July 23, 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.

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.

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Takes the Stage in New York City

“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” opens on March 23. Fans will notice a lot of the dialogue comes straight from the book.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies at 51

The author of 28 beloved children’s books was inspiring readers and colleagues to the very end of her life.

One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

Mem Fox Interrogated by U.S. Border Police, Later Gets Apology

The famed Australian children’s author was detained by U.S. border police in Los Angeles as she made her way to Milwaukee for the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention.

Kid Lit World Mourns Three Stars

Over the course of nine days, we’ve had to say goodbye to Dahlov Ipcar, Dick Bruna, and Nancy Willard.

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don’t have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela’s project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.

Citing “Bathroom Bill,” Riordan Passes on Texas Honor

The “Percy Jackson” creator and San Antonio native takes a stand against discrimination.