Tech as a Self Esteem Boost – Tech use gives young people sense of accomplishment
This article reports on a study of young people’s use of technology. The study showed that children ages 8-17 use technology not only to fit in with their peers, but more importantly for their own self esteem as people who understand and use technology. It “gives them a sense of mastery” and “allows them to explore new skills.”
The article concludes with this list:
Here are some other notable results from a new survey about young people who use the Internet from Child’s Play Communications and Insight Research Group:
• 71 percent say they use the Internet to keep up with “what’s cool.”
• 65 percent say they feel better about themselves after playing games online.
• 47 percent say they feel better about themselves after online chats.
• 48 percent say they are proud of their abilities to burn music CDs

Another Number 1 for Madonna — Madonna’s Children’s Book Tops the List
Ugh! With all the bad reviews, it still makes number one?

The Dream Bearer

The Dream Bearer by Walter Dean Myers (0-06-029522-8)
I had read rave reviews of this title on some of the children’s lit lists that I am on. How right they all were! David is scared of his father Reuben and his mental illness and then there is his brother Ty who is hanging with a new tough crowd. Luckily, David also has his loving mother and his best friend to keep him balanced. Then a strange old man, Moses, enters the neighborhood, claiming to be over 300 years old and to be the bearer of dreams. Will David be able to make sense of his chaotic family with the help of Moses?
Walter Dean Myers is one of the greatest writers for teens and older elementary kids. This quiet and gripping story allows us to see into the heart and life of David and return to our own lives understanding our own dreams and lives better. What could be better?

The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig

The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (0-618-07436-8)
What a title! And what a great read aloud story. The text has a rolling feeling, rather like ocean swells, that carry the reader forward. This strange combination of animal story, history and the gift of dousing, creates a magical story in a gentle way.
This book is not one that will fly off the shelves without some pushing, but children who do have it read to them will be amazed by dousing and will want to immediately head out and find a forked stick to try it out with. I would use it at a storytime for older children, probably as the first book while they are open to more quiet titles. Match it with other more energetic sea and water books.

Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons
Official site for this author of nonfiction for children. She has written so many wonderful books, and having a son who reads nonfiction more than fiction, I have read stacks of them!

The City of Ember

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (0-375-82273-9)
Enter an incredibly detailed world filled with decay and darkness, the City of Ember. Ember is a city surrounded by darkness and the people of Ember are starting to realize that the generator is failing and their supplies are running out. Are they the only people in the world?
When Lina, a 12-year-old girl, and her friend Doon, a 12-year-old boy discover a message from the past, will they be able to decipher it before the lights go out forever?
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the setting and how lovingly detailed it was. The characters were believable and fallable. Though the two main characters are of opposite sexes, there is not even a touch of romance, which a lot of kids this age will appreciate. I would recommend it to most boys and girls, since though it could be considered fantasy, it reads more like general fiction. Lovers of fantasy will enjoy it as well. A sequel is in the works.

Award Winning Kids Lit

Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature
Over 4000 records from 50 children’s literature awards from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. What a collection of resources!

Mary Jane Auch

Mary Jane Auch’s Home Page is called Poultry in Motion. She has Eggciting Events, biographical information, questions from kids, and even more to point and cluck on.

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen
Official site for this author of YA novels like Dreamland and This Lullaby.