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1. 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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2. 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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3. Lauren Oliver to Create a Fictional Book From the Delirium Trilogy

Lauren OliverLauren Oliver announced that The Book of Shhh will be released in May 2016.

This fictional book appears in the Delirium trilogy. Oliver’s young adult series features a dystopian story where love is regarded as a disease.

According to Oliver’s blog post, The Book of Shhh will contain “previously unreleased passages from the prominent religious, social, and scientific compendium of the Delirium world.” HarperTeen will publish it as an eBook and make it available free of charge.

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4. Steve Carell Probes at the Big Banks in The Big Short Trailer

Paramount Pictures has unveiled a second trailer for The Big Short film adaptation. The video embedded above features scenes with Brad Pitt as Ben Hockett, Christian Bale as Michael Burry, Ryan Gosling as Greg Lippmann, and Steve Carell as Mark Baum.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The actors are positioned as the collective David against Goliaths like Merrill Lynch, Chase and Lehman Brothers…Adam McKay directed the The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’ book that chronicles the 2008 financial collapse following the mortgage loan crisis.”

According to The Huffington Post, the theatrical release date has been scheduled for Dec. 23. Follow this link to watch the first trailer. (via The Washington Post)

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5. Daily Drawing: Turkey 17


This turkey is checking to see if his crash diet was enough to save him from the dinner table. What do you think? Is he safe?

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6. Penguin Random House to Give Away Books on Giving Tuesday

Penguin Random House’s employees will be giving out free books on Giving Tuesday, December 1 as part of its #GiveaBook social media campaign.

The #GiveaBook team will be handing out free books in front of several of the publisher’s offices in New York (1745 Broadway and 375 Hudson Street), as well as at Carroll Community College (near the publisher’s Westminster, MD distribution center), and Sommer Elementary School (near its Crawfordsville, IN distribution center). The giveaways include: Red Rising by Pierce Brown; The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, illustrated by Colleen Madden; and Llama Llama Gram & Grandpa by Anna Dewdney.

The promotion is part of the publisher’s social media promotion in which the publisher is donating a book to First Book for every tweet with the hashtag #GiveaBook, up to 35,000 times.

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7. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe + Giveaway (International)

Hello, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crewe, re-releasing December 1, 2015. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Megan:

Hello YABC! Welcome to the reveal of GIVE UP THE GHOST's brand new cover!

I'm very excited to be re-releasing my first novel, GIVE UP THE GHOST, next month, and to have a (if I do say so myself) beautiful new cover to go with it. While GIVE UP THE GHOST is indeed a book about ghosts, to me it's always been more about loss, isolation, and finding our way back to human connection. I tried to give a sense of all those elements through the color scheme and the imagery, which echoes a key scene in the book. I hope you love the new look as much as I do!
~ Megan Crewe (GIVE UP THE GHOST)



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by Megan Crewe
Re-release date: December 1, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9939806-1-9
About the Book
Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the lies and backstabbing between her fellow students.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_megan_20151101-235913_1.jpgAbout the Author

Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Toronto, Canada (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she has yet to make friends with a ghost, though she welcomes the opportunity.

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Two winners will each receive a signed paperback copy of the new edition of GIVE UP THE GHOST. 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

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8. New York Public Library Launches Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Exhibit

NYPL Holiday LionThe New York Public Library has opened a pop-up exhibit called “A Writer’s Christmas: Dickens & More.”

This program was organized to celebrate the holiday season. Some of the items being displayed include a Christmas card from James Joyce, a Christmas-themed book by T. S. Eliot, and ceramic figurines associated with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

According to the press release, visitors will only be able to see this exhibit at the McGraw Rotunda inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The closing date has been scheduled for Jan. 04, 2016.

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9. Middle Grade Fun

I'm working on adding more middle grade art to my website. I'm also writing middle grade stories now. So much fun! I like writing exciting adventures with a dash of kookiness.

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10. Picture Book Dummies

Even if you're not an illustrator, you should make a dummy for all your picture books, and here's how.


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11. Inktober 2015

I just love Inktober! Here are a few of the sketches I created this year. You can follow me on Instagram to see what else I'm up to.

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12. Nifty – 50

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Nifty—50 is a poster project organized by Socio Design, in which 50 creatives from around the world were invited to creatively interpret the word ‘Money’. The fifty posters have been printed as an Edition of One and will be sold through a process of sealed bids on nifty50.sociodesign.co.uk. All proceeds from the project will be going to the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity — an organisation that cares for people with life-limiting illnesses.



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13. Nick Puts Chris Viscardi in Charge of Reviving Its Classic Shows

Viscardi's first project will be to oversee a "Hey Arnold!" made-for-TV movie.

The post Nick Puts Chris Viscardi in Charge of Reviving Its Classic Shows appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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14. 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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15. Native American Heritage Month resources

charleyboy_dreaming in indianNovember is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of Native American people, their varied cultures, and their accomplishments. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources; here some additional resources from our archives.

Recommended books

Articles on representation of Native Americans in children’s books

Check out Debbie Reese’s blog American Indians in Children’s Literature for much more on this topic.

And here’s author Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award acceptance speech for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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16. Rabia Chaudry to Write a Book About the Case Which Inspired the Story for Serial

Serial Podcast (GalleyCat)Attorney Rabia Chaudry has signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press. She plans to write a book about the case of Adnan Syed entitled Adnan’s Story.

Here’s more from the press release: “On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Since his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend and attorney, believed in his innocence and advocated on his behalf. By 2013, however, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, things looked bleak. That’s when Chaudry contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in the hopes of bringing greater attention to Adnan’s story. Koenig’s investigation turned into Serial, an international phenomenon and Peabody Award-winning podcast.”

Chandry, who shares a friendship with Syed, has received his permission to work to this project. It will feature letters written by Syed from prison. new evidence about Syed’s case, and personal thoughts from Syed himself. The release date for Chaudry’s book has been set for September 2016. Season two and season three of the Serial podcast has been scheduled to come out in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Follow this link to listen to the episodes from the first season of Serial.

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17. Pope Francis Is Working on a Children’s Book

Pope Francis is working on a children’s book.

The book from the 266th pope will feature a collection of letters and drawings from children ages six to 13, which were sent to the Pope from around the  globe. His personal responses will run alongside these thirty handwritten letters and drawings.

Loyola Press in Chicago will publish Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World on March 1, 2016. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, and Tom McGrath of Loyola Press will edit the work. It will be available as a hardcover in English and Spanish in the United States.

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18. Changing the Lives of Families

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When you support First Book, you also help hundreds of thousands of schools and programs across the country. Meet one of them.

Smart from the Start supports families, engages communities and prepares children for school. They work to prevent the academic achievement gap among young children living in the lowest income communities.

By working together, we change the lives of families like these. Take a look.

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19. Floating city

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20. Ann Morgan Gives TED Talk on Reading Translation Books

How often do you read a book translated from another language? Ann Morgan delivered a talk at the TEDGlobal>London conference to talk about her “year reading a book from every country in the world.”

Morgan discussed the origins of this challenge, all the issues she encountered, and the community that came together to help her complete it. The video embedded above features her entire talk.

At the end of 2012, Morgan was able to find and read books from 196 countries. Follow this link to check out some interactive maps that showcase Morgan’s reading list.

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21. Nicki Minaj Recites a Maya Angelou Poem

Rapper Nicki Minaj (pictured, via) recently recited the verses of another: the famous poem “Still I Rise” by the late Maya Angelou. Follow this link to read the poem in its entirety.

The video embedded above features the hip hop artist’s performance at an A&E television special called Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. Click here to watch a video with Angelou’s own reading of “Still I Rise.” (via BuzzFeed)

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22. Okay, Okay. Even We Izzies are Impressed! 10K Hits on Bublish!

 Deedy (Dorothea Jensen to you) sent this to us, and we think it is big enough news that we agreed to put it on our blog.

After all, some of these Bubbles are apparently about us Izzies.

That's probably why people like to read 'em!


The Izzy Elves

So I hate to be a braggart, but take a look at this number:

This is the total - as of late today - number of "hits" on my Bublish account, that I began writing in late July. I have no idea who the people are who read my "Bubbles", or why they like to read them, but I would like to say "thanks" to all of you who have done so.

I have been having a wonderful time writing "background information" and "author insights" on Bublish for a couple of my Izzy Elf stories, as well as for my classic historical novel, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. (I am SO looking forward to writing about my new historical novel for young readers, A Buss from Lafayette, which is coming out April 22, 2016.)

I really had no idea how to do this when I started Bublishing exactly four months ago.  I found, however, that it was terrific fun to revisit my stories, sometimes many years after writing them (30+ years, in the case of Riddle). I can't believe how easily I recall how I came up with ideas. Especially at my age.

In any case, I ended up simply writing stuff to entertain myself.

I am delighted that my Bubbling is apparently entertaining for others as well.

Here's the link if anyone out there might like to take a peek at my Bublish stuff.

My Bublish Account

Hope you like it!


Dorothea Jensen

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23. Cover Revealed for New Mary Robinette Kowal Book

Forest of Memory Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Mary Robinette Kowal’s forthcoming book, Forest of Memory. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to Tor.com, Christine Foltzer served as the designer and Victo Ngai created the artwork for this project. Tor/Forge, a division at Macmillan Publishers, has scheduled the release date for Mar. 08, 2016.

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24. Lauren Faust No Longer Directing ‘Medusa’ at Sony Pictures Animation (Exclusive)

"We ultimately ran into creative differences on the direction of the project," Faust told Cartoon Brew.

The post Lauren Faust No Longer Directing ‘Medusa’ at Sony Pictures Animation (Exclusive) appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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25. Review of Flop to the Top!

davis_flop to the topstar2 Flop to the Top!
by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing; 
illus. by the authors
Primary   TOON   38 pp.
9/15   978-1-935179-89-4   $12.95

Wanda is a superstar — in her own mind. Oblivious to her family’s dismay, she forces everyone within arm’s reach to endure invasive photos, rude orders, and diva-like dismissals. After posting a selfie taken with her droll and droopy-faced dog, Wilbur, she scores millions of online likes. Hordes of admirers fill her street, and Wanda receives her fandom, only to be swiftly snubbed by the crowd. They want “FLOPPY DOG!” Wilbur is swept away to party with the celebrity du jour, Sassy Cat, and Wanda, jealous, tails the duo. The blinged-out dog is offered a contract to leave his “old life behind,” but instead decides to devour the document after a heartfelt apology (of sorts) by Wanda. Wife-and-husband team Davis and Weing share author-illustrator duties (“Can you tell who drew what? They bet you can’t!”) for this expertly paced — and funny and topical — early-reader comic. The digitally rendered art is a departure from the pen-and-ink cartooning of Davis’s Stinky (a 2009 Geisel honoree) and more closely related to her Matisse-like work for adults. It is infused with so much warmth, color, and whimsy that young readers will gladly see this book through to its pleasing reversal of fortune.

From the November/December 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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