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Let your child tear book pages

America’s Editor, age 3

With apologies to librarians

Let children read to you.

Let children read in private.

Let children tear the pages of a book in their eagerness to read the story.

Let children drag a book around behind them by a center page as if it were a stuffed animal.

Let children paw the pages and rest their entire body weight on the spine.

Let children feel as if the book is an extension of themselves.

The 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style is out

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition

My favorite style manual has a new edition! This is my most anticipated book release of 2017.

The publisher released the following information:

This seventeenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has been prepared with an eye toward how we find, create, and cite information that readers are as likely to access from their pockets as from a bookshelf. It offers updated guidelines on electronic workflows and publication formats, tools for PDF annotation and citation management, web accessibility standards, and effective use of metadata, abstracts, and keywords. It recognizes the needs of those who are self-publishing or following open access or Creative Commons publishing models. The citation chapters reflect the ever-expanding universe of electronic sources—including social media posts and comments, private messages, and app content—and also offer updated guidelines on such issues as DOIs, time stamps, and e-book locators.

Other improvements are independent of technological change. The chapter on grammar and usage includes an expanded glossary of problematic words and phrases and a new section on syntax as well as updated guidance on gender-neutral pronouns and bias-free language. Key sections on punctuation and basic citation style have been reorganized and clarified. To facilitate navigation, headings and paragraph titles have been revised and clarified throughout. And the bibliography has been updated and expanded to include the latest and best resources available.

See the full press release here.

End library fines for overdue kids’ books

In a pilot program last year, Rochester got rid of overdue fees for children’s materials. The result was a “10 percent increase in library cards issued and more materials being checked out.” Imagine that.

The program is now permanent. “The idea is to remove barriers to reading. Young people no longer have to worry about losing library privileges because of overdue fees.”

Some might argue that there is a sense of responsibility being taught in late fees. However, kids are usually at the mercy of their caregivers for transportation. When a library book is returned is not up to the child.

My main happiness over this news is for the slower readers—the kids who are learning, improving, and savoring.

I hope more libraries follow suit. You can read the AP article here.

Summer reading suggestions

If you’re looking for a beach read this summer, I recommend Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and Chemistry: A Novel by Weike Wang. I especially recommend Chemistry if you’re looking for something moving and uniquely written that won’t depress you while you’re on vacation.

George R.R. Martin’s copy editor is too busy to edit Winds of Winter

I wasn’t able to find a non-editor in my daily life who found this funny. Maybe it requires knowledge of the way GRRM has kept us waiting for his next installment. Maybe it requires knowledge of what copy editors do. Maybe it requires knowledge of the way all editors feel about editing (hint: passionate).

So, this humor post by Tyler Schmall is primarily for editors and copy editors. Read the entire article on Mashable.

“In all honesty the book has been done for like a year now, they’re just waiting for me to look it over and edit it. And honestly I wish I could. But I am just slammed at the moment. I’m like so behind on emails, and I got like three documentary series I still gotta watch. (Don’t you even think about spoiling The Keepers for me haha.) I barely have time for anything right now, and now you want me to copy edit this mammoth of a book just because YOU want to know what happens in the next installment of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy thriller saga A Song of Ice and Fire, a book series unlike anything in the cultural zeitgeist before?

That’s kind of selfish of you, don’t you think? I’m doing my best.”

The Sound of Serendipity Cover Release

The Sound of Serendipity

Check out the beautiful new cover for Cynthia A. Rodriguez‘s upcoming book, The Sound of Serendipity. The cover was beautifully designed by artist Hang Le. The Sound of Serendipity is set to release April 2016. Read the synopsis below.

So many things can happen to a person on a Central Park bench.

For Emerson Kingsley, falling in love happened, despite her broken monster of a heart.

Emerson knows more about listening than she does about love, whether it’s listening to artists as a music producer or listening to stories as she people watches.

Months of watching Maddox Bailey from a park bench are to blame for her infatuation. In her mind, the moment they meet will be spectacular if she ever finds the nerve to speak to him.

But when the two share an awkward cab ride, she realizes that maybe fantasies are meant to stay that way.

The only problem is, now that they’ve met, he keeps popping up in her life. Each time he does, Emerson finds the real-life Maddox to be better than anything she could’ve dreamed—sexy, passionate, and sweeter than his chocolate brown eyes.

A woman in love with possibilities meets a man determined to make them happen.

Currently reading: The Snow Child

The Snow Child

I’ll be traveling to a cold and snowy place for a couple of weeks, so I read a cold and snowy story in preparation. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was on my reading list for years, and maybe that anticipation gave me too high expectations for this book.  It is a well-written story that takes its time. It was enjoyable and has the quality of a fable or fairy tale. It didn’t alter my life, but it did prepare me for snow.

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