November 21, 2017

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Archives for July 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. illus. by Mary GrandPré. 759p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. 2007. Tr $34.99. ISBN 978-0-545-01022-1; PLB $39.99. ISBN 978-0-545-02936-0. LC 2007925449.

Gr 6 Up–In this concluding volume, Rowling brings together the themes and characters familiar to her readers, providing thrills both expected and unexpected. Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out on the mission left to Harry by Albus Dumbledore, to search for the remaining Horcruxes, the hidden pieces of Voldemort’s soul that must […]

The Odd Couple: Interview with Laura Vaccaro Seeger | Under Cover

Laura Vaccaro Seeger on ‘Dog and Bear: Two Friends · Three Stories’

Is Dog and Bear autobiographical?

Yeah. I’m dog. And Neal Porter, my editor, is Bear.

You’re the spontaneous and impulsive one, and he’s deliberate and reflective?

Definitely. It all started because he was at my house one day, and I was distracted with children and house stuff. So he went into the living room, and I had this multicolored stuffed bear on this high, tall chair. I came in looking for Neal, […]

Read to Me! Summer Reading for Preschoolers | First Steps

Summer reading programs are now catering to the preschool set

Summer reading in libraries all over the country originated as a vacation-time activity for school-aged children. Now many libraries are extending the fun to the preschool crowd as well. "It’s never too early for books" is a message we share with parents year-round. So why not emphasize it in our summer reading materials, too?

At Multnomah County Library, we’ve added a new prize to our summer reading treasure chest: onesies with the […]

Games… in the Library? | The Gaming Life

Video games support the curriculum and develop a new form of literacy

Are video games and literacy adversaries in school libraries? Do video games lack content and the ability to help students achieve educational goals? Many librarians are reluctant to add video games to their collections or even to allow game play on library computers. However, in the 35 years since the release of Pong, video games have come a long way. They have developed the ability to teach difficult concepts […]

It Takes Three to Tango | Scales on Censorship

A picture book about penguins (of all things) has some folks upset

Our superintendent has removed Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s And Tango Makes Three (S & S, 2005) from our library. He had heard that the picture book, which tells the story of a same-sex penguin couple and their child, had been challenged by some school and public libraries. Since nobody in our district has questioned the book’s content, is the superintendent’s response appropriate?

No, his actions aren’t appropriate. There’s a […]

Reviewing the Reviewers | Consider the Source

Nobody ever said that bound galleys were meant to be perfect

I’ve often heard reviewers, librarians, and even teens grumble about the mistakes they’ve discovered in bound galleys or advanced readers copies: typos, misspellings, missing indexes, out-of-order citations—you name it. (In my most recent book, on Robert F. Kennedy, some readers complained that the galley didn’t include any photographs.) Of course, it’s true that reviewers need to be alert, skeptical, and meticulous. But there’s a good reason why the cover of […]

12 Kids’ Albums You Can’t Live Without

Is it Time to Update Your Albums for Really Young Listeners?

Has a parent or teacher asked your advice about the best new CDs for members of the preschool set? Well, you’re in luck.

In the last 10 years, the once-comatose children’s music scene has been resuscitated, starting with its performers. Many musicians who were rockers in a former lifetime (from Dan Zanes to Elizabeth Mitchell) are now parents, and they’re writing some terrific tunes for children. And these folks are just […]