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good books for grown-ups

This week I was asked, "Are there any kids' books that an adult might enjoy?" Hmmm. and the answer would be: Duh. Let me quote the great author of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," C.S. Lewis, "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

You know, when I buy books as Christmas presents for my mom and sister, who are older than me, and I *am* a grown-up, (even though the waiter at dinner tonight accused me of being a kid 'cause I ordered chicken tenders), I don't buy "adult" books, I get them kid or teen books. In fact, I hardly ever read "adult" books. Out of the last 132 books I have read, only nine were "adult."

So, you ask, what kid books would a grown up like? Here are a few, which I will personally guarantee.

get ready for new movies

A few of the new movies coming out this spring are based on children's books. There's always the debate over whether to read the book first or see the movie first. Usually the book is better than the movie, so I like to see the movie first so that I won't be disappointed. My daughter, however, refuses to see the movie before she's read the book.

So here's a few books you better check out or put on hold, as the case may be, soon.

Due out in February:   

What to read over the holidays

So you've got some free time coming over the holidays--how about reading some of the contenders for the Newbery Medal? Then when the winner is announced - you can say "oh, yeah, I've read that already."  These three seem to be showing up on just about every list I've seen:

evollution of calpurnia tate   when you reach me   where the mountain meets the moon

a few best books of the year

In my mail today, I got the New York Public Library's Children's Books 2009 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list.

a few of my favorite books

So. I have lots of favorite books. But today I will just talk about, oh, maybe my top three all time favorites. (these have been favorites since I was a kid, I have other favorites which are more recent)

     an old fashioned girl    Over and Over

more Native American Heritage month

Well, while I was trying to decide what to blog about this week, Bruce beat me to the topic I finally decided on (see below). Oh well. But that's ok, I'm still gonna blog about it, and so now we have two posts on books about Native Americans (and actually, some prefer to be called American Indians).

Lest some of you think that Indians are just history lessons--umm, there are still Indians in America (just not that many in the Houston area--not like if you were in, say, Oklahoma, for example)

So here are some (more) books:

More to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid

well, okay, you've already tried the books Miss Mary suggested in her blog for you to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid #4 to come, so here are even more to try while you're waiting (yay!). A couple of these are so new they still say "on order" in the catalog.

October author birthdays

Let's talk about birthdays. There are too many authors who were born in October to talk about all of them, so I'll just mention a few. RL Stine's birthday is October 8. He of course is the author of Goosebumps. Did you know RL Stine used to write joke books?

Books as Art, pt 2

More watercolors. Another of my favorite artists is Marc Simont.

He won the Caldecott medal in 1957 for A Tree is Nice. All the pictures in this book are not in color. It was too expensive back then to do every picture in color, so publishers just printed every other spread in color when they made picture books.

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