professornana (professornana) wrote,
professornana
professornana

  • Location:
  • Mood:
  • Music:

You say it's your birthday? Well, happy birthday to you!

Those of you who do not recognize the reference, these are lyrics from a Beatles' song. Yesterday, we celebrated College Girl's 20th birthday. So, naturally, as I was reading Facebook and Twitter, I was thinking about celebrations of all sorts of birthdays. Here are a few I ran across in a matter of minutes.

The 40th anniversary of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Enjoy Christoph Neiman's moving tribute to Sendak's work here: http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/

The 50th anniversary of AMELIA BEDELIA by Peggy Parish. I loved reading this one aloud to my undergrad children's lit classes when I first started teaaching at SHSU (and when there was a mandated lit class all teacher ed candidates had to take; sadly, that is no longer the case).

amelia bedelia

The 60th birthday of Charlotte's Web. This video of experts talking about the literary merit of the book is fabulous. Snag it here at Monica Edinger's blog: http://medinger.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/is-charlottes-web-a-literary-masterpiece/

Yesterday, I spoke about the need for joy. Seems to me that celebrating birthdays (or anniversaries if you prefer) is another way to gathering joy, finding joy, recalling joy. Each of these three books holds a special place in my reader's heart. There are others; it is rather crowded in there. Here are books I read over and over again. As C.S. Lewis once observed, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

When I review the list of books I require for my literature classes, I think I can say that each and every one of them is worth celebrating. I only hope my students feel the same way. But if they don't, that is fine as well. There is no one-size-fits-all book. What I love might be something someone else finds tedious and vice versa. And as we near the announcements from ALA about the Newbery, Printz, Caldecott, Odyssey, I cannot wait to see which books we will celebrate.
Tags: birthdays, books, celebrations, joy
Subscribe

  • some observations

    I completed my self-quarantine today, 2 weeks after flying home from a visit with the great-granddaughter. As far as I know, I remain uninfected by…

  • Self-Quarantine marches forward

    I am now in the 11th day of self-quarantine. I suspect that there are many more days ahead as BH and I try our best NOT to become a statistic. While…

  • a week in quarantine=many books read

    As I said in the first post this week: when it is quiet here, it is time to read. While I have not quite cleared the stacks back in my work room, I…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments