November 21, 2017

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Mischief Maker: National Book Award–winner William Alexander has created a world of fun, fury, and astonishing possibilities

Author Gary D. Schmidt interviews 2012 National Book Award–winner William Alexander.

Books to Build Connections to Latino Culture for K–10 | Libro por libro

As a librarian, I love it when I find books that relate to one another in terms of themes or content, which gets me thinking about potential program ideas. The titles selected for this first column of the new year are full of such connections. Starting with the idea of focusing on longer fiction, I found two semiautobiographical novels in verse, and both are historical fiction that deal with the protagonist coming of age.

Books to Celebrate the Everyday Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Fifty years ago this May, people around our country turned on their televisions to the sight of children being viciously assaulted with fire hoses and snarling dogs by uniformed grown men, their faces twisted with hatred. The violence in Birmingham, Alabama, stirred a swelling of national conscience and raised questions demanding an answer: Do we really believe that “all men are created equal”? What would our country look like if we really did? What has to change to make that dream a reality?