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Chicken Spaghetti

Books for children and the rest of us, too

Updated: 2015-12-31T11:33:23-05:00


Norman's Best Books of 2015


My husband, Norman, reads up a storm, so I am handing over the blog today for his annual Best Books list. You can find good reading in his selections from previous years, too: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014....

2015 Best Children's Books of the Year: A List of Lists and Awards


It's raining books, hallelujah! The holiday season means an abundance of online "best books" lists, and here on Chicken Spaghetti I collect the ones for kids' books. The focus is on material published in 2015, although you'll find that a...

Lynda Barry on Fairy Tales


They can't transform your actual situation, but they can transform your experience of it. We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay. So wise. This is from the cartoonist Lynda Barry's...

Reading Aloud, or Yay for Second Graders!


Good morning! Sheesh, Chicken Spaghetti is pretty dusty, and needs some tidying up. But before I do that, let's talk books. I had a really fun year reading to second graders at a nearby city school. I visit the class...

Norman's Best Books of 2014


It's a New Year's tradition to hand over the blog to my husband, Norman, for his annual list! Thanks, Susan, for once again letting me tell your readers about the books I’ve enjoyed this past year. My favorite fiction books...

My Favorite Books of 2014


My New Year's resolution is always Read More Books, and usually I end it there. In 2014 I was able to do a lot of reading. Yay! Meanwhile, Norman is working on his great list. Stay tuned. In 2015 I...

Brown Girl Dreaming


I usually have a couple of books going at once, and I love it when they talk to each other. Virginia Woolf asks, in Hours in a Library, a series of questions about contemporary authors’ works, issues that make their...

The Best Children's Books of 2014: A List of Lists and Awards


A roundup of the year-end "best of" lists and children's literature prizes. Most of the books on these lists were published in 2014; a few lists include titles from prior years, too. I will update this page regularly, so if...

Dept. of Still a Ways to Go


[Gillian] Flynn: I would love it if I could do an event without a very well-meaning man telling me, "I don't normally read books by women." Do you get that? [Cheryl] Strayed: All the time. [...] From "Gone Girls, Found,"...

Libraries, Peanut Butter, and Bears


School has started, and with it, I'm back in the classroom once a week, reading to second graders. So far we have read these picture books: Tomás and the Library Lady, written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raul Colón....

Second Grade: Thumbs Up for "The Incredible Book Eating Boy"


Another June, another school year coming to a close. Up here in New England we keep 'em in class until almost the end of the month. I've been a volunteer classroom reader for a while now, and I love it,...

Bloggers Choose Children's Book Award Winners


Announced this morning: the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards, a.k.a., the Cybils. You'll find many ideas for good reading in the lists of winners. Take a look.

Norman's Best Books of 2013


Today I'm turning over the space to my husband, Norman Trepner, an avid reader and an all-around good guy. Take it away, Norm. —Susan Once again Susan has asked me to share with her Chicken Spaghetti friends my favorite books...

Thank You, Readers


In the book What W.H. Auden Can Do For You (Princeton University Press, 2013), Alexander McCall Smith writes, "[The poet W.H.] Auden reminds us to be grateful, and that is something that we increasingly need to be reminded of in...

Chicken Spaghetti's Best Kids' Books 2013: A List of Lists and Awards


Yippee! It's "best books of the year" season. Once again I'll be gathering the online lists of best kids' books right here. The Chicken Spaghetti compilation features books published in 2013, no matter when the list or awards are announced....