Thanks, and Looking Back to October, November, December, 2013
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
The Book Chook will be taking a break from today. I want to thank the many people who inspire The Book Chook: the publishers who send books, the publicists who share my enthusiasm for great children’s literature, the authors and illustrators who join forces to produce little pieces of perfection.
My heartfelt thanks too, goes to those who subscribe to The Book Chook - the wise ones who share my love of children’s literacy, literature and learning, and who believe like me that learning can and should be enjoyable. I appreciate your support via social media, word-of-mouth, even pigeon post. Every little helps to spread the word. If you're not one of the 5000+ people following me on Twitter, that's where I tend to publish/tweet most of the useful articles I find - and I find LOTS!
Above all, I want to thank the parents, teachers and librarians who are doing their very best to help our children grow into resilient, creative and thoughtful young people. Despite the ghastly library closures, ever-astounding bureaucratic idiocies, and pressures from all sides, you come back, day after day and do your best. You encourage kids to think, you share your own love of reading, you model acceptance of individual differences, respect and collaborative learning. I salute you!
The Book Chook will be back next year, my seventh. I plan to enjoy my break, but will devote plenty of holiday time to tracking down and writing about all sorts of goodies for you. Expect to read me here again on January 5, 2015, when I’ll have an iPad app review, Puppet Workshop.
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some popular articles from the archives, mostly October, November and December 2013: