Over at Booklights they’re trying to answer that age-old parenting question: how do you decide when your child is ready for great books that deal with tough themes? Here they’re looking specifically at Charlotte’s Web.
Looking for specific action you can take on whitewashing of book covers? School for Activists has some tips for booksellers who would like to add their voice.
I love this post on a class using google maps to track the action in Percy Jackson. What a fun way to make some clasroom connections between literature, geography, and technology! I think projects like this one can really inspire kids (and teachers and librarians!) to find new ways to look at the tools that are at our disposal. And some of the realizations that the kids have about the books are really cool. (Hat tip to Jen Robinson)
Collecting Children’s Books’ round-up of fictional stories about book reports cracked me up.
There’s been quite a bit of talk about gender in YA books recently, and Diana Peterfreund’s post When a Woman Does It really gets to the heart of it. I need to read this woman’s book!
This is such a wonderful list of resources put together by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich at the Tenners’ blog. It makes me all giddy to be put in the company of some amazing folks!
I really like Patrick Ness. I liked him even more when I get to the end of this Guardian review, where he asks a great question: why do we have the make the easy choice when it comes to gender and attraction in books? In this case, the boy who the male main character finds himself attracted to turns out, predictably, to be a woman in disguise. Good on Patrick Ness for calling other authors out on this, and for pointing out that gay teens might want to read genre books, too. The conversations continues at Bookwitch – do read the comments. (Hat tip to Read Alert.)
Want some total and complete horror in your life? Meet the people who are censoring your textbooks. And then meet the school that used school-issued laptops to spy on teens and families. And then go have a good cry and hide under your bed for the rest of the day.
If you need a little levity after reading those articles, head over to the always-delightful 100 Scope Notes to see what books are going to look like in the year 3001.
Still have folks asking you why whitewashing is such a big deal? This new post at The Book Smuggler’s is a great place to send them.
And finally: Is R.L. Stine phoning it in? Survey says yes! I think we have that first one at the library. (Hat tip to 100 Scope Notes.)