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British Libraries and Nan on the Go

October 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Educational Web Sites, Student Work, Titles to Look For, Uncategorized

One of my readers, Nan-from-England (formerly-known-as-Nan-from-Trinidad) and I have mutual admiration society. We have not yet met in person, due to the fact that I refuse to fly anywhere, but that does not slow us down. (When you see her name in the comments section, do not be confused. I am Nancy, she is Nan.)

“Things I’ve Found in Pockets” is the name of her blog. She calls it that because she has three amazing and creative young boys who love to leave lizards, nails, games and all sorts of things in their pockets for her to discover when she does the laundry. Their names are Max, Sam and Chas and their dad’s name is Sean. They are having fun, wet, and wild adventures in their new homeland. If you care to read along and see how they’re doing, they would love to have you as a guest.

Sam recently interviewed his 93-year-old grandma Margo about her experiences during World War II. He did a good job — it is a beautiful and touching interview. She is forthright and funny, too.

One of Nan’s latest posts is about getting their British library cards and includes a list of wonderful children’s books. (“The Boy With Two Shadows”, by Margaret Mahy; “When The Library Lights Go Out”, Megan McDonald and Katherine Tillotson; “Sir Gawain And The Green Knight”, the classic story retold by Michael Morpurgo, with beautiful watercolour illustrations by Michael Foreman.) (That is how you spell “color” in England — “colour.” Fancy that!)

Happy Reading to you, wherever you live.


Ms. Nancy

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nan // Nov 3, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Hee hee! Will send you reviews anytime. For some reason, your new posts are not showing up on my list. WHYYYYY? Maybe now that I’ve discovered that, it will fix itself.

  • 2 Ms. Nancy // Nov 4, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Nan, I would especially like suggestions for good books for upper-grade boys — 5th-8th? Please advise. I received a review copy of “The Frost Child” by Eoin McNamee — has your family (or anyone else out there?) read it?

    It’s the third book in the Navigator Trilogy — I’m wondering if it stands alone or if we need to read the first two before starting it. ( don’t have the other two in my library.)

    Thanks for stopping by, and for the booktalk.