The Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac has become one of my favorites in my Google Reader. And by ‘favorite,’ I admit I don’t read every word. Every day a new book is posted in connection to a holiday, historical event, or cultural observation. In January I was particularly thrilled with Penguin Appreciation Day and Squirrel Appreciation Day (go Scaredy!). I appreciate websites that remind me it’s okay to say, ‘have you thanked your penguin today?’ I like whimsy.
So today is Scott O’Dell and Island of the Blue Dolphins. I haven’t read this one in a long time, but when I think of it, it’s with the same feeling I get when I think of Hunger Games. Absolute awe of author’s craft. And so I decided to read today’s post instead of just appreciating the story that was coming through my RSS feed. You should go read it now. Right now. It’s a lovely tribute to an author who I knew nothing about before today. Now I can admire Island of the Blue Dolphins and the author’s craft I admire so much just a little bit more.
If you haven’t started a RSS feed reader, you should.
And then you too can say, “have you thanked your penguin today?”