The Phantom is 50 and the Back-Seat Book Club

LP Reads is very excited to host our first guest blogger.  Thank you Kana Ryan for your contribution. 

When looking for a new book to read, I often look to some of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Lamott, Anna Quindlen and Jane Hamilton, just to name a few. As parents, we can help our kids make connections to authors as yet another way to encourage and excite them about reading. A couple of years ago I took my son to see Rick Riordan speak. He was on tour to launch the first book in his new series The Lost Hero – Heroes of Olympus. It was a pleasure to hear him talk about how he got the ideas for his books and to watch my son’s excitement at getting the author’s autograph on his well-loved book, The Lightning Thief. Most authors these days have websites and if they are touring their schedule will be posted there.

As another way to connect young readers to books by great authors, NPR just started the Back-Seat Book Club, a book club for kids. Each month they pick a new book, encourage kid readers to send in questions and then host a discussion with the author. 

For November, NPR picked The Phantom Tollbooth by author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer. The timing is perfect because this year The Phantom Tollbooth is celebrating its 50 year anniversary! 

If you like The Phantom Tollbooth, perhaps you and your child will find yourselves interested in more books by Norton Juster – hint, hint “The Odious Ogre” or more books illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Who knows where your curiosity will take you -- as Milo learns -- enjoy the journey!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE the Phantom Tollbooth. I can't wait for my kids to be old enough for it. Thanks for the NPR info...definitely going to check out the Back-Seat Book Club!

    Kat Holt