A guide to books we're reading and talking about this year.
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016
Summer went too quickly and I appreciate all the EvCC Readers who spent any part of it on these pages. A big thanks to the Weekly Readers for sharing their favorite books and authors. If you have ideas for future postings here or other thoughts about promoting reading at EvCC, let me know by emailing me as email@example.com.
Having said that, fall is coming with Library Card Sign Up Month (all you need is your staff or student i.d.), Banned Books Week, and our ghost editor returns with scary seasonal stuff. Keep reading on!
The Northwest Activities Center in Detroit, funded by Jet Blue, had the "novel" idea of promoting reading by putting books in a vending machine. The books are free and in just six weeks, they've distributed over 7,000 copies. They're so excited about the response that they don't even mind re-stocking six times a day. Read on, Detroit!
Anisha Khatri is our reader for the week of August 22nd. Spend just a few minutes with Anisha and you'll get swept up in her enthusiasm for books - particularly those for children! She has vivid memories of fourth grade storytime, complete with lights out and a glowing hairy green monster's hand, as her teacher read the class books after recess. Little wonder that she when she went on to become a special education teacher, she incorporated books into every day in the classroom. Anisha also shared that she loves to read so much that she often got into trouble for reading ahead on assignments and her husband apparently has to drag her away from the bookstacks at Fred Meyer. Check out some of her favorites below!
Publication Date: 2012-12-26
For just funny, feel good reading Anisha recommends Amelia Bedelia. Whether this spunky maid is dressing a chicken, drawing the drapes or dusting the living room, children (and adults) can appreciate her literal interpretation of the English language. This book has charmed readers for more than fifty years.
Publication Date: 2007-08-07
Jodi Picoult is one of Anisha's favorite authors and she particularly likes this one because of its different cultural perspectives. From Amazon: "The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life."
Night of the Living Dummy
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Remember this series? They were (still are apprently) wildly popular and that caused Anisha's teacher to bring a hairy hand into the classroom. Author R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. And a fun fact about Anisha is that when she liked a series, she would read the books consecutively.
The Empty Pot
Publication Date: 1996-09-15
Anisha appreciates the way in which so many children's books, like this one, convey important messages and basic values. From Kirkus Reviews: “When the Chinese Emperor announces an unusual test to choose an heir--the child who raises the best flowers from a seed given by the Emperor will be his successor--Ping, unaccountably, is unable to get his seed to sprout. . . . A lovely story, well told and most attractively presented.”
Why Not Me?
Anisha just finished this collection of essays by the talented Mindy Kaling and would agree with all of the critics who found the book to be hilarious. From Publisher's Weekly: “Kaling's irreverent take on life is both uproariously funny and dead-on…Advice on a variety of topics—including why extensions make everyone more beautiful and how the world needs to start assuming that all young women are confident—make this an empowering and entertaining read.”
A Light in the Attic
Need a break from the chaos in your life? Anisha would recommend a quick dose of Shel Silverstein. From Poets.org: 'Silverstein’s books, which he also illustrated, are characterized by a deft mixing of the sly and the serious, the macabre, and the just plain silly. His unique imagination and bold brand of humor is beloved by countless adults and children throughout the world."