Press on Curious City

Trolls, Grumpy Gators and Unassigned Reading

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Children's Literature, Press on Curious City | Comments Off on Trolls, Grumpy Gators and Unassigned Reading

Trolls, Grumpy Gators and Unassigned Reading

A chill is in the air and the summer days of lounging with a chapter book in hand appear to be over for the year…WAIT not so fast!  You can incorporate elective reading in your day-to-day DESPITE homework, soccer, and this and that.  Create a habit of 20 minutes a day when the WHOLE family is reading something they WANT to read.  No judgement, no reading levels, just ADVENTURE… Here are some recommendations from Curious City’s radio appearance on Green Mountain Mornings available as a podcast here … ________________________________________________________________...

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Curious City on the Brown Bookshelf

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Global & Multicultural Events, Press on Curious City | Comments Off on Curious City on the Brown Bookshelf

Curious City on the Brown Bookshelf

Honored to be invited by author/illustrator  Don Tate to write about “Making Your Own Market” for The Brown Bookshelf, a website “designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers.” “For me, children’s book marketing on the Brown Bookshelf or off has never been about social media, press,  coverage, or other perils of “self-promotion.” For me, marketing has always been about storytelling and discovery.  The best marketing finds ways to: retell a story beyond the framework of the book engage readers deeper in the story...

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Justice, Equality, Rights…Forever

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Book Industry, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Curious City, Press on Curious City, Student Activisim | Comments Off on Justice, Equality, Rights…Forever

Justice, Equality, Rights…Forever

As Women’s History Month opens, I was curious to open the document The Declaration of the Rights of Women signed on the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. I was quite taken with the last line: We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. —The Declaration of the Rights of Women How do we pass on the concepts of justice, equality, and civil and political rights to our daughters, sons, and students?  (Is not children’s literature (always)...

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Valentine to Kid Lit

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Curious City, Press on Curious City | Comments Off on Valentine to Kid Lit

Valentine to Kid Lit

As the day to celebrate romantic love approaches, we ask what Kid Lit character holds your heart in a way only a Valentine should? Who would you run away with? Listen to Podcast of our conversation on Kid Lit Love with Chris Lenois of WKVT’s Live & Local here. In a poll of children’s book writers, librarians, and readers on Facebook, the Classics came into play. Would you also… Go down the river with Huck Finn? Go into that dark cave with Tom Sawyer? Go up into the Alps with Heidi? Take the plunge with Mr. Darcy? Go into Boo Radley’s yard with Scout? Leave the...

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Reading for Empathy, Reading for Distance

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Book Selection, Children's Book Illustration, Children's Literature, Press on Curious City, Speaking | Comments Off on Reading for Empathy, Reading for Distance

Reading for Empathy, Reading for Distance

Looking back on 2013, what were the news stories that you could not get enough of?  What stories did you need to avert your eyes from?  Sometimes the veil of story allows us – as adult and child readers – to more deeply understand and bear the news of the day. In fact, in a study released by the journal Science, it was found that reading literary fiction makes us more empathetic, socially perceptive, and emotionally intelligent than reading non-fiction or the news.  Read more in the New York Times article, “For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little...

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Books Under the Covers

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Book Selection, Children's Literature, Press on Curious City | Comments Off on Books Under the Covers

Books Under the Covers

In the way of grand Children’s Lit conversations, Chris Lenois and I from WKVT Live & Local went from talking  – great picture books to get under the covers with  (or to put under the tree) – to detective boys fiction – to outstanding non-fiction – to audiobook opportunities.  Zig Zag Zoom. Whatever part of that conversation struck your fancy, here is a list of the books we discussed and here is the Podcast of us sweetly nattering on… ___________________________________________________________________________________ Cub’s Big World
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