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The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to both the author and illustrator for excellence in a beginning reader book. Beginning readers are meant for children from pre-kindergarten through second grade, who are reading but not yet fluent. Beginning readers support children in gaining reading skills through the use of repeated vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pictures that support the text.
John Grisham likes street lawyers, tempted lawyers, virtuous lawyers, lawyers frustrated by their decency, unhappy lawyers, tapped-out lawyers, shamed lawyers, small-town and small-office lawyers -- them, most of all. At the start of Sycamore Row, the attorney Jake Brigance needs money bad.
Are you planning to study for any standardized tests this year? From the SAT to the GRE and everything in between, the Library offers many study guides in several formats. I became aware of this fact when Recycled Reads received a large box of 2013 study guides a few weeks ago.
Three really good showbiz memoirs I know of now, all of them about getting famous, not so much about being famous. The most recent is A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston. (The other two are Moss Hart’s Act One and Just Kids by Patti Smith.)
Thanks to Tuesday’s Google Doodle, many of you may already know that January 7th was the 123rd birthday of Zora Neale Hurston. You may also know that Hurston went largely undiscovered until well after her death in 1960.
African fiction took a prominent position in publishing last year and more notable novels will be published early this year. NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names is an episodic story about Darling, a ten-year-old girl in Zimbabwe, and her immigration to the United States. Through the eyes of Darling, Bulawayo melds the terrible (forced relocation, AIDS, poverty) with the pleasant (discovery, family, and friendship).
Thursday a Chinese helicopter dramatically rescued 52 scientists, journalists, and tourists who had been trapped on a Russian research vessel since Christmas Eve. The ship got stuck in sea ice off Antarctica while on a mission to follow the footsteps of historic Antarctic explorer and scientist Douglas Mawson. The event made me think of two of my favorite novels that happen to have Antarctica as a setting.
That’s unofficial. It’s my own designation and I deem it so because in 2013 I was able to make downloadables work on my kindle and my iPad, and if I can do it… well… it must be getting easier.
The beginning of a new year is a time when I make all sorts of promises to learn and do new things. This year, to help me along with this promise, my sister (who is awesome at doing and learning things) gave me an embroidery starter kit. I’m convinced that, like knitting, embroidery is due for a comeback of epic proportions. Sadly, she lives in the fair state of Illinois which left me to figure things out on my own.