I have a confession. I read children's books and I am long past adolescence. I read a wide variety of age ranges in children's literature; early readers, middle grade, and young adult books - both fiction and non-fiction. Why? Because some of the best storytelling can be found on those pages, I am a children's book writer, and it's good research on market trends.
I've always been drawn to children's literature and have great respect for those authors who write it well; Judy Blume, Margaret Buffie, Jane Yolen, and Anita Daher to name a few from a very long list. These authors stand out because of the great care they take with their audience. Not only do they write strong compelling characters and stories, they write knowing that their words will be read by the youngest and most impressionable members of our society - our children.
These writers understand that through the worlds they create, kids can learn compassion and empathy for others and discover they are not alone. Through a good book children and young adults may glean understanding that others, just like themselves are going through the same or similar struggles; parents divorcing, bullying, learning difficulties, dating, and even to the extremes of child abuse and addictions.
These talented authors also realize that their writing must be so exciting and intriguing that their audience will not turn to easier forms of entertainment. Television, iPads, iPods, and the internet are all vying for our children's attention and kids of all ages can easily be drawn away from reading - especially if reading is a challenge for them.
Ben the Inventor is a humorous chapter book for readers aged 7-9 and is a good fit for children, struggling to read.
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Congratulations to the winners and nominees of the 2012 Manitoba Book Awards! More than 200 people attended the ceremony last evening at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain.
The 24th annual gala was presented by the Manitoba Book Writers Guild and the Association of Manitoba book publishers.
McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park is proud to announce the winners of our Grade 5 and 6 "Heroes" writing contest!Here they are: First Prize - Sargent Park School. Second Prize - Harrow School. Third Prize - Ecole St.Germain. Honourable Mention - Rossburn Elementary. Categories: Reviews, Awards
Here is a recent selection of titles as chosen by experts associated with Parent&Child Magazine. Although slightly skewed to a largely American audience the list is still an interesting read, and bound to bring back some cherished memories.Is your favourite among the collection? Categories: Reviews
Over the years, we have seen the books on these shelves offer many different (and sometimes conflicting!) ideas in regards to the best way to parent- get children outside more, play with them more, ignore them, dote on them, teach them to read, let them learn to read on their own - even teach babies to use sign language to express hunger! Has parenting always been this confusing? Probably. Loving our children however, is the common thread that connects all these books, and that is never confusing. For some new ideas and some old classics please see: https://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/kids/browse/category/1743/ Categories: Reviews
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