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#WhatImReadingNow : Pax

The fox felt the car slow before the boy did, as he felt everything first. Through the pads of his paws, along his spine, in the sensitive whiskers at his wrists. By the vibrations, he learned also that the road had grown coarser. He stretched up from his boy’s lap and sniffed at threads of […]

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Short Saturday: Give That Kid a Book!

I have said this more than once: I learned a lot from reading books. It led directly to my current vocation, for one thing. But before that, for example, it led to my acquisition of an excellent vocabulary and, I believe, my ability to put that vocabulary to work in a written format. So I […]

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Short Saturday: Advice for Young People

When I started blogging, I quickly discovered there were some very good blog-writers out there—and sometimes I’d find an article that was so good, there was nothing meaningful I could add. I present those articles on my Short Saturdays. :) This is definitely one of those articles that I could not have said any better. […]

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Short Saturday: Making a List, Checking It Twice

Since we’ve just been talking about the perfect gift—a book, of course—I figured it was time to rerun my lists of lists for book lovers. I ran this post last year but I’ve got a few more ideas to add to it: For Kids It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Christmas books for kids) […]

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The Book As Gift

My parents always had a huge built-in bookcase wherever they lived (my father built them). They were primarily filled with the novels my mother had accumulated in her youth and all sorts of books my folks acquired as a young married couple, including museum exhibition catalogues, college texts, art books (my mother’s major), history books […]

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The Childhood of a Writer

The childhoods of writers are thought to have something to do with their vocation, but when you look at these childhoods they are in fact very different. What they often contain, however, are books and solitude; and my own childhood was right on track. There were no films or theatres in the North, and the […]

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Short Saturday: Compare and Contrast

Three years ago I did a contrast-and-compare with middle grade fiction and young adult fiction. It was a really useful exercise for me. Since that time, there’s a New Kid in Town. Actually—a New Adult. You’ve probably already heard about it, but wondered how to differentiate them. As with MG and YA, we look first […]

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Editing Babar

With a convert’s proverbial fervor, I rushed pell-mell into the very heart of what I considered Babar’s unresolved problem: his mother’s death, of course. I never quite got over that death. The ease and remarkable calm with which de Brunhoff blighted the life of his baby elephant numbed me. That sublimely happy babyhood lost after […]

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Short Saturday: Books and Christmas

Earlier this week I took three packages to the post office and shipped them all at the ultra-cheap “book rate.” (It has its origins in the Founding Fathers’ belief in the freedom of the press.) Actually this rate is called Media Mail now: Small and large packages and thick envelopes can be sent domestically using […]

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Short Saturday: Guys Read?

The guys I hang out with certainly do. But parents and teachers (and data) will tell you their boys don’t read much fiction. There are lots of theories about it, but kids’ author Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca)—a former teacher—was in Nashville recently for a signing at the Nashville Public Library, and had this to […]

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