Hooked on Books: Part Two – Some Great Newbery Medal Winners

In part one of this blog I related the genesis of the Newbery Medal and the book that created this lifelong reader.  In this post I want to describe what makes Newbery books worth reading. The Newbery winners are diverse in theme, setting and level of difficulty, but they share well-structured plots, clear but not […]

Hooked on Books: Part One – The Newbery Medal and How It Changed My Life

I was one of those children who could read well but didn’t care much for the activity or lack thereof.  I wanted to be outside playing cowboys, riding my bike, or climbing trees.  The elementary school readers we used were, in a word, boring.  The stories had little plot, and the characters were insipid.  My […]