"All around them there was nothing but grassy prairie spreading to the edge of the sky": Little House on the Prairie as Sacred Text

As part of my "History of Children's Literature Publishing" course I'm working on multiple projects over the course of the semester relating to Laura Ingalls Wilder's 1935 novel Little House on the Prairie which is the third book published in what would become the eight book Little House series. This is the first of multiple blog posts that will stem from those projects.

Celebrating Children’s Book Week

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week. Held in May since 2008, Children's Book Week seeks to celebrate books for young people and the joy of reading.I dream of bookstore and library events (both planning and attending), although I did attend a great on campus discussion event about diverse literature hosted by the Children's and Adolescent Literature Community. However, since it's almost finals week, and I still live (happily!) in the middle-of-nowhere, the best way I can celebrate Children's Book Week is by sharing a week's worth of my favorite children's books

#7BooksILove: The Explanation Behind My Twitter Challenge

In the early days of my final semester of my senior year at Kansas State University, I was tagged in a twitter challenge. My editor-in-chief at the K-State Collegian, Kaylie McLaughlin, tagged me in the #7BooksILove challenge. It’s pretty easy, seven book covers in seven days. But, the catch is “no explanations, no reviews - just the cover.” You’re also supposed to challenge someone new each day you participate in the challenge; I didn’t do that because I don’t like to tag people in things on line. However, now that the challenge is behind me. It’s time to give the explanation and reviews for the covers I chose.