Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Happy Banned Books Week!

It's that time of year again!  I love Banned Books Week and celebrate every year by reading one of the top 10 challenged books from the previous year.  This year Banned Books Week is September 25 through October 1 -- this week.

It amazes me that in as enlightened and educated a country as we claim to have, we still routinely have books challenged and/or banned.  I don't believe in censorship, even with children.  If your child wants to read a book, and you say no, they're just going to read it behind your back.  (Trust me -- I'm a nanny, a babysitter, and a former after school program teacher -- I've seen it plenty.)  Much better to read it with your child and discuss what makes it controversial.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The benefits of rereading books

A little over a year ago, I blogged about the benefits of rereading books.  Now a new article has reminded me of this debate:

You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading

This article talks about how your interpretation of books changes as you change.  I certainly have experienced that firsthand.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New information for fans of fairy tales

If you love fairy tales and retellings of fairy tales, you might be interested to learn that fairy tales are likely much older than we thought.

Academics studied many fairy tales and old stories across various cultures, and found similarities that point to common roots.  They are estimating that the stories are probably thousands of years old, instead of mere hundreds, and that they were passed down orally for millennia before being recorded in written form.

It makes you wonder where else similarities could point to common roots... such as religion, perhaps?