As I read to my children when they were small, I not only became reacquainted with familiar characters like the protagonist in Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew, but I also met many new ones that I thoroughly enjoyed. If readers think children's lit is simple or simplistic, they can check out two of my recent favorites, Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.
I would also like to mention the letter in this month's issue that takes you to task for printing a "boring" Have You Read feature in a prior issue. Though I have been an avid reader for a good 50 years, I am just now reading the works of Jane Austen and have Of Human Bondage on my TBR list. The Have You Read column often acts as a reminder of those books that I still want to read but haven't gotten to yet.
I look forward, with highlighter in hand, to every issue of Bookmarks.
As a high school library teacher, I cheer your decision to include reviews of YA titles in future issues. As a professional with almost 30 years of experience, I have, over the years, read many teen books that are, as my book-loving students say, "amazing."
Librarian, Lakeland High School LaGrange, Indiana