SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS

Just like TV programming in the 50s and 60s, Saturday mornings are reserved for kids on PWR.

Although this is a kid’s book, I found it informative and entertaining as an adult reader. Elizabeth Haidle wrote and illustrated this fine book in 2019, and is a must for every school library. There is something for the very young kids as parents and grandparents read the section on Dr. Seuss aloud, and even a current comic and graphic novel author, Gene Luen Yang, for those older.

10 famous authors are covered.

My specific interest in the book was the chapter on Madeline L’Engle, my topic for a personal “research project.” The book reminds me of a biography series I read as a kid, which featured famous people as children and pointed out how childhood interests and experiences foreshadowed their success as adults. As Pablo Picasso is supposed to have said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once he grows up.”

The illustrations are excellent, and the book boils down to a series of ten “graphic biographies.” Also, “Writing Wisdoms” and “First Hand Quotes” add to the reader’s pleasure.

The following authors make appearances: Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, Dr. Seuss, Sandra Cisneros, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Gene Luen Yang, Beatrix Potter, C.S. Lewis, and Madeline L’Engle. Besides Madeline L’Engle, Maya Angelou and C.S. Lewis were my favorite chapters. This is a MUST read for any young person who loves to read and loves books!

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

2 thoughts on “SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS”

  1. Often I like children’s nonfiction as much or more than adult nonfiction. Why? Maybe it’s because some of the negative is filtered out and the focus is on the important and the positive? I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure I’d love this book.

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