Archive for May, 2006


So, I have now been out of school for a week now and have enjoyed it thoroughly. There have been a few thoughts of “what do I do with myself,” but I usually come out of that pretty quickly. One of my goals for the summer is to read more now that I have the time, so I can usually content myself with that. I love to read, but when school is in session I usually do not read much of my own choosing, because I’m either reading textbooks or working on schoolwork. So it’s nice to be able to read whatever I like at my own pace.

Speaking of reading, here is an interesting fact:

* If a child reads just 6 books during the summer he will be up to his grade level in the fall. If he doesn’t read, he will struggle.

I heard that on a video from Scholastic about reading and writing. I don’t know what kind of research went into getting the information, so I don’t know how true it is, but thought it was interesting nonetheless. Anyway, Scholastic recently held a conference that discussed every aspect of writing, from inspiration to publication. They had a panel of well-known children’s authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, etc. Those of you who, like myself, are familiar with children’s literature, may recognize some of the panel, which included:

* Brett Helquist, illustrator of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
* Ann Martin, Newberry Award-winnig author of The Babysitter’s Club
* Arthur Levine, editor of the US edition of the Harry Potter Series
* and more that I didn’t know

So, for those of you who are interested there are clips of the conference on Scholastic’s website at http://www.scholastic.com/summerreading/eventvideo.htm. I thought they were very cool, especially if you have any interest in getting published one day.


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