Parents influence their kids, their friends, other parents, other parents’ kids. What parents do or don’t do in literature impacts readers, too. From entertaining to self-sacrificing, overbearing to absent, parent figures in literature can change your view of a story, and maybe even your view of parenting! In this month’s Reader’s Write, we asked: Which literary parent figure is most compelling to you, and why? [...]
For two decades, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award winning novel The Giver has profoundly impacted young readers into adulthood. Found on both assigned middle school reading lists and banned-book lists alike, the thought-provoking, introspective novel resonates especially with those who’ve faced hardship or injustice. Shortly after the book was published in 1993, Jeff Bridges began the quest to turn The Giver into a movie, now scheduled to release in August. [...]Read more...
A poster-sized photo of ten women holding a book marks the RV transporting Terri Peterson Smith’s book club to the memorable “lit trip” that inspired her to bring together her love of books and travel in a meaningful way. Beginning in Boston and traveling west to Santa Monica, Terri’s book Off the Beaten Page shares itineraries and book lists for fifteen spots across the US, where book lovers can get away and enhance their reading experience. [...]
In the back of Source Comics & Games, a St Paul neighborhood comic book store, 60 or 70 people sit around game tables. Bursts of laughter and general chatter confirm the good time. It’s a snapshot of the greater comic book community: primarily male and passionate about comics and the character worlds within. They gather like family, role play favorite characters, and use comics to spur reading comprehension, imagination, and creativity. [...]
When Brenda Ehrmantraut found out that her brother, a member of the National Guard, would be deployed for a year, she knew his departure would have a huge impact on her two young nephews. She wrote a story about a nightly game of catch using the North Star. Now a planetarium show, Night Catch keeps military children close to their loved ones, even when they are oceans, mountains, or deserts apart. [...]
Swimming, camp, videos, bike riding—summer vacation offers a multitude of ways for children to spend their free time. Reading isn’t always at the top of the list, or on the list at all if you have reluctant readers at home. These creative ideas— from book-related crafts and snacks, to movie tie-ins, prize-incentive reading programs, and special reading spaces—will inspire your kids (and you) to love summer reading! [...]