Ten writers for children. All with something to say.
My book recommendation is the recent Golden Kite award-winning YA novel Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. This book is another gripping tale in the same vein as David's recommendation, Breaking Stalin's Nose. It's set in 1941 when the communists have taken over the country of Lithuania, in particular, but also Latvia and Estonia, and have imprisoned many of the men/fathers/husbands and sent the women and children to desolate work camps in Siberia. Though it is a harsh and brutal story, it is also infused with love, courage, and hope. I was especially intrigued because my aunt (married to my mother's brother) grew up in just such a work camp before her Latvian family managed to emigrate to the United States. Here's a link to the video interview with author Ruta Sepetys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPiQ_LuKtDE/.
And in this post, I'd like to include a few photos from my recent trip through Kentucky and North Carolina. I'm still waiting for photos of me with the amazing Beulah Campbell, my former children's literature professor, but here are some from the culmination of the Family Reading Project at Hardin Park School in Boone, North Carolina. It was a wonderful evening spent with 5th and 6th grade students and their families and two terrific librarians, Candice Trexler and Amy Hiatt!