Longtime ACLers will be particularly happy to know about former member Kathleen Odean’s new nonfiction blog, available at http://www.greatcommoncorenonfiction.com/ For newer members, Kathleen is the author of 4 guides to children’s books: Great Books for Girls, Great Books for Boys, Great Books about Things Kids Love, and Great Books for Babies and Toddlers. She now lives on the east coast and presents all-day workshops on young adult books. She is also working with author Marc Aronson and other “champions of nonfiction literature for children and young adults” at the blog The Uncommon Corps, which is a good source of information about nonfiction AND the new Common Core Standards that have been mentioned at recent meetings.
Submitted by Elizabeth Overmyer
Author Jean Merrill Dies: Jean Merrill died on August 2 at the age of 89. Merrill, well known for her classic THE PUSHCART WAR (Scott, l964) also collaborated with her lifelong companion Ronni Solbert, the original illustrator of the classic BRONZEVILLE BOYS AND GIRLS by Gwendolyn Brooks (HarperCollins, 1956). For more information, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/books/jean-merrill-childrens-book-writer-dies-at-89.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper .
Submitted by Ruth I. Gordon