Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This week on Hello Giggles!


Head on over and check out this week's column where I talk about Judy Blume, libraries, YA literature...and menstruation belts. What?! Intrigued?  I'd love to hear your thoughts over there.

xo!

15 comments:

  1. I don't have a facebook so I couldn't comment over on hellogiggles, but this article--seriously. amazing.

    I am so with you--copious visits to the library and stacks of checked-out books were the best (and still are!). the library/reading made me who I am today.

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  2. i love the smell of libraries. i can remember bringing home old books and opening them up, just to take a huge whiff. actually, just thinking about it right now i can remember that old book smell. :)

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  3. you are such a great writer danielle! loved the article!

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  4. Thank you guys so much! I'm happy you enjoyed it!

    @Deanna: I looove that smell. We're such nerds ;)

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  5. This is me 100%. I credit my mom for getting me excited about reading, too, when I was less than 2 years old. Story time before bed was a routine and she used to turn it into a theatrical production, making different voices for all of the characters. I began memorizing the books from hearing them so much, before I could even really read. The first book I real all the way through alone was Green Eggs and Ham and I was so excited about it, that I brought it in to read to my Kindergarten class during show & tell ... imagine my sadness when another girl got up to read it first. Going to the library was such a joy and getting a library card was the biggest thing in the world to me. The power of being able to take out any book I wanted, whenever I wanted? Couldn't beat that. It saddens me that kids these days have no idea what that feels like ... and I'm only 22! Things changed so quickly. Without books I probably would have never thought to become a journalist and would never be considering going back to school to study Education and become and English teacher. My life would have been completely different. I never read Judy Blume, but I did adore the Baby-Sitters Club (I would read two a day during the summer.) There are so many amazing books that I've had the pleasure of reading, I can't even begin to mention them all. One thing that saddens me the most though, is that growing up in New York City apartments has never been conducive to keeping large boxes of anything. Sadly most of my books from that time (and my later teen years) were donated to the public library/a little girl I used to live next door to. While I'm totally sad about that I also like to think that I had a hand in helping a few younger kids learn to love reading as much as I did and always will ... no Kindle necessary. (Your article was great Danielle! I would love to start writing for Hello Giggles myself, it seems to be an incredible experience. How did you get involved?

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  6. I must admit that I am approaching my mid twenties and have just started to love reading. As a kid and even more recent college student, reading meant getting an assignment done or studying...it never meant taking the time for ME.

    Now that all that school stuff has wrapped up, I find myself jumping from one book to the next.

    Loved the read!

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  7. I LOVED the Sleepover Friends! In the 6th grade, my best friend and I dressed like them for Halloween. {We had to dress up as a book character!} I can only hope that my kids grow up loving the musty smell as much as I do....

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  8. One of my biggest fears is that, in the midst of this digital revolution business, my future children will not share my love and appreciation for books. While, like you, I am loving my Kindle, when it comes to reading serious literature or "my old favorites," I want that book in my hands. It's just a different experience. And, for whatever reason, I am terribly attached to the notion that my children will be really, er, lacking, if they don't grow up in a world/environment that values that experience.

    PS: I totally love that "old book smell" that appalled your Sophomores so.

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  9. I just loved your post on hellogiggles. I myself loved reading books as a child and still do as an adult. My favorites growing up were Baby Sitters Club, Nancy Drew, all of Judy Blumes and VC Andrews. I read to my son as a young child and he loved it however since he is a teenager now he's not much into reading unless it is Japanese comic book.

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  10. Such a great article!

    I have always loved books and I loved the library, as a child I would be in there at least once a week and also came out with arm fulls of books.

    I hate to think of libraries and actual books getting lost within the digital age, where everything is just at the end of a download.

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  11. You CAN make your child love the library. My son is 2 1/2 and every Sunday we make a trip to the library. He LOVES it!! He is obsessed with books and if he wants to check out 10-15 books at a time I let him!! He is so happy with his library books and he makes sure I read EVERY SINGLE ONE to him at night! Sometimes I am so sleepy and not in book reading mode and I try to sneak one book out of his huge pile but he REMEMBERS how many books he picked out and goes crazy if one is missing! So we read, read, read, EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!

    P.S. Libraries smell yummy and my favorites were RL Stine (since they were the "cool" books), and Beverly Cleary!

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  12. No love for the library!?! WTH!
    I still get such a rush going there with the boys. And shoot, it's one of the last great free things in life. come on now!

    And Sweet Valley High & The Babysitters Club, oh man! I lived for those series, and I haven't thought about them in so long. Thanks for the flashback!

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  13. Great article, I think about that all the time.
    And it's kind of weird the connection I have with libraries, I feel like they're all so familiar to me, even when it's the first time I'm there.

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  14. Great! I live in a small town (full of kids!) and I library has been closed for a year. It's set to open again this July! You got me excited!

    Kacie
    A Collection of Passions
    http://www.acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love reading your HG articles. You have a great writers voice that is so relatable. Excellent work!

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