Best Book I Have Not Read

Writing, Reading, Teaching, Life, Attempting to Balance it All

New Ambassador: Katherine Patterson January 5, 2010

Katherine Patterson was named as the second National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! Having just had the opportunity to hear her speak in October at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Saturday Reunion, I couldn’t be more thrilled. She is more than cut out to fill Sciesczka’s big shoes. ¬†Patteron’s platform will be “read for your life!”

Check out the nice article over at New York Times or Publisher’s Weekly. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the NCBLA site, where Patterson is a vice president, they have some great resources for teachers, parents, and mentors.


First Kindle thoughts

Filed under: 21st Century Technologies,Kindle — bestbookihavenotread @ 6:55 am
Tags: ,

My parents gave my husband and I a Kindle as a joint birthday present on Thanksgiving. I hadn’t really come to a conclusion ahead of time about whether I thought the Kindle was a great idea or kind of unnecessary for a book addict like myself. I had seen a couple friends use theirs, but the jury was still out. Earlier this fall I decided to read a book on my iPhone to see what it was like and I actually liked it. It took me forever to get through the book, but I loved that I always had something with me to read anytime I had an extra five minutes here or there. I started a second one, but there are some style/typos that are annoying so I haven’t made as much progress.

I have only read a little on the Kindle so far, but one thing that has me absolutely sold on it is the motivation it has created in my children to read even more. My daughter (ten) was quite bent out of shape that the library was closed early on New Year’s Eve and she couldn’t get the next book in Lauren Myracle’s series. I had gotten her Eleven, Twelve, and the ARC of Thirteen Plus One at NCTE and she has raced through them this holiday break. Problem solved last night-downloaded onto the Kindle and now she sits wrapped up in her Snuggie, Kindle in hand, reading away.

My son (seven) has enjoyed reading one of the new Flat Stanley Adventure books (complete with the illustrations) and thinks he is hot stuff while sitting waiting at one of my many school meetings, reading on the Kindle. They both put one on their Santa list, but Santa had other thoughts.

I’ve added Time Magazine as a subscription. It’s reasonably priced and I enjoy having the magazine with me wherever I go so I can actually attempt to stay up-to-date with what is going on in the world. I also like that you can find books for free everything now and then. One of the new YA books I got at ALAN was free this week, so why not just add it to my Kindle and pass the book onto one of the teachers for their classroom library?