The Introvert's Book Club
Book clubs, writers, and teachers
are a natural alliance to promote Children's Literacy in the U.S.A.
Clubs - a few words from Linda Pilkington
2010 Arthur Collins and The Three Wishes (Arthur
the Brave!) by Linda Rash Pilkington Available at:
http://www.amazon.com . See
Linda Rash Pilkington's media kit
http://www.citycastlespublishing.com scroll down to MEDIA KIT.
To read a
review of Arthur Collins and the Three Wishes by Prisca Rodriguez,
educator, and writer, please go to:
http://onceuponabook.wordpress.com This is a terrific site
to visit for book reviews. You can follow Prisca on Twitter
@pm_rodriguez for book reviews, teaching news and more!
On June 26th at 11:30 a.m. there will
be a celebration for my mystery/adventure book for ages 8-up, a
celebration where we will announce, Arthur Collins and the
Great American Book Race! A year long event to benefit children's
http://www.citycastlespublishing.com scroll down to
Children's' literacy has an important
place in my heart; I want Arthur Collins and the Three Wishes, and
the book race to help more children become avid, devoted
readers. Children's' Literacy is important for authors whether they
write children's books or college textbooks. Going beyond the
importance of reading, to our children, or even it's
importance to our nation, the author
also has a great stake in literacy, because if the public can't
read, or doesn't want to read, then no one is going to buy her book.
It is astonishing that we spend so
much on education in this country, and still have many who can't
read. Added to schools and teachers' efforts there are
countless other reading programs that address our children's
low reading skills. There are also many Literacy Foundations/organizations
throughout the country that concentrate on reading programs.
Check for yourself, with a simple Google search for "literacy", or
"children's' literacy", and you will be amazed by the number of
foundations and volunteer programs involved. So, we must ask: what
is the problem?
Everyone says that it is not just the
problem of children learning to read, but that they must also want
to read. Many say it is the
competition for children's attention. Television, video games, face book, texting,
and sports; there are too many activities and distractions that
keep kids from reading.
We could make long lists of reasons
that kids either can't read, or don't read -even if they can.
But, I think one of the reasons to put
under, why children don't read, is quite simple: many of the
books kids are given, aren't exciting, or mysterious, or even very
interesting. In fact, a majority of the books that
we are giving to children aren't any fun at all. That is because many children's
writers are now writing books on serious (depressing?) subjects.
That's not entirely bad, but I'm not
sure how big an appetite there is for a constant diet of books with
serious subjects. As an adult, I don't want to be force fed books
that deal with illness, or with every environmental crisis in the
universe. Sometimes I want, and need, to read something else,
something relaxing, something fun, something light, or something mysterious.
I think that children feel the same way.
Read a few of the reviews for kids
books in your newspaper. Most of the books reviewed are
serious. Recently the Denver Post had three reviews, they were
about: kids dealing with disabilities, with illness, or death.
Glance through the books for children in books stores and you may
find somewhat lighter subjects, like saving the whales, or even
SAVING THE PLANET!
We have gone too far. Some writers
don't really write for kids at all, instead, they write for their editors-
and their editors want to read and want to publish books (even fictional
ones) that address serious social issues. The focus of these books
is usually not adventure, rather there is a focus on such subjects/
or strong messages about: civil rights, pleas for diversity, or
various, barely disguised, political messages, or, once again:
SAVING THE PLANET.
As these serious books take over the
kid's book market, kids, who just want an adventure, or a minute or
two when they don't have to: SAVE THE WHALES, or, SAVE THE PLANET,
have decided that reading is boring or depressing. The children have
left these social message books, unread, in their bookcase, and have abandoned reading. They
have gone elsewhere so that they can have a little fun.
I didn't want my book for children,
8-up to be that kind of book. Of course I want it to inspire a
bit, I even hope that my book will stand the test of time, and live
on, down through the years, but mostly I want kids to do what I did
when I read as a child : ESCAPE.
As a child I wanted to lose myself in
the imaginary and compelling world that I found between the covers
of the book. With my book, and with Arthur Collins and the Great
American Book Race, I want children to learn the joy of reading once
again. I want them to read simply because it is fun. I want to take
them on an adventure that will leave them eager to read another
book, and then another.
On June 26,2010 when I read a
selection from my book, I hope that the children who hear my words,
and meet Arthur Collins, won't just want to go home and switch on the
I hope that they will want to escape
into the pages with Arthur Collins, and to travel back with him in time, to the
sixth century, to meet witches, wizards, and Merlin. If they have
fun there, in that world I have created for them, then that will be
the real cause for my celebration. Buy the Book @
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civil people- and that- along with the books -
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