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A Message From Brian: Books You've Got To Read
by Brian Thomas,
Founder, A Child's Book.com
Your bags are packed and you're ready to
go. What do you take with you on a family outing to the beach, mountains, cabin,
car, or plane? I always pack three books (or more) because I have to keep more
than one book going at a time just to get me started, like one of those plate
spinners from The Ed Sullivan Show; I know that something (anything, really)
wonderful may attract my interest and keep things humming in my brain.
Where to start? Of course, the new Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix may keep the kids (and a host
of adults) reading through the middle of summer. Yet, did you know that other
books are serialized, too? Some of the pre- and post-adolescent types I know
told me that starting another book series is what they will be up to this
summer, like Philip Pullman's Dark
Material books (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The
Amber Spyglass). If you can excuse some of the religious allusions (and who
can't these days), then you are in for three starkly beautiful books. And for
something completely different, I thoroughly enjoyed this past months' book club
Coming in for a Landing, especially if you have forgotten that
great writing can come poetry flavored, too. In addition to poetic verse, Sandra
Cisneros's prose in House
on Mango Street still inspires and surprises me. I find myself
writing "And some more…" on the subject line of a great many of the
e-mails that I send out because her stories episodically reveals the heart of a
person in their own core of discovery. I love how Mango Street can render me
breathless with images and subjects that more children deal with on a day-to-day
basis even if you didn't grow up on Chicago's Southside, as I did.
For adults, I'll be reading and
recommending Coleman Barks's The
Essential Rumi, which a friend gave me the other day, showing the
13th Century Persian poet as a person filled with passion, humor, longing, and
much more. Kind of like Cisneros but much older. (Maybe I'll even crib a few
lines from Rumi and send them to my wife.) I'll also be catching up with ZZ
Packer, a young short story writer whose collection Drinking
Coffee Elsewhere demonstrates that the art of storytelling is not
lost on the new generation of writers. Along with young short story writers like
Junot Diaz, Marisa Silver, Jhumpa Lahira, and Bernard Cooper, Packer's work
inspires and excites. Last, but certainly not least, I'll be reading two books
that seemingly have very little in common with each other, Anthony Swofford's
Jarhead and Father Al Holtz's Downtown
Monks. Swofford, an ex-marine now teaching writing on the West
Coast, captures of the vibrant reality that was the first Persian Gulf War while
"Father Al" writes about seeing God's grace all around him as he and
his Benedictine brothers revive an urban school in Newark, New Jersey thirty
years ago for mostly African American and Hispanic young men. However, both
books do look at the different ways that boys become men, as well as chronicling
the stories of the tellers in the midst of change.
you do this summer, I hope you will pick up a book, any book. Whether it's a
best seller or a tome off the beaten path, just read!!
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Book Club Selections
Kids Selection ~ Girl Coming in for a Landing by April Halprin Wayland, Elaine Clayton (Illustrator)
Parenting Selection ~ Know Your Parenting Personality: How to Use the Enneagram to Become the Best Parent You Can Be by Janet Levine
Educators ~ Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Overcoming Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz
Parenting: Riding Rules for Tots and Teens
Every month at A Child's Book.com we will bring you great parenting articles on our Parenting Page. This month's
topic...Beyond the basics--children shouldn't sit in front of an air bag, infants need to be in rear-facing child seats--take note of these tips regarding kids and cars that you probably haven't heard
before you hit the road this summer.
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Educators: Why I Stay: And What Independent Schools Can Do to Attract and Keep
Other Teachers and Administrators of Color
By Brian Thomas, Founder of A Child's Book.com
During the 1992 Republican National Convention, Ronald Reagan gave a kind of farewell speech to the nation in which he endorsed the re-election of George H.W. Bush over that of the governor from Arkansas who would become president later that year. In his address, Reagan rolled out the nostalgia of what America
was and what it could be under a second Bush administration, which would keep the wheels churning from the previous 12 years of Republican leadership. There wasn't a whole lot of self-reflection in Reagan's speech, but…
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