Thursday, January 03, 2008

Three Cheers for the Stinky Cheese Man!!

If you haven't heard, Stinky Cheese Man author, Jon Scieszka has been named the National Ambassador for Children's Books by the library of congress. Check it out

What a fabulous idea! Kudos to the Library of Congress, too!

I love what Jon has to say about demonizing television (and why we should be careful about that) and about what kids should be allowed to read. As a teacher, I have fielded that question many times. If a kid wants to read Captain Underpants, let him. He's reading! A child will have lots of time to read stuff because he has to. Let him start by reading stuff because he wants to. If we make it a chore, it will always be a chore. If we are solid, loving, nurturing parents with a decent moral compass of our own, odds are pretty good our kids will have that too.

We recently had a stink at our school about the Philip Pullman books. My son loves the first one, and I will let him read all of them. We have given him a firm grounding in faith essentials and trust him to come to his own thoughtful conclusions. But that's another topic for another day.

Big congratulations to Jon Scieska. May you stink up the country and put a million more books in the hands of children! Check out more of his wonderful work HERE


  1. Thanks for the link. I love his site. Did you check out the harvester ants (ant) at the bottom?

    I agree - let the kids read! I haven't read Pullman or seen the movie but I do think we make much too big a deal over some of these things!

    Hope you soon have news on hubby's job. Hickory, maybe?

  2. Thanks, Joyce! For now it's a no from Hickory, but they have him on their short list, so who knows? I'll keep you posted!

  3. Hey there! Sorry I haven't been around in a while.

    My kids have all loved The Stinky Cheeseman! It's a favourite around here. Congrats to Jon!

  4. I am so happy for JS -- I LOVED the Stinky CHeese Man -- it remains one of my fav pbs to this day.

  5. I love Jon Scieszka, too. My 5th graders are doing author studies and one of my boys chose Jon Scieszka. That's fine by me! Somebody else is doing Dav Pilkey and that's fine, too. I love Scieszka's Time Warp Trio books.

  6. Love SCM. As do my kids. Thanks for the links!


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