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26. Mini Grey presents SPACE DOG

The mind of Mini Grey is a wondrous, playful thing and I am thankful that she is both a gifted author and illustrator who can convey that on the pages of a picture book again and again. Here newest picture book, Space Dog, is chock full of story - visual and text - from endpaper to endpaper, which begins with a map of the Cake Space Quadrant.

Space Dog begins, "It's the year 3043 and, for as long as anyone on Home Planet can remember, Space Dogs, Astro Cats, and Moustronauts have been sworn enemies." Space Dog has long been "sorting out planetary problems" in the Dairy Quadrant. As Space Dog tackles things in the Breakfast Cluster like a milk-drought on Cornflake 5 and a milk surplus on Bottleopolis, he finds that he is just a little bit lonely when he returns to his ship, the SS Kennel

Space Dog isn't alone for long, though. After Astrocat needs rescuing and comes aboard the SS Kennel, Space Dog begins to see some good in his cake-baking-Dogopoly-playing shipmate. The two even tackle a "critical situation on Fry Up 42! Then, the head off to rescue Moustronaut from the dribbling mandibles of a cheese-collecting Queen ant. Grey ends Space Dog beautifully, with the three newly sworn friends "playing Dogopoly before dinner. Nobody is completely sure of the exact rules . . . but that doesn't seem to matter."

More Mini Grey!

Source: Review Copy

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27. Helping Students Live a Writer’s Life

At this point of the school year, your writing workshop is probably in full swing.  You are chugging along through your writing curriculum, and you are probably using checklists and rubrics to assess… Continue reading

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28. Student-to-Staffers: Where are you now?

ALA Student-to-Staffers: Where are you now?

Way back in June of 2007, I had the honor of representing TWU’s School of Library and Information Science at ALA Annual in Washington, DC.  I was a member of TWU SLIS-buttonALA’s StudeALA Annualnt-to-Staff (S2S) Program, with assignment to the ALSC Division.  If you’ve never heard of the S2S program, you can read about it here.  There are 56 active ALA Student Chapter Groups at accredited graduate schools.  Each is entitled to submit one name for consideration for the program.  Schools have varying criteria. My school chose the student – me :) based on an essay contest.  Others have different criteria, but the end result is that 40 promising students receive a free trip to ALA Annual in exchange for working with  ALA staff during the week.  I was able to choose with whom I wanted to work. An aspiring children’s librarian, naturally, I chose ALSC.

It was my first connection with the national community of librarians.  It was during my week as an ALA S2S er, that I first met ALSC’s own Aimee Strittmatter, Laura Schulte-Cooper, and Marsha Burgess, and I began my continuing association with the division. I wrote a piece about my experience for  ALSConnect, now called ALSC Matters. (I am no less bright-eyed and bushy-tailed now.)

If you know someone in grad school right now, do them a favor and let them know about the S2S program.  If you participated in the S2S program, give a shout out!  Did you work for ALSC at the conference?  When or where did you attend?  How wonderful was it?

(The Student-to-Staff Program was established in 1973. There should be a lot of us out there!)


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29. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon -- a stirring, heroic tale of peace (ages 9-12)

With the news so full of violence and conflicts, I yearn to share with my students stories that show us how to resolve their disputes large and small. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, by legendary musician and songwriter Robbie Robertson, is a powerful, stirring tale of the brave Mohawk warrior who wants revenge but ends up leading six Iroquois tribes to peace, following the guidance of the Peacemaker.

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
by Robbie Robertson
illustrated by David Shannon
Abrams, 2015
Your local library
ages 9-12
*best new book*
The path to peace is never easy--it's full of anger, turmoil and resistance. Hiawatha starts telling his tell by recounting how his family was killed in battle. Afterward, he could only think of taking revenge. But one morning, a man paddled across the water in a white stone canoe. The Peacemaker said to Hiawatha, in a halting voice,
"I-I-I know of your pain. I know of your loss. I carry a message of healing. I h-h-have come to tell you of the Great Law: Fighting among our people must stop. We must come together as one body, one mind, and one heart. Peace, power and righteousness shall be the new way."
"a man paddled gently toward me... (in) his hand-carved white stone canoe"
Robbie Robertson, who is of Mohawk and Cayuga heritage, first heard this story as a young boy visiting his relatives at Six Nations of the Grand River in southern Ontario, Canada. In his author's note, he recounts the day they journeyed through "the bush" to a longhouse and heard a respected Elder tell the story of the Great Peacemaker and his disciple, Hiawatha. Now Robertson, with the aid of his son, comes full circle to becomes the storyteller.

Young readers, especially in 4th through 7th grades, will grasp the difficulties Hiawatha faced, first battling his own rage and anger at his enemies, and later as he brought the Peacemaker's message to warring tribes. Healing can only be achieved by forgiveness and trust. Hiawatha was passionate and convincing delivering his message to the Seneca and others:
"We will all perish if we continue this violence. A change must come, and the time is now. Alone, we will be broken," I said, "but together we are more powerful than the greatest warrior."
Students will be able to see how this transformed the Iroquois nations to form the united league that eventually became the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. I think it would be fascinating for students to also apply these themes to conflicts we face today, whether in our local communities or in world politics.

David Shannon's illustrations are powerful, evocative and stunning. Although you may know him for his humorous No, David!, his picture book The Rough-Face Girl (with Rafe Martin) remains one of my all-time favorite folktales. In Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, he conveys both the heroic and mythological nature of the two main figures--but he also lets readers feel the anguish that results from the conflict and the power struggles. I found this interview with David Shannon at TeachingBooks very interesting.

Illustrations ©2015 David Shannon. The review copy was kindly sent by the publisher, Abrams. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2015 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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30. Review: A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove)

A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove) by Tessa Dare. Avon. 2011. And sequels. Library copies.

The Plot: 1813, England. Victor Bramwell is a lieutenant colonel in the army, and he's been wounded, and all he cares about is getting back into the army. So he'll do anything to prove that he is fit to return.

The Plot: 1813, England. Victor Bramwell is a lieutenant colonel in the army, and he's been wounded, and all he cares about is getting back into the army. So he'll do anything to prove that he is fit to return to service.

Susanna Finch lives in Spindle Cove, along with her father. Spindle Cove has earned itself the nickname Spinster Cove, because it's so well known as a bit of a dumping ground for ladies who don't fit into society. It's full of spinsters, ha ha ha.

And Susanna wants to keep Spindle Cove that way. She doesn't want people to know the truth about Spindle Cove: it's not a last resort. It's the best resort; a place where women who don't fit into society, or have been excluded, find a home and acceptance.

Bram's mission to start a local militia is going to be tough -- even more difficult because, well, Spindle Cove is full of women. Not military service ready men. Will Susanna be able to get rid of Bram and his soldiers in time to save Spindle Cove?

The Good: Spindle Cove! The shy and the introverted, but also the outspoken. The brainy. They are welcome and embraced and accepted at Spindle Cove -- at least, for now. A Night to Surrender is the first in a series, each about a different woman of Spindle Cove. Each there for a different reason. And, because of these reasons, it means the heroines of the series are each pretty unique, and independent. And it means that the heroes are those who value the unique. Spindle Cove is about women learning to be themselves, to be confident, and finding men who prize that. It's a feminist series, set in a time that isn't very feminist. The combinations are also interesting, because what matters are who the people are not what they are. Examples: a beautiful young woman and the local blacksmith. A Duke and a serving girl from a pub.

Spindle Cove is also very funny. I confess, I didn't see it as much in A Night to Surrender, but the second, A Week to Be Wicked, had me laughing out loud. And after that, I saw a lot to laugh about.

Also: hot and spicy!

While Spindle Cove is about a safe place, it doesn't hide that the world itself can be harsh. There is a reason, after all, why a refuge like Spinster Cove is needed. The backstory in A Lady by Midnight shows what happens to a young woman without resources or family, who has no options, but who still has to live and to provide for her child.

I have really enjoyed this series; so far there are four books and two novellas, with another novella this December and a new book next year. One nice thing about my recent romance reading is finding series like these, in which there are plenty of books in the series so I can power read one right after another.

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© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

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31. Winnie

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh. Sally M. Walker. Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss. 2015. Henry Holt. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: When Harry Colebourn looked out of the train window, he couldn't believe what he saw: a bear at the station!

Premise/plot: This picture book is the 'true story' of the real bear named Winnie that was eventually given to the London Zoo. The book ends by introducing readers to a young Christopher Robin who enjoys visiting Winnie at the zoo.

My thoughts: Most of the picture book takes place during World War I. You probably can't think of many picture books about World War I or set during World War I, I know I can't think of any others at the moment! Harry Colebourn is a soldier, a Canadian soldier, and the war is in the background. As an adult reader, I felt the war was rightly in the background. I'm not sure if young readers will read the book in quite the same way. Winnie, the bear, is a friend, companion, mascot, not just to one soldier--though Harry is his favorite--but to a regiment. When Harry's called to fight overseas in Europe, Winnie is left in the care of the London Zoo. An author's note fills in the details of Winnie's life after the publication of A.A. Milne's classic children's book.

Text: 4.5 out of 5
Illustrations: 4.5 out of 5
Total: 9 out of 10  

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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32. The Only Child

The Only Child. Guojing. 2015. Random House. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence from the author's note: The story in this book is fantasy, but it reflects the very real feelings of isolation and loneliness I experienced growing up in the 1980s under the one-child policy in China.

Premise/plot: This is a wordless picture book. I'm tempted to call this one a picture book for older readers. Though I'm not sure that's entirely fair to the book. It may depend more on your child's attention span and interests. The art is without a doubt captivating and beautiful. The premise is simple: a young girl's loneliness ultimately leads to her getting lost. At some point, reality blends with fantasy. Where is that point exactly??? I'm not sure I can answer that!

My thoughts: Loved, loved, loved the art. It does a great job in conveying emotion, for the most part. I tend to struggle with finding the story in wordless picture books at times. The more complex a book is, the more I struggle. Ultimately I found The Only Child to be worth the effort it took to find and follow the story. But that being said, I'm not sure I fully got every page of the story. Still it's easy to recommend for the art alone.

Text 0 out of 0
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 5 out of 5

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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33. Sensory Storytime On the Road

Over the past few months, my library has partnered with a local resource center that provides early intervention and lifelong support to individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders.  The resource center originally reached out to us looking for a librarian to read a few stories to their clients. I knew a sensory storytime would be a great fit, but in their experience, visits to offsite locations were rarely successful.  Any activity we planned would have to take place at their location.  So I took my sensory storytime on the road, and got a chance to really put my skills to the test.

I’m fairly new to sensory storytimes.  Before this, I had incorporated concepts into my regular programming, and made real efforts to make those programs universally designed, but I certainly wasn’t actively promoting this. Partnering with the resource center gave me the opportunity to refine my skills and try new activities.  My first visit wasn’t without hiccups. For example, sign-up sheets and library card applications became problematic due to HIPAA and patient privacy concerns.  We also ended up with a lot more kids in attendance than we were expecting. But in the end, like Pete the Cat taught us in our story that day, “it’s all good.”

In taking these special programs out into the community, we’ve found that children and their caregivers can have a library experience in an environment that is comfortable for them, surrounded by people they trust. Plus, our partner organization has developed a better understanding of what we can offer.  It has inspired other collaborations, with new programs and training for children’s librarians in the works.

There is a lot of information on the ALSC Blog to help you prepare sensory and special needs storytimes. I found Ashley’s Waring’s Sensory Storytime Tips and Jill Hutchison’s overview of Renee Grassi’s Beyond Sensory Storytime presentation to be particularly useful posts for providing information and talking points for communicating with the center’s directors and staff.  In addition, an ALSC course I took this spring taught by Kate Todd, Children with Disabilities in the Library, was an amazing resource, and I recommend it for anyone interested in creating more inclusive library programs, or reaching out to children with disabilities in clinical settings.

Brooke Sheets is a Children’s Librarian at Los Angeles Public Library’s Children’s Literature Department and is writing this post for the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee.

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34. 2016 Orbis Pictus Award

Over the weekend, the Orbis Pictus Award winner and honors were announced during a luncheon at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in Minneapolis. The Orbis Pictus Award recognizes "excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children." 2016 Orbis Picture Winner: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown  2016 Honor Books: Funny Bones: Posada and

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35. Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move - a review

Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move

by John Himmelman
(Henry Holt, 2015)

When Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move came across my desk, my nose wrinkled and I thought, "Oh, this is going to be goofy."  But yet, I loved the cover art, and dove in anyway - taking it on my lunch break.  I'm so glad I did.

In fourteen, short, illustrated chapters, Isabel, John Himmelman's "bunjitsu" expert, learns important lessons of wisdom that are the perfect complement to her martial arts prowess.  In the second chapter, "Bunjitsu Bunny Fails," the usually perfect Isabel fails to master the "bunchucks."  She is profoundly disappointed,

     "You should not be unhappy," said Teacher.
     "But everyone passed the test except me," said Isabel.
     "Do you know what you did wrong?" asked Teacher.
     "Yes," said Isabel.
     "Can you do better?" asked Teacher.
     "Yes," said Isabel.
     "Lucky you," said Teacher. "They passed the test, but you learned the most."
Bunjitsu Bunny learns wisdom through action and observation.  Her lessons are similar to those imparted in John Muth's award-winning Zen Shorts picture books. However, the Bunjitsu Bunny books are simple chapter books for a suggested age range of 6-8 years.  The words are large, and the red, black and white illustrations are bold and full of expression.  The final chapter includes instructions for making an origami bunny face. Bunjitsu Bunny is a winner.

This is the second book in the series.  The first was Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny. (Images and excerpts here: [http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250068064]) 

Bunjitsu Bunny is similar in reading level with one of my other favorites, Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson books.  I reviewed Mercy Watson to the Rescue in 2012

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36. Feature National Diabetes Month at your Library

 Mary Abel and 4-year-old, grandson, Robby enjoying a snack after story time

Mary Abel and 4-year-old grandson, Robby, enjoying a snack after story time (Photo courtesy of guest blogger)

There are perils to being a children’s librarian. This never occurred to me until I took grandson Robby to story time. At one session, the head came off of the turkey puppet that was helping to illustrate a story and song about Thanksgiving. While the librarian was trying to stick the head back on the turkey and sing simultaneously, the felt board fell over. The 3-and 4-year-olds seated in a circle erupted in laughter. The librarian was quick on his feet and rescued this “turkey” by playing his guitar and singing I’m a Little Turkey to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot as they all strutted around like Thanksgiving gobblers. My grandson thought it was the best thing ever.

This November when children’s librarians are strutting their stuff by cutting Thanksgiving turkeys out of construction paper, singing songs and playing with puppets, there is another important observance to headline: It’s National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Years ago, Type 1 diabetes was rare in children and Type 2 did not exist. A nationally representative study[i] now has confirmed that from 2001 to 2009 the incidence of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes drastically increased among children and adolescents across racial groups in this country. The study found that the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes increased 21 percent among children up to age 19. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among ages 10 to 19 rose 30 percent during the same period . Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have this disease.

Tear sheet from Maddy Patti and the Great Curiosity showing a main character, Gideon, astride his horse, Stony the Pony, saving Pickles from drowning.

Tear sheet from Maddy Patti and the Great Curiosity showing a main character, Gideon, astride his horse, Stony the Pony, saving Pickles from drowning.

As an author and journalist with a background in health care communications, I am passionate about writing books that empower and help children deal with medical conditions. The most recent effort is a self-help book for children with diabetes, Maddy Patti and the Great Curiosity. Dr. Stan Borg, a family physician, and I collaborated to write this story across the miles—354.8 to be exact—to help youngsters understand and manage their diabetes.

A special section in the book is for teachers and parents. Teachers especially may benefit from this information because it helps them understand why, for example, a child with diabetes may need more bathroom breaks because of high blood sugar levels, or they may need to eat periodically throughout the day.

Informational links for librarians:


Discussion Questions:

Q. What special tools will help illustrate and promote National Diabetes Month for youngsters at our libraries?
Q. How can librarians find help and support for children and parents who are dealing with a diabetes diagnosis in our community?
Q. How can we use National Diabetes Awareness Month to garner publicity for our library?

Despite the occasional perils of falling felt boards and headless puppets, I believe that children’s librarians are important and necessary advocates for youngsters not only with diabetes but all children because you are fluent at knowing and interpreting their needs to teachers, parents and the community. So amid the sing-a-longs about gobblers and the Thanksgiving tales this November, National Diabetes Awareness Month might be a good topic to feature at your library, too.

[1] ] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health , Search for Diabetes in Youth, 2008-2009, multicenter, continuing  study to examine diabetes (type I and type 2) among children and adolescents in the United States from 2000 to 2015.


IMG_1530Mary Abel has been a professional writer for more than 40 years and is the recipient of multiple writing awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Mark of Excellence Award in journalism. She holds a BA in journalism from The Ohio State University. Contact her at: meabel@windstream.net.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.


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37. Why Take Storytime Breaks?

I’ve written before about taking storytime breaks and so have some of my fabulous ALSC colleagues. We’ve just started our winter storytime break and will be off until the week after Midwinter in January. Each day I find myself explaining to another parent or caregiver that storytime is on a break.

But why take storytime breaks?

Storytime breaks serve a lot of great purposes. I have two favorites, the first being that storytime breaks give me time to brainstorm and create new things. I’ve written grants during storytime breaks, created new programs, developed new circulating materials, and re-organized collections.

This past week I had the pleasure of seeing several large scale projects completed and now available for our patrons to use.

[1000 Books Display, photo courtesy of the author.]

[1000 Books Display, photo courtesy of the author.]

1000 Books Display
Our 1000 Books program was launched in September (during another storytime break!) and this month saw a new advancement for this passive program. We received partnership funding from the Darien Rotary Club to fund the first 300 kids to complete the passive program. Additionally, the Darien Women’s Club helped us purchase this beautiful display. Each month we’ll feature a suggested title for kids to read who are participating in the 1000 Books program. Along with the suggested book, I’ve also created a recommendation booklist. This month’s featured book is Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera and the booklist is all about song books. I am in love with the picture frames that showcase our book. Also: the graphics and signs from our Marketing Department.

[Book Bundles and LeapFrog Kits, photo courtesy of the author.]

[Book Bundles and LeapFrog Kits, photo courtesy of the author.]

Book Bundles
I was finally able to put out our newest circulating kits: Book Bundles & Parenting Packs! These were funded by a Target early literacy grant. All of the work that went into these kits was done during storytime breaks, including purchasing all materials and developing the activity sheets/resource guides found inside each bundle or pack. Book Bundles are aimed at ages 2-6 and have books, puzzles, manipulatives, and more in twelve different topics like ABCs, 123s, Colors, and Shapes. I should also mention that all of the LeapFrog kits were developed during a storytime break in the summer of 2014.

[The re-organized Parent/Teacher collection, photo courtesy of the author.]

[The re-organized Parent/Teacher collection, photo courtesy of the author.]

Parent/Teacher Collection
This one, I confess, I worked on during this past storytime session. But it was finally completed and ready to roll out when our storytime break began. Our Parent/Teacher collection is now organized by subject instead of Dewey decimal/fiction. This means that all of our picture books are integrated with their subjects. This also means that hopefully families going through tough times will be able to browse for their own materials rather than ask a librarian about a sensitive subject. (Although we’re always willing to help!) I spent much of my off storytime time shifting shelves. The red totes at the bottom are the Parenting Packs I mentioned before. These are geared towards caregivers to use with children and include topics like Potty Training, Staying in the Hospital, and New Baby in the House.

So, what’s next during this storytime break? Creating a Language Learners area, purchasing new Playaway Launchpads, working on a monthly early literacy calendar for 2016, partnering with a local preschool for our first preschool fair, and of course, preparing for the next storytime session.

I leave you with this quote, one that my boss sent to me after a particularly stressful summer reading had just ended:

Think about it: Humans are the only creatures in nature that resist the pattern of ebb and flow. We want the sun to shine all night, and when it doesn’t, we create cities that never sleep. Seeking a continuous energetic and emotional high, we use everything from exciting parties to illegal chemicals. But natural ebbs — the darkness between days, the emptiness between fill-ups, the fallow time between growing seasons — are the necessary complements of upbeats. They hold a message for us. If you listen at your life’s low points, you’ll hear it, too. It’s just one simple, blessed word: Rest.
— Martha Beck

Will you join me in taking storytime breaks? What can you do for your patrons to fill the time?

– Katie Salo
Early Literacy Librarian
Indian Prairie Public Library

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38. The Strangest Pinocchio I Know

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about illustrated books for children (as opposed to picture books) in all their various forms.  And since I’ve a penchant for nostalgia, I often think of my youth and the illustrated novels I read then.  The mid to late 1980s were an odd time for illustration in general.  For whatever reason, fantasy illustrators who worked primarily in the field of adult literature would occasionally show up on the covers of middle grade, or what passed for YA, titles at this time.  And once in a great while they’d even illustrate the interiors.  Hence today’s example.

I first discovered the work of artist Greg Hildebrandt through, of all things, a fully illustrated version of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.  That, in turn, lead me to what I still consider one of the strangest and most interesting books I’ve seen to date.  It was a lushly illustrated version of Pinocchio, and the first time I’d seen anything that wasn’t Disney.  It was odd and original and I’ve never quite forgotten it.  Eventually I’d learn about Hildebrandt’s background in fantasy illustration as well as his work on books like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz.  But, for me, Pinocchio is still the most memorable.  Some illustrations from the book:







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39. What's On Your Nightstand (November)

The folks at 5 Minutes For Books host What’s On Your Nightstand? the fourth Tuesday of each month in which we can share about the books we have been reading and/or plan to read.

The Painter's Daughter. Julie Klassen. 2015. Bethany House. 464 pages. [Source: Review copy]

A Regency romance that will probably be "too smutty" for Christians and "too Christian" for unbelievers. I have loved, loved, loved some of Klassen's earlier novels, and, I've also experienced one or two that really disappointed me. But yet my love of her former books keeps me hoping and reading! For better or worse! 

Silent Nights: A British Library Crime Classic. Compiled by Martin Edwards. 2015. Poisoned Pen Press. 298 pages. [Source: Review copy]

 A collection of fifteen short stories--all mysteries--set during the holidays. Some of my favorite authors are included in this collection, but, also some new-to-me authors. This is a classic, none, of the stories are "new" or "modern."

The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood. (Beatrix Potter Series #3) Susan Wittig Albert. 2007. 352 pages. [Source: Bought at Library Sale]

I've read the first two books in the series. The second book, first, for better or worse. I had to track down a copy of the first book, and, it took a while! But I'm excited about this mystery series!

We Believe: Creeds, Confessions, & Catechism for Worship. Edited by Matthew B. Sims. 2015. Grace for Sinners. 360 pages. [Source: Bought]

I am really enjoying reading this one! Yes, I could probably have tracked down most of these creeds and confessions online, but, I like having them together and not having to search them out!

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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40. Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Starting Points for Success

SPLC Committee WordleAs a member of the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation, I’ve had the pleasure of discussing and sharing ideas with other dedicated librarians on how we can all work together to benefit the kids and teens with whom we work.

We’ve created the following list for both school and public librarians to use in sparking their own creative ideas for helping all youth become information literate.

Why not give some of these a try?

  1. Look for grant-funding opportunities specifically for school library-public library partnerships.
  2. Set aside time to visit with your public librarian to discuss your school’s curriculum and any big projects your teachers have planned.
  3. Schedule a few hours to shadow the public librarian and invite him or her to do the same. This will help you build mutual understanding about what the other’s job entails.
  4. Have a library card sign-up event at the school during Library Card Sign-Up Month (September). Make a special day of it or have an evening of gaming. Be sure to include the public librarian in the planning, promotion, and supervising the event. If an event isn’t possible, see if the public librarian can come to the school to hand out library card forms at lunchtime. This would work especially well in middle or high school.
  5. Create book lists and resource guides in cooperation with your public librarians. You might focus on materials that support reading in the content areas, science and social studies topics in particular. Include materials from both the public and school library collections.
  6. Co-host nonfiction book clubs for students and for teachers.
  7. Invite the public librarian to make a presentation to the teachers at your school during the school’s teacher in-service day about public library resources that support Common Core State Standards.
  8. Host a joint meeting with the public librarians and your fellow school district librarians to discuss Common Core, 21st Century Standards and state/local curriculum expectations and the public library’s role in student learning.
  9. Talk about early literacy programming in the public library and how it connects to the school librarian’s work with K-2 students.
  10. Use the public library as a facility for after-school tutoring for students, especially in reading. The public librarian and school librarian can collaborate to recruit volunteers.
  11. Coordinate joint activities that integrate the public library’s summer reading program with the school’s summer programming.

As you can see, there are many ways school and public librarians can work in cooperation. You may already be using some of these suggestions, but if not, what’s stopping you?

When we all work together, it’s a win-win situation for everyone!

Linda Weatherspoon serves on the AASL Board of Directors and is a member of the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation.

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41. November 23-Currently

Watching:  Jessica Jones on Netflix.  It is so good!1 It's hard to concentrate on work today because I want to keep watching.
Listening: to a pop culture podcast from Australia called The Weekly Planet.  All about movies and TV.
Reading:  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly.  This one is going to be great, and heartbreaking.
Writing: Christmas lists--all kinds of plans!!

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42. Reading Picture Books With Children

Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See. Megan Dowd Lambert. 2015. Charlesbridge. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]

In Reading Picture Books WITH Children, Megan Dowd Lambert introduces readers (presumably adult readers) to the whole book approach of reading picture books with children. The whole book approach pays attention to the whole book. Not just the text. Not even just the text and the illustrations. But to the whole book:
  • the size of the book--is it big, is it small; is it in landscape or portrait orientation; 
  • the design of the book--what font(s) are used, what size font(s) are used, how does the font appear on the page, etc; 
  • the appearance of the book jacket (front, back, spine); the appearance of the book cover underneath the book jacket; is it the same as the book jacket or different? what materials were used on the cover; how was it bound, etc.
  • the endpapers; are the endpapers the same in the back as they are in the front; what do they add to the story, etc.
  • the front matter; does the story begin before the 'first page' of the text; does it contribute anything to the story;
  • the arrangement of the text and illustrations; how much white space is used on a page, are the illustrations on a two-page spread connected or separate; are the illustrations small or big; are the illustrations framed; do they take up the whole page, etc. 
  • the text itself; what it says, the story, the characters, etc.)
  • the illustrations; the style, the technique, the details, the art and craft of it all, etc.
She encourages adults to focus on the whole book when reading with children. Asking children questions during the reading of the book itself. Letting them interrupt the reading of the story to talk about what they're seeing and hearing and asking their own questions. She says that it only seems like it would ruin the flow of a story. She argues that in fact, the more you pay attention to the whole book the more engaged readers become. So it enhances the reading of a book.

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of a picture book. Each chapter includes multiple examples and shares practical advice. Readers see what types of questions Lambert has in mind. Questions like: "What's going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?" She does include a chapter on sample questions. Here are just a few as an example:
  • How does the jacket seem like a poster for the book, pulling us in as readers? What grabs your attention here?
  • What information does the jacket give us about the story?
  • How does the way the words look tell us how to read the words aloud?
  • Does anyone else have a different idea about this picture?

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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43. Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This is a quick note to let you know how thankful I am for all of you that read my posts. It is nice to know what you do, or in this case, what I do is not for naught. I hope each one of you has a wonderful holiday. I will see …

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44. Hour of Code is Approaching

HourOfCode_logo_RGB copyAs December approaches there is still time to plan for Hour of Code at your library. Computer Science Education Week is December 7 to 13, and is a global initiative to make the computer sciences available to all children. Last year President Obama even took part and became the first president to ever write a line of code using JavaScript!

There are many resources online to inspire those that might feel ill-equipped at teaching coding to kids, many which have been shared on the ALSC Blog by librarians from Fayetteville Free Library and Los Angeles Public Library.

In 2015 Coding offerings at our library gathered a lot of steam, and much to our surprise some of the classes began to have waitlists of over 50 students. Our foray into this area of the computer sciences began in 2012 when Gretchen Caserotti began Codor Dojo, a program that relies on mentors from within the community to provide free instruction to those passionate about learning a coding language. Lacking consistent mentors, we observed a group of homeschoolers who met regularly on Fridays in the library to teach themselves using websites like Code.org and Khan Academy. After the group dismantled, one of the students who had a desire to continue using the library’s tech resources, began instructing other students alongside his mother in both Scratch and JavaScript. In addition we have also recruited two local high school students to teach Python and HTML which provides them an opportunity to share their passion for coding, while also helps to develop their teaching skills.

HTML session. Photo courtesy of the author.

HTML session. Photo courtesy of the author.

Finding it difficult to recruit outside instructors? The Hour of Code tutorials are not only accessible for beginners, but also fun for a variety of ages. One of my colleagues still has her certificate hanging in the office after completing one hour of coding with Frozen’s Anna and Elsa. If that’s not your cup of tea, there are also new programs through Code.org that allow kids to code with characters from Minecraft and Star Wars. In a few weeks we are even going to be teaching young children the concepts of code without the use of a computer. Many of these classes are referred to as Unplugged Coding Lessons.

My favorite resource for introducing kids to coding is the app-based Hopscotch which uses colored blocks as commands, much like Scratch. The company is even preparing for December’s Hour of Code with in-app tutorials, guides, and lesson plans. There is a fantastic introduction to Hopscotch in video form, while a free eBook written by Wesley Fryer provides more complex challenges for ongoing sessions.

Whatever your experience, this December make a commitment to participate in Hour of Code. Whether that is by offering an introductory course for kids in your library, or earning your own certificate by taking 60 minutes out of the work week to learn a new skill. One of the moments that propelled our library into offering more of these opportunities was one parent commenting that the library was fulfilling a need in the community that was not being addressed elsewhere. Although this was one language I had not anticipated in honing as a children’s librarian, I’m thankful that this profession is opening new learning opportunities for me, the children’s staff, and the kids and teens we serve.

Claire Moore is a member of the Digital Content Task Force. She is also Head of Children and Teen Services at Darien Library in Connecticut. You can reach Claire at cmoore@darienlibrary.org.

Visit the Digital Media Resources page to find out more about navigating your way through the evolving digital landscape.

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45. Thanksgiving Turkey Rods!

The days are shorter, the air is crisp. Perhaps your house smells like fresh baked cornbread?

Thanksgiving is only short two days away!

While the dark might make some younger patrons sleepy, Monday night, some young gourmets trotted into the Syosset Library Children's Room to make a Thanksgiving treat!

Check out some pictures of the adorable Thanksgiving Turkey Rods below. If you ask me, they look too cute to eat. Almost.

Don't you just want to gobble (gobble) them up?

Happy Thanksgiving Day!
-Posted by Miss Jessikah

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46. #781 – A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Mo

A Dog Wearing Shoes Written & Illustrated by Sangmi Ko Schwartz & Wade Books    9/29/2015 978-0-385-38396-7 32 pages     Ages 4—8 A Junior Library Guild Selection “When Mini finds a dog wearing bright yellow booties, she wants to keep him. And who wouldn’t?! But a dog with shoes on must belong to someone, …

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47. The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2015

Red-Yellow-Blue1So I’m going to confess something to you.  All year long, from January onward, I’ve been keeping track of any picture book, easy book, or early chapter book I’ve seen containing some kind of diversity.  Have I missed books?  Of course I have!  You cannot make a list like this without missing something.  Books from publishers like Kar-Ben Books and Inhabit Media (amongst others) should be better represented, but I failed to keep proper track early in the year.  There probably isn’t enough Lee & Low or Cinco Punto either.  At the same time, the books that I was able to gather could be potentially useful to folks.  You will find them organized by their publication release dates.

I apologize beforehand that sometimes the notes here do not mention the specific ethnicities of the characters.  Often this is because the book itself has not made it clear.  For these titles, you will need to look at the books individually.

As ever, if you see something missing here please note it in the comments. Also, if you think I’ve included wrong information about a book, let me know so that I can make the change.


Title                              Author            Pub Date     Age        Subjects                               Type

Families Shelley Rotner & Sheila M. Kelly 1/1/2015 Ages 3-6 family, alternative lifestyles, same sex families Picture Book
3, 2, 1, Go! Emily Arnold McCully 1/1/2015 Ages 4-6 strong girls, science girls, STEM Easy Reader
How to Grow a Friend Sara Gillingham 1/6/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, nature Picture Book
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich Julia Sarcone-Roach 1/6/2015 Ages 4-6 nature, bears, cities, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Last Stop on Market Street Matt de la Pena 1/8/2015 Ages 4-6 family, multigenerational, lower income, African-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
The Tea Party in the Woods Akiko Miyakoshi 1/8/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Asian, animals, tea parties Picture Book
Ready, Set, Kindergarten! Paula Ayer 1/9/2015 Ages 4-5 Diverse Main Character, starting school, biracial Picture Book
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay Cari Best 1/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Disability, friendship, sports, African-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Freedom’s School Lesa Cline-Ransome 1/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, American history, freedom Picture Book
Juna’s Jar Jane Bank 1/15/2015 Ages 3-6 multi-cultural, moving, Asian-American, friendship, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Harlem Renaissance Party Faith Ringgold 1/27/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, American history Picture Book
Sofia Martinez: My Family Adventure Jacqueline Jules 2/1/2015 Ages 6-9 family, Latino-American, Diverse Main Character Chapter Book
Sofia Martinez: The Missing Mouse Jacqueline Jules 2/1/2015 Ages 4-6 family, Latino-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
A Dozen Cousins Lori Haskins Houran 2/3/2015 Ages 4-6 family, Multi-ethnic Cast, boys, girls Picture Book
The New Small Person Lauren Child 2/10/2015 Ages 4-7 family, new baby, siblings, jealousy, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
I Had a Favorite Hat Boni Ashburn 2/17/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, Clothing, Imagination Picture Book
The Red Bicycle Jude Isabella 3/1/2015 Ages 4-7 multi-cultural, Africa, bicycles, philanthropy, world culture, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
The Sock Thief Ana Crespo 3/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Latin America, soccer, sports, altruism, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Jessica’s Box Peter Carnavas 3/1/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, Disability, friendship Picture Book
Party Croc! A Folktale from Zimbabwe Margaret Read McDonald 3/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, folktale, promises Picture Book
No, No, Kitten! Shelley Moore Thomas 3/3/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Cats, Pets Picture Book
Stone Angel Jane Yolen 3/3/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, WWII, Holocaust, hope Picture Book
Red Jan De Kinder 3/9/2015 Ages 4-7 Bullying, Friendship, School Picture Book
Bird & Diz Gary Golio 3/10/2015 Ages 4-7 jazz, African-American, American history, music, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
My Pen Christopher Myers 3/10/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, Imagination, Drawing, Art Picture Book
Red, Yellow, Blue (And a Dash of White Too!) C.G. Esperanza 3/10/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Imagination, Colors, Art, African-American Picture Book
Peace Is an Offering Annette Le Box 3/10/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, peace, friendship Picture Book
15 Things Not To Do With a Baby Margaret McAllister 3/15/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, new baby, siblings Picture Book
Thank You, Jackson Niki Daly 3/15/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, manners, Africa Picture Book
Salsa: Una Poema Para Cocinar / A Cooking Poem Jorge Argueta 3/17/2015 Ages 4-6 cooking, Latino-American, family, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
And What If I Won’t? Maureen Fergus 3/17/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, family, mothers, behavior Picture Book
Drum Dream Girl Margarita Engle 3/24/2015 Ages 5-7 Diverse Main Character, Cuba, music, girls, multi-racial Picture Book
Families, Families, Families! Suzanne Lang 3/24/2015 Ages 4-6 family, alternative lifestyles, same sex families Picture Book
How to Surprise a Dad Jean Reagan 3/24/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, fathers, family Picture Book
The Best Friend Battle Lindsay Eyre 3/31/2015 Ages 6-9 friendship, jealousy, Latino-American, Multi-ethnic Cast Chapter Book
The Five of Us Quentin Blake 3/31/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, ability, self-esteem Picture Book
Finding the Music / En Pos de la Musica Jennifer Torres 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, music Picture Book
Poems in the Attic Nikki Grimes 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, family Picture Book
The Flying Hand of Marco B. Richard Leiter 4/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, imagination, flying Picture Book
My Family Tree and Me Dusan Petricic 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Asian-American, biracial, family tree Picture Book
Never Give Up: A Story About Self-esteem Kathryn Cole 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, self-esteem, perseverance Picture Book
I Am Ivan Crocodile Rene Gouichoux 4/1/2015 Ages 5-7 bullying, disability, emotions Picture Book
Grandma in Blue With a Red Hat Scott Menchin 4/14/2015 Ages 4-6 family, multigenerational, art, African-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Hens for Friends Sandy De Lisle 4/14/2015 Ages 5-7 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, farm life, chickens Picture Book
There’s No Such Thing As Little LeUyen Pham 4/14/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, concepts, perception Picture Book
Little Sleepyhead Elizabeth McPike 4/14/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, bedtime, babies Picture Book
Little Chanclas Jose Lozano 4/15/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, clothing Picture Book
Princess Nina Marlise Achterbergh 4/21/2015 Ages 4-6 alternative lifestyles, princesses, strong girls Picture Book
Big News! Ida Siegal 4/28/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, mystery Chapter Book
Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner Gareth Edwards 4/28/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, dinosaurs, bedtime Picture Book
Izzy Barr, Running Star Claudia Mills 4/28/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, sports, friendship, African-American Chapter Book
Race the Wild: Rain Forest Relay Kristin Earhart 4/28/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, nature, adventure, animals Chapter Book
The Nesting Quilt Cathryn Falwell 5/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, new baby, crafts Picture Book
A Day at Grandma’s Mi-ae Lee 5/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Korea, sleepovers, separation, family Picture Book
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story Reem Faruqi 5/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Muslim, holidays, differences Picture Book
Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village Fang Suzhen 5/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Taiwan, death, grandparents Picture Book
Ally-Saurus Richard Torrey 5/5/2015 Ages 4-6 friendship, strong girls, gender stereotypes, dinosaurs Picture Book
Stella Brings the Family Miriam B. Schiffer 5/5/2015 Ages 4-7 family, alternative lifestyles, same sex families Picture Book
Don’t Throw It to Mo! David A. Adler 5/5/2015 Ages 6-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, Diverse Main Character, sports, football, self-esteem Easy Reader
Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split Anica Mrose Rissi 5/5/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, friendship, fighting Chapter Book
Interstellar Cinderella Deborah Underwood 5/5/2015 Ages 3-6 strong girls, science girls, STEM, fractured fairytales Picture Book
Feet Go to Sleep Barbara Bottner 5/12/2015 Ages 4-6 family, bedtime, body parts, Multi-ethnic Cast Picture Book
Bright Sky, Starry City Uma Krishnaswami 5/12/2015 Ages 5-7 science, strong girls, astronomy, urban life Picture Book
With a Friend By Your Side Barbara Kerley 5/12/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship Picture Book
Sunday Shopping Sally Derby 5/15/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, shopping, money Picture Book
One Family George Shannon 5/26/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, alternative lifestyles, family, multigenerational Picture Book
Battle Bugs: The Lizard War Jack Patton 5/26/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, action, insects, reptiles, adventure Chapter Book
Battle Bugs: The Spider Siege Jack Patton 5/26/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, action, insects, spiders, adventure Chapter Book
In a Village By the Sea Muon Van 6/9/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Vietnam, Cumulative Tale Picture Book
What James Said Liz Rosenberg 6/9/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, rumors Picture Book
One Word from Sophia Jim Averbeck 6/16/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, Diverse Main Character, manners Picture Book
Vamonos! Let’s Go! Rene Colato Lainez 7/1/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, Latino, nursery rhymes, transportation Picture Book
Rosie Goes to Preschool Karen Katz 7/7/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, starting school, preschool, friendship Picture Book
Freckleface Strawberry: Backpacks Julianne Moore 7/14/2015 Ages 4-6 alternative lifestyles, same sex families, cleaning Easy Reader
We’re Getting a Pet Sue Fliess 7/14/2015 Ages 2-4 Diverse Main Character, new pet, animals Picture Book
Charlotte and the Quiet Place Deborah Sosin 7/21/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, New York City, peace Picture Book
Bucky and Stu Vs. The Mikanikal Man Cornelius Van Wright 7/28/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, superheroes, imagination, friendship Picture Book
Double Happiness Nancy Tupper Ling 7/28/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Asian-American, moving, travel Picture Book
Marvelous Cornelius Phil Bildner 7/28/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, hope, hurricanes, African-American Picture Book
Shanghai Sukkah Heidi Smith Hyde 8/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, China, history, holidays Picture Book
Talia and the Very Yum Kippur Linda Elovitz Marshall 8/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main character, Jewish, holidays Picture Book
Meg Goldberg on Parade Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum 8/1/2015 Ages 4-6 Jewish, parades, New York City Picture Book
The Seeds of Friendship Michael Foreman 8/4/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, immigrants, friendship, Africa Picture Book
The Great and Mighty Nikko! Xavier Garza 8/4/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, bilingual, Latin-American, counting, Mexican wrestling Picture Book
I’m New Here Anne Sibley O’Brien 8/4/2015 Ages 4-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, immigration, immigrants, friendship Picture Book
The Green Musician Mahvash Shahegh 8/7/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Muslim, folktales Picture Book
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox Danielle Daniel 8/11/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, feelings, animals, Native American Picture Book
In the Canyon Liz Garton Scanlon 8/18/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, nature, animals Picture Book
Pumpkin Day! Candice Ransom 8/25/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, autumn, seasons Easy Reader
Happy In Our Skin Fran Manushkin 8/25/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, self-esteem, celebrating differences Picture Book
Mango, Abuela, and Me Meg Medina 8/25/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, grandparents, immigration, Latino-American Picture Book
Leo Mac Barnett 8/25/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, ghosts, friendship Picture Book
Elephant in the Dark Mina Javaherbin 8/25/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, Iran, folktale Picture Book
What Does It Mean to be Kind? Rana DiOrio 8/25/2015 Ages 4-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, kindness, life skills Picture Book
My Two Blankets Irena Kobold 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, immigrants, friendship, Africa Picture Book
On the Ball: Unleash Your Imagination Brian Pinkney 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, soccer, persistence Picture Book
In a Cloud of Dust Alma Fullerton 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Africa, bicycles Picture Book
Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation Edwidge Danticat 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, immigration, separation, Carribean Picture Book
Sail Away Langston Hughes 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, poetry, water Picture Book
Poo in the Zoo Steve Smallman 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, zoo, poop, rhyming picture books Picture Book
Sadako’s Cranes Judith Loske 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Japan, WWII, hope, peace Picture Book
Backyard Camp-Out Jerdine Nolen 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, camping, friendship Easy Reader
Block Party Surprise Jerdine Nolen 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, parties, friendship Easy Reader
Monster Trouble! Lane Fredrickson 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, monsters, bedtime Picture Book
The Little Kids’ Table Mary Ann McCabe Riehle 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, holidays, dinner, manners Picture Book
Lizard From the Park Mark Pett 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, NYC, dinosaurs, friendship Picture Book
Oskar and the Eight Blessings Richard & Tanya Simon 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, NYC, holocaust, Hannukah, Christmas Picture Book
I Am a Bear Jean-Francois Dumont 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 homelessness, poverty, compassion, bears Picture Book
It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon Jarrett J. Krosoczka 9/8/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, feelings, problem solving Picture Book
Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems Lee Bennett Hopkins (ed) 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, poetry, libraries Picture Book
Flop to the Top Eleanor Davis 9/15/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, friendship, popularity, pets Easy Reader
P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony Scot Ritchie 9/15/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Native Americans, history Picture Book
Oscar Lives Next Door Bonnie Farmer 9/15/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, jazz, music, illness Picture Book
Miracle on 133rd Street Sonia Manzano 9/22/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, NYC, Latino-American, Christmas Picture Book
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House Bob Graham 9/22/2015 Ages 4-6 Multi-ethinic Cast, daytime, the world Picture Book
Roar! Tammi Sauer 9/29/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, dragons, friendship Picture Book
Kamik’s First Sled Matilda Sulurayok 10/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Native voices, dogs Picture Book
Ketzel the Cat Who Composed Leslea Newman 10/6/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, cats, music Picture Book
Mixed Me! Taye Diggs 10/6/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, biracial, self-esteem Picture Book
Little Shaq Shaquilloe O’Neal 10/6/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, basketball, African-American, self-esteem Chapter Book
Two White Rabbits Jairo Buitrago 10/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Mexico, migrants, immigration Picture Book
West Meadow Detectives Liam O’Donnell 10/13/2015 Ages 6-9 Multi-ethnic Cast, autism, detective stories Chapter Book
Me and My Dragon: Christmas Spirit David Biedrzycki 10/13/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, Christmas, dragons, poverty Picture Book
Today is the Day Eric Walters 10/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, orphans, Kenya, birthdays Picture Book
Bottle Cap Boys Go Dancing on Royal Street Rita Williams-Garcia 10/15/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, dance, New Orleans Picture Book
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein Amanda Peet & Andrea Troyer 10/20/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, Christmas, Hanukkah Picture Book
Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption Jose Domingo 10/20/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, graphic novels, adventure Chapter Book
Little Red Gliding Hood Tara Lazar 10/27/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, fairy tales, ice skating, fractured fairy tales Picture Book
Strictly No Elephants Lisa Mantchev 10/27/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, differences, inclusion, pets Picture Book
I Can’t Wait! Amy Schwartz 10/27/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, emotions Picture Book
Bigfoot Does Not Like Birthday Parties Eric Ode 10/27/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, Bigfoot, birthday parties Picture Book
One Today Richard Blanco 11/3/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, poetry, patriotism Picture Book
Lola Levine is Not Mean! Monica Brown 11/3/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, biracial, Jewish, Latino-American Chapter Book
Specs for Rex Yasmeen Ismail 11/3/2015 Ages 4-7 glasses, self-esteem, first day of school Picture Book
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk Kabir & Surishtha Sehgal 11/3/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, India, nursery rhymes, transportation Picture Book
Snow Rabbit Camille Garoche 11/3/2015 Ages 4-6 Disability, sisters, nature, rabbits Picture Book
The Little Tree Muon Van 11/10/2015 Ages 4-7 adoption, nature, environment Picture Book
Don’t Feed the Geckos Karen English 12/1/2015 Ages 6-9 Multi-ethnic Cast, soccer, cousins, Latino, family Chapter Book


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48. Library Loot: Second and Third Trips in November

New Loot:
  • This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
  • How Many Sleeps 'Til Christmas by Mark Sperring
  • Santa's Sleigh is On Its Way to Texas by Eric James
  • The Nutcracker retold by Stephanie Spinner
  • Winnie by Sally M. Walker
  • Waiting for Santa by Steve Metzger
  • The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas by Ellis Paul
  • The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
  • Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas
  • When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey
Leftover Loot:
  • The Year of Fear by Joe Urschel
  • Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
  • The Tale of Hawthorn House by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Oh, the places you'll go! by Dr. Seuss
  • You're Only Old Once by Dr. Seuss
  • I Am Not Going To Get Up Today by Dr. Seuss
  • The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
       Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries

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49. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge on #TWTBlog

Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge on this great Tuesday. We are so glad you are joining us today.

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50. Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon. Crockett Johnson. 1955. HarperCollins. 64 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. There wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. And he needed something to walk on.

Premise: Readers meet Harold, a young boy with a purple crayon. Harold is always finding himself in the middle of adventures. He can draw his way in and out of those adventures. For example, his shaking hand causes the purple crayon to make waves and he finds himself drowning in the ocean. No cause for fear though, just draw a boat and get inside.

My thoughts: I really love Harold and his purple crayon. I found the book playful and fun and simple and wonderful. Have you read Harold and the Purple Crayon? What was your favorite scene? I love Harold's picnic with the nine kinds of pie!!! I like how he draws animals to finish the pies. The picture of the porcupine is so cute and adorable!

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 10 out of 10

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