November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

A Little Library Grows in Brooklyn | Picture of the Week

Author Emily Jenkins and ‘Library Journal’ staffer Barbara Genco install a Little Free Library in their Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood.

Every Dog Has His Day | SLJ Spotlight

Whether tiny and intrepid or large and stately, our canine companions are almost always willing helpmates and loyal friends. Even those with exuberant personalities and vocal proclivities add excitement, energy, and elements of fun to otherwise humdrum households. Here are some winning pup-related picture books from this issue.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | November 2016

Gorgeous verse from Nikki Grimes, Emily Jenkins’s playful new picture book, and an anthology from We Need Diverse Books.

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Middle School Students Explore Representation in “A Fine Dessert” | In the Classroom

A NYC middle school teacher uses the controversial picture book Fine Dessert to teach about stereotype and representation.

Scholastic Yanks Controversial Picture Book

The new release “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” draws heated criticism for its depiction of slaves, in similar fashion to “A Fine Dessert.”

Emily Jenkins Apologizes for “A Fine Dessert”

Describing her book as “racially insensitive,” author Emily Jenkins took to the web Sunday to apologize for her picture book A Fine Dessert, announcing her intent to donate her writing fee to We Need Diverse Books, which has been confirmed by the organization.

Four NYC Publishers, One Epic Season: Rocco Staino’s Peek at Upcoming Fall Titles

SLJ contributing editor Rocco Staino shares highlights from this past spring’s NYC publisher previews and offers a peek into some of the books coming out this fall season.

“Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat” | Spotlight

In “A Fine Dessert” Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall tell the story of how the creation of one dessert—blackberry fool—has changed over the centuries. It’s a perfect choice for a sharing with a class, or as a group-reading selection.

Old Friends and New at Random House | Spring 2015 Preview

At the Spring 2015 Random House Preview, rich and unusual stories were abound: a man without a leg who bicycles across Ghana; Leontyne Price, one of the first African-Americans to perform at the Metropolitan Opera; and a dessert’s journey across time and four families.