June 30, 2015
Is Wattpad good for kids?
My oldest son is a fairly typical 13-year-old. His room is a mess, he fights with his brothers, he loves to go hiking (with friends, not parents) and he stays up very late at night.
He used to stay up late reading books and I could always pat myself on the back and think, “He may be tired but at least he’s reading!” Now, though, he stays up late on the computer.
“You should be reading!” I called to him the other night as I passed his brightly lit room on the way to my own bed.
“I am reading!” he called back. “And I’m writing my own book.”
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am
America's Center Convention Complex, Convention Plaza, Saint Louis, MO, United States
Come visit Nomad Press at ILA. Stop by booth 1442, and check out our new titles, enter to win 10 free books and take advantage of our show specials, author signings and more.
Show runs July 18 through July 20, 2015.
“The ability to READ, WRITE, and COMMUNICATE connects people and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible.
It truly is the basis of who we are and how we interact with the world.”
June 26, 2015
Have I mentioned how much we love librarians? Librarians have been on my mind this week because of the ALA conference. Every day I send out tweets about the Nomad booth at ALA (Booth 1337! Stop by! Great show deals!) and how we love librarians.
I love librarians both as bridges between Nomad Press books and Nomad Press readers, but also because I was a quiet child who lived in a house with a lot of people much older than me. I needed books and I was lucky enough to have librarians who helped me find those books. A Wrinkle in Time, A House With a CLock in Its Walls, Ballet Shoes, The Children of Green Knowe–all books I may have never found were it not for librarians.
And now as a mom, I get to watch librarians introduce my sons to the books they love.
One of my best friends is a children’s librarian and my go-to person if I need a book to interest my sporty middle child or a YA book to indulge myself with over a weekend. I asked her what she loves about her job.
“The kids,” was her immediate response. And then she told a story about a girl who just graduated from high school and showed up at the library the very next day, asking for book recommendations for the summer. “I’ve been recommending books to this girl since she was five!” my friend said. “To have had the privilege of playing that role… it’s an honor.”
My librarian also loves the books. I haven’t met a good librarian who doesn’t! She loves books and loves to see them land in the arms of kids who will love them as well.
Another thing she loves is how being a librarian gives her the chance to be cutting edge. Good librarians are forever on the lookout for good ideas, and not just those ideas concerning books. Librarians understand that resources need to be used with an eye toward the future and they make decisions about services with the next decade in mind. The needs of today will not be the same as those of tomorrow, and librarians are on it.
If you’ve made it to the ALA conference this year, have a blast. Visit our booth, pick up some great deals, and let us know what you think of our books. We trust your opinions, because we love librarians.
June 23, 2015
How to Become Better at Your Job Without Really Meaning To
Professional development—that’s such a dry phrase, isn’t it? Imagine if we called school “academic development.” Doesn’t quite trigger thoughts of inspired learning and creative thinking, does it?