Posts tagged books
Posts tagged books
I was inspired to create this gif after reading "Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming" by Neil Gaiman, and seeing images of an abandoned Detroit library.
When I was a kid, I rode my bike every Saturday to the local library, which was less than a mile from my home. Where I live now, a child would have to ride her bike 10 miles to the nearest library. Even by car, it takes a dedicated parent and engaged child to make the trip. All the more reason adults, whether they have children or not, need to show enthusiasm and support for public libraries.
"You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast. You will always run away with her. You will always lose her. You will always be a fool. You will always be dead, in a city of ice, snow falling into your ear."
~ Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
Ms. Frizzle inspired by this post:
What if Carlos is Carlos from The Magic School Bus who was inspired to become a scientist after all the amazing field trips and he only went to Night Vale because it was Mrs. Frizzle’s home town and he just had to know why she was the only teacher he had who could bend the laws of the universe to her will
Greetings, Tumblr! We received this email recently and thought you could help out:
I’m a twenty-seven year old male, and I have a ten year-old niece. My question to you is whether or there are some manga, comics or anime that are appropriate for her age group and are not prone to the pitfalls…
Chi’s Sweet Home — Chi is a newborn kitten who finds herself lost. Separated from her mother, she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.
Cardcaptor Sakura — no “risqué” costume changes, mom, Sakura’s BFF makes all the hero’s costumes, so she changes offstage.
Marvel Adventures: Power Pack — not strictly manga, but manga-influenced, the kids of the Power family interact with the superheroics of the Marvel Universe in this kid-friendly imprint. Almost anything in the Marvel Adventures line is going to be fine for a preteen to read.
Yotsuba&! — Slice of life manga of a young girl, navigating the world around her and generally being cute.
Zita the Space Girl — You’re going to have lots of luck with items from First Second, check out their website.
Chicagoland Detective Agency — another one that’s not strictly manga, but very much aimed at the preteen demographic. The lead female character is thirteen, loves manga and lolita fashion, and when she moves to Chicago falls in with a boy and a talking dog…
Babymouse: Queen of the World! — Meet Babymouse, a sassy young mouse who dreams of glamour, excitement, adventure, straight whiskers, being queen of the world, and of course, being invited to Felicia Furrypaws’s oh-so-exclusive party…
Comedian and author Paula Poundstone (via juliyeti)
Speaking of which: ALA calls for accountability and transparency in nation’s surveillance laws
If you work with kids from low-income neighborhoods, First Book can help you get brand-new, high-quality books.
This is how income inequality happens. Read to your kids, people! And donate to First Book, while you’re at it.
I usually write a post about the American Library Association’s top ten list of the banned, pulled, contested, and challenged books in American libraries every year, because more often than not the list is a lovely illustration of how our society is disproportionately uncomfortable with stories by women and minorities when they actually talk about their experiences as women or minorities.
But this year everything’s pretty equitably awful. In fact, this is the first time since 2008 that male authors on the ALA list have outnumbered their distaff counterparts. Hooray?
Favorite Movies (in no particular order) - The Last Unicorn (1982)You can find the others if you are brave. They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints.
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
I’ll trade you A Separate Peace for a Fahrenheit 451.
sums up my relationship with libraries to a tee