Hello world!

30Jan10

Vermont College in Winter

Welcome to your first play therapy session . . . and mine. This blog is mostly about kids, kidlit, kid tv and that sort of stuff. And yes, I do have enough ADD that it’s going to wander off into literary fiction, politics and religion and families and movies and whatever, but mostly it’s about children and children’s books.

I am interested in what the books and stories mean to kids, too. I was once a kid, so I must know all about it, right? You all were, and some of you have kids. And of course, I have four kids and three grandchildren they’ve told me about.
So the secret’s out . . . I’m a Crotchety Old Fart. But I still get down on the floor to play with children and read to them, and I don’t just read the classic talking bunny stuff. I love Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I want to hear from people what their favorites are.
A few of many all-time classical favorites:
The Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary.
The Mushroom Planet series by Eleanor Cameron (Bet you haven’t read them).
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (One of the ALA’s hundred most challenged books)
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
And, yes, I do love Harry Potter—it’s a huge, imaginative story with an amazing cool
stuff per page ratio.
C.O.F.
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One Response to “Hello world!”

  1. 1 Karen

    Old Fart’s Daughter here–

    My favorites include almost anything by Diana Wynne Jones and Partricia C. Wrede. I also loved Robin McKinley’s earlier novels, and the Magic Shop books by Bruce Coville. My mother read me all of the Narnia books and H.C. Anderson’s fairytales when I was young and they have had a huge impact on my current taste in literature. I loved stories with strong and intelligent female protagonists.

    Sir, you forgot Where the Wild Things Are. I’m certain you’ve read that book nearly 500 times between children and grandchildren.


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