September 24, 2017

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Rocco Staino

About Rocco Staino

Rocco Staino @RoccoA is the retired director of the Keefe Library of the North Salem School District in New York. He is now a contributing editor for School Library Journal and also writes for the Huffington Post.

New Reading Lists Aid Advanced Readers

A new resource from the Children’s Book Council offers challenging but age-appropriate titles to children reading at advanced levels.

Rain Fails To Deter Fans at the 2017 National Book Festival

A rainy Labor Day weekend in Washington, DC, didn’t seem to affect the turnout at the 17th annual National Book Festival, which drew booklovers of all ages as well as political statements from authors.

Remembering Dianne de Las Casas, Founder of Picture Book Month

Friends and family members gathered in Metairie, LA, to celebrate the life of de Las Casas, author, storyteller, and creator of Picture Book Month.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Art Graces Library in Northampton, MA

A new mural by the “Lunch Lady” author at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, transformed a stairwell leading to the kids’ area.

Trump’s Immigration Policy Prompts Publisher to Fast-Track Statue of Liberty Book

Chronicle Books will publish Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris in September.

Treasures from Four Historic Kid Lit Collections

Curators shared the history and scope of their children’s literature collections at a recent New York City event.

For Next Book, Jeff Baron Crowdsources 2,000 Kids’ Opinions

While writing Electro-Pup, the author has been trying out chapters, cover designs, and illustrations with second- through fifth-graders.

The Story Behind a Newly Discovered Sendak Manuscript

“Presto and Zesto,” by Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks, was inspired by an artwork that Sendak created for the London Symphony Orchestra.

Books on Bikes Initiative Keeps Students Reading in Summer

School librarians in Charlottesville, VA, get pedaling in order to bring books to kids.

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

The image of Paddington in a train station with a note pinned to his duffel coat came from Bond’s memories of seeing refugee children during World War II.

Jacqueline Woodson Honored by Lambda Literary

Among the 22 Lammys presented in New York City was the Visionary Award, which went to Jacqueline Woodson. The winner in the children’s/YA category was M.E. Girard.

Drag Queen Story Hours Flourishing on Both Coasts

Inclusive stories, music, snacks, treasure hunts, and a liberal dose of “fabulousness” mark these storytimes trending in libraries.

Surprise! It’s Kwame Alexander

The Newbery Award winner delighted a stunned group of seventh grade fans with an impromptu concert. Yes, a concert.

Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier Dies

Spier was known for his detailed drawings that encouraged deep looking and provided a new perspective to familiar stories, places, and songs.

1980s Heartthrob Andrew McCarthy Now an Accidental YA Author

Fly Away Home represents a first for the actor-writer-director, who counts many librarians as both former and current fans.

New Kid-Lit Landmarks To Be Named During Children’s Book Week

Sites connected to Mark Twain, Barbara Park, and Virginia Sorensen have been designated as the 2017 Literary Landmarks.

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Penguin Young Readers: Summer 2017 Preview

Recently, Penguin Young Readers Group hosted a group of librarians to give them an advance peek at what’s new for the summer of 2017.

Patricia McKissack, Beloved Award-Winning Author, Passes Away

McKissack’s impact on the realm of literature, her devotion to her husband, and her captivating laugh are remembered by those closest to her.

School Librarian Creates “Trolls” Music Video for Sick Child

A New York elementary school librarian, and her middle school teacher husband, spearheaded a project to brighten the life of a kindergartner with cancer.

Sendak Library Cards Draw Attention To Importance of Storytimes

Brooklyn, NY kids are going wild over their new library cards.