Entertaining Them

book a day

Early every morning when I make my way to the computer at the kitchen counter where I work, I go on Twitter pretty much straight away. I have this great practice, which is to look out the window at the morning sky (#Sky) and write what I see in 140 characters or less, the grey or the blue or the peach tint, the opaque or the clear or the lacquered. I might add details like the birdsong or the wind, the quiet or the chatter.

Ah, but that’s not what I wanted to write about (although you can follow me on Twitter if the morning sky interests you as it does me). I like so much that one of the things I see most every morning is the daily tweet from Anita Silvey, whose Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac is a fantastic website (and now there’s a book). The essays she puts up are hybrids of the best sort: a little review, a little history, and with a little behind the scenes in feel. For me, the daily nugget often simply reminds me—ooh, I love that book! Or I click onto the site because she’s written just enough to make me curious about a book I don’t yet know, but want to know about—either to read or to pass to one of my kids or to someone else’s kids.

There is actually a great deal of wonderful action on social media about children’s literature. I can’t help but think of this site though as an essential bookmark or whatever sort if you have interest in children’s literature—or want to be jogged into sweet memories somewhat by surprise. The children’s literature world has recognized Silvey’s importance as she has worn many invaluable hats within it (plus, she wears notable and actual hats). I’m just passing the tip forward.

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a freelance writer and blogger whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine and Salon the Huffington Post, Babble and Ceramics Monthly. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies including The Maternal is Political and Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra. A writer for Preview Massachusetts Magazine, she keeps a personal blog, Standing in the Shadows at the publication’s news site, the Valley Advocate and a tumblr Refractions. She is a sometime contributor to Momfilter. Follow her on twitter–@standshadows or Pinterest.


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