June 18, 2018

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Resources on Women’s History, Wild Things at UConn, & a Book Challenge in Boise | News Bites

The National Women’s History Museum website is full of information for Women’s History Month,  Maurice Sendak’s  artwork can now be found at the University of Connecticut, and other news to note in children’s publishing.

Women’s History Month Resources at NWHM

It’s Women’s History Month, and for those educators looking to expand on programs and projects, the National Women’s History Museum website has a wealth of information available.

The site offers extensive student and educator resources, including lesson plans, biographies, posters, primary sources, and more. You can search by topic, theme, or resource type. There is also the opportunity to bring a museum educator into your classroom to discuss a wide variety of topics in a free 30-minute electronic field trip.

The Women’s History Month page offers information on specific women such as Maya Angelou, Ruby Hurley, Dorothea Dix, and Frances Bolton, as well as the history of the women’s suffrage movement, African American reformers, women in the military, and many more topics.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Sendak Archives to be Housed at UConn

Beloved children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak will now have the finished artwork from his published books, certain manuscripts, sketches, and other related materials held and maintained at the University of Connecticut. The material from the author of Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There will provide a resource for research by students, faculty, staff, scholars, and the general public through the Department of Archives & Special Collections in the UConn Libraries.

The Archives & Special Collections includes the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, which has “120 archives of notable authors and illustrators of children’s literature native to or identified with the Northeast and East Coast of the United States. The collection, established in 1989, preserves every aspect of children’s book production—from the initial correspondence to preliminary drawings, finished art, dummies, mechanicals, proofs, galleys and manuscripts,” the university said.

Some of the holdings include the archives of Caldecott and Newbery winning authors and illustrators, as well as the Billie M. Levy Collection of Maurice Sendak, which has more than 800 monographs written and illustrated by Sendak, along with promotional toys, games, animals, and other items related to Sendak’s books and characters.

Significant holdings in the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection include the archives of authors and illustrators who have won major awards, such as the Caldecott Medal and Honor, John Newbery Medal, and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.


Bologna Finalists Announced

The Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year (BOP) recognizes the most significant children’s publishers in Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

The prize honors publishers “who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the last year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills.”

Part of its mission is also to “foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas among different nations and areas of the world.”

The North America finalists are: Annick, Candlewick, Editions D’eux, Owlkids, and Eerdmans.


book challenge in IDAHO

After a parent-led challenge and administrative review, Looking for Alaska by John Green has been removed from the shelves of a middle school library in Meridian, Idaho, according to Boise Weekly.

“What’s hard is that the age range in the YA genre is really wide. It’s 12 to 20 years old,” West Ada District Chief Communication Officer Eric Exline told Boise Weekly. “What was the concern? In this case, there’s description of pornography, there’s smoking, and the book ends with a kind of question about a possible suicide. Even the author says it’s really intended for high school students.”


­­­­­­­­­­­­­Big Universe Getting Bigger

The online literacy platform Big Universe has added more than 2,000 new titles in both nonfiction and fiction since October 2017. It now offers more than 13,000 leveled eBooks for students in grades K–12.

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  1. Christie Nichols says:

    The West Ada school district is actually in Meridian, Idaho…not West Ada, Iowa.

  2. klartext says:

    Dear Dr. Middleton, Thank you for your strong voice in advocating for the resources needed to provide high quality preparation and development of teachers by focusing on what we must support in the clinical aspects of our programs. The clinical practice components of teacher preparation programs need resources to support the teacher educators who are the ones interacting on a one-to-one basis with our teacher candidates. This is an invisible aspect of the teacher educator”s role that needs to be emphasized. Teacher educators both school- and university- based need to be developed and oriented to the important roles they assume in developing teachers. Attention to how teacher educators are developed and how they enact their work in clinical setting needs deeper research so that effective practices can be shared with those new to the work of the teacher educator. Patricia Tate, President Association of Teacher Educators

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