Piles o’ Books

October 13, 2014 @ 6:08 pm | Filed under: ,

If you, like me, missed Kidlitcon this past weekend, Leila has a delicious recap & link roundup for you at Bookshelves of Doom. I haven’t been since 2010, the Minneapolis gathering, and I had many a pang of longing as the tweets and FB updates came rolling in. But it was delightful to see so many of my blog-pals having what was clearly a Very Good Time.

One reason I couldn’t be there is because I was engaged to speak at SCBWI-San Diego on Saturday. (The other reason is because I have a hundred children and am therefore Always Broke. You know how it is.) I’m happy to say my SCBWI talk seemed to go over very well. The topic was Middle-Grade and Chapter Books, two categories of children’s publishing I can speak about with considerable enthusiasm. What’s more fun than speaking to a full house about your very favorite books? The crowd was wonderful, with really smart questions afterward. The only thing that could have made it more fun would have been having the Kidlitcon crowd there. 🙂

Sunday felt amazingly luxurious: nothing was required of me but to read. This was convenient, as the nominee tally in my CYBILs category is currently 100 novels, with more contenders coming in every day. Only two more days, guys, until the public nomination period closes. People are starting to compile lists of worthy books that haven’t yet been nominated; you can find links to those posts here.

Speaking of piles of books, the younger set and I finished The Boxcar Children over the weekend (it’s a mighty quick read) and today it fell upon to me choose the next readaloud. Sometimes I know EXACTLY what book I want to reach for next, and other times I have option paralysis. Today was the latter sort of occasion. I got Rose to go around the house with me, pulling likely candidates off shelves, and when we had a comfortable stack, I decided on a Jane-Rose-Beanie favorite, Rowan of Rin. Chapter one was well received. I’ve never read this one aloud before, and there’s always a risk—some great books just don’t make great readalouds. But so far, so good. So gripping!


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  1. Melanie Bettinelli says:

    Oooh what a lovely pile. I’d have to go straight for Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. Godden just delights me. I’ve been pondering adding James and the Giant Peach and Pippi to our queue, I don’t think I actually own either of them! The Gammage Cup is on my own pile of to be read books.
    Meanwhile, we’re halfway through Charlotte’s Web. I didn’t remember it as a funny book, but my kids are laughing out loud through the whole thing. And here I was afraid it was going to be a downer.

  2. Rachel says:

    I’ve read several of Rumer Godden’s novels for grown ups in the last couple of years and loved them, but I’d completely forgotten how I discovered her. Thank you for reminding me of Miss Happiness and Miss Flower!

  3. Ellie says:

    Oh gosh, look at that lovely stack! Childhood favorites, most! (Lacking in grammatical correctness. Too early. 🙂 have never read The Gammage Cup, but the others, yes, much childhood happiness of hours passing. Ok. Will stop sounding goofy now).


  4. tanita says:

    I haven’t been to a SCBWI function since BEFORE 2010 (although, I did go to ALA that year, so…) but glad to hear your talk went over well! We missed you – but let me tell you, I’m delighted someone else is both hosting and organizing next year – it was EXHAUSTING on some levels.