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Children's Book-a-Day Almanac
     

Children's Book-a-Day Almanac

by Anita Silvey
 

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Part fun- and information-filled almanac, part good book guide, the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac is a new way to discover a great children's book--every day of the year!

This fresh, inventive reference book is a dynamic way to showcase the gems, both new and old, of children's literature. Each page features an event of the day, a children's book that relates to

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Part fun- and information-filled almanac, part good book guide, the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac is a new way to discover a great children's book--every day of the year!

This fresh, inventive reference book is a dynamic way to showcase the gems, both new and old, of children's literature. Each page features an event of the day, a children's book that relates to that event, and a list of other events that took place on that day. Always informative and often surprising, celebrate a year of literature for children with The Children's Book-a-Day Almanac.

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From the Publisher

“Anita Silvey's online almanac of recommended children's books (www.childrensbookalmanac.com) has now been compiled into a book, the Children's Book-A-Day Almanac.” —The Horn Book

“This has solid possibilities as a springboard for daily reading and writing activities in the classroom or as simply a book-focused way to start the day.” —BCCB

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This is such a wonderful idea to assist teachers and librarians with ideas to tie literature to current and historical events, so it is a real shame that a typographical error mars it within the first four pages, throwing all the factual information into question. Birthdays for the states are frequently part of the boxed events for each date and on January 3rd, we read that Alaska became the 49th state in 1959, and on January 4th, we read that Utah became the 49th state in 1896. Actually Utah was the 45th state. This obvious error makes ones wonder what else was missed. Silvey's choice of 365 books to review—one for each day of the year—cover a wide range of tastes, from the Captain Underpants series to classics like The Secret Garden, and each is tied to something significant about the date, such as the birthdate of the author, or a thematic relation between the book and a holiday. The boxed items on each page typically identify children's book authors who were born on that date, or historical personages with that birthday and books about them, and sometimes also additional readings associated with a day's designation—did you know that November 17th was "Take a Hike Day" and "Homemade Bread Day?" There are indices to help locate books including title/author, genre/type, and age group, as well as a list of children's book awards and major holidays. A foot note on each page quickly identifies the genre and grade level of the major book reviewed for that date. This is a wonderful resource in spite of that pesky editing problem. Check out the online almanac as well: http://childrensbookalmanac.com/ Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596437081
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
678,751
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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JOHNNY TREMAIN

By Esther Forbes

 

 

JANUARY 1

Happy Birthday Jeanne DuPrau (The City of Ember).

It’s the birth date of Maria Edgeworth (1767–1849), Moral Tales for Young People; J. D. Salinger (1919–2010), The Catcher in the Rye; and E. M. Forster (1879–1970), A Room with a View, A Passage to India.

It’s also the birth date of Betsy Ross (1752–1836), credited with crafting the first American flag for the fledgling United States. Read Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner.

In 1788 The Times, London’s oldest running newspaper, published its first edition.

On this day in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederacy.

It’s National Soup Month. Read Soup by Robert Newton Peck, Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel, Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, and Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak.

It’s National Book Blitz Month, an opportunity to promote books we love.

On January 1, 1735, Paul Revere, patriot, silversmith, and engraver, was baptized in Boston’s North End. Although made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” Revere’s story has attracted many fine writers over the years, including one of the descendants of Samuel Adams, the organizer of the Sons of Liberty: Esther Forbes.

Although Esther Forbes would become a brilliant writer for both adults and young people, she suffered from a type of dyslexia. She could not spell words and used the dash as her only form of punctuation. These problems did not deter her from writing a biography of Paul Revere, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In, that won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1943. An editor suggested that Forbes try her hand at writing history for young readers. Because American soldiers were going into World War II, Forbes reflected on how in peacetime adolescents are protected but in wartime they are asked to fight and die. Remembering the story of a young boy who delivered a critical message to Paul Revere, she produced the first draft of Johnny Tremain.

Normally, publishing a great story by a Pulitzer Prize winner would have been a “no brainer” for an editor—but Grace Hogarth at Houghton could not help but notice Forbes’s issues with spelling and punctuation. Hogarth gathered her courage to tell Forbes that although she loved the book, she would have to standardize the spelling! Forbes merely said, “My editors always do that!” So a very messy manuscript got transformed into the greatest work of historical fiction for children in the first part of the twentieth century. According to editors on staff at the time, Forbes drove two aging proofreaders almost out of their minds in the process.

This complex and brilliant novel spans two years in the life of Johnny Tremain, an orphan and silversmith apprentice. While casting a sugar basin for John Hancock, he burns his right hand and must abandon his position. But he finds work as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, becoming swept up in the American Revolution. Forbes brought an amazing amount of historical detail to life and takes young readers behind the scenes as the colonists decide to rebel against the British. As the New York Times said of her, she was “a novelist who wrote like a historian and a historian who wrote like a novelist.”

I can think of no better way to begin a new year than rereading Johnny Tremain. It reminds all of us just how great fiction for young readers can be.

 

Text copyright © 2012 by Anita Silvey

Meet the Author

ANITA SILVEY is the author of Children's Books and Their Creators, 100 Best Books for Children, 500 Great Works for Teens, and a number of other works. She currently teaches courses in children's literature at Simmons College in Boston and St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont.

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