Thanks for sending me ghost stories, everyone! It’s been fun and horrifying to check my inbox lately. I’m slowly drawing my way through your submissions.
Here’s one from an anonymous reader:
“Children’s reading and children’s thinking are the rock-bottom base upon which this country will rise. Or not rise. In these days of tension and confusion, writers are beginning to realize that books for children have a greater potential for good or evil than any other form of literature on Earth.”
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991)
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I’ve spent the academic year volunteering in a public elementary school library. My weekly shifts coincided with a regular 4th grade class visit. My last shift of this academic year wrapped up this morning.
A few things I learned:
- Calvin & Hobbes is still incredibly popular, even though Bill Watterson retired almost a decade before these kids were born.
- 4th graders love graphic novels, especially Bone.
- The vast majority of our circulation came from books in bins organized by series, and very little from off of the shelves. Easier to find, easier to grab, easier to beat the other kids to what you want.
- It’s awkward being addressed as Mr. when you’re not used to it.
- 4th grade boys will hit each other over a book.
- Kids do a lot more reading than stereotypes suggest.
- The school librarian teaches an amazing variety of things. I saw her teach using computers for research, understanding literary genres, fun poetry techniques, understanding protagonist point of view, and using reference works for research. Oh, and computer coding.
- The school librarian is also a fabulous reader of stories and great at reader’s advisory for a six-year range of children and reading levels.
- She’s also the point person for getting the students up to speed on the interface of the new, computer-based standardized tests that will be implemented next year as part of Common Core (and directly affect school funding). I wonder what schools without school librarians will do.
- I am very grateful San Francisco voters passed a bond measure funding school librarians in every public school.
- These kids will be more ready for college because of what they’re learning right now as nine year olds from their school librarian.
I had fun working with the kids. And I learned a lot from the school librarian.
|—||Victor Hugo (via post-traumatic-apathy)|
weekend look beautifully cut,
|—||Stephen King (via writingquotes)|
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
|—||Mark Jason Dominus (via bibliophilebunny)|
Can’t get enough of these horror shows? Put down the remote and pick up one of these books.
If you like American Horror Story: Coven, then read:
Deliverance from Evil by Frances Hill - This book takes you back to the place where it all began, Salem.
Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau by Martha Ward - Delve into the world of the real Marie Laveau.
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike - The story of three witches and their relationship with a mysterious man. It’s more satire than horror, but should still satisfy AHS: Coven fans.
If you like Bates Motel then read (besides Psycho, of course):
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates - If you watch Bates Motel because you’re interested in what creates a serial killer, then this book is for you. Joyce Carol Oates deftly explores the topic with her psychotic protagonist.
If you like The Walking Dead, then read (in addition to the graphic novels, obvs):
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick - The story of a 17-year-old girl’s fight to survive after a disaster kills most people and causes others to either become zombies or gain strange powers.
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis - Real zombies?!
Zone One by Colson Whitehead - Another take on the zombie apocalypse trope. This book follows a member of a civilian team sent to resettle Manhattan after a zombie plague.
Any titles you would add to these lists?