The Pushcart War had a profound impact on me; when I was a kid I devoured it several times, and I’ve carried it deep inside me ever since. The book gave me a point of entrance—my first, I imagine—into the world of resistance to political and economic injustice and chicanery. It made opposition, even non-violent civil disobedience, seem fun and right and necessary and heroic, and something even someone as powerless as a kid could and should undertake.
The New York Review Children’s Collection 50th Anniversary edition of Jean Merrill’s classic The Pushcart War, illustrated by Ronni Solbert, hits bookstore shelves this week!
Happy International Literacy Day!
Sponsored by UNESCO, International Literacy Day sheds a spotlight on issues of literacy around the world.
It’s easy for those of us who are lucky enough to be able to read for pleasure to think of literacy as a form of entertainment, but UNESCO reminds us of the true weight literacy carries in our economies and our wider lives: “Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning, and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.”
Maybe you can’t get to the global celebration in Dhaka on such short notice, but there are always ways to celebrate literacy wherever you are.
We at The Sensible Nonsense Project like to focus on children’s books, which are often the earliest teaching tools in literacy for youth and adults alike. Why not buy a few copies of your favorites for someone in need? (We’d be happy to help you find a local shelter or literacy program where you can make a donation!)
We are saddened to learn of Robin Williams’ passing. A fine actor and a brilliant comedian, Mr. Williams was also a dedicated philanthropist to children’s causes. He also starred in two major motion pictures based on children’s books: Jumanji and Hook.
We hope that you will join us in rereading your copies of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, and Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg — or purchasing a copy to donate to a child in need — in order to pay tribute to the awfully big adventure of Mr. Williams’ extraordinary life.
Have you seen the #IReadEverywhere campaign from the New York Public Library on Twitter?
Excellent. We hope to see your #IReadEverywhere hashtags — follow The Sensible Nonsense Project on Twitter!
In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines…
"YA definitely doesn’t mean a solely young adult readership, unless we elide (or are charitable about) the "young". At YALC Meg Rosoff revealed that 55% of YA titles are bought by adults. Presumably, some of these are gifts for teenagers, but casting an eye down the average Tube carriage reveals YA titles aplenty, read with absorption by those who won’t see 15 again. The "crossover" phenomenon incenses clickbaiters with nothing better to worry about, and induces much taking up the cudgels on YA’s behalf in return."
Our pals at the Guardian get it, they know that YA isn’t just for “the kids.” And we know that you get it too!
That’s why YOU, you YA lover you, are invited to come to wordbookstores in Jersey City at 7:30 pm for YA Show and Tell on Aug 13. Bring your favorite YA book to share with the group, and make a shelf talker, Coverspy style.
Please RSVP to the event so that we know what book you’re bringing so we’ll have some on hand! We can’t wait to spy you there!
This sounds brilliant, and totally in line with the Sensible Nonsense way. Jersey City-area fans should absolutely make an effort to attend — and tell us about it!
It’s amazing that it’s been that long. It’s amazing to me that Weetzie is still as popular as it is, even way more so than in the beginning, that she continues to draws people to her. That fascinates me. I didn’t really expect the universal qualities. It was so personal to me. I didn’t think of it as My Big Book. I thought it was my book for me and my friends, and then it turned into the one that touches the most people.
It’s been really great to be able to evolve in public in that way, to be able to grow up and write these books and have my readers grow with me. I feel very grateful and privileged that I’ve had the opportunity to express myself in this way and connect to these people. That’s the best part. Because I know these are my people. It’s like sending out a message in a bottle."
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS because EVERY CHILD HAS HIS OR HER OWN STORY.
Submission by Pamela Tuck
Happy Birthday Harry Potter!
(And happy belated to Neville Longbottom, whose big day was yesterday.)
According to the Potterverse, Harry was born this day in 1980, making today his 34th birthday.
What do you think his life would look like now?