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Archives for April 2010

Beverly Cleary Turns 94

Librarian turned Newbery award-winning author Beverly Cleary turns 94 today, and her birthday is celebrated across the country on National D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. The inspiration for D.E.A.R. Day came from a scene in Newbery honor book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, where Ramona gets to enjoy reading with her class.

School Library Journal caught up with Cleary, who makes her home in coastal California—and collected some heartfelt birthday messages from some those in […]

How to Save the World: Kids are the Earth’s best hope–and librarians can play a special role

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

One of the most remarkable experiences I’ve had in a quarter century of journalism was my journey with a rugged crew of climate and Arctic scientists to the sea ice around the warming North Pole. It was that 2003 assignment for The New York Times that inspired me to start writing about the environment for young as well as mature audiences.

The pole story had layers of significance for people of all ages. The untouchable, forbidding Arctic […]

The Missing Links: Ereaders, the iPad–Is That All There Is?

The device industry is blowing a great opportunity to revolutionize reading

Illustration by Leo Acadia

What makes me nervous about ebooks and the crop of ebook readers from Apple, Amazon, and Sony, isn’t what you might expect. Digital rights management (DRM) and pricing schemes don’t worry me. These are mostly imposed by the publishers, and we saw how this played out in music with the market eventually lowering prices and pulling back on DRM. And I’m certainly not worried that ereaders […]

Knock Poetry Off the Pedestal: It’s time to make poems a part of children’s everyday lives

Illustration by Wesley Bedrosian.

It was last October, and I was feeling self-congratulatory. I had already booked the 11 participants for the next “Poetry Blast,” the reading by children’s poets at the American Library Association’s annual conference. Once again, we were going to spread the good word that poetry is an aural art.

Then I got an email from Richie Partington, friend, critic, and kids’ lit missionary. He’d been invited to teach a class on children’s and young adult poetry at […]

2010 ALSC Notable Videos and Recordings for Children & Great Interactive Software for Kids

The Notable Children’s Videos, Recordings, and Great Interactive Software for Kids lists are compiled annually by committees of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). These lists were released in January 2010 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, MA. The items on these lists, intended for children 14 years of age and younger, were selected based on their originality, creativity, and suitability for children.

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Abraham Lincoln Comes Home. DVD. 10:08 […]

We’re Just Wild About Harry | Nonfiction Booktalker

Master magician Harry Houdini still fascinates and mystifies kids of all ages

Wherever I go to do a booktalk, children still know his name. Not his real name, but the name he gave himself, the name that still haunts, fascinates, and mystifies: Harry Houdini.

What razzle-dazzle fixed the name Houdini in the public memory so firmly that it’s still remembered more than 80 years after his final disappearing act? Sid Fleischman tells us in Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini (Greenwillow, […]

It’s a Long Story: Poet Joyce Sidman’s ‘Ubiquitous’ celebrates evolution’s winners | Under Cover

Photograph by Steve Niedorf.

Ubiquitous features poems about some of nature’s most successful survivors, including bacteria (which are almost four billion years old), sharks, and squirrels. I was stunned to learn that 99 percent of all species that have ever existed are now extinct.

I know. When I found that out, I felt the same way. There have been so many books about endangered species and why they die out. I was interested in why certain groups of organisms thrive.

Did you […]

Voice of Reason: When can educators make recordings of kids’ books? | Carrie on Copyright

One of our teachers received a grant to buy iPods to record her reading children’s books. She plans to share the recordings with her students so they can follow along with the stories. Although audio versions of the books can be purchased from iTunes, is this a fair use?

—Linda Bilyeu, information technology and library media specialist
Bend-La Pine Schools, Bend, OR

Given the number of questions that I receive on this topic, it’s obvious that this is a common practice in K–12 […]

It’s a Long Story: Poet Joyce Sidman’s ‘Ubiquitous’ celebrates evolution’s winners

Ubiquitous features poems about some of nature’s most successful survivors, including bacteria (which are almost four billion years old), sharks, and squirrels. I was stunned to learn that 99 percent of all species that have ever existed are now extinct.

I know. When I found that out, I felt the same way. There have been so many books about endangered species and why they die out. I was interested in why certain groups of organisms thrive.

Did you discover anything amazing?

One of […]