January 5, 2008 · 3:25 pm
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January 5, 2008 · 9:21 am
Children’s Literature New England
is a unique and wonderful organization that held the most wonderful summer institutes for twenty years. I started attending in 1999, was a speaker
in 2005, and a book discussion leader for the final institute
in 2006. Now, for anyone who wants a taste of CLNE, I highly recommend their new venture
as described in the following email sent out to previous attendees a few days ago.
We are delighted to announce CLNE’s exciting new venture, a colloquy titled THE OPENING PAGE to be held May 8-11, 2008 at the Inn at Essex in spectacular Vermont. The colloquy will feature superb speakers, including M.T. Anderson, Susan Cooper, Sarah Ellis, Janice Harrington, Arthur A. Levine, Katherine Paterson, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Brian Selznick. The program builds on the solid work of two decades of CLNE summer institutes.
Visit our website http://www.clne.org for details and an online registration form. If you can attend, we recommend that you enroll quickly. Space is limited. We hope you can join us! We would appreciate it if you would forward news about the program to others who might be interested.
As we begin the new year, we remain grateful for the CLNE community. In that context we note the recent death of upstate New York school librarian and powerhouse enthusiast for books for the young, CLNE stalwart Micki Nevett. We also thank CLNE speaker and participant Monica Edinger for posting the eulogy for Micki on her blog, Educating Alice https://medinger.wordpress.com (see 12/20/08 posting for the eulogy). If you go to the 12/18/08 posting you can read or add to the many comments written in memory of Micki.
May we stay strong, stay brave, and may we see one another soon!
Cheers from the CLNE Board.
January 5, 2008 · 8:47 am
“Mostly, however, readers – and especially younger readers – wanted to know about the minutiae of how the fiction was stitched together. The children who asked questions or made comments almost all homed in on exact points of detail.” (From John Mullan’s “Material Worlds.”)
Educational philosopher Kieran Egan notes that collecting is particularly pronounced from ages 8 to 15. We think often of collections in terms of things — stuffed animals, plastic dinosaurs, every single Warrior book; but kids also collect information. Whether it is everything about the Yankees or Harry Potter, if it is something they adore they want to know it all. This helps explain, I think, why some are so attentive to details in beloved books. In the case of Harry Potter or His Dark Materials, those that are besotted with the worlds of those books want to know everything about them and so they collect every bit of information they can find about those worlds. John Mullan’s report on readers’ questions at a recent Guardian book club event with Philip Pullman is a great example of this.