Totally Wired

Many of you probably already read Anastasia Goodstein’s blog YPulse.  It is a look at marketing and media targeted at teens and can offer great insight into teens and how to market for them as a library.  Give it a read, if you don’t already.  Look especially for her nice round-up of news stories on a regular basis.  Very handy.

Anyway, Anastasia has now written a book on the same subject.  Totally Wired: what teens and tweens are really doing online has been reviewed on Yahoo! Tech where I find that it has been well received, which will not surprise any of Anastasia’s blog readers. 

Rainstorm

Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman.

Lehman does it again with another winner of a wordless picture book.  This is the story of a boy who is in a big house during a rain storm.  He finds a key that unlocks a trunk which has a ladder inside.  This leads him through tunnels and a looping stair to a lighthouse.  There he finds a group of children who befriend him and let him join in their play.  He is sad when he has to return home again and leave them behind, but perhaps they will find a way to see each other again!

Lehman’s illustrations are so evocative but clear.  They need no words to carry the story forward at all.  The sharp-eyed child will see the lighthouse out of the boy’s window, tying the story together. 

I find that wordless picture books don’t work for a story time, but are ideal to read with children in Kindergarten and first grade who are just on the cusp of learning to read.  The power to create their own story and the freedom from struggle with the act of reading allows them to really connect with this type of book.  Perfect to pull out when children are getting frustrated.

Every Friday

Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino.

This is a lovely book.  It is the story of every Friday in the life of a boy and his father.  Friday is the day they look forward to most of all because of what they get to do.  In their urban lives no matter what the weather or season, they walk through the city, stopping now and then to look at interesting things like buildings being built, store windows, and counting the dogs they see.  At last they arrive at the diner for breakfast together where they order pancakes and sit together and talk about “all sorts of things.”

The illustrations of the book are modern but retro as is the diner that they end up in.  The story is told simply, but has lines that reverberate with meaning.  I particularly enjoy this:  “Everyone is rushing, but we’re taking our time.” That sums the entire book up. 

Share this for Father’s Day with a kid near you.