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September 2, 2014

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Review of the Day: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee by Claire Rudolf Murphy

Review of the Day: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee by Claire Rudolf Murphy

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights By Claire Rudolf Murphy Illustrated by Bryan Collier Henry Holt and Company (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-8226-5 Ages 7 and up On shelves June 3rd It doesn’t matter how long you’ve worked as a children’s librarian. It doesn’t matter [...]

Resources for Coretta Scott King Award Winners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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The winners of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Medals and four honor books were announced at the 2014 Youth Media Awards. Incorporate the following booktalks and tools when sharing these powerful books with young readers.

Pick of the Day: Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

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ASIM, Jabari. Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington. illus. by Bryan Collier. 48p. bibliog. chron. Little, Brown. Dec. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-316-08657-8.
Gr 2-4–Here sits a barefooted boy leaning against a tree trunk, eyes closed, dreaming about reading. Here he is following his master’s daughter to school, carrying her books, feeling their “magic seeping into his hands.” Booker was born a slave, and slaves were forbidden to read. Emancipation came while he was still young. He worked [...]

Fans Fete Kinney, Green at DC’s National Book Fest

Bryan Collier at the National Book Festival in DC.

More than 200,000 book lovers streamed onto the National Mall in Washington, DC, this weekend to attend the 12th annual National Book Festival, where children and YA authors from Jeff Kinney to John Green drew huge crowds of kids who lined up for autographs and brought gifts, letters, and cookies for some of their favorite writers.