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20676. Boston Bound: Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Options Around Boston

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Boston is a great city with a lot of great food options, but if you have special dietary requirements, it can still be difficult to find places to eat. That’s why YALSA has compiled information about restaurants that are great for vegetarians, vegans, and those who need to ensure that their food is gluten-free.

Vegetarian
Lucy Ethiopian Cafe - Located right near the Symphony T-stop on the Green Line, this is a small Ethiopian restaurant that offers tasty food and many vegetarian options.

Tanjore - If you find yourself near Harvard Square, Tanjore offers an extensive menu, including a range of vegetarian options. Their daily lunch buffet always includes vegetarian options as well.

Clover Food Lab - Including locations in Brookline, Harvard Square and Kendall Square, as well as a food truck, this restaurant has many vegetarian options. Most of their food can also be made vegan.

Vegan
Veggie Galaxy - Located in Central Square a short walk from the T-stop, this restaurant has a menu of entirely vegetarian and vegan dishes. They also have a vegan bakery.

Grasshopper - Offering an entirely vegetarian and vegan menu, this restaurant has been a long time staple on the vegan scene in Boston.

Gluten-Free
MJ O’Connors - This restaurant, which is very close to the convention center, offers a wide variety of food including pub food, salads, and a gluten-free menu upon request.

Boloco - Offering a wide range of wraps and smoothies, this restaurant offers something for everyone with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. It also has locations dotted throughout Boston and Cambridge.

Bon Me - This Vietnamese chain has multiple locations and a food truck that travels around Boston and Cambridge. It offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Hopefully these restaurants will give you some good lunch and dinner options during your stay in Boston. If you want to find out about more dining options (including restaurants that offer Halal or Kosher options) and other sightseeing information, check out the YALSA Midwinter 2016 wiki. (Note: While we will make every effort to keep the wiki up-to-date, restaurants change their menus frequently, so you may want to call in advance to confirm that they haven’t changed their options).

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20677. When Exhaustion Hits

When exhaustion hits
And it digs down deep,
Then you must obey
And sink into sleep.

For your eyes will close
Though you try to fight.
Better show respect
And just say good night.

Even poems succumb
When your brain is fried.
Let the record show
That at least you tried.

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20678. We Don’t Need to be Superheroes!

As we become seasoned youth services librarians, it’s natural for our professional confidence and expertise around things like child development, children’s books, and summer learning to grow. At some point, we may feel like we’ve arrived! We are now ready to dole out ALL the brilliant advice! (I don’t know about you, but I can be an insufferable advice-giver. Just ask my family!)

A Deficits-Based Approach

And isn’t advice-giving sort of built into our jobs as librarians? When we work on the reference desk or the public service floor, we are there under the assumption that people will have problems for us to fix. Small problems (not finding the right book) and monumental problems (food and housing insecurity among a family of regulars) cross our paths daily. No fear! We have tools in our Super Librarian belts and resources to share!

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But if we position ourselves as superheroes, doesn’t it follow that we assume library users are victims who need saving? Despite our best intentions, this deficits-based assumption can subtly suggest to families that we do not value their inherent worth and potential.

When organizations act as experts on resolving the problems of people, we deny and limit those particular individuals facing the problem the opportunity to explore what strengths and capacities they might have in the process of exploring, participating, taking control and learning (Herman-Stahl & Petersen, 1996).

 A New, Strengths-Based Approach

Applying a strengths-based approach to customer service can have powerful outcomes for you and your library. A strengths-based approach:

  • Assumes that all people have strengths, expertise, and potential
  • Promotes a relationship of trust between library staff and customers
  • Allows us to learn side-by-side with our customers
  • Takes the pressure off us to be experts
  • Recognizes that dominate cultural and organizational assumptions can limit the growth of individuals, families and communities

So, how might youth services librarians apply this strengths-based approach? The most important first step is simple in concept and enormously challenging in practice—we can change our attitudes and assumptions about the families in our libraries. This takes practice, and you might have to fake it to make it at first. But gradually, applying strengths-based assumptions will start to become more natural… and you may even find yourself feeling more optimistic about working in public service.

Here are some familiar library scenarios with examples of how applying strengths-based assumptions might positively change our interactions with families:

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A mother texts on her phone while her two young kids run around the library.

  • Deficits-based assumption: This is an inattentive parent who needs to be informed of our rules surrounding unsupervised children.
  • Strengths-based assumption: This mother is a competent person who knows more than I do about her children. There may be complicated reasons behind her decision to use her phone rather than pay close attention to her children in this moment. How can we partner with this parent to make sure her children are safe in the library?

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A parent insists that his son, a reluctant reader, must read high level books and stay away from graphic novels and “easy books”.

  • Deficits-based assumption: This parent doesn’t understand the importance of reading motivation and only cares about getting his child into the best university.
  • Strengths-based assumption: This father loves his son and wants the best for him. There may be cultural or other factors influencing his parenting decisions and beliefs. How can we have a non-judgmental conversation with this father starting with the assumption that he is the expert when it comes to his family’s well-being?

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During Stay & Play, a mother mentions she’s worried that her 18-month-old isn’t playing well with other kids.

  • Deficits-based assumption: This parent doesn’t know much about child development, so she would benefit from learning about parallel play and being assured that her that her child’s behavior is normal.
  • Strengths-based assumption: Whether or not this parent is familiar with child development theory, she is an expert when it comes to her child. Instead of positioning ourselves as authorities on child development, how can we use this interaction with the parent to build a partnership around the child? What open-ended questions can we ask to draw out the parent’s expertise before offering advice?

 

This strengths-based approach can also be a powerful tool for youth services managers to use when working with staff. Staff members who feel acknowledged, valued, and heard will be more likely to extend the same courtesy to the public!

 

Madeline Walton-Hadlock is the Early Education Manager at the San José Public Library and a member of the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. You can reach her at madeline.walton-hadlock@sjlibrary.org 

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20679. Pumpkin Patch Fun! Picture Books and Printables

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Pumpkin Patch Fun!  Picture Books and Printables to Extend Your Child's Learning

We live very near to several pumpkin patches. At this time of year, the leaves have died away to reveal gorgeous orange fruit. If you and your family have an opportunity to trudge through muddy fields to select just the right pumpkin, be sure to extend your child’s learning with pumpkin theme picture books and printables.













The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett


The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett
Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by Cartwheel Books, a Division of Scholastic

Clayton and Desmond each fall in love with the same pumpkin and are soon working night and day to water and fertilize it. Before long, it is absolutely enormous! One night, as they work to protect the pumpkin from frost, the two young mice meet and discover that they have both been working on the same pumpkin project. Before long, it is time for a pumpkin contest and, together, the new friends enlist the help of dozens of field mice to transport the pumpkin into town.

With only a brief reference to carving a smiling jack-o-lantern face, this story is primarily about caring for the growing pumpkin, discovering a new friend and working cooperatively together. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

is a great opportunity to explore the life cycle of a pumpkin. It will be enjoyed by preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.com

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.ca

Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi

Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi
Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by HMH Books for Young Readers

José’s family grows pumpkins and usually they are very careful to only grow the best. One day José and his five brothers discard some ‘lesser’ seeds carelessly. The seeds are blown into town and land on straw roofs and in soil. When spring arrives, the seeds began to grow. Soon intrusive vines push through windows and heavy pumpkins threaten to drop out of trees and off rooftops. José and his family are blissfully unaware of the problem until the brothers venture into town.

Acknowledging their mistake, the boys set about harvesting the pumpkins and returning the town to normal. Observant readers will accurately predict the impact of rewarding the brothers’ hard work by giving them watermelons to eat.

Very good fun for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children. No reference to Halloween.

Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.com

Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins
Rhyming, counting picture book about harvesting pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Sam Raccoon is confident when she heads out to the pumpkin patch. She pulls a large blue wagon behind her and she is soon filling it with big, lumpy pumpkins. At last the wagon is stacked with sixteen bright orange pumpkins that wiggle and wobble as she pulls it down the bumpy road. Soon, the pumpkins tumble out of the wagon and roll and bounce down the hill to the farmhouse.

Sam runs after the tumbling pumpkins and is disappointed when some are cracked but Grandpa knows exactly what to do with cracked pumpkins. The family gets to work and soon enjoy a delicious dessert.

Engaging illustrations, rollicking rhymes and the chance to count along will have great appeal for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.com

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

Pumpkin Theme Free Printables

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    20680. Happy Birthday Sir Michael Gambon

    Yesterday, (we are so, so sorry your Knightliness) Sir Michael Gambon celebrated his 75 birthday! Sir Gambon played the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films (3-8), after Richard Harris passed away. He was also featured in J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy BBC mini series.

    Sir Gambon provided the Harry Potter set not only with talent, but with his famous humor. He danced with Alan Rickman, which became the subject of one of the best GIFs ever created. Alan Rickman also sold him out on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, for pulling the ultimate prank on Daniel during “Prisoner of Azkaban” (he put a fart machine in his sleeping bag).

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    Today we thank Sir Michael Gambon for all that he has brought to the Harry Potter world, and apologize for the belated well wishes, and hope that he had a splendid 75th birthday!

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    20681. The Last Kids on Earth

    The Last Kids on Earth is a blast. Jack Sullivan is a confident and self-deprecating kid who's just trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, tame a monster for a pet, track down June (the cute girl from school), and make his own Mountain Dew with his best friend, Quint. Books mentioned in this post The [...]

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    20682. The Happiest Birthday wishes to Veronica Clifford and George Harris!

     

    Both Veronica Clifford (Mrs. Mason) and George Harris (Kingsley Shacklebolt) celebrate their birthdays today! Please join us in sending birthday wishes to them both–as well as the hope that Veronica Clifford’s day didn’t end with a pudding disaster!

    Shacklebolt

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    20683. This Book Could Stop You From Being ETERNALLY DAMNED!

    THE COMPLETE PHANTOM DETECTIVE

    I may have lied there.
    THE COMPLETE PHANTOM DETECTIVE
    Ben R. Dilworth
    black & White
    A4
    Paperback, 
    36 Pages
    Price: £4.00 (excl. VAT)
    Murdering Ghouls. Satanic Masses. Demonic Possession. Werewolves. Poltergeists. Vampires. To many of the uninitiated these are just “things that go bump in the night” -TV or film fantasy. 
     
    In the Victorian era, The Phantom Detective used his decades of occult study to help those in danger from these “things” and he paid the ultimate price…. ….
     
    Yet he continues to help and to observe as best he can for now he is a true... 
     
    PHANTOM DETECTIVE! 
     
     
    From one of the UK's most under -rated comic creators, Ben R. Dilworth, comes new life breathed into and a new slant given to the adventures of the former mortal who has become one of the Watchers -forbidden to act even to save a life from supernatural forces.  Except "rules are there to be broken or at the very least stretched until you can see through them!"
     
     
    The much anticipated collection from the co-creator of Peter Wisdom and artist of Mark Millar's The Shadowmen!
     

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    20684. Pumpkin Patch Fun! Picture Books and Printables

    Pumpkin Patch Fun! Picture Books and Printables | Storytime Standouts

    Pumpkin Patch Fun!  Picture Books and Printables to Extend Your Child's Learning

    We live very near to several pumpkin patches. At this time of year, the leaves have died away to reveal gorgeous orange fruit. If you and your family have an opportunity to trudge through muddy fields to select just the right pumpkin, be sure to extend your child’s learning with pumpkin theme picture books and printables.













    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett


    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by Cartwheel Books, a Division of Scholastic

    Clayton and Desmond each fall in love with the same pumpkin and are soon working night and day to water and fertilize it. Before long, it is absolutely enormous! One night, as they work to protect the pumpkin from frost, the two young mice meet and discover that they have both been working on the same pumpkin project. Before long, it is time for a pumpkin contest and, together, the new friends enlist the help of dozens of field mice to transport the pumpkin into town.

    With only a brief reference to carving a smiling jack-o-lantern face, this story is primarily about caring for the growing pumpkin, discovering a new friend and working cooperatively together. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

    is a great opportunity to explore the life cycle of a pumpkin. It will be enjoyed by preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.com

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.ca

    Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi

    Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by HMH Books for Young Readers

    José’s family grows pumpkins and usually they are very careful to only grow the best. One day José and his five brothers discard some ‘lesser’ seeds carelessly. The seeds are blown into town and land on straw roofs and in soil. When spring arrives, the seeds began to grow. Soon intrusive vines push through windows and heavy pumpkins threaten to drop out of trees and off rooftops. José and his family are blissfully unaware of the problem until the brothers venture into town.

    Acknowledging their mistake, the boys set about harvesting the pumpkins and returning the town to normal. Observant readers will accurately predict the impact of rewarding the brothers’ hard work by giving them watermelons to eat.

    Very good fun for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children. No reference to Halloween.

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins
    Rhyming, counting picture book about harvesting pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

    Sam Raccoon is confident when she heads out to the pumpkin patch. She pulls a large blue wagon behind her and she is soon filling it with big, lumpy pumpkins. At last the wagon is stacked with sixteen bright orange pumpkins that wiggle and wobble as she pulls it down the bumpy road. Soon, the pumpkins tumble out of the wagon and roll and bounce down the hill to the farmhouse.

    Sam runs after the tumbling pumpkins and is disappointed when some are cracked but Grandpa knows exactly what to do with cracked pumpkins. The family gets to work and soon enjoy a delicious dessert.

    Engaging illustrations, rollicking rhymes and the chance to count along will have great appeal for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

    Pumpkin Theme Free Printables

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    20685. J.K. Rowling to Give First On-Air Interview as Robert Galbraith

    The Guardian reports that J.K. Rowling is set to give her first on-air interview as Robert Galbraith on BBC2’s radio. In the interview, which will be part of Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show, Rowling will promote Career of Evil, the third Cormoran Strike novel Rowling has written using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

    The Guardian states that:

    Rowling is expected to talk about why she decided to write as Galbraith, and her feelings once her identity as the author of the books was exposed.

    Mayo will also read out five reviews from listeners who have applied to review Career of Evil as part of the Radio 2’s Book Club.

    The Radio 2 interview will be Rowling’s second appearance as Robert Galbraith. During the first interview, an on-stage conversation with Val McDermid, Rowling showed up in a suit and tie. It remains unclear and is up for speculation how Rowling will mark her character on the radio.

    The interview will appear on Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show on November 2, 2015.

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    20686. How to Be Both

    You know when you're immersed in a story so compelling that you look at the people around you and think: you guys don't even know what I'm going through? How to Be Both is incredible. At a sentence level, it's expertly done, and on a story level, it is fascinating. Read it! Books mentioned in [...]

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    20687. #759 – That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant

    That’s Not Mine Written by Anna Kang Illustrated by Christopher Weyant Two Lions     9/01/2015 978-1-4778-2639-3 32 pages      Age 4—8 “Two fuzzy creatures both want to sit in the same chair. The trouble is, they can’t agree who it belongs to. “Mine. “Mine. “They get madder and madder, until . . . …

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    20688. Pumpkin Patch Fun! Picture Books and Printables

    Pumpkin Patch Fun! Picture Books and Printables | Storytime Standouts

    Pumpkin Patch Fun!  Picture Books and Printables to Extend Your Child's Learning

    We live very near to several pumpkin patches. At this time of year, the leaves have died away to reveal gorgeous orange fruit. If you and your family have an opportunity to trudge through muddy fields to select just the right pumpkin, be sure to extend your child’s learning with pumpkin theme picture books and printables.













    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett


    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by Cartwheel Books, a Division of Scholastic

    Clayton and Desmond each fall in love with the same pumpkin and are soon working night and day to water and fertilize it. Before long, it is absolutely enormous! One night, as they work to protect the pumpkin from frost, the two young mice meet and discover that they have both been working on the same pumpkin project. Before long, it is time for a pumpkin contest and, together, the new friends enlist the help of dozens of field mice to transport the pumpkin into town.

    With only a brief reference to carving a smiling jack-o-lantern face, this story is primarily about caring for the growing pumpkin, discovering a new friend and working cooperatively together. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

    is a great opportunity to explore the life cycle of a pumpkin. It will be enjoyed by preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.com

    The Biggest Pumpkin Ever at Amazon.ca

    Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi

    Pumpkin Town written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi
    Preschool picture book about growing pumpkins published by HMH Books for Young Readers

    José’s family grows pumpkins and usually they are very careful to only grow the best. One day José and his five brothers discard some ‘lesser’ seeds carelessly. The seeds are blown into town and land on straw roofs and in soil. When spring arrives, the seeds began to grow. Soon intrusive vines push through windows and heavy pumpkins threaten to drop out of trees and off rooftops. José and his family are blissfully unaware of the problem until the brothers venture into town.

    Acknowledging their mistake, the boys set about harvesting the pumpkins and returning the town to normal. Observant readers will accurately predict the impact of rewarding the brothers’ hard work by giving them watermelons to eat.

    Very good fun for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children. No reference to Halloween.

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins
    Rhyming, counting picture book about harvesting pumpkins written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

    Sam Raccoon is confident when she heads out to the pumpkin patch. She pulls a large blue wagon behind her and she is soon filling it with big, lumpy pumpkins. At last the wagon is stacked with sixteen bright orange pumpkins that wiggle and wobble as she pulls it down the bumpy road. Soon, the pumpkins tumble out of the wagon and roll and bounce down the hill to the farmhouse.

    Sam runs after the tumbling pumpkins and is disappointed when some are cracked but Grandpa knows exactly what to do with cracked pumpkins. The family gets to work and soon enjoy a delicious dessert.

    Engaging illustrations, rollicking rhymes and the chance to count along will have great appeal for preschool, kindergarten and early primary age children.

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.com

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins at Amazon.ca

    Pumpkin Theme Free Printables

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    20689. Waiting on Wednesday \\ THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT by @AmieKaufman & @MeaganSpooner #WOW

    "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Pick of the week: Their Fractured Light Starbound # 3 Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Release Date: December 1st 2015 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Amazon  | Goodreads A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now

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    20690. Blast off into Space with Professor Astro Cat!

    Professor Astro Cat

    Minilab is a new app development studio from the minds of Nobrow and Flying Eye Books. Steeped in the same ethos as their traditional print counterparts, they aim to deliver memorable products that revel in strong visual storytelling. For their first project, they were tasked to bring Ben Newman’s best selling book Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space to life.  You can download the app at iTunes and see a preview of the app in action here.

     

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    20691. Writer Wednesday: Authors Are Human

    Something that always amazes me when I go to an event, whether it be a conference, a convention, or just a one-author book signing, is that people look at authors like they aren't regular people. Some might argue we aren't exactly normal (and I'm okay with that), but we are in fact human just like everyone else.

    I've seen teens gush about meeting authors, and I've gushed about meeting authors, too. But when I gush it's because I'm in the presence of someone who's book changed my life in some way. Not because I thought this author was actually a superhuman posing as a mere mortal.

    Now, those of you who follow me on Facebook or who read my most recent Monday Mishmash post know I had quite the accident-prone week. I had to laugh because my mom told me I had to stop posting about my accidents online or people might think I'm not the most intelligent person. There's a reason I post these things for all to see. These little quirks about me show I'm human. I'm not a robot sitting behind a computer screen typing away my latest book. I'm a real human being who tends to hurt herself and embarrass herself quite often. But I have a good sense of humor and I can laugh at myself. And I graduated college with honors, so I'm not worried about my intelligence either. ;)

    I'm just me. I want people to see the real me and know they can approach me. That's why I love interacting online. So will I continue to share my little quirks online? Yes, I will. How about you? Do you share your imperfections online for others to see?

    *If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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    20692. B is for Bear

    J is for Jackrabbit, D is for Dandelion, Y is for Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker — all lovingly illustrated by paper-cut artist Hannah Viano. Sweet, interesting touches throughout make this book more than just strikingly beautiful. It's also a wonderful tribute and introduction to the natural world. Books mentioned in this post B Is for Bear: A [...]

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    20693.

    Are E-books in Style in Children's Books? For a while, e-books were all the rage. Parents bought kindles and readers for their children for Christmas and birthdays. I was one of those parents. As teenagers, my boys, using the kindle or any reader was short-lived. But now, they have picked it up again and are reading e-books more than heavy books that they would have to carry. My guys are adults now so they are reading mostly adult books as e-books. But do kids read e-books? I did some research. The local librarian in my hometown says that e-books are on their way in again. Go to any library website and you will find a list of e-books for children. Kids are on-line more these days than they ever were so don't be surprised if they want to read a book on their kindle. I have a book on kindle that is a chapter book for children ages 7-10. I was surprised to find it listed in so many different countries! In the U.S.A. Cool! http://www.amazon.com/Scooter-Club-Lily-Erlic-ebook/dp/B00P31LBYK In Spain? Yes! http://www.amazon.es/Scooter-Club-English-Edition-Erlic-ebook/dp/B00P31LBYK Australia? Nice. http://www.amazon.com.au/Scooter-Club-Lily-Erlic-ebook/dp/B00P31LBYK Canada! http://www.amazon.ca/Scooter-Club-Lily-Erlic-ebook/dp/B00P31LBYK In England-Hurray! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scooter-Club-Lily-Erlic-ebook/dp/B00P31LBYK I do think e-books are coming back in style. There is plenty of evidence on Amazon Kindle and many other platforms out there! How do you get your e-book into the library system if you are a children's author? That question remains for me to do more research.

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    20694. I’ve Been Interviewed!

    Today I am over at Postcards from Asia. Delia interviewed me for her blog! In case you don’t know Delia, she lives in Thailand and loves books and dark chocolate — a woman after my own heart! So pop over for the interview and a browse of Delia’s wonderful blog.


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    20695. Curiosity

    It's been a little while but at last we have some
    new neighbors. Visit them all at right here.

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    20696. Fall Postcards

    My new Fall postcards are going out in the mail today!
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    20697. Boomerang Book Bites: Soil by Jamie Kornegay

    There is something about stories set in the American south, particularly those in and around the Mississippi. Whether they are classic American Southern Gothic, contemporary fiction, crime mystery or a combination the confluence of history, atmosphere and long-held beliefs makes for rich, dark, fertile storytelling. Jamie Kornegay digs into this tapestry with a debut about […]

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    20698. Diversity in Children’s Picture Books [Infographic]

    Diversity in Children’s Picture Books [Infographic]

    Ten Groundbreaking Books: 1920 – 1969

    The debate about lack of diversity in children’s literature sparked my interest in a very personal way. Confessions of a white author – well, not really – anyone can see I’m not a person of color. Okay, that’s out of the way. So, why am I responding curiously to the diversity dearth facts? Because maybe, just maybe, the facts hit a raw nerve. Behind the data are stories of authors and illustrators whose picture books broke new ground for depicting children and families of color when the mainstream/buying public had little interest in multicultural content.

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    20699. Is this Abuse Acceptable? NAMELESS by Jennifer Jenkin

    Discussion by Andye NAMELESSby Jennifer JenkinAge Range: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and upSeries: NamelessPaperback: 336 pagesPublisher: Month9Books, LLC (October 6, 2015)Amazon | Goodreads Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf, and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

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    20700. The Boy Who Drew Monsters

    The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a perfectly spooky, fascinatingly creepy tale set on the coast of Maine. I absolutely love Donohue's imaginative writing, and the story of Jack Peter, who refuses to leave his home and spends his time drawing monsters, does not disappoint! Books mentioned in this post The Boy Who Drew Monsters [...]

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