April 22, 2018

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Archives for January 2014

On closing one door and opening another.

Before I get started, I need to tell you that I am both honored and privileged to join the fine faculty at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. But I need to do a little sharing. A couple of weeks ago I said goodbye.  For the second time in my career, I didn’t […]

JLG Selections Score Big at ALA Youth Media Awards

Junior Library Guild has called it: of the Youth Media Award winner and honor books, 35 were JLG selections.

Creating a Life-Size ‘The Game of LIFE’ for Teen Read Week

La Vista Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) created a life-size version of The Game of LIFE for ‘Seek the Unknown’ Teen Read Week 2013, because as one teen quipped, “What, may I ask, is more unknown than life itself?”

Pick of the Day: Searching for Sarah Rector

This book will be extremely useful to teachers and librarians seeking material to align with Common Core State Standards dealing with the craft of writing of informational text.

Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

Last night I dreamed that Arthur A. Levine Books (of Harry Potter fame) was publishing a young readers’ edition of The Sensuous Woman, a sex manual published in ’69 (heh) by a “liberated woman” known only as “J” who taught women how to please their man and–and this was revolutionary–themselves. My dream makes sense in […]

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2014 Judge: Tonya Bolden

Tonya Bolden has written more than twenty books for children and adults. Her book Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America was named a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal. Her Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists received a […]

This Week’s Comics: Winter Cheer

Spent a snow day or two engrossed in some of this week’s comics. Bravest Warrior fans will want to pick up the 2014 Annual from Boom! Studios. Hulk fans will want to finish off their Agents of S.M.A.S.H. mini-series with the last issue out from Marvel Comics, and a must have for Pokemon fans is […]

Press Release Fun – This Censorious World: Books for Children and Their Challenges

My Children’s Literary Salons at NYPL continue unabated.  This Saturday’s event?  Well, we’ve some primo talent that I’m sure you would like to know better.  So if you aren’t prepping for the Super Bowl, come on down!  We’d love to have you. New York Public Library’s Children’s Literary Salon is pleased to announce our upcoming […]


SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen and Award-Winners | Promo

Congrats to Eleanor & Park, which has been named a 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and Charm & Strange, which has been named the 2014 winner of the William C. Morris Award. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Book Awards Roundup: Rainbow List, Amelia Bloomer Project, and Other Non-YMA Awards

While ALA’s Youth Media Awards took the spotlight on Monday morning, several other children’s book awards were recently announced, including the Orbis Pictus, Asian/Pacific American works, American Indian Youth Literature, Amelia Bloomer Project for feminist books, and the Rainbow Project focusing on LGBT titles.

Starting Shakespeare | Touch and Go

Plays by Shakespeare often send high school students running for the hills, turned off by the language and ultimately missing out on some of the world’s greatest literary masterpieces. Is there a solution to this problem? Australia’s national theater company, Bell Shakespeare, thinks so.

The Kate Connection: DiCamillo Talks About her Role as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo talks about her plans for her new role as National Ambassador, her advice on creating an environment to foster young readers, and more in this candid conversation with Travis Jonker.

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Pick of the Day: Move Like an Animal | Audio

Birdie’s Playhouse gives animals an exciting Latin flair in her newest album.

Preview: Adventure Time: 2014 Winter Special #1

Here’s a great preview to take off the winter chill: Adventure Time: 2014 Winter Special #1, out this week from BOOM! Studios. Enjoy!

School Library Advocacy Gains Steam in Missouri District

In an era when school districts are chopping funds to libraries, Missouri’s Union R-XI School District is looking to break the mold—and give more.

2014 Judge: Mac Barnett

Mac is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children, including Battle Bunny, with Jon Scieszka and Matthew Myers, and Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels. He lives in California. Mac’s website […]

Fusenews: Let the wild (mind the gap) rumpus start!

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 […]

Could Squirrels Be the New Zombies?

I spent Monday presenting a Common Core seminar to elementary school librarians in Knoxville, TN.  Our YMA feed stopped working properly during the Belpre Awards, so I had to wait until our morning break to see the full results.  While the Newbery picks surprised me, all the books did get great reviews, and will now […]

February 1 Is ‘Take Your Child to the Library Day’

On February 1, Take Your Child to the Library Day participants will offer parents and kids everything from LEGO building to signing up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten programs.

Lemony Snicket Sponsors Prize for Librarians Facing Adversity

ALA has approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity, proposed and funded by the “Series of Unfortunate Events” author himself, Daniel Handler.