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C-U Haiku Jan. 27, 2013

Snowflakes floating down,

accompanied by the soft sounds

of honking geese.

— Pat Gallahue, Rantoul


Centennial senior self-publishes science-fiction fantasy novel for young adults

CHAMPAIGN — For Centennial senior Lauren Burnham, publishing a science-fiction fantasy novel for young adults is the realization of a dream she has had since fifth grade, and has worked on since eighth grade.


Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Jan. 20, 2013

Here's a lovely poem for the caregivers among us, by Terri Kirby Erickson, who lives in North Carolina.

Sponge Bath

Draped in towels,

my grandmother sits in a hard-backed

chair, a white bowl

of soapy water on the floor.

She lifts her frail arm, then rests it,

gratefully, in her daughter's palm.

Gliding a wet

washcloth, my mother's hand


Starting the year with a reading resolution

One of my favorite tools as a reader is Goodreads.com. It's a great resource for keeping track of books you've read and books you want to read, and a fun way to see what your friends are reading.


C-U Haiku

Sleet at nightfall ...

he cloaks himself

in a garbage bag

— Charlotte Digregorio,

Winnetka


Margo Dill: Author's ghost story is a page turner

Helen Dunmore is an accomplished writer of both adult and children's books. Her latest literary contribution is "The Greatcoat," a ghost story (for adults) set both in Great Britain in World War II and in 1952.


Newbery should go to 'Liar and Spy' writer

"Liar and Spy" by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb 2012) has my vote as the next Newbery winner, the highest honor given to a middle grade book.

We'll know what the committee decides on Monday. I haven't read everything this year, so I might have missed something, but this is a great novel, as are all of Stead's three novels.


C-U Haiku

Snow alights on bushes,

covers a white pine's branches

and softens the chill.

— Sybil Kellogg, Loda


Some books to remember from 2012

Every year, it seems like every publication puts out its own best of the year list. This year was no exception, and we saw a lot of the same titles on the lists: "Gone Girl," "Bring Up the Bodies," "Wild" and "The Power of Habit."


Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Jan. 13, 2013

Kansas is flat, and we all know that. So, where does a boy go when he feels like sledding down a hill? Casey Pycior, raised in Kansas, tells us.

Sledding in Wichita

As cars pass, laboring through the slush,

a boy, bundled against the stiff wind

in his snow suit, gloves, and scarf,

leans on his upright toboggan,

waiting his turn atop