WELCOME

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, October 8, 2009

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Joyce Sidman and Red Sings from Treetops by Jacqueline Kelly

Novel -- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Joyce Sidman
Picture Book -- Red Sings from Treetops by Jacqueline Kelly


We had great discussions about our two books last nite.....differences of opinions on some things, and complete agreement on others. Most of us loved the novel, and our reactions to the picture book were divided.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier and a favorite picture book by Kevin Henkes

Novel: I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
Picture book: Your favorite one by Kevin Henkes
 
We had a great discussion about I Am the Cheese at our last meeting, and all agreed that it is the best book we have read so far (after The Book Thief!!)...and that even though it was published in 1977 it has withstood the test of time and is a true classic. We had fun sharing Kevin Henkes picture books, and agreed that some were better than others, and that we each had our absolute favorites.
 
We decided to take a bit of a summer break, since many people had conflicts due to conferences, trips. etc.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and Twenty-one Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twenty-one Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince

We had interesting discussions of our two books on Thursday, and delicious food provided by everyone!!
We pretty much all agreed that the picture book, although very beautiful left a bit to be desired in the language area -- it tried to be poetic -- but wasn't....and some questioned that it would be well-received by elementary-aged kids. We thought the art was beautiful, but not really kid-like, and that there was too much kids needed to know before they could truly enjoy it.
As for Twilight -- One of our members, Michelle, who often says, "Gee - I wish I'd written that line," said of Twilight, "There wasn't a single line in the book that I wish I'd written!" We agreed that it was relatively formulaic, very pure and 'clean' at the beginning, and then as it progressed it seemed to be less and less about a high school kid. We understood why 11-year-old girls would go ga-ga over this series.....not so sure about adults.......oh, well.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Paper Towns by John Green and Brave Potatoes by Toby Speed

 Paper Towns by John Green and Brave Potatoes by Toby Speed.
 
We had (as usual) great discussions at our last meeting. We pretty much agreed that neither book was particularly terrific, although we did find a few good things in each one.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman and Meilo So, and What to Do About Alice by Barbara Kerley

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman and Meilo So, and What to Do About Alice by Barbara Kerley
 
We had very lively discussions at our last meeting! It's so great to hear each person's 'take' on a particular book or on illustrations -- we are all so different, and yet so alike because we are lovers of great children's/YA books. It's wonderful!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Freak Show by James St. James and Hawaiian Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono

Freak Show by James St. James and Hawaiian Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono
 
We had a great discussion about our January books. All agreed that Freak Show by James St. James was definitely a book with a unique voice and a story that needed to be told, and we had varying opinions on our picture book, Hula Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono.