Every year I make a bunch of New Year's resolutions and this year is no different. I've decided to ditch the annual "floss daily" one and add something more captivating (and hopefully more achievable). The most fun resolutions I make are all about reading and in 2018, I plan to read more non-fiction for kids and teens. My nerdy librarian side has decided that I will take one "Dewey century" per month (which leaves me two months to read something else!) and explore books that provide inspiration for careers and vocations within each range. I'm not talking about books like the super useful, but not super stimulating, Occupational Outlook Handbook, but books about interesting people doing interesting things. I randomly came across a book about Maya Lin recently, so decided to start with architects and artists,
thus books from the 700-799 Dewey range were on my nightstand in January. I loved Maya Lin: Thinking Wtih Her Hands, a small, perfectly packaged book about Lin and some of her most famous projects like the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C. I knew exactly nothing about another architect, I.M. Pei, until I read I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place and Purpose. What a fascinating guy! Beyond these two books, I read a number of picture book biographies for younger budding architects and artists. You can find the list here. So if you know some kids who love their L-squares, mechanical pencils and paint brushes, hand them a few of these books and see where they go!
P.S. I'd love to hear about YOUR reading resolutions for 2018!