Monthly Archives: April, 2013

ReadAdv: A Very Meta Conversation

Let’s try this again, shall we?

Miss last week’s ReadAdv? Catch up with the chat transcript. Topic: the next steps for The Reader’s Advisory Chat That Could — what’s working, what we could do better, what we plan to do. Thanks to all who participated! You’ve given us excellent food for thought & action — we really appreciate your thoughtful, smart suggestions.


Longform Picture Books: A List From Twitter

My daughter, age 7, loves picture books, but I find that many of them lack the complex plotting and sophisticated language she’s come to enjoy in the easy readers & middle-grade chapter books we read together.

I asked the good people of Twitter to help me — jog my memory, give me some fresh ideas — of longform picture books.

Herewith, a list, in no particular order. The list is a mix of authors & specific titles (with authors):

  • Canterbury Tales, retold by Marcia Williams
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Hattie & The Wild Waves, by Barbara Cooney
  • The Oxcart Man, by Barbara Cooney
  • The King’s Stilts, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins & Bartholomew and the Oobleck, all by Dr. Seuss
  • Jill Barklem
  • Babar series by de Brunhoff (warning: racism/colonialism)
  • Polo series, by Regis Faller (wordless)
  • Trina Schart Hyman’s many retellings of fairy tales
  • Wizardology/Pirateology/Dragonology/Mythology books
  • Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
  • Mouse Guard, by David Peterson
  • Minpins, by Roald Dahl
  • Melisande, by E. Nesbit
  • A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon
  • The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, by Kate Bernheimer
  • Archie Comics
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
  • Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick
  • Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
  • Douglas Florian
  • The Pet Project, by Lisa Wheeler
  • Talking Eggs, by Robert San Souci & Jerry Pinkney
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, John Steptoe
  • Wizard of Oz & Peter Pan (both pop-ups) by Robert Sabuda
  • Beatrix Potter

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my query with such great suggestions!

Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

Schedule Update: Skipping April 4

Hi, friends. Due to vacation, workload, & travel plans, we are going to skip our regularly scheduled April 4 session of ReadAdv.

We will see you at 8 PM EDT on Thursday, April 18, with a hot-hot-hawt topic: Automated RA.

We don’t mean the kind of mediated RA you participate in when you seek out & sift through recommendations from your friends on GoodReads or post a “recommend books for my beach vacation!” thread on Facebook.

We’re talking about automated algorithmic services online. We figure you have some thoughts & feelings about them, and we’d love to hear all about it!

Join us! Use the TweetChat Room or just follow #ReadAdv on Twitter.

Chat Transcript: Managing the TBR Pile, Parts 1 & 2 — March 21, 2013

Our most recent chat was on March 21, 2013: Managing the TBR Pile (TBR = To Be Read). Did you miss it? Did you forget to favorite a tweet that referred to a great resource? We’ve got you covered with these handy Storify archives:

Managing the TBR Pile, Part 1

Managing the TBR Pile, Part 2

Welcome To Our New Home

Hi, friends & devotees of #ReadAdv! Kelly, Liz & I are delighted to welcome you to our fancy new home.

We’ll be posting Reader’s Advisory updates here regularly — chat transcripts, topics for discussion, our schedule, and other relevant tools we find & thoughts we develop along the way.

Generally, we hold #ReadAdv on Twitter on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 8PM EST/EDT.

You can use TweetChat to follow the flow of the conversation: is the room you want. You’ll need to link it to your Twitter account to participate within the room.

Pull up a chair, make yourself at home, and thanks for visiting! We hope to see you around here often.