Wow, it’s been a busy, fun month. Over the past two weeks six of our eight CLiF Year of the Book schools had kickoff celebrations, and next week we’re finishing the tour in Laconia and Manchester, NH.
That means I’ve had little backlog in the links I collect for this occasional Friday Links Library series. So you’re getting a lot of reading today. Enjoy!
- From Philadelphia’s public schools magazine, evidence that summer slide is steeper for immigrant children.
- Good news for independent bookstores: despite dire predictions, sales are up.CLiF loves indies and they are great for our communities. Over just the past year, Bear Pond Books (Montpelier) and Phoenix Books have participated in events and shared expertise, and Norwich Bookstore, Bridgeside Books, Next Chapter Bookstore, Bear Pond Books Stowe, and the Flying Pig have all hosted book drives to benefit the kids we serve.
- Who remembers SSR? This Washington Post piece by Joanne Yatvin makes the case to bring back independent reading in schools.
- Did you love S.S. Taylor’s The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon? Well, mystery-steampunk-adventure fans, we’re in luck. The second in the series, The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair, launches tomorrow (party at Norwich Bookstore, 1 pm). Here’s an interview with the author on the blog Nine Kinds of Pie.
- If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen your friends post the 10 books that most influenced them. You may have posted your own list. In the aggregate of all the books most frequently mentioned, guess what? Most… not all, but most of them can be categorized as children’s books or YA.
- Finally, a great story in Foster’s Daily Democrat about the Year of the Book kickoff at Valley View Elementary School in Farmington, NH.
Whew. Happy Friday!