October 24, 2016

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“There Is a Tribe of Kids” Generates Controversy Among Librarians


Lane Smith’s picture book has sparked debate around connecting the word “tribe” with images of children in lush natural surroundings with feathers in their hair.

There Is a Tribe of Kids: The Current Debate

This year, in 2016, a conversation has sprung up around the picture book There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith.  The discussion has occurred primarily on blogs and listservs with the occasional mention on Twitter.  I would like to summarize the points here and explain what’s going on, since, unlike A Fine Dessert […]

Macmillan Spring 2016 Preview Goes Green


Rocco Staino reports on the top titles revealed at the recent Macmillan spring 2016 preview for librarians and educators.

Whiskers, Dreams, and Grave-Robbing Schemes | More on Abraham Lincoln


From fabulous picture books to top-shelf literary nonfiction, 2013 brings a number of new titles about America’s favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.

Pick of the Day: Abe Lincoln’s Dream

white house, lincoln flying over it

SMITH, Lane. Abe Lincoln’s Dream. illus. by author. 32p. Roaring Brook. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-608-4.
Gr 2-5
–A picture book that transforms the 16th president from a seemingly austere, severe figure into a sympathetic character. A young African American girl named Quincy encounters the ghost of Abe Lincoln on a school tour of the White House. He tells the child about a recurring dream in which he is sailing a ship on a stormy sea, unsure of where he’s heading. (The […]