Everyone, it seems, wants to read the Hunger Games – even elementary school kids. But how young is too young? These are, after all, books that take place in a post-apocalyptic world in which teenagers are forced to kill other teenagers. Surely, they are not appropriate for younger readers.
Or are they?
Although the plot of the books is somewhat shocking, the author gives her subject matter a thoughtful and thought-provoking treatment that rises above the gruesome premise. The main character, Katniss, is a hero in the classic sense – a strong and smart survivor who makes interesting and even admirable moral choices within the immoral universe in which she finds herself.
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is in the midst of a multi-year study of the changing role of public libraries in the digital age. If you check out or download eBooks from the library, they'd love for you to take their online survey and tell them about your experiences. The survey will be confidential your identity will not be shared.
Transformation is the theme of April's selection for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds.
In Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, an eight-year-old girl named Kim starts an unexpected revolution in her Cleveland neighborhood with one simple act: planting lima bean seeds in a vacant lot. When a neighbor observes her action and shares her concern for the seeds with another neighbor, who decides to plant his own garden, the transformation of trashed lot to community garden begins.
The Denver Public Library is pleased to host the annual Denver Public Schools K-8 Art Exhibition from April 5 to April 19. Come see these wonderful works created by Denver’s elementary and middle school students. While you're downtown, visit some other art institutions around Denver. Then bring out your child’s (and your) creativity by making art from materials found around the house.
Participation in the arts provides many benefits for children of all ages. According to Americans for the Arts making art strengthens critical thinking and problem solving skills, bolsters self-confidence, and improves memory. After viewing the Denver Public Schools exhibit on Level 5 of the Central Library, take advantage of Denver’s active art community and spend a day immersing your child in visual art.
A growing body of research is discovering that there is a real crisis in boys’ reading. Boys are reading less and less well than their female peers, and this gap only gets worse as children get older. Much of the reason for boys' poor reading is that the types of books being offered to boys in school often hold little or no interest for them.
Jon Scieszka, award-winning author of The Stinky Cheese Man and other favorites, has started a campaign called Guys Read to encourage boys’ reading. He believes that simply offering boys books that they will enjoy is a huge step in making the shift from reluctant to motivated readers.
The 24th Colorado Teen Literature Conference will be at the Tivoli, on the Auraria Campus on Saturday, March 31. The conference opens with Todd Mitchell, the author of The Traitor King and The Secret to Lying.
The conference features various classes and workshops presented by experts who specialize in teen literature and working with teens. One of the highlights of the conference is attending the luncheon, featuring keynote author Maggie Stiefvater, who wrote The Scorpio Races and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy. The conference closes with both Todd Mitchell and Maggie Stiefvater answering questions from a teen panel.
The USA Memory Championship was recently held in New York. Want to learn about the world of competitive memory, or improve your own brain power?
One recent book that looks into what it takes to be a memory champion is Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Want to see if you can remember the title and author? Picture Michael Jackson & Albert Einstein, both moonwalking, with a number 4 between them. Really concentrate on the image. See if you can recall the title & the author's last name (without looking!) at the end of this post!