Excited for the new film? Me too. Also extremely embarrassed to admit that I cannot remember if I ever read A Wrinkle in Time as a kid. I had it on my bookshelf for forever, but I have no recollection of it, and I doubt anyone who read Madeleine L’Engle’s famous work would forget a word of it.
This event sounds amazing — “Celebrate and support #OwnVoices. Join us on April 7th at The Graduate Center/CUNY for an incredible day with top editors, agents, authors & illustrators in the children’s publishing world. Our spring conference is an excellent opportunity for writers and illustrators of color to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry.”
I worry quite a bit about how much screen time my kids are using, and whether “too much” (whatever that number is) is damaging. I want them to do other things but it sure is hard to resist the thrill of the phone/tablet/etc.
This WashPo article runs down the concerns about too much screen time, and shows that teens who are doing an abundance are not happy. Some is okay, though! “The report’s findings were not all dire: Teenagers who get a small amount of exposure to screen time, between one and five hours a week, are happier than those who get none at all. The least happy ones were those who used screens for 20 or more hours a week.”
I am at a loss. Yet another school shooting, with 17 children dead in Florida. I’m not sure where to go from here, but I have not done enough to end this madness.
Resources for me, and all of us:
I am insanely jealous that I wasn’t at this event celebrating the 80th birthday of Judy Blume. Still, it sounds lovely and I’m glad some of you lucky people got to attend.
Hey, have you heard about Kazoo yet? It’s an indie magazine for girls 5-10 with a staggeringly impressive roster of contributors, including scientists, artists, athletes, musicians, and writers like Margaret Atwood, Alison Bechdel, Shonda Rhimes, Jennifer Weiner, and Jacqueline Woodson. Buy it at your local Barnes & Noble or subscribe here.
If you haven’t read these two essays, the first by Matt de la Peña (“Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness“); the second, a response by Kate DiCamillo (“Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad“), you should. They discuss the role of sadness in #kidlit, and how important it is for kids to know they can handle the tough stuff life throws at them, and that they aren’t alone if things are hard.
My favorite kind of story, a books roundup! Here’s a whole range of reads for the first few months of 2018.