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October 2014
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dragonsheep:

bob daly illustration

dragonsheep:

bob daly illustration

#books   #animals   #kittens   
October 2014
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31 Days of Halloween Specials… SPOOKSTRAVAGANZA!

229/650: Arthur - 1x28B - The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club

31 Days of Halloween Specials… SPOOKSTRAVAGANZA!

229/650: Arthur - 1x28B - The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club

October 2014
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two-lumpsofsugar-and-tea asked

Hey, I was wondering if you could help me out? I'm kinda shy and I'm not great at sticking up for myself. And recently, this guy who's been hanging around my friends and I has been talking mad shit about YA lit and it's really getting on my nerves. What could I say to him that will get him to shut up but is still polite and won't cause drama?

bookmad:

*rubs hands together* oh yes, i’ve been where you are.

the best thing you can do is politely ask him, “which young adult books have you read?”

in my experience, the answer will usually be none, which will probably silence him, or surprise him enough that he turns into a sputtering idiot. “well, no, i haven’t, but—” but nothing. you can’t sit there and knock something you know absolutely nothing about. it’s rude and just plain arrogant.

i find that most people who vehemently hate things—such as ya lit—actually have no experience with it. the hate toward ya lit started around the same time the twilight franchise hit it big. and who did it hit it big with? teenage girls. the world is famous for hating teenage girls and everything associated them. that, in itself, is an issue of being sexist, which most likely he is, since most people in the world tend to be. that’s a whole other beast to deal with.

pay close attention to his answers, and then remind him about all of the great things ya lit has to offer: a wide variety of coming-of-age stories, strong female protagonists, mash-ups of genres/styles, and anything else that you find attractive about the genre. i would also put an emphasis on the fact that ya lit isn’t “dumbed down” like most people say it is. all genre does is determine the age of the protagonist. nothing else.

finally, remind him about all of the classics that are considered ya lit/children’s lit, or would be if they were published today: the outsiders by s.e. hinton, lord of the flies by william golding; the giver by lois lowry; the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe by c.s. lewis; speak by laurie halse anderson; a separate peace by john knowles; to kill a mockingbird by harper lee; little women by louisa may alcott; flowers in the attic by v.c. andrews; a tree grows in brooklyn by betty smith; and the golden compass by philip pullman. you get the idea.

good luck!

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October 2014
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room without books is like a body without soul.
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October 2014
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bibliolectors:

Late winter, cold, hot reading / Tarde de invierno, fría, al calor de la lectura (ilustración de Helena Leslie)

bibliolectors:

Late winter, cold, hot reading / Tarde de invierno, fría, al calor de la lectura (ilustración de Helena Leslie)

#art   #books   
October 2014
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wordbookstores:

*Hangs bookseller head in shame*

wordbookstores:

*Hangs bookseller head in shame*

#books   #puns   
October 2014
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Books are still man’s greatest invention, despite the nonsense so often published between their covers.

 - Martin Arnold (via literatureismyutopia)
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September 2014
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Fahrenheit 451 book sculpture by Jodi Harvey-Brow

Fahrenheit 451 book sculpture by Jodi Harvey-Brow

September 2014
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artbymoga:

My perfect day.

artbymoga:

My perfect day.

#art   #rain   #books   #tea   #autumn   #flashing gif   #epilepsy warning   
September 2014
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Mind the Gap, Indeed.

everyonereads:

This upcoming Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium conference, Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers, has such a marvelous agenda:


The pursuit of the next Harry Potter and Hunger Games has homogenized bestsellers lists; there are still too few books for reluctant readers; and the number of nonfiction titles has steadily declined. And yet, with thousands of books published for young readers every year, there are myriad opportunities to honor a culturally, economically, and racially diverse spectrum of readers… if you mind the gaps.

Yes! We at MWALOMYH are devoted to the idea of honoring and serving all readers! Excellent!

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Speaking at this conference will be Peter Brown, Steve Jenkins, Arthur A. Levine, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Patricia Hruby Powell, Christian Robinson, Steve Sheinkin, Andrew Smith, and Gene Luen Yang. Seven men and two women there to honor the great spectrum of readers.

Most of the guests represent the winners of this year’s Boston Globe Horn Book Awards, who are certainly a lot of men, though the winners historically been more balanced. Still, in a conference specifically about serving all readers, one might work toward less striking gender imbalance—lest we inadvertently reinforce the rather prevalent idea that in the conversation over reluctant readers the microphone is best left to menfolk. 

In other words, gentle readers, when it comes to honoring young readers,  please mind the gender gap. 

September 2014
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misswendyd:

Gorgeous Puffin in Bloom editions illustrated by Anna Bond from Rifle Paper Company! Beautiful artwork on those endpapers and cover, plus special bonus materials at the end of each book. Including, of course, a recipe for raspberry cordial.

We’re giving away a complete set of four to one lucky person who completes our MG/YA classics challenge this year!

Photographs by The Midnight Garden.

September 2014
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An Alternative School Reading List: Here Is Every YA Novel With Lesbians 

#lgbtqaip   #books   #ya lit   
September 2014
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dee-pressen:

Did you know that the first edition cover of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was designed by Ellen Raskin, the author of The Westing Game?

dee-pressen:

Did you know that the first edition cover of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was designed by Ellen Raskin, the author of The Westing Game?