Category Archives: On Reading

I didn’t know that!

Today is the winter solstice and in search of relevant poems, I looked through A Time for Poetry, compiled by May Hill Arbuthnot, a classic book that I’ve cherished ever since my mother started reading poems from it to me … Continue reading

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Scrabble

Last night–we play Scrabble every night–I “wrote” BLOVIATE–for 101 points (we don’t keep score but I couldn’t resist adding up the points because the “b” was on the triple word square!)

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Dot’s summer reading

Readers of my book, Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II, “know” Dot Chastney; they’ve seen her grade school picture and read about her experiences growing up during World War II. Shortly after I … Continue reading

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Nonfiction Summer Reading List from P.S. 174

Students in Marie Russell’s 6th grade class at P.S. 174 in Queens put together this summer reading list of nonfiction books in response to my post about the absence of nonfiction books on lists (see May 30, 2009).

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Summer Reading Lists

Because we subscribe to The New York Times we get part of the Sunday paper on Saturday, including The Book Review. That’s why this morning, while drinking coffee and eating Silver Palate’s thick and rough oatmeal with pump juicy raisins, … Continue reading

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On reading

Update re what kids are reading from Dot Emer (i.e. Dot Chastney–her pre-marriage name–whose memories of WWII I quote in my book Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II), my dear friend and passionate, … Continue reading

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On reading

Recently in my Issues in Children’s Literature class, I coined the phrase the “narcissistic reader” in response to the all too common practice of privileging a reader’s opinion without considering what the writer was trying to do/create/convey, etc. & why. … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor/The New York Times

My letter to the editor re the absence of nonfiction books and materials in classrooms is online at www.nytimes.com/opinion under the heading “Teaching Children the Facts.”

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Whoa! Not that tiresome, glib overgeneralization again!

Whoa!!! It’s 2008 and I just read this tiresome, glib overgeneralization and unsubstantiated assertion in “Newsweek” (July 28, 2008, p 29)*: “although girls will read books about boys, boys won’t go near a girl’s book, no matter how cool she … Continue reading

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Book Gift

Check my previous entry under the title “New York City Women’s History Book Tour” and you’ll read about the walking tour I recently conducted for Books Afoot (a week-long literary tour in NYC led by Mollie Hoben of the Minnesota … Continue reading

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