Monday, March 3, 2014

The new issue of Through the Looking Glass is online.

Dear Book Lovers:

The March and April issue of Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews is now online. I have put together a wonderful collection of reviews for you for this issue, and I hope you enjoy reading the reviews as much as I enjoyed writing them.

For this issue I have put together a special feature about Rabbits. Children's literature is full of wonderful rabbit characters. Some of them, like Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, make the lives of the humans they encounter very interesting. Other rabbit characters live in an all animal world, like Peter Rabbit in the Beatrix Potter books. Some of the rabbits in these books are friendly, while others are rather grumpy. Readers of all ages (including adults) are going to enjoy exploring the books in this collection. 

Here in Oregon, spring is making itself felt already, and for many people March and April are the months when they start getting busy in the garden. Spending time in the garden gives children and young people a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature, watch things grow, and - of course - get dirty!

In March,  schools and libraries all over the United States observe  Women's History Month. This event celebrates the achievements of women over the years, and I have quite a large collection of books in the TTLG Women's History Month feature. In this feature readers will finds fiction and non-fiction titles that look at the lives and achievements of many great women from around the world.

April is the month when many Americans celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. For Earth Day you can look at the Earth Day feature and the Saving the Environment feature. For Arbor Day  I have put together a delightful collection of books that are about trees. Some of the books in these features are informative nonfiction titles, while others are stories that will amuse, touch, and delight readers of all ages.

For this month's Editor's Choice title, I have selected Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann. This incredibly beautiful and creative picture book will appeal to children and adults alike.

Finally, take a look at the new Bookish Calendar. Here you will find reviews about Michelangelo, St. Patrick's Day, Harry Houdini, the sinking of  the Titanic, and much more. This calendar is a great tool to use at home and in the classroom to help children incorporate books more fully into their lives.

-:Bookish Events for March and April:-

March is Women's History Month (USA)
March 2nd is Read Across America Day (USA)
National March into Literacy Month (USA)
April is National Poetry Month (USA)
April 2nd is International Children's Book Day
National Library Week April 13th - 19th (USA)
Young People's Poetry Week April 21st - 25th (USA)
National Week of the Ocean March 30th - April 5th (USA)

I hope you find a way to celebrate some, if not all,  of these bookish events. If I have missed an important bookish event, please drop me a line to tell me about it.

In September of 2012 I launched a new project that I would like to tell you about. It is a story blog called Talon Diaries, and it is written by a colorful and very unusual character who is called Gryf. Gryf 's story posts appear every Wednesday. Do take a look and subscribe to the blog.

Some of the titles I reviewed several years ago are now out of print. Though you cannot buy these books in every bookshop, many of them are still available for purchase on websites like Amazon.com.

I hope you enjoy this new issue, and I look forward to hearing from you.
 
 

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