#BookBingoNW2017: Reread a Book You Read in School

Although we are hard pressed to think of a single drawback to Book Bingo, it is true that for some readers it calls forth unwelcome memories of required reading. Yet the popularity of bingo and similar reading challenges and groups suggests that something appeals to us about being stretched beyond our habitual reading appetites. Might those same restrictions we chafed at in school suddenly feel like a welcome dose of structure, now that we can read whatever we please?

Rereading can be an interesting way of deepening our awareness both of a text, and of our former selves. This is especially true when we willingly and with curiosity take up some book that we have previously experienced as obligatory drudgery. Freed from the need to take notes, uncover themes or prep for a quiz, we can encounter afresh some of the best and most engaging books ever written, reclaiming them for our own.

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Book Bingo: A Book from Your Childhood.

Book Bingo Childhood   –  posted by Kimberly

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!

We recently asked our Facebook fans to tell us about memorable books from their childhoods, sparking a lively discussion. How fantastic then that this category was chosen for Book Bingo! Many of my favorites have a place on my bookshelves to this day and are always good when I need a comfort read. Here are a few, perhaps you enjoyed them too? Continue reading “Book Bingo: A Book from Your Childhood.”

Little people up to no good (part 1): the classics

Have you ever noticed how many books there are about the lives of tiny people? Jonathan Swift pretty much started it with Gulliver’s Travels (1726), but the conceit of itty bitty humans really seems to have taken off from there.

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A Different Beauty: Sharing Film with Children

The Red Balloon, a film by Albert LamorisseI vividly remember the first time I saw The Red Balloon as a child. I’ve never forgotten the haunting, stark beauty of 1950s Paris, the unapologetic taking of the child’s perspective, and the power of images with minimal dialogue.

As much as I loved, and love, the work of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc, and Friz Freling, seeing The Red Balloon made me see film in a new way.

Once I became a children’s librarian I The Secret of Kells, a film from Cartoon Saloonwanted the children I served to have similar opportunities to experience the extraordinary beauty and power of films like The Red Balloon, Spirited Away, The Man Who Planted Trees or The Secret of Kells.

Unfortunately children’s films that are not commercially successful can be hard to find.

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Classic Picture Books

I just got done reading Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom about the influential editor and director of Harper’s Department of Books for Boys and Girls. Many of the books Ms. Nordstrom edited are classic picture books that still have universal appeal to children today.

Ms. Nordstrom published the Carrot Seed written by Ruth Kraas and illustrated by Crocket Johnson. Apparently controversial when first published in 1945, the book tells the story of a little boy who planted a carrot seed and took great care of it despite his family warning him that a carrot might not come up.

She also worked with Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Clement Hurd on Goodnight Moon, which was first published in 1947.  The story is about a little bunny saying goodnight to everything in and even outside his bedroom, possibly to delay bedtime. Margaret Wise Brown also wrote Big Red Barn, illustrated by Felicia Bond, which introduces children to a variety of farm animals.

Where the Wild Things by Maurice Sendak and The Giving Tree  by Shel Silverstein were also published under Ms. Nordstrom’s guidance.

What classic picture books are you reading to your children?