Incoming Books & Related Shopping

Had a lovely lunch today with Page (who’s moving to San Francisco; sigh!) at Green Pastures and swung by the P.O. to pick up my mail.

Highlights included the Levenger and Culture for Kids catalogs.

Levenger offers “tools for serious readers;” pricey, but it’s fun to flip pages and drool. Occasionally, I’ll order a holiday gift for, say, my wonderful agent.

Culture For Kids calls itself “your best resource for language & culture” books, videos, CDs, crafts, dolls, and music. It’s a good place to look for multicultural materials, and they’re kind enough to sell all three of my titles.

I also received postcards highlighting:

Alec’s Primer by Mildred Pitts Walter, illustrated by Larry Johnson (The Vermont Folklife Center Children’s Book Series, 2004)(ages 6-10). “Alec’s Primer recounts how a young Viriginia slave learned to read from his owner’s granddaughter in this uplifting tale of defiance and endurance. Based on the true story of Alec Turner (1845-1923), father of Daisy Turner (Daisy and the Doll).

That Blessed Christmas Night by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Deborah Perez-Stable (Abingdon Press, 2004)(ages 4-up). “The wonder of the first Christmas is seen thorugh the eyes of children as they put on costumes and reenact that holy night. In gentle rhyming words and heartfelt illustrations, the children sing their praises of the Child and invite us to sing along.”

Dori also has another new title: Momma, Will You? by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Viking, 2004)(ages 4-up). “A little boy is eager to show his baby sister all the wonderful things in the world–feeding the hen, milking the cow, or cuddling with the puppy. Lilting rhymes and heart-warming art capture a growing child’s curiousity and a mother’s tireless love.”

And I’m adding the oh-so timely My Teacher for President by Kay Winters, illustrated by Denise Brunkus (Scholastic, 2004)(ages 4-up) to my IN pile.

In my personal news, I redeemed my exciting $50 gift certificate prize from Emeralds on a pair of black-and-white pumps, which I may wear to the NCTE publishers’ party. (By the way, I disagree with the customer on citysearch; the service has always been great when I’ve shopped there).