Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Are Brits More Into Blurbs?

Following up on yesterday's blurb discussion, I was struck by the Top Ten Series hosted across the Atlantic by the Guardian, where "authors choose their favourite books on their chosen theme."

Focusing on children's literature, authors like Joanne Harris and Meg Rosoff have shared their ten favorite kids' books with kick-ass heroines (Harris) or adult books for teens (Rosoff).

Does anybody know of a similar "authors' favorite children's books" resource here in the States that's more current than the (interesting) features at Salon, Great Schools, Cynsations, or Education World?

2 comments:

Book said...

Thanks for the links. I'm always on the hunt for great children's books and have recently discovered Bayard and their series of StoryBoxBooks, AdventureBoxBooks and DiscoveryBoxBooks (which is a special Olympic edition) They have work by acclaimed children's books illustrator Helen Oxenbury appearing in the Storybox series for September. In addition to this, they also have some great activities for rainy days: http://www.storyboxbooks.com/potatoprinting.php, http://www.adventureboxbooks.com/macaroni-picture-frames.php, http://www.discoveryboxbooks.com/skittles.php Enjoy!

Greg Hatcher said...

Hello Mitali! Turnabout's fair play, so I thought I'd visit your site and see what you're up to.

Tamora Pierce often does recommendations and -- just as a piece of anecdotal evidence-- quite a few of my students check her site regularly, so a blurb from Tammy on her site actually has a measurable effect on the teen demographic... how much of one, I don't know. But I'd think that would have more impact than plastering a recommendation on a back cover.

Delightful to hear from you; I miss our annual gatherings still, and think of you all often. I do still write for WITH, a little, but I bequeathed the movie column to a young lady I met at church. These days the main gig is teaching, though I keep my hand in by writing the Friday column at Comics Should Be Good. Believe it or not, bloviating once a week about my various pop culture obsessions actually pays money. Not a LOT, but, you know, if I wanted a LOT of money I'd have never gone into the arts.

Don't be a stranger!

Affectionately,
Greg

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