September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and as the American Library Association (ALA) says, “a library card is the most important school supply of all.” After all, public libraries give kids and adults free access to not only books, but a range of information, services, online databases, and even e-books. Ways to Celebrate: Quit stocking up on … Continue reading September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
12 First Books for Raising Outdoorsy Kids
When welcoming someone new to the world—and the world of books—give a children's book that shares something distinct about you, your sense of place, your interests, your values. For me that's usually: Maine (see A Maine Sense of Place: Great First Books for Little Kids), andnature and the outdoors. These are 12 of my favorite outdoor and nature … Continue reading 12 First Books for Raising Outdoorsy Kids
A Maine Sense of Place: Great First Books for Little Kids
Odds are you don’t remember your first book. I don't mean a childhood favorite, but your very first book. I certainly don’t. But in a lifetime of reading, someone gave you your first book. As a bookswain, you get to pass on the literary love to your littlest friends and family members. But, with so many kid lit options … Continue reading A Maine Sense of Place: Great First Books for Little Kids
What is Bookswain?
What is Bookswain.com? Bookswain is where I ponder books and share my literary notions and devotions. As I fill in some of the gaps (chasms even) in my personal canon, I’ll consider important bookswain questions like: Am I the only English major who hasn’t read Wuthering Heights? What's the best punishment for miscreants who reveal book … Continue reading What is Bookswain?
Welcome, Fellow Bookswains
Salutations, dear reader. Welcome to the first edition of Bookswain.com, where I ponder books and share my literary notions and devotions. You're probably wondering, what is a bookswain? A bookswain is an admirer, suitor, and/or lover of books (check out About for more). Sound familiar? Can't pass a bookstore by without "just stopping to look"? Think you're the only person in your … Continue reading Welcome, Fellow Bookswains