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Books for children and the rest of us, too



Updated: 2017-01-13T18:40:27-05:00

 



1, 2 Read

2017-01-13T21:29:59-05:00

This year I am a weekly volunteer reader in two first-grade classes in addition to my usual second-grade gig. All three classes of eager learners bring joy to my morning. The city where I read offers a well-organized program for...



Norman's Best Books of 2016

2017-01-02T17:04:03-05:00

Since 2009, my husband, Norman Trepner, has been compiling his favorite books of the year. Here is his list for 2016. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked to have this year (do any...



Favorite Books I Read in 2016

2016-12-31T13:24:21-05:00

After a fun trip to Mexico City, I am ushering out 2016 reading Roberto Bolaño's novel The Savage Detectives, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer and partially set in the Ciudad de México. A wild ride of a book,...



Largehearted Boy's "Best of 2016" Book Lists

2016-11-02T09:23:01-04:00

Over at the blog Largehearted Boy, you'll find a ginormous list of all the online "best books of 2016" lists. It's a terrific resource for all of us list aficionados. I am taking the year off of compiling here, but...



Norman's Best Books of 2015

2016-01-03T18:07:20-05:00

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

2016-02-26T07:59:58-05:00

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

2015-08-22T11:00:11-04:00

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!

2015-08-11T11:22:46-04:00

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

2015-01-03T20:46:09-05:00

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

2015-01-03T16:05:52-05:00

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

2014-12-19T17:23:17-05:00

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

2015-11-29T20:00:23-05:00

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

2014-11-24T08:52:22-05:00

[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

2014-10-01T13:16:17-04:00

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"

2014-06-26T11:28:07-04:00

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,...