I haven't posted for awhile - seems I've got a bit of Spring Fever lately! But life has been busy. Last weekend I was invited to the opening of a new library in Camarillo. I was among friends and fellow writers, including Alexis O'Neill, Greg Trine, Kristine George, June Sobel, Jody Fickes Shapiro, and Carol Heyer. Every community deserves like the new Camarillo library! The children's section is delightful. A child could spend the whole day finding the perfect book! There is a separate YA section that houses the largest collection I have seen in a community library. In today's fast paced computer iPod world, it's good to know that communities still value books!
I'm also looking forward to a couple of other community events. On April 18th I will be participating in the MELODY OF WORDS Literacy Festival at El Camino High School in Woodland Hills, California. The event features authors and other activities. They expect a crowd of up to 2,500 people - a good time should be had by all! I will be doing two presentations and a book signing.
On May 6th, I will be one of the authors visiting with kids at the Summer Reading Kick-off at Barnes and Noble in Thousand Oaks, California. As part of the program, I have been asked to share my list of favorite summer reading books.
Here is my list:
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Lavender by Karen Hesse
Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman
Some of my picks are classic favorites, others not as well known. Anyone out there agree with my choices? Disagree? I'd love to know!
Happy Reading! Happy Writing!
ABOUT BARBARA BIETZ
- Barbara Bietz
- California, United States
- I am a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. I love talking about children's books and the craft of writing. My midddle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing) The best part of being an author is visiting schools and meeting students, teachers, and librarians. I write book reviews for Jewish Book World magazine and the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. Selected interviews from this blog are featured in Jewish Book World Magazine. My monthly book column appears in the award winning web site, FamiliesOnlineMagazine.com. I also teach writing classes for adults. Please check out my web site at www.BarbaraBietz.com Contact me at BarbaraBietz@aol.com.