From the “things I should have blogged a while ago” files (and yes, there’s more coming.)

We love books. We love movies too. And so we love books that have been turned into movies, right? Well, not always. Sometimes they turn out to be somewhat disappointing. Or disturbing. Or hilarious. Or all three. There are approximately 1.7 million web pages that’ll help you discover which books have been turned into movies.

I know that each time a movie comes out that’s based on a book we have in our library, there’s going to be a waiting list to borrow the book. What a great way to hook kids in to reading, to start conversations about the stories we love (or not, as the case may be), to compare and rate the movies versus the books they’re based on (which reminds me, did you see Friday’s TV screening of The City of Ember? I have two words for you: giant mole. What the… what?!)

So now, from the people who brought us Nerdfighters comes a new intiative: ReadIt1st.(H/T to fellow geeky reader @Marama!) Here you can make a pledge to “read the book before you see the movie whenever humanly possible”. But there’s more to it than that – sign up to receive the ReadIt1st newsletter and you’ll get info about upcoming books-into-movies delivered to your mailbox. So you can make sure you’ve got the books your kids are going to want to read, and then start those conversations!

  1. #1 by Carole Gardiner on September 19, 2011 - 11:48 PM

    This is a great website, thank you Miriam! It will be a great one to share with students, and also for me to get a heads up as to which movies based on books are in the pipeline. I had a quick look at the first ReadIt1st newsletter, and it’s by the wonderful John Green! (author of Looking for Alaska and Papertowns). How cool is that?

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