Cece Bell and the Superhero Power of Stories

Posted by on June 21, 2016.

Last Wednesday evening, I stood outside Montpelier High School and greeted young readers and their adults as they arrived at the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Ceremony. Kids and their adults piled into the auditorium to hear Cece Bell speak about her award-winning book El Deafo.

Middle Ground: Why Are Middle-Grade Books So Sad?

Posted by on January 6, 2015.

Girl reading a sad book

I recently recommended a book to Mary (not her real name), a twelve year-old girl who regularly comes to the library. Mary and I talk about books a lot, and she’s always seemed to like the books I’ve suggested. On this particular visit, I encouraged her to read what I thought was a pretty hilarious book.

Middle Ground: Making Noise in the Library

Posted by on April 28, 2014.

Essex Free Library DCF book group

Every couple of months, I meet and discuss books with a group of some of the most critical and thoughtful readers I know. They’re insightful, articulate, and extremely smart. They’re also in grades 4 through 8.

 

They are members of the Essex Free Library’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Discussion Group, and each time we meet, we discuss a book from the DCF list.

March 14 Friday Links Library

Posted by on March 14, 2014.

Happy Friday!

We’re digging out after Vulcan dumped two feet of fresh snow over Vermont. Which means all this weekend we’ll be doing our two favorite activities: reading and skiing.

Here are some clips from the last two weeks.

Meredith found a lot happening in Ohio to help third graders pass reading tests:

  • When more than half of Columbus, Ohio third graders scored below proficient on the Ohio Achievement Assessment tests, the schools enlisted parents to help (and, we hope, to love reading together).

Middle Ground: How the DCF List Process Works (and why I had 10 boxes of books in my living room)

Posted by on March 12, 2014.

DCF committee selects 30 books for 2014

Up until Saturday morning, I had about 10 boxes of books sitting in my living room and dozens of middle grade and young adult books scattered throughout my house. I had a pile of books to read when I was upstairs, a pile of books to read when I was downstairs, a pile of books on my nightstand.