If you have noticed that I have not written much about YA books lately, there is a good reason. As we begin to approach the ALA conference in a couple of weeks, I am joining with the rest of my Printz Committee colleagues in revisiting books and re-reading and highlighting and thinking. It was an excellent year which, I think, makes the committee work more interesting but also more agonizing. However, it has been spectacular to work with folks who know so much about books and offer their insights freely and also respect the insights of others. It is a love fest, I tell you.
I have been reading some other books as well and they will soon grace this blog. In the meantime...
I have been seeing discussion that reading is changing due to social networks and how they affect our attention span. Really? I spend an inordinate amount of time each day on Twitter and Facebook and other sites online yet I can still curl up with a book for hours at a time with no trouble. Ditto the resident of the back bedroom and lots of other readers I know. However, how I read online has certainly evolved. It is not about attention span, though, it is more about information overload. I can only watch news for a short period of time because my attention is drawn from the scrawl to the reporter to the graphics and visuals. I wonder how ADD and ADHD folks deal with all that? Even Scout has a tough time concentrating on his snack when there is a bird on the front porch.
But with books, there is not all that distraction. All that is present on the page is STORY whether it is text, illustration, diagram, etc. Or do I just process the printed page differently than I do an online or TV screen? I think it may be in the process and I wonder how we can demonstrate that to students? How do you stay hooked in to the text and let the distractions fall away? Or is it OK to read in shorter spurts? Is it idiosyncratic? Lots of questions to ponder and the sun is still not up.
And here is yet another shot of Scout. Bought myself a new camera yesterday, so there will be many more to come.