February 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Resources for Newbery Award-Winners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

The results are in. Four Honor books were recently selected by American Library Association. With great kid appeal for students in grades two to nine, these books also meet classroom learning standards. Check out the following booktalks and resources for these acclaimed titles.

MWA Announces 2014 Edgar Awards Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for its 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television from the previous year, in celebration of the 205th anniversary of Poe’s birth.

Review of the Day: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

One Came Home By Amy Timberlake $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86925-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I like children’s books that sock you in the gut. Not the books that telegraph their hits or do the old one-two punch you can see coming from a mile away. No way, man, I’m talking about the books […]

PA School District Bans ‘The Dirty Cowboy’ for Partial Nudity

Amy Timberlake’s humorous picture book, The Dirty Cowboy, (Farrar, 2003) is staying off elementary school library shelves in Pennsylvania’s Annville-Cleona school district.

Despite protests by free-speech organizations and an online petition with more than 300 signatures in favor of repealing the ban, the school board last week stuck to its decision that the book was too dirty for young eyes.

The award-winning book tells the tale of a freckle-faced cowboy who decides to take his annual bath in a nearby river and […]