On Sunday, April 18th, Red Room CEO Ivory Madison and I had the pleasure of attending the Northern California Book Awards here in San Francisco. Among the several Red Room authors that were nominated or won prizes, we were especially thrilled for first-time novelist Nina LaCour, whose book Hold Still won the award for Children's Literature. Nina told me during the reception that she was surprised and pleased that her very serious young-adult book was chosen in this category.
Books for children are full of surprises for adults, and adults writing about their favorite children's books are equally so. Three blog posts from this week's topic especially stood out to us:
- For Red Room member Debbie Dunham, a visit to Powell's, the famous Portland, Oregon, bookstore, resulted in such strong feeling of nostalgia for a childhood favorite that tears ran down her cheeks. Read "Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom".
- Author Alma Alexander had the less-common-than-it-should-be luck to have a mother who read to her and inspired her to learn to read and love books herself. Her appreciation is entitled "Learning to Read."
- Tears again, this time for author Grant Hayter-Menzies, whose favorite book made him even more aware of how different he was. The fact that he's become proudly comfortable with that has made the book his favorite. Read "Memorable Miss Osborne."
Each of these bloggers will receive a copy of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading. In it, Lizzie Skurnick offers "spastically compose, frequently hilarious" meditations on the young adult novels so many of us still love.
You can see all the spring blog posts here. I hope you'll choose your favorite, and leave a comment letting the blogger know why you enjoyed it. See all of Red Room's past blog topics listed here, and suggest a few more in the comments. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room