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Issue One - November 23, 2000

Welcome to the first issue of Doug's Reading Corner Newsletter. First, I would like to thank the over 14,000 visitors to my site since January 12, 1999. Reading is an important part of our children's lives and I appreciate your interest.

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Doug's Reading Corner was recently given a Teacher's Corner Award of Excellence and also named an edHelper Honor Roll Site. 

Spotlight On Cynthia Leitich Smith

This up and coming author will wow you with her debut picture book. JINGLE DANCER is an amazing conglomeration of lyrical prose and vivid water-colors. The book is about Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek)-Ojibwe (Chippewa) girl. She wants to perform a traditional jingle dance at the upcoming powwow, but she needs four sets of jingles. Her dilemma takes her on a journey to the homes of four women. These women include a traditional storyteller and a lawyer. Jenna eventually collects all four jingles and remembers the four women as she dances. Reading the author's note gives even more insight into Muscogee traditions. Look for the review at

 Cynthia also runs Cynthia Leitich Smith Children's Literature Resources. Her award-winning site features children's and young adult literature bibliographies, author-illustrator interviews, publishing and library news, and curriculum information. There is an extensive list of author interviews conducted by Cynthia and others.

What's Next?
The reviews of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and Peacebound Train by Haemi Balgassi will be arriving within the next few weeks. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg will be reviewed by the end of December. I am currently adding links to web sites about authors and llustrators under many book reviews. My links page will be finished by late January.  Happy Holidays, and I'll see you in February.

All the best,

Issue Two - November 11, 2001

Welcome to the second issue of The Scratchboard. This issue will discuss eBooks, Dougs FDNY Memorial Corner, and upcoming reviews. All links in newsletter are bold and underlined.

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9/11/2001 Resources & Memorials
It was not the original intent of Dougs Reading Corner to develop memorial web pages, but I decided I needed to recognize the fallen. The main sub-section includes a list of charities to which you can contribute. I have also listed several children's books recommended by the APA that discuss the loss of loved ones. Also listed are sites that help adults and children in dealing with tragedies.

Three memorial pages exist right now. Included are Doug's FDNY Memorial Corner, Doug's NYPD Memorial Corner, and Dougs Port Authority Memorial Corner . You are also invited to visit my FDNY, NYPD & Port Authority Memorial Message Board (no longer exists). More memorials will be arriving as numbers that are more accurate can be obtained about those lost.

You may be asking yourself, "What is an eBook?" An eBook is a digitally reproduced book that can be viewed on your Mac, PC, or portable reader. Gemstar produces portable eBook readers that can store up to 10 novels.

Microsoft Reader and Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader are the two main software-based eBook readers available for your PC or Mac. The best part is these programs are FREE to download. Amazon and Barnes & Noble also provide links to download sites.

With Microsoft Reader can bookmark pages, add notes, add drawings, and highlight text. Font size and many other features are adjustable. The Encarta Pocket Dictionary can also added to Microsoft Reader. You need to register for a Microsoft® .NET Passport to activate Microsoft Reader. Microsoft also offers a Kids Passport that parents can control. I have not used the Kids Passport, so you might want to review its agreements before use.

Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader has a few more features than Microsoft Reader which are easily adjusted from the main viewing window. You can bookmark pages, add notes, and highlight text. Text can be sharpened or you can zoom in on the page. You can rotate the page or view two pages at one time.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble have a handful of eBooks available for young readers. Many more are released each day. netLibrary also loans thousands of eBooks through their site. They can be read on-line or with neLibrary eBook Reader that you can download off their site. Go to How to Create a neLibrary Account to read more about the service. Not many children's books are available at neLibrary.

What's Next?
I am currently working on reviews for The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Olivia Saves The Circus by Ian Falconer, and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. If you would like to receive e-mail updates about new services or sites about children's literature join my mailing list <>.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

All the best,
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