WELCOME! Once a month, usually on a Thursday evening, a group of writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians meets in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles to discuss children's books. Usually we talk about one picture book and one middle grade or YA novel. After the meeting, Sandy Schuckett, a retired LAUSD librarian, summarizes our discussion. Here are her reports of our thoughts about the books we have read. We'd love to have your comments too!
Thanks to Nancy Hayashi for our wonderful title art! Our group has been meeting since 2007. It was organized under the auspices of the Children's Literature Council of Southern California (CLCSC).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

COPPER SUN by Sharon Draper and BADGER'S FANCY MEAL by Keiko Kasza

We had lively discussions and wonderful food at our December meeting. . . big THANKS to Ann for hosting us in her beautifully holiday-decorated home and for the delicious Christmas Lasagna. (Recipe on our recipe page.) Thanks also to everyone else who brought tasty salads, asparagus, Pita and dip, and desserts. . . and now we all have the recipe for Caroline's Frangipan....nice!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Freddy the Politician, by Walter R. Brooks and A Woman for President: the Story of Victoria Woodhull, by Kathleen Krull

September 25:  To get us in the mood (if we aren't already!) for the rest of this political season, we will be reading two politics-related books: Freddy the Politician by Walter Brooks, and for our picture book: A Woman for President: the Story of Victoria Woodhull by Kathleen Krull. (NOTE:
Freddy the Politician may also be listed as Wiggins for President in library catalogs -- its original title when first published in 1936. It has since been reissued.)

October 23:  We had a lively discussion this week about Freddy the Politician and A Woman for President......There were some long-time 'Freddy' fans who continue to love him and some who met him for the first time....some loved Walter Brooks' writing; some didn't -- that's what makes this group so interesting! Regarding A Woman for President, we found out (from other sources) that Victoria Woodhull had a quite shady life....(not reflected in this book) and wondered whether this book was even a good idea......again -- interesting!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Minders of Make Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature by Leonard Marcus

August 8: We will be discussing Minders of Make Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature by Leonard Marcus. This newly published book is considered by many to be the definitive "must read" for anyone connected with children's literature. It's a pretty hefty book (315 pages + notes & Index = 402 total) so you might want to get started reading. I've already started it, and I'm fascinated!!
September 18: We had a great discussion of Leonard Marcus' Minders of Make Believe at our September meeting.....all agreed that it is a 'must-read' for anyone connected in any way with children's literature: authors, illustrators, librarians, editors, teachers, etc.