Monday, October 13, 2014

Not that many books in the world




The boy had heard once that some people had so many books they only read each book once. But the boy was sure there were not that many books in the world.  

                                                                     ---from Sounder by William H. Armstrong



(Sounder was published in 1969 and won the 1970 Newbery medal, but the story takes place decades earlier. There still aren't enough books in the world today, especially for underprivileged children. That's where organizations like First Book come in.  In two weeks, I'll be discussing several Newbery medal-winning books I've read recently. But next week, I'm participating in something extra-special, so be sure to stop by then.)


17 comments:

  1. This was one of the first MG books I ever read and it's time I go revisit. I smiled just at seeing the cover. Looking forward to that "extra-special" post next week.

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    1. You're good, Greg. I didn't read it until recently, when I was playing "Newbery catch-up".

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  2. Love that quote--and the sentiment behind it! I think I'll have to pick this one up, even without a full review. ;) I look forward to stopping by next week!

    --Suzanne
    www.suzannewarr.com

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  3. Always fun to revisit books we read sometime in the last century.

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    1. That's great that you read it before, Sue. I blush to admit I never had until recently.

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  4. This is one of those books that I've been meaning to read for awhile, but haven't yet. Thanks for the reminder! I'm looking forward to your post next week!

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  5. So true! It was great to go to Kidlitcon and address the needs of all children to see themselves in books, and there's been a surge of books featuring children in poverty. Have you nominated for the Cybils award? Would you give us a shout out? Nominations close on Wednesday, and I would like to see more and more diverse books on our list. Help spread the word in any way you're comfortable with!

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    1. Yes, I have, Karen! And I'm happy to give you a shout-out. I just tweeted!

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  6. Wonderful quote. I've never read this book, but I certainly intend to. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. I thought that was a great quote, too, Rosi. When I was younger I never stopped to write down great quotes from children's books. Wish I had!

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  7. Great quote. I haven't read this, but I don't read nearly as much middle grade as the rest of you.

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    1. No worries, Natalie. I'm sure you read more YA than I do.

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  8. I read Sounder a long time ago. I like the quote you shared and hope I will have some time to reread this one in the near future. :)
    ~Jess

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  9. Oh Sounder! I haven't read that in years! And I'll put it on my calendar to check back next week!

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