Tuesday, June 19, 2012

KBWT - Catherynne Valente and Tumblebooks

Today, on SLJ's Extra Helping, Catherynne Valente's speech to a group of librarians (she wonders if a group of librarians is called a "kindness") was posted in full.  Valente wrote the book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making.  I love the title of that book and the cover art but I have not read it.

The speech is lovely and makes me want to read the book even more.  There is a character in the book whose parentage includes a library!  I want to adopt Ms. Valente.  I bet she has a perfectly good mother already so I am too late.  Click and read and then run out and get the book.

KBWT - Kids Book Website Tuesday - TUMBLEBOOKS

Kids' books online - all the time - actual books published by actual publishers in the real paper and ink world - THAT's what Tumblebooks is all about.

Parents can subscribe to Tumblebooks, if they want.  BUT, before you rush off to do that, check your public library's website.  A lot of public libraries offer Tumblebooks as a free service to their patrons.  It's not cheap but to a public library with hundred of kid customers, it's very affordable.  In the Lehigh Valley both the Allentown Public Library and the Parkland Community Library subscribe to this delightful database.

Some of the books are partnered with games to test comprehension and to foster literacy skills.  Most of the books can be read alone, or with an audio track.   So check out Tumblebooks today.

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