Monday, March 30, 2015

Dorothy Canfield Fisher List & Materials Review on April 10th

We're back for another Materials Review next Friday (April 10th) from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. This time, we're focusing on middle grade and young adult fiction.

This materials review in some ways replaces our Dorothy Canfield Fisher list review (see notes on last year's event here). Jane, who was on this year's nominating committee, will do a quick update on what's happening in the DCF world then we'll move on to new titles. If you're worried you won't get enough DCF (and really, it's a common worry) here are some resources:
  • Two of the authors on this year's list are graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts (our apologies if we missed any others, please tell us):
  • Some authors provide a lot of additional information to go with their books online, like:
    • Jordan Romero, his blog is full of mountaineering resources
    • Lynne Rae Perkins has a blog and site of extras, largely related to her illustrations
    • Laura Marx Fitzgerald provides complementary resources for her novel (including separating the facts from the fictional elements)
  • From 2014 - you can see Tanya Lee Stone and Linda Urban speaking at the 2014 DCF conference here.
We will provide DCF list order forms at the April 10th review, or e-mail jane@bearpondbooks if you'd like to order from us. We'll be posting some more middle grade and young adult book materials over the next two weeks. In the meantime, mark your calendars for next Friday's materials review!

Post-Review Update: At the Materials Review we had a request to identify DCF books on the new list well-suited to younger readers, including those interested in DCF but not yet in a voting grade. Here's the list:

  • Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy - A "day in the life" snapshot of three boys, plus their Dads, in the style of the Penderwicks books.
  • El Deafo  by CeCe Bell- Graphic novel memoir recognized by the Newbery Committee this year.
  • 14th Goldfish by Jennifer Holm - A science caper after the narrator's grandfather reverses aging and becomes a teenager. Possible pairing with Tuck Everlasting.
  • Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson - The story of Becky Thatcher loosely based on Mark Twain's books, a good teaching book for origin stories.
  • Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder - A bit of time travel helps the narrator understand her grandmother.
  • Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins- A fun read aloud in the world of squirrels, possible ecology tie-in for classroom.

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