For the Discerning & Literary Child
Re-visiting This Delicious Day, a book of poems selected by Paul B. Janeckzo from my own kid-lit library, inscribed in 1988: "Becky from Dad Xmas 1988" and labeled with a dot-matrix, rainbow-colored courier-new font of my name and childhood address.
Love this round-up of picture books, inspired by the new John Lennon picture book and International Day of Peace (from the Bank Street Bookstore).
When archives and kid-lit converge: explore 6000 historical children's books online.
We're all Wonders, via my neighbor Lauren, eyed in her stash of back-to-school books. (This is a beautiful, important book that models empathy for young readers.)
Whoosh, the story of the engineer, Lonnie Johnson, creator of the super soaker.
And finally, the sing-songy, gorgeously illustrated delight, The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits.
Asides, Ideas, Miscellany
A historical context for the current discussion on athletes, protests, and patriotism from Teaching Tolerance.
I'm re-reading Little Women. (My five year old is not down with this text, by the way.) So far, I am astounded at the sisters' preoccupation with money — economic anxiety is a major plot arc that I surely didn't pick up on as a kid, but there it is.
I finally picked up a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Lambert Dowd after spotting it at the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum over the summer.
Lillian Ross passed away this month, RIP. I reread her Hemingway profile and laughed out loud, again: Who the hell is Adeline?
Jessa Crispin's new podcast, the Public Intellectual. Her discussion with the biographer of the forthcoming book on the life and work of photographer Vivian Maier addresses important questions about the custodians of archives. What should happen to the bodies of artistic work when a person passes, especially when the artist was herself was obsessed with the process of capturing photos and disinterested in the final product, the photograph itself?