I was planning on writing a book review this afternoon but was pulled in a number of other directions instead. That's okay. I can be flexible. (At least, that's what I try to convince myself of when things don't go my way.)
I'm not feeling too badly about the neglected review however because it means that instead I can share with you three book-related things that made me happy today.
First, I absolutely loved this article by Rachael Stein in The Horn Book. In it, she shared how The Penderwicks on Gardam Street helped her daughter through the rough time following her parents' divorce. I thought when Rachael mentioned bibliotherapy that she had coined the term herself in reference to this experience. But no, turns out bibliotherapy is a real type of therapy used to help treat depression. Who knew? (It totally resonates with me though. I often read the same thing over and over again when I'm seeking answers or feel like I need a little lift. This is what I've currently been reading again and again.)
At any rate, her article is worth checking out. Not only do I adore the Penderwicks, but I think Rachael Stein is a great writer. (I love the insights she shares on middle grade novels at For Those About to Mock).
Second, on Publisher's Weekly today, there was an article about a children's songwriter who composes music to go along with books. I have no idea if I would like her style, but the very idea is something I could get behind! Apparently, she already has one album out ("The Little House Songs" to go along with Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House (which our library had a copy of and which, of course, I immediately put on hold)), and she is currently trying to get funding for two more albums.
Last, have I mentioned how much I love Kate DiCamillo (author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane?, etc.)? Oh, I have? Well, did you know she has a new book coming out this fall? It's called Flora & Ulysses, and the summary sounds delightful. I'm just a leeeeeeeeeetle bit excited!