s Lit Reading Responses – #1- The Secret Garden


From May 14th:
This week, I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett in the ebook version that was available through iTunes. I read the entire book on my phone, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had read Hodgeson Burnett previously and found that having an angelic young boy be the catalyst of change for one or more curmudgeons was seemed to be a theme in her writing.  Continue reading

News: An overview of upcoming posts!


This term, instead of taking YA Materials (that term, and therefore that class, is over), I’m taking Reader’s Advisory and Materials for Older Children. As part of my Materials for Older Children class, I have to read two books per week and e-mail the prof with a short, 2-3 line response to each book (to prove I’ve read them, I suppose?). So far I’ve read a few absolutely fantastic books, and one dud (mostly because I hadn’t been aware that it was a sequel until I started the book, and then it took me long enough to get what was going on that I had lost any fascination with the book that I’d started with). I’ll be posting my (short) responses to the books, plus a reading map (hosted on a separate blog) to this blog, as I am hoping that I’ll be able to sustain this blog.

See you soon!

On Teen Writers


This is my last official blog post of the term. And I’ll admit it–I’m taking the easy way out. In a previous post, I shared the Teen Writing Toolbox, a static blog created by myself and two of my classmates. We researched and presented on enabling and encouraging teens to write. We highlighted several types of writing, some workshops that librarians can organize to create spaces for teens to practice and share their writing, some resources for both writing help and for publishing, and some examples of teens and young adults who actually made it big and published a book while they were still young.

So this is my blog post on teen writers.

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