Gladys Hunt on Choosing Mother Goose
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by Janie
2d ago
Editor’s Note: It’s a new month–meaning a new chapter in our Honey for a Child’s Heart Read-along. Or actually, two chapters: #5: “Poetry” and #22: “Poetry Is for Pleasure.” What better way to introduce a child to the delights of rhyme and rhythm than reading aloud from a beautifully-illustrated collection of Mother Goose rhymes? Betsy and Janie talked about their best-beloved editions in an earlier post, and here Gladys Hunt shares some of her favorites. Choosing Mother Goose Originally published on the Tumblon website July 12, 2009 Every child should have an early friendship with Mother Goos ..read more
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Honey for a Child’s Heart Read Along: Month 6
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by Betsy
2d ago
Hi there! You're seeing this message because you're not a member of the Redeemed Reader Fellowship. To learn more about Membership, please visit our Membership Page. The post Honey for a Child’s Heart Read Along: Month 6 appeared first on Redeemed Reader ..read more
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Windswept by Margi Preus
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by Janie
6d ago
Windswept is a lovely fantasy/fairy tale of children learning to take on the responsibility of stewardship through story, service, and sacrifice. Windswept by Margi Preus. Abrams, 2022, 280 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 7-12 as a read-aloud, 9-14 for independent readers The beauty and danger Outside Tagalong’s actual name is Hyacinth, but her nickname suits her place in the family: the youngest, whose identity trails along behind her four older sisters. Tag, now thirteen, was only six when those sisters were windswept, or literally blown away by one of t ..read more
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The 2023 ALA Youth Media Awards
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by Hayley
6d ago
A Redeemed Reader Tradition This morning, a Redeemed Reader tradition of multiple years continued: listening to the ALA Youth Media Awards. Last year we gathered in person. This year it was virtual. We wake early and hunch over livestream announcements. For an hour there is: book chatter, “Ooh, I read that!” predictions, “maybe it will be Gary Paulsen …” the frantic scribbling of titles, “what was the second Schneider honor?” not to mention, the judicious use of library holds, “I’ve reached my hold limit!” But Why Pay Attention? In the words of Janie, from a prior year, “The reason we pay so m ..read more
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2023 Newbery Buzz #5: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
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by Betsy
1w ago
I Must Betray You is one of those novels that straddles the line between Newbery age ranges and Printz age ranges. Will it get some love from either award committee? Or both? We’re back with Newbery Buzz Discussion #5 for 2023. To read the rest in the series or previous years’ discussions, check out the Newbery Buzz Page. I Must Betray You: Background Betsy: Megan, I think this is the first book by Ruta Sepetys that you’ve read; you don’t tend to read as many gritty YA novels as I do. But it’s my fourth Sepetys novel, and, I think, her most well-written (Between Shades of Gray is still my fav ..read more
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Newbery Buzz Roundup #2: Frizzy, How to Build a Human, and Attack of the Black Rectangles
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by Janie
1w ago
The American Library Association will announce the winners of its very influential Youth Media Awards, headed by the Newbery and Caldecott. Since we can’t help projecting, here are three more titles that appeared in Mock Newbery and “best of” lists last year. Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega, art by Rose Bousamra. First Second, 2023, 213 pages. Marlene’s least favorite day of the week is Sunday, where she spends hours at the salon getting her hair straightened. The Saturday before her cousin Diana’s quinceañera is especially grueling, because Marlene will suffer by comparison with Diana’s “good h ..read more
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2023 Newbery Buzz #4: Jack Zulu
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by Betsy
2w ago
Does an independently published novel like Jack Zulu have what it takes to win the Newbery? We’re back with Newbery Buzz Discussion #4 for 2023. To read the rest in the series or previous years’ discussions, check out the Newbery Buzz Page. Independently Published Books Betsy: Megan, we’ve never discussed an independently published book in our Newbery Buzz series before! We’re breaking new ground. First, let me acknowledge that independently published books may never grace the Newbery stage. Why? For starters, they simply don’t have the marketing budget and resources of a big publishing house ..read more
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Gladys Hunt on Award-Winning Books
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by Janie
2w ago
Editor’s Note: On Monday, the American Library Association announces its annual Youth Media Awards But how many of the honored books will still be read 10 years from now? Over-booked! Originally published on the Tumblon website on September 1, 2009 Do you remember the hilarious story in Homer Price* about the doughnut machine that kept spilling out doughnuts faster and faster, a gadget with no shut-off button? It’s a favorite chapter in the book for most readers. Thinking of it makes me smile. That’s the way people feel if they want to keep up on children’s books—there is an endless supply of ..read more
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*A Dragon Used to Live Here by Annette LeBlanc Cate
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by Hayley
2w ago
In a whimsical tale within a tale, two royal children discover that their castle (and their own mother!) have a very interesting past. A Dragon Used to Live Here by Annette LeBlanc Cate. Candlewick, 2022, 256 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended For: ages 6-12 as a read-aloud, 8-12 independent readers Noble children Thomas and Emily are at a bit of a loose end. While the castle is busy preparing for a surprise party, it’s summer, and they have free time. Imagine their interest when they discover a mysterious door leading to a world of scribes and party invitations. Leadi ..read more
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Newbery Buzz #3: Northwind
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by Janie
2w ago
Might Gary Paulsen’s last novel be a sentimental favorite for Newbery recognition? The State of Nature Betsy: Janie, this is only the second Paulsen book I’ve read (the first was Gone to the Woods, his stark memoir published last year). Before reading Northwind, I read your review in which you compared this to Hatchet (a book I must read someday!). I can’t speak to its similarities to Hatchet, I enjoyed Northwind more than Gone to the Woods, simply based on the reading experience. It’s not as grim or despairing, although, as you point out in your review, the opening chapters “are unrelievedly ..read more
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