I was delighted to meet author Katharine McGee at our town's annual library league luncheon last week. Of course I had to buy the book and read it and review it as soon as I got home. American Royals is speculative YA fiction, the story of what might have happened if George Washington had agreed to become America's first king. It's a fun read. My complete review is here, and here is my blog post about the event.
I love my work as a Texas Master Naturalist, so I was very happy to have a box of nature-themed children's books arrive this week from a new publisher of kids' books, Greystone Kids, a division of the more established Greystone Books. I was very pleased with the quality of the stories and the illustrations, and I loved reading about the company and its commitment to protecting the environment during the production of its books.
I'm reading The Essential Rumi and Strange the Dreamer now.
Who couldn't write a board book? They look like they would be a snap to write. But author Sandra Boynton dispells these myths in the article, Sandra Boynton's Dinosnores Wasn't Easy to Write, in The Atlantic.
Here's science I like: Professor Thomas Hills tried to determine the happiest times in the countries of the US, the UK, Italy, and Germany from 1820 to 2009 by analyzing books published during those times and comparing ratios of positive to negative words in the books. Isn't that an odd idea? For the full story, take a look here.
How many Cybils nominees have I read in October so far? I've read 92 picture book and board book nominees, and I've written reviews of 49 of those. I still need to read 61 more books just to read all 153 books that have been nominated to date.
Yes, it's Cybils time!
Our Texas Master Naturalist group had a fabulous time at KBR Kids Day in Houston this year. Here's a flipbook I made with photos from the day. I usually hold the alligators, but this year I worked in the butterfly tent. In the tent, we put sugar water on kids' fingers and helped them hold a butterfly. It was great fun, and there were long lines to get in the tent. We estimate that there were over 7,000 people at the event.
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