“It’s a match made in book-reading, library-loving heaven. Nancy Pearl, librarian, author and host of Book Lust, has recorded her first children’s audio book, Isabella: Star of the Story by Jennifer Fosberry and illustrated by Mike Litwin. In the story, purple-haired protagonist Isabella takes a trip to the library and imagines herself as characters from classic books.” (via USA Today)
“I’m often asked how I choose the books that I’m going to talk about on Morning Edition’s “Under the Radar” segments. Simple: I just pick some of the titles that I’ve most enjoyed since the last time I was on, without concern for whether they’re fiction or nonfiction, genre or not, or aimed or classified as being for children or teens. Because I am an omnivorous reader, at first glance my choices always seem to me to be completely higgledy-piggledy, with no book bearing any similarity to any other. Certainly some of these books have elements in common. Among Others and The Double Game could both be described as “booky.” America Aflame and Color of Lightning are both about the Civil War. But beyond that, I can’t see much that these titles have in common with one another besides my deep enjoyment of them.”
“It’s no exaggeration to say that a library saved my life. As a child seeking refuge from a difficult family, I found solace at the Parkman Branch Library in Detroit, thanks to a children’s librarian named Miss Frances Whitehead. Through the books she shared with me, and the kindness she showed, she opened my world well beyond the world that I knew. By the time I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up, so that I could do for other people what Miss Whitehead did for me: Inspire them with books that would feed their souls, help them satisfy their curiosity about whatever interested them and make the world a better place.”
via Nancy Pearl
PaidContent – “Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Publishing is launching a new series, “Book Lust Rediscoveries,” curated by librarian and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl. Pearl will select a handful of out-of-print books each year to be republished by Amazon in print and digital formats.”
LJ – “If you don’t want to miss rock star librarian Nancy Pearl in any of her various media formats—book, radio show, television—there’s a new one to track: “Terrible Things.” This dance theater performance based on the life of Pearl’s daughter features “a T-R-I-P inside the many lives of Katie Pearl [right] and her action-figure literary mom,” complemented by dancers, Jiu Jitsu wrestlers, and 1000 marshmallows.”
New York Times – “TEN years ago, Nancy Pearl started a program for public libraries here that she hoped would get adults excited about literature. It was called, â€œIf All of Seattle Read the Same Book.â€ Free copies of â€œThe Sweet Hereafter,â€ a novel about a tragic school bus accident, were distributed to individuals and book clubs. Posters encouraged people to read the book and discuss it at library-sponsored events.”
Jay Leno is doing his Stuff We Found on E-Bay and he brought up the Nancy Pearl action figure. It was going for $15.00 (or something like that) and was not sold.