Things I’m Looking Forward To…

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Here are three reasons I’m excited about the “new year” beginning after Labor Day – besides school starting, of course!

1. Another  installment of Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie series is always cause for celebration.  The new one, Happy Pig Day!, will be released on October 4.

2. Martin Scorsese’s big screen version of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick’s 2008 Caldecott-winning novel – or more accurately, a combination of graphic novel, text and picture book. I just watched the official trailer on Youtube which is a good reality check. It looks entertaining, but nowhere near as magical as the book. Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjSNBP4P9RU

3. I’m going to be the first in line (or the first “ON” line) to buy The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales. Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s mysterious and beautiful picture book, this collection of stories sounds truly “amazing.” Authors include: Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, Sherman Alexie and Stephen King.  This is definitely a book I plan to use with our middle school students.

Lots of other books to look forward to — Jack Gantos has a new novel, Dead End in Norvelt, Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6 is out on November 15 and looking way down the road… Jacqueline Kelly, the author of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, is writing a sequel to one of my all-time favorites, The Wind in the Willows. It won’t be out until 2012, but as soon as it’s available to “pre-order,” it’s going into my metaphorical cart.

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