Monday, June 27, 2005

BRAINSTORM!!!!

Yes, it's already time to brainstorm new topic ideas! Is there something you read and would love to discuss with the group or something that you've been wanting to read, but you've been too busy with our monthly selections? Well, now's your chance! Please come full of new topic ideas and be ready to talk them up or post your ideas here as a reply to this post.

My first idea is a poetry month. We could select a few of the newer poetry books that you might not be familiar with and everyone could browse the poetry section at the library and come with their favorite poem to share or we could have a short poetry writing workshop and poetry slam.

What are your ideas?

12 comments:

richardson said...

I think we should read Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Stephanie said...

I've been thinking that we might want to spend a little more time on picture books because it would be fun to find some great new reads that some of you could start reading with your kids. We could do a month where we all bring a picture book published in the past five years or we could do an illustrator study (I know I've said this in the past, but I love Chris Van Allsburg and think he would be a fun Illustrator study).

Stephanie said...

I also thought that if people bring some really fun non-fiction books this month, we might want to select our favorites to read later on (I know I'm always the one with a millions ideas. I can't stop myself)

Stephanie said...

I would LOVE to do an author study of Jon Scieszka (author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf and the Time Warp Trio Series). He has a lot of really interesting picture books (a few of them are really new) and he has started a campaign to get more boys to read. I just picked up a compilation that he put together from a lot of authors and illustrators to get boys to read called Guys Read and I can't wait to read it.

Mom to Allison and James said...

I just love history books and can never put down anything that is historic fiction. I would love to read these anytime.

Anna said...

Have we ever reviewed church books or "values" books? I would love to read through a variety of picture books to short stories of this genre.

Steph said...

Anna's post made me start thinking about books by Mormon authors. A great site to check out if you want to know about Mormon authors is:
http://mormonlit.lib.byu.edu/

That lead me to read about Shannon Hale (who would be an interesting author study) Her website is:
http://www.squeetus.com/

Natalie said...

Not sure I'm doing this right so if this is duplicate, sorry! I suggested books for boys, books controversial in schools (Wringer), books with that award comprable to Newberry but more liberal?, Teen fiction, autobiography or biography, another Newberry month

J* said...

I really liked the mystery month and have noticed some interesting mysterious books out there lately as I've been perusing the library shelves. I'm all for doing a "controversial" book month---it seems like we always shy away from doing these types of books and yet we've already read so many! The Giver, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, The Canning Season etc. Older Newberry winners would be really fun. How about I just say "ditto" to everyone else's blogs and call it quits?! :)

K-Trap said...

I have been thinking of other topics and I have two more suggestions. I think it would be fun to do a month of "classic" children's lit, like Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. Or it might be fun to do a month where we read the books kids/teens voted as their favorites.

Stephanie said...

Pretty much every state has their own kids choice award for their favorite book. Here's the link to Ohio's (The Buckeye Book Award):
http://www.bcbookaward.info/

Mom to Allison and James said...

I think that doing those classics would be fun. That has my vote. I also think it would be fun to do the buckeye book awards as one of the months. Great ideas.