April 25, 2018

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Archives for November 2006

Really Good Research | First Steps

Some persuasive evidence to share with those who serve young children

The past two decades have seen an explosion of research in early learning and related fields. We’ve found it a fascinating challenge to think about how this research affects the work we do as librarians, and in particular, what pieces of information we would most like to share with parents and other adults who live or work with young children. Some of this information can be powerful when used in […]

Brits in Space | Under Cover

In Philip Reeve’s latest novel, the British empire stretches to Saturn and beyond

Larklight, your latest novel, is a lovable Victorian-era space adventure. That’s a lot sunnier than your “Hungry Cities” series, which takes place in a grim post-apocalyptic world, where cities roam around devouring one another.

I was aiming the “Hungry Cities” series at children 12 and upwards, which was the age I was when I was reading grown-up science fiction. But I do find that a lot of much […]

Four-Letter Words | Scales on Censorship

What to do when a recommended book includes offensive language

I’m an elementary school media specialist in a very conservative community, and I’d like to add Louis Sachar’s Small Steps (Delacorte, 2006) to my library collection. But I’m worried that the book may be challenged because it contains the word “crap.” What should I do?

There’s always a chance that someone will challenge our book selection choices. But words that a potential censor might find offensive shouldn’t affect our purchasing decisions, […]

A Glaring Omission | Consider the Source

It’s time to create an award exclusively for young adult nonfiction

A librarian recently sent me an e-mail saying that she’s been pitching the idea of a YA nonfiction collection, but her supervisor keeps turning her down. This little tale of the intrepid librarian and the resistant administrator is worth examining since it points to a problem that also exists in the ever-growing world of YA book awards. As someone who helped create the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in […]