This month’s middle-grade fiction includes a bevy of alluring new titles, from Audrey (Cow), a cow determined to make something of herself, to a steampunk version of Charles Dickens’s classic holiday tale, A Christmas Tale.
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Do you know a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact? Nominate them for the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, sponsored by the American Library Association, before the December 1 deadline.
A veritable plethora of dancing librarians greet you this weekend. Now I’ll be the first to say that if you’re going to have librarians or library patrons dancing in a video then the video has to be pretty darn impressive in some way. Life’s too short otherwise. But thing is, these folks are pretty extraordinary. […]
I have never, in all my livelong days, been so proud of an illustrator. And Mary Engelbreit at that. For someone as well-established as she is the decision to create and sell a print with all proceeds going to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager […]
On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.
Told with sensitivity, perception, and heartwarming humor, these recent picture books treat a range of experiences and feelings that are all part of a youngster’s everyday world. Share them with kids to build empathy, foster self-awareness, and invite discussion.
Sometimes I do a little ALA Youth Media Awards wrap-up after all is said and done, but since Lori Ess and I were able to have our say immediately following the awards announcements, I feel like I’ve covered my bases. Moving on! Lest one be so caught up in the thrilling hullabaloo of the ALA […]
Acclaimed children’s book author Lemony Snicket’s The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, is the winner of the 17th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding picture book writing, given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.
Junior Library Guild editors share fun sequels for independent readers. These follow-ups include new entries in favorite series by Lemony Snicket and Jack Gantos, and will have kids anxiously waiting for their next titles.
There are some days when you are so utterly floored by delight that all you can do is throw up your hands and say to the universe, “I’m out!” That was yesterday. I’m out, folks. I hit the top. It’s all downhill from here. And I’m so young! It’s sad when you peak at 34. […]
Junior Library Guild editors select picture books perfect for the younger set who beg for a scary story, but are safe enough to prevent nightmares.
The Dark By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen Little Brown & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-18748-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 2nd You do not know the temptation I am fighting right now to begin this review with some grandiose statement equating a fear of the dark with a fear of death itself. You have […]
Start with a missing object, ask a few questions, throw in some red herrings and what do you have? An unputdownable mystery! This fall’s releases offer openers and new entries in fun whodunit series, and standalones that will keep your patrons sleuthing for clues.