Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chapter & Verse Book Club at Red Balloon Bookstore for adults who love children's books

This would be me! Although I'm not and have never been a children's librarian, ah how I do love the books. Perhaps because I had access to libraries (school only) beginning in about sixth grade, books written for that age and a bit younger and a bit older are always enjoyable to me.

There was an article in the paper a week or so ago on this club and I have kept it in the back of my mind because I'd love to go.

From Red Balloon's web site:

It's a Book Club!
Good News for Children’s Literature Enthusiasts!

Beginning February 19 and continuing on the third Thursday of each month, a book club for adults who love to read and discuss children’s literature will meet at The Red Balloon Bookshop from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The club, called Chapter & Verse, is co-sponsored by Children’s Literature Network and The Red Balloon Bookshop. Membership in Chapter & Verse is free. Participants who attend meetings at The Red Balloon Bookshop will receive a 20% discount on the price of book-club titles.

Discussions about children’s and young-adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry will be led by Gail Nordstrom, who is the youth services supervisor at Stillwater Public Library. Gail served on the 2002 Newbery Award Committee for the American Library Association and has organized metro-area Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Award mock discussions for teachers and librarians since 1997.

The titles for the February 19 meeting are: Madapple, a mystery for young-adult readers by Christine Medrum, and How I Learned Geography, a picture book by Uri Shulevitz.

Visit to find the book list (under the Events heading) for the next several months.


  1. go! Gail is my hero in the library world--she makes you want to read the phone book!

  2. Thanks Carol! If she can make me want to read the phone book, just imagine how wondrous the actual book club selections will be :)