Sunday, May 4, 2008

Children's Literature Book Club

I'm part of a book group that reads and discusses children's literature. Here is a post from the leader's blog about it. If you live in the D.C. area, you should come and participate.

I've wanted to be in a book club for years, but have never been able to find one that reads children's literature. I finally stopped looking and started a book club myself.

We've had a few meetings so far, and it's been pure heaven. The DC Children's Literature Bookclub (DC Kidlit for short) is a terrific mixture of children's librarians, teachers, library school grad students, bloggers, authors and parents. The meetings have been insightful, thought provoking and a lot of fun. It's wonderful to be able to have in-depth conversations about good books with fellow children's book lovers.

If you live in the Washington DC area, (or are in town for a visit) you're welcome to join us. We read a book from a different genre each month. All meetings are on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. at the La Madeleine Bakery in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Here's the upcoming reading list and schedule:

May 4- Early chapter book: The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
June 1- Juvenile fiction: The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
July 13- Non-fiction: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
August 3- Poetry: This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman

If you'd like to join the bookclub and vote on upcoming selections, e-mail me at: wizardwireless [at] gmail [dot] com, and I'll be happy to add you to the group's listserv.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

National Scrapbooking Day

Today was National Scrapbooking Day, a sacred holiday for me. I took a day off from work so I could spend it cropping all day. Here is what I have created so far: