About Me

My name is Genevieve Woods and in addition to being the mother of an adorable preschooler named Oscar and his adorable toddler brother Henry, I am the Children's Buyer at Spellbinder Books, a small independent bookstore in Bishop, California. I am often asked by customers for recommendations...and thus the idea for this blog was sparked.

Many sites recommending books for kids are created by librarians and non-profits. While these are great sites, they often recommend out-of-print books. This site is all about the great books that are available now! While I am not being paid for these recommendations, I would appreciate it if readers would purchase the books I recommend from local independent bookstores, or even B&N. Basically don't buy from the evil empire (A_A_O_), because if you do much of our literary knowledge will be lost.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Classic Classics!

The U.K. and U.S. divisions of Puffin Books have cooperated to publish new editions of unabridged puffin classics specifically for children! While a fancy new cover might not seem like a big deal, in the world of selling books, IT IS!

Which version of Treasure Island do you think a 13-year-old would prefer to read?

The Old Version
or The New Version

I'm 32, but I still would much rather read the boxy red book with a skull and crossbones on the cover. It doesn't hurt that Eoin Colfer, of Artemis Fowl fame, has written the introduction. Each classic has an introduction written by a famous children's author of today; I have a habit of skipping introductions, but these might actually be interesting. I also prefer the price of the new book, an astonishing $4.99 compared to the older edition's $7.00. It is rare to see book prices go down these days.

In addition the majority of these classics are recommended as summer reading by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a government agency that promotes research, education, and public programs in the humanities. They sound too good to be true, I bet their funding just got cut. Anyway the NEH has a summer reading list, and the following classics are on it:

by Frank L. Baum
introduction by Cornelia Funke (author of Inkheart)
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
introduction by Sophi Dahl (granddaughter of Roald Dahl)
by Anna Sewell
introduction by Meg Rosoff (author of How I Live Now)
by Kenneth Grahame
introduction by Brian Jacques (author of Redwall)
by Louisa May Alcott
introduction by Luise Rennison (author of Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
by Jack London
introduction by Melvin Burgess (author of Junk)
by Robert Louis Stevenson
introduction by Eoin Colfer (author of Artemis Fowl)
by Mark Twain
introduction by Richard Peck (author of A Year Down Yonder)
by Mark Twain
introduction by Darren Shan (author of Cirque Du Freak)

No comments:

Post a Comment