From Friends of Type – http://friendsoftype.com/2011/05/one-important-rule/

Feeling a bit stuck (ironically) with this one:

New projects, redesigns, collaboratives–what do you do to keep blogging fresh for you?

I’ve been doing this for almost 4 years now.  I think because I am a writer at heart, I don’t have much of a problem writing a few words about a book I recently read.  It can be hard when I have a “pile-up” of books, waiting to be reviewed, that are all coming out reasonably soon.  But I also like the challenge.

I think that I very much need to do a better job about visiting other blogs on a more regular basis (thank you, Feedly!) and generate more conversation.  That is my biggest weakness but perhaps I can use that as a motivating factor to “keep it fresh.”

That said, I love reading and writing about books, and I have no intention of slowing down!

KidsStepsREading
http://www.steveniles.net/2012/02/changing-views-on-piracy.html

Children’s Books…

I think I am in the minority among fellow Armchair BEA-ers in that I don’t really follow YA.  The only one I can think of was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  I picked it up at the Newark airport, during a long layover.  I have no idea it was YA until I was more than half way through.  I’m also very into “found photos” so the very nature of the book was in my wheelhouse.

I do have very fond memories of some of the books of my childhood.  I was reading, on my own, at about age 3 and always rapidly devoured books.  My parents would take me to the local library (I still remember how it smelled of plastic book covers and lingin.) and let me pick out a stack of 5 or 6 books.  Here were some of my favorites:


NateTheGreatNate The Great – This should come as no surprise since I am such a big fan of Sherlock Holmes.  Nate solves neighborhood mysteries with his dog Sludge and his friend Rosamund, a crazy cat lady in the making.

PandasPaintBoxI was obsessed with Panda’s Paint Box!  I loved rainbows when I was little and this was such a colorful and creative book for a child.

ResucersI can’t remember much of the plot but there was definitely a stolen diamond and people hiding on what looked like a pirate ship.  High adventure!

MaryPoppins Readalong

I had a few of these read along record sets, but Mary Poppins was my favorite.

The key is, children’s books really stick with you, even well into adulthood.  Be sure to put a book in a kid’s hand and excite their imagination.

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