Weekly Web Newberys

We aren’t the only ones writing thought-provoking, content-rich analysis on kids’ books.  We also really appreciate finding free books, and keeping up with important developments in the field….So we thought you might appreciate a post every week (or couple of weeks), with links to some of the recent best writing and most helpful posts.  Kinda like our own Newberry list, but for bloggers instead of book authors.  Also, we’ll stick mainly to kids’ book and YA book-related topics, but we assume that YA’s ought to be reading adult books as well as YA, so reviews of books for adults as well as free adult books will be fair game!

Here’s what we found in the last week or two:

  1. This Momentary Marriage: Free download at John Piper’s Desiring God Ministries.  A great resource to counter prevailing winds about marriage and sex.  And no one needs it more than young Christians. “…ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives.”
  2. The Wild Things and Us by Barbara Curtis.  Very thought-provoking article on Maurice Sendak over at Worldmag.com.
  3. Megan Cox Gurdon on Maurice Sendak.  An informative look at what shaped Mr. Sendak and his creative process.
  4. Scrawl by Mark Shulman, reviewed by Sherry at Semicolonblog.com.  Recommended for teenage boys.
  5. Middle School by James Patterson, reviewed by Kim Moreland at Breakpoint Youth Reads.  Find out about adult writer James Patterson’s attempt at writing for the junior high set.
  6. Finally, we posted this video on our FB page last week.  Some of you won’t want to watch, since it does contain a drawing of a stripper (fully clothed but suggestive) and a few bleeped out curse words at the end.  However, if you can stomach that, it’s a pretty funny interview.  Just fyi, this is the second part of the interview, and I didn’t watch the first part due to some vulgar stuff at the beginning.



That’s all for today!  Do you have a review you’d like us to consider for next week’s Web Newberrys?  Any great articles we should have included today?  Give us a link below and we’ll check them out! 

4 Responses to Weekly Web Newberys

  1. Emily May 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Thanks for the links, Julie! Can’t wait to look over them.

  2. Julie Silander May 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Thanks for this – what a great way to “meet” other book lovers! Here are a few of my favorites:

    http://greenertrees.net/2011/11/19/the-foundational-five-poetry/ – On poetry

    http://greenertrees.net/2012/04/12/ode-to-the-bard-on-his-birthday/ – On Shakespeare

  3. Emily May 15, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Glad it seems useful, Hayley! And yes, one of the reasons I want to do it is to encourage other folks in their careful consideration of kids’ books. May have to do bi-weekly, but we’ll see!

  4. Hayley May 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Ooh, what a great idea! And a great way to encourage other bloggers writing about children’s books! I’ll look forward to the coming weeks’ posts.

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