Summer Reading

I’m back from my hiatus and will be actively writing about all things to do with books and reading resources, especially those geared to middle grade readers.

Since I’ve last posted, I’ve taken several classes. In the spring I was enrolled at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science as a community credit student taking a course on youth and media.

This summer, I’ve been immersed in picture books! As part of ALA, I attended the preconference sponsored by ALSC celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott Award. What a wonderful day at the Art Institute of Chicago hearing from some of the most notable illustrators in the game today talk about their work and art. I’ve followed that up with an online course through Penn State University on The Art of the Picture Book (LL ED462). I highly recommend this course. It is well facilitated with excellent feedback from Dr. Vivian Yenika-Agbaw. The readings and assignments are interesting and the dialogue with other students is top-notch.

As for actual reading, I’ve turned to some adult books. Don’t miss Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic. The lyrical writing and riveting plot will hold you spellbound. Along with practically everyone else I read Dan Brown’s Inferno, which was everything I expected from a Dan Brown book – fast paced, page-turning action with a neat plot resolution at the end. While at ALA, I picked up an advance reading copy of Sara Paretsky’s newest book, due out this November. Keep an eye out for Critical Mass. I couldn’t put it down. Next up for me, and I’m sure many others, is the Cuckoo’s Calling. Who would have thought it; JK Rowling plays detective!

Enjoy your summer reading… I know I am.

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