While browsing Barnes & Noble this week looking for a book to read that isn’t required for a class, I came across the latest edition of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This was the book that sparked my interest in reading. As a child it opened my eyes to how a great book can transport you from, in my case, the boring Connecticut suburbs into the magical, mystery world of Meg Murry and her friends. Needless to say, I had to have this new edition.
After I purchased it and displayed it proudly upon my bookshelf, I got to thinking that everyone must have their own A Wrinkle in Time. Everyone has that one book that can make them feel instantly better when they’re sick. That book that goes perfectly with a snowy day and a mug of hot chocolate. That book that was passed down to them, and that they will continue to pass on for generations. As Anna Quindlen states in her forward to the newest version of A Wrinkle in Time, these are the books that “make us feel less alone, convince us that our own foibles and quirks are as individual as a fingerprint and as universal as an open hand.”
What’s your feel-better-book?
UPDATE: There is an even NEWER edition that I just heard about on Publisher’sWeekly.com. A Wrinkle in Time: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. Check out the review here!
Barefoot Books on Mothering.com
Check out this great article about how Barefoot Books encourages imagination and creativity in children.
Check out NPR’s list of the top 100 teen novels. 75,220 poll-takers created this amazing list! Some of my favorites:
#3. To Kill a MockingBird by Harper Lee
#16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
#25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
#71. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Is YOURS on the list?
Check out the cover of Paper Lantern Lit’s (my internship) new book Truth or Dare coming out in April!
Genius YA marketing…
SImon & Schuster Books for Young readers came up with a brilliant idea for revealing cover for the new Cassandra Clare novel. For every tweet with “#ClockPrincess” part of the cover diminished, slowly revealing the cover art after thousands of tweets. Wow, genius marketing on their part!
Here are a bunch of great articles about children’s lit. Enjoy!
What Makes a Classic? A great Publisher’s Weekly article about how some books are able to resonate with readers for generations. “A classic book fuels you when you think about it.”—Josie Leavitt
Decline in Boys’ Reading The UK’s the Guardian details an alarming decline in the development of young boy’s reading skills. Writer, Michael Morpurgo, refreshingly states, “it’s not about testing and reading schemes, but about loving stories and passing on that passion to our children.”
Trajectory: A New Digital Publisher Founded in 2011 in Cambridge, Mass, Trajectory is a digital publisher and technology developer. They are focusing on E-book versions of children’s books. Cofounder and CEO, Jim Bryant states, “there are great opportunities in digital publishing and we’re looking into new e-book models that can work on a global basis.
NY Times Review of ‘George Bellows: Painter with a Punch!’
The New York Times reviews an interesting new children’s biography about the life of George Bellows. Bellows’ paintings come alive in this action-packed story of his life.