Read Your World: Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity

Posted by on December 7, 2017.

With the call for more diverse books in the publishing business, it’s been heartening to see a small uptick in children’s books that reflect the beautiful diversity of the faces we see around us more and more each day. Heeding that call, three women in central Vermont are striving to make folks in their predominantly white communities more sensitive to the images, products, and media with which we choose to surround ourselves.

Reading Without Walls: Take the Challenge

Posted by on June 7, 2017.

If the summer shapes up to be like spring has been here in Vermont, I suggest stocking up on summer reading for the whole family. Not to belabor the point, but It’s been a wet one, and one of the few therapies for cold, wet weather is losing oneself in a great book.

Children’s Books to Open Hearts & Minds

Posted by on November 23, 2016.

I am writing this from my lovely little bubble of Bear Pond Books. I think we can all agree it’s been a busy, distracting fall. I know that my book reading time has taken a precipitous fall because of it.

Celebrating Remarkable Women

Posted by on August 25, 2016.

This summer we’ve been basking in the glory of so many female heroes, in politics and in sports especially. I didn’t get to watch much of the summer Olympics, but I sure did read about many of the extraordinary feats of athleticism and personal, political and historic victory.

The Next Great Book: Summer Reading 2016

Posted by on June 14, 2016.

by Jane Knight – Bear Pond Books

As I write this, there are four middle school kids hanging out in our play space in the Children’s Room at Bear Pond– ‘The Chicken Coop’—they are reading picture books to one another, laughing and reminiscing about their ‘childhood favorites’.

The Next Great Book: Summer Reading, Part One

Posted by on May 19, 2015.

We recently held a book review event for our children’s librarians. We had a panel of four reviewers and talked about new fiction for middle grades through high school.

As I was creating the list of books I wanted to review I realized with no small amount of shock that I had a long list consisting of…historical fiction?!

The Next Great Book: Holidays 2014, Part Two

Posted by on December 9, 2014.

Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

This is the second half of Jane’s holiday recommendations. For Part One, click here.

And now a handful of outstanding picture books, because I cannot choose just one (ever!).

  • Sidle on up, pardner, for a hilarious Wild West caper by the outlaw author/illustrator duo  Bob Shea and Lane Smith.

The Next Great Book: Holidays 2014, Part One

Posted by on December 8, 2014.

Nuts to You - Lynne Rae Perkins

I’ve got lots on my mind as I think and write about books and giving this holiday season. But I think Kyle Zimmer, President of First Book in Washington DC says it best for me when she spoke at the National Book Awards ceremony this past month:

 

“In this country that we are so proud of, 45% of our children are being raised in homes that are poor or near poor.

The Next Great Book: A Backpackful of Back to School Books

Posted by on August 28, 2014.

Even though the whole concept of “Back To School” is somewhat distasteful to me since our summer felt like it lasted about two weeks, I’ll admit that I have read some pretty wonderful new books this season.

Some address what it is like to be at school for the first time, or what it is like to go back to school with a little trepidation.