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1. Live Blogging from ALA Midwinter 2015 #alamw15

MW15_webbanner_950x175It’s almost time for the ALA Midwinter Meetings! Are you #alscleftbehind and unable to make it to Chicago? Are you wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on? We’ve got you covered! Check the ALSC Blog for photos, videos and information about what’s going on at Midwinter. You can also check in on Twitter; just track the hashtag #alamw15.

Seventeen bloggers have committed to offering short, frequent posts throughout the conference. They are:

  • Alyson Feldman-Piltch
  • Amy Musser
  • Amy Sinnett
  • Andrew Medlar
  • Ashley Waring
  • Barb Langridge
  • Dan Bostrom
  • Elisabeth Marrocolla
  • Gesse Stark-Smith
  • Gwen Vanderhage
  • Karen Choy
  • Kim Alberts
  • Linda Ward-Callaghan
  • Lisa Nowlain
  • Mary Voors
  • Melina Easter
  • Tessa M. Schmidt

Let me be the first to thank this wonderful group of volunteers!

Are there activities you hope we cover? Let us know in the comments below.

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2. ALSC Member of the Month — Cindy Boatfield

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Cindy Boatfield.

1.  What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

CindyI have been a librarian for over 20 years but have been in my current position, Youth Services Senior Librarian at the Frisco Public Library in Frisco, Texas since 2008. My major responsibility is to coordinate all aspects of Early Literacy. I also order picture books, provide reference and reader’s advisory for all ages, create displays, serve on the e-resources committee, provide in-house tours and outreach when requested. I also oversee the Student Teller Program. Each year we audition and coach students ages 8 to 18 to tell a story during the library’s annual storytelling festival.

2.  Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

I think the major reason is so I have a connection with other youth services librarians. To stay on top of current trends and practices. To learn about upcoming workshops. And I enjoy the resources and ideas I get from this blog! No I do not currently belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables. But I should probably join YALSA since I read so many YA books and enjoy assisting with events for teens.

3.  Would you rather bring a lunch from home or eat out at lunch?

I would rather bring a lunch from home so I can spend as much time as possible reading my book!

4.  How do you incorporate STEM/STEAM activities in your work with children? 

We have STEM Spots (we created a graphic) during our 2’s and 3-5’s story time classes. We provide take-home sheets and post the activities on our website. Here is an exciting moment from last session when we successfully launched a balloon rocket.

During our Stay, Play & Learn dates, children can build with DUPLO Legos while reading books featuring STEM topics, and can delve into math by playing with the Farm Sorting Set we purchased from Lakeshore.

In February, we are offering a workshop, I STEM, You STEM for childcare providers, preschool teachers, and parents. Demonstrations of exciting hands-on activities to spark young children’s interest in science and engineering will be shared.

We also have big books with activity sheets featuring science, math, and art topics children and adults can enjoy while at the library.

5.  What form(s) of transportation do you prefer?

I like to travel by airplane and train for obvious reasons but I have wonderful memories while riding on a boat. When I was around seven, my dad, mom, sister and grandparents (my father and grandfather jointly owned a boat) would head to Guntersville Lake in Alabama to go for a ride. I would hold on tight while dangling my legs off the bow. There was a little grocery store where we docked to get gas and they had chocolate ice cream, Yum!

6.  Would you rather go to a 5 star restaurant or on a picnic?

As much as I like to dress up, and would enjoy the atmosphere, and fancy food I would still rather go on a picnic. I could pack plenty of my favorite foods (I’ve heard that some people leave a 5 star restaurant hungry), I could invite a few friends, pick a lovely spot, and just relax.

7.  What do you love about your work?

I love the variety throughout my workday whether it is presenting story time, putting books in the hands of children and teens, ordering materials and looking at new books (SWEET!). I love that I can be creative when planning story times or when putting together a display. That I am continually learning. What I love most of all is I am in a position to impact the lives of children.

8.  What’s the last book you recommended to a friend?

I have a friend who loves to read young adult. So I recommended, We Were Liars by e. Lockhart. That book still haunts me to this day.

9.  If you could bring back any extinct animal, which would it be?

I would bring back a dinosaur so I could take him to story time.

10.  When was the last time you “messed up” during story time?

During my ECRR tip in story time this past summer I told the adults they could create a matching game to extend the bird theme at home. I told them to go to Google Images, print pictures of different kinds of birds, cut them out, and put them on index cards. Then I went on to say, they could write the names of the birds on index cards like cardinal, robin, and mockingjay… I’ll leave it at that.

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Thanks, Cindy! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.

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3. 2014 was a great year for the ALSC Blog!

Thanks to our incredible group of regular ALSC Bloggers, representatives from ALSC committees, and over 100 guest bloggers, 559 posts were shared — an average of 46 posts per month — on the ALSC Blog last year. These posts included:

Programming ideas
Steam & Stem information
Member profiles
• Ideas about displays
Live blogging from ALA Midwinter 2014ALA Annual, PLA, and the ALSC Institute
• Information about children and technology
Storytime ideas
Día
• Working with tweens
Advocacy
• and MORE!

ALSC Blog word cloud - thanks to http://www.tagxedo.com

ALSC Blog word cloud – thanks to http://www.tagxedo.com

The Blog enjoyed continued growth in the past year. In comparing 2014 to 2013,

  • The number of users increased by 10.12% (159,651 vs 144,982)
  • The number of pageviews increased by 13.71% (367,543 vs 323,238)
  • The number of sessions increased by 7.60% (227,042 vs 211,014)

The most popular post in 2014 was one which was originally posted in 2012 and written by ALSC Blogger Amy Koester. With 9,257 pageviews, the most viewed post in 2014 was Three Little Pigs and the Preschool Science.

Booklists are always popular on the ALSC Blog. A guest blogger, Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, wrote the second most popular post last year. Best Multicultural Books of 2014 had 7,912 pageviews. Shared via Twitter from the blog 219 times, this was also the most re-tweeted post.

With 28 comments, the most commented-on post this year was Unconventional Preparations for Storytime by Katie Salo.

All in all, 2014 was a very good year for the ALSC Blog. I trust that 2015 will be even better!

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4. Notable Sound Recordings — 2015 Discussion List

Jennifer Duffy, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Sound Recordings Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place on Friday, January 30th through Sunday, February 1st, in the Lake Michigan Room of the Chicago Hilton.

The complete discussion list is below. Titles with an asterisk indicate that the book was already discussed at the Annual Conference last summer.

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*The Abominables, 5 hr 15 min, cd, $51.75, Recorded Books, 9781490620954

American Heroes #4, 41 min, cd, $13.98, Sprout Recordings, 8450197674

Angus and Sadie, 4 hr 28 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9780553396379

Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It, 13 min, book + cd, $29.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430117698

Blind, 10 hr 41 min, cd, $55, Listening Library, 9781101890974

Blood Ties: Spirit Animals #3, 5 hr 29 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545648769

*The Bossy E, 33 min, cd, $15, Coil Records, 8829510081

The Boundless, 8 hr 12 min, cd, $24.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781480584143

Brown Girl Dreaming, 3 hr 56 min, cd, $38, Listening Library, 9780553397260

Buzz Kill, 9 hr 45 min, cd, $87.75, Recorded Books, 9781470398071

Calendar Mysteries: Books 7-13, 5 hr 35 min, cd, $38, Listening Library, 9780553396225

Caminar, 2 hr 23 min, cd, $19.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491536841

Can’t Look Away, 6 hr 52 min, download, $24.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545669856

*The Carpet People, 5 hr 34 min, cd, $40, Listening Library, 9780804168281

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken, 30 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615677

*The Cat With Seven Names, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490602479

*The Chicken Squad, 30 min, book + cd, $25.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615653

Copper Magic, 9 hr, cd, $66.75, Recorded Books, 9781490627557

*Crankee Doodle, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490601991

Dash, 5 hr 21 min, download, $20.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545735308

Deep in the Swamp, 38 min, book + cd, $19.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430114598

Dog Finds Lost Dolphins! and More True Stories of Amazing Animal Heroes, 1 hr, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490634197

*The Duckling Gets a Cookie?, 16 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661126

Duke, 4 hr 26 min, download, $20.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545677417

Egg & Spoon, 12 hr 51 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491502167

Eight Days Gone, 20 min, book + cd, $19.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430114635

*Exclamation Mark, 10 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661157

*Fairest of All: Whatever After #1, 3 hr 20 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545655750

The Family Romanov, 9 hr 23 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780553395303

Fantasy League, 6 hr 44 min, cd, $40, Listening Library, 9780553396843

Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders, 5 hr 50 min, cd, $19.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781480533233

*The Finisher, 14 hr 58 min, cd, $89.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545690195

*Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $29.99, Simon & Schuster Audio, 9781442374195

Flight School, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490632292

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems, 26 min, book + cd, $29.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430117650

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle, 8 hr 51 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780553396911

*The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, 8 hr, download, $29.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698146709

*The Grimm Conclusion, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $66.75, Recorded Books, 9781470395735

Gus & Me, 8 min, download, $14.99, Hachette Audio, 9781478931911

*Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615639

Hitler’s Daughter, 3 hr 5 min, cd, $19.99, Bolinda Audio, 9781486205028

H.O.R.S.E: A Game of Basketball and Imagination, 22 min, book + cd, $29.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430117384

*How to Catch a Bogle, 7 hr 13 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780804167802

*Hunted: Spirit Animals #2, 5 hr 16 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545648752

Ice Whale, 4 hr 30 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781490630212

If I Ever Get Out of Here, 10 hr 20 min, cd, $55, Listening Library, 9780553395464

I’m My Own Dog, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490633329

In a Heartbeat, 34 min, cd, $15, independent release, 700261394541

*The Interrupted Tale: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #4: 8 hr 19 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780385363693

*Josephine, 30 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781470383862

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, 3 hr 40 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9781101891957

*The Last Wild, 7 hr 15 min, cd/download, $66.75, Recorded Books/Penguin Audio, 9781490614298

*Lawless, 7 hr 38 min, download, $18.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545655729

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, 52 min, cd, $15, Listening Library, 9780804122245

*The Loch Mess Monster, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490619507

Loot, 7 hr 6 min, download, $18.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545677363

*Lucky Ducklings, 16 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661188

The Madman of Piney Woods, 9 hr 1 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780804123129

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, 5 hr 40 min, cd, $35, Listening Library, 9780804168663

The Missing Pieces of Me, 4 hr 33 min, mp3-cd, $9.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781491553411

Mister Max: The Book of Secrets: Mister Max #2, 10 hr 10 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780804122092

Nightlight, 30 min, cd, $13.98, Little Monster Records, 888608737586

One Cool Friend, 18 min, book + cd, $12.95, Scholastic Audio, 9780545675543

*Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, 6 hr 20 min, cd, $35, Listening Library, 9780804168366

Out on the Prairie, 44 min, book + cd, $19.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430114550

Pennies for Hitler, 9 hr 10 min, cd, $19.99, Bolinda Audio, 9781486213238

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, 12 hr 24 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780804168465

Planet Kindergarten, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490632254

Playing for the Commandant, 5 hr 20 min, cd, $19.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491530672

*Poached, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $29.99, Simon & Schuster Audio, 9781442369115

*Prisoner 88, 3 hr 15 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781490602448

Rain Reign, 4 hr 9 min, cd, $29.99, Brilliance Audio, 9781491530504

The Red Pencil, 3 hr 12 min, download, $47.99, Hachette Audio, 9781478931935

Revolution, 12 hr 10 min, cd, $50, Listening Library, 9780553395266

*Royal Ranger: Ranger’s Apprentice #12, 13 hr 45 min, cd/download, $97.75, Recorded Books/Penguin Audio, 9781470389284

The Scandalous Sisters of Prickwillow Place, 9 hr 24 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780553396027

The Secret of the Key: Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure #4, 6 hr 22 min, cd, Listening Library, 9780553397215

*Seeing Red, 10 hr, cd, $77.75, Recorded Books, 9781490612812

Ship of Dolls, 5 hr 19 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491502259

Shouldn’t You Be in School?, 5 hr 53 min, download, $47.99, Hachette Audio, 9781478956631

Since You’ve Been Gone, 12 hrs 45 min, cd, $108.75, Recorded Books, 9781490620893

*Sink or Swim: Whatever After #3, 3 hr 20 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545675192

Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband Chronicles #4, 12 hr 30 min, download, $34.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698154810

*Smart Songs for Active Children, 48 min, cd, $15, Lighthouse Records, 9780989874106

*A Snicker of Magic, 8 hr 14 min, cd, $34.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545706797

*Starring Jules (as herself), 1 hr 32 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545677394

*Storm: Sylo Chronicles #2, 12 hr, download, $39.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698146747

*The Sultan’s Tigers, 6 hr 36 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9780804123082

Tales of the Great Beasts: Spirit Animals, 5 hr 4 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545775977

Tell Me, 5 hr, cd, $40, Listening Library, 9780553396829

Through the Woods, 40 min, cd + dvd, $20, Okee Dokee Music, 707541714495

*Treasury of Egyptian Mythology, 3 hr 30 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781470397869

*Under the Freedom Tree, 30 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490621227

The Very Fairy Princess, 36 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545695046

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?, 21 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545790413

Willow, 9 hr 2 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 978140585539

Winterfrost, 4 hr 47 min, cd, $24.99, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781491502280

*Words with Wings, 30 min, cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490609676

*Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina, 4 hr 12 min, download, $20.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545660914

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You might also be interested in looking at the 2015 Notable Children’s Books discussion list which will be posted tomorrow afternoon, and the 2015 Notable Children’s Videos discussion list which will be posted the following afternoon.

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5. Notable Children’s Books — 2015 Discussion List

Edie Ching, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Children’s Books Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place on Friday, January 30th from 1:00 to 4:00, and Saturday, January 31 through Monday, February 2nd, from 1:30 to 4:30. All discussions will take place in McCormick Place West, Room W194B.

The complete discussion list is below. Titles in italics indicate that the book was already discussed at the Annual Conference last summer; titles with an asterisk will be discussed for the first time at Midwinter.

FICTION (INCLUDING FICTION GRAPHIC NOVELS AND FICTION VERSE NOVELS)

*Acampora, Paul.  I Kill the Mockingbird.  Roaring Brook Press.

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener. Abrams/Amulet.

*Averbeck, Jim. A Hitch at the Fairmont. Illus. by Nick Bertozzi.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Barnhill, Kelly. The Witch’s Boy.  Algonquin Young Readers.

*Bell, Cece. El Deafo. Abrams/Amulet Books.

Blakemore, Megan Frazer. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. Bloomsbury

*Booth, Coe. Kinda Like Brothers. Scholastic Press.

Boyne, John.  Stay Where You Are & Then Leave.  Illus. by Oliver Jeffers.  Henry Holt and Company.

Brown, Skila. Caminar. Candlewick Press.

*Camper, Cathy. Lowriders in Space (Book 1). Illus. by Raul the Third. Chronicle Books.

*Carroll, Emily. Through the Woods. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Carleson, J.C. The Tyrant’s Daughter. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House.

*Cheng, Andrea. The Year of the Fortune Cookie (An Anna Wang novel). Illus by Patrice Barton. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Cohn, Edith. Spirit’s Key. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers.

*Cronin, Doreen. The Chicken Squad.  Illus. by Kevin Cornell. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Madman of Piney Woods. Scholastic Press.

*Daly, Cathleen.  Emily’s Blue Period. Roaring Brook Press.

Dauvillier,Loïc. Hidden : A Child’s Story of the Holocaust : L’Enfant Caché.   Illus. by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo.  Translated by Alexis Siegel.  First Second.

Davies, Nicola  The Lion Who Stole My Arm.  Illus. by Annabel Wright.  Candlewick Press.

*de Fombelle, Timothée. Vango: between sky and earth : Entre ciel et terre. Trans. By Sarah Ardizzone.  Candlewick Press.

*de los Santos, Marisa and David Teague. Saving Lucas Biggs.  HarperCollins.

*DiCamillo, Kate. Leroy Ninker Saddles up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One. Illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick Press.

*Dumon Tak, Bibi. Mikis and the Donkey :Mikis de ezeljongen. Illus. by Philip Hopman. Trans. by Laura Watkinson. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

*Durham, Paul. The Luck Uglies. Illus. by Péter Antonsson. HarperCollins.

*Ehrlich, Esther. Nest. Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.

Elliott, L. M. Across a War-Tossed Sea. Disney-Hyperion Books.

Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices From the Panama Canal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

*Faulkner, Matt. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War.  Disney-Hyperion Books.

Fitzgerald, Laura Marx. Under the Egg. Dial Books for Young Readers.

Foxlee, Karen. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. Alfred A. Knopf.

*Funke, Cornelia. Emma and the Blue Genie : Emma und der Blaue Dschinn.  Illus. by Kerstin Meyer.  Trans. By Oliver Latsch. Random House.

*Giff, Patricia Reilly. Winter Sky. Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.

*Godin, Thelma Lynne. The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen. Illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Lee and Low.

*Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost. Penguin/Philomel Books.

*Grove, S.E. The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy Book 1). Penguin Group/Viking.  

*Hahn, Mary Downing.  Where I Belong.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

*Hanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory. Illus. by Abby Hanlon. Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Group.

*Harrington, Karen.  Courage for Beginners. Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

Herrera, Robin. Hope is a Ferris Wheel. Abrams/Amulet.

*Hiassen, Carl. Skink—No Surrender.  Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Holczer, Tracy.  The Secret Hum of a Daisy. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Holm, Jennifer L. The Fourteenth Goldfish. Random House.

Johnson, Jaleigh. The Mark of the Dragonfly. Delacorte Press.

*Johnson, Varian. The Great Greene Heist. Scholastic Press/Arthur A. Levine.

*Kadohata, Cynthia. Half A World Away. Simon & Schuste/Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Lamana, Julie T. Upside Down In the Middle of Nowhere. Chronicle Books.

*Larson, Kirby. Dash.  Scholastic Press.

*Levine. Kristin. The Paper Cowboy.  Penguin Young Readers Group/G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher.  Random House/Delacorte Press.

Lloyd, Natalie.  A Snicker of Magic.  Scholastic Press.

*Loftin, Nikki. Nightingale’s Nest. Penguin/Razorbill.

Lord, Cynthia. Half a Chance. Scholastic Press.

MacLachlan. Patricia. Fly Away. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books.

*Maguire, Gregory. Egg and Spoon.  Candlewick Press.

*Mann, Elizabeth. Little Man: A Novel.  Miyaka Press.

*Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends.

*Messner, Kate. Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets. Illus. by Brian Floca.  Scholastic Press.

*Milford, Kate. Greenglass House.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

Moses, Shelia P. The Sittin’ Up. G. P. Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers.

*Moulton, Erin E. Chasing the Milky Way. Penguin Group/Philomel.

*Muten, Burleigh. Miss Emily. Illus. Matt Phelan. Candlewick.

*Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Turtle of Oman: A Novel. HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books.

Oppel, Kenneth. The Boundless. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Peet, Mal & Elspeth Graham. Night Sky Dragons. Illus. by Patrick Benson. Candlewick Press.

Philbrick, Rodman. Zane and the Hurricane. Blue Sky Press.

*Pinkney, Andrea Davis. The Red Pencil.  Illus. by Shane Evans. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Preus, Margi. West of the Moon.  Abrams/Amulet.

*Rundell, Katherine. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms.  Illus. by Melissa Castrillón. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Ryan, Carrie and John Parke Davis. The Map to Everywhere. Illus. by Todd Harris. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

*Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Tony Baloney: Buddy trouble. Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic Press.

*Sadler, Marilyn. Ten Eggs in a Nest. Illus. by Michael Fleming.  Random House.

*Senzai, N. H. Saving Kabul Corner. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Sovern, Megan Jean. The Meaning of Maggie. Chronicle Books.

*Spinelli, Eileen. Another Day as Emily. Illus. by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

*St. Antoine, Sara. Three Bird Summer. Candlewick.

*Telgemeier, Raina. Sisters. Illus. by Reina Telgemeier. Colors by Braden Lamb. Scholastic/GRAPHIX .

Turnage, Sheila. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing.  Penguin/Kathy Dawson Books.

*Venkatraman, Padma. A Time to Dance.  Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin.

*Webb, Holly. The Case of the Stolen Sixpence: Book 1 (The Mysteries of Maisie Hutchins) Illus. by Marion Lindsay.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

White, J. A. The Thickety; A Path Begins. Illus. by Andrea Offermann. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

Wiles, Deborah. Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy).  Scholastic.

*Willems, Mo. Waiting is Not Easy. Disney Book Group/Hyperion Books for Children.

*Wilson, N. D. Boys of Blur. Random House Books for Young Readers.

Woods, Brenda. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.

*Yelchin, Eugene. Arcady’s Goal. Henry Holt and Co.

NONFICTION

Athans, Sandra K. Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

Bausum, Ann. Stubby The War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog.  National Geographic.

Bolden, Tonya.Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Broom, Jenny. Animalium.  Illus. by Katie Scott.  Candlewick/Big Picture Press.

Brown, Don.  He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln.  Roaring Brook Press.

*Burns, Loree Griffin. Beetle Busters : A Rogue Insect and the People who Track It..  Photographer: Ellen Harasimowicz. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Burns, Loree Griffin. Handle With Care : An Unusual Butterfly Journey. Photographer Ellen Harasimowicz. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

*Dillon, Patrick. The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond.  Illus. by Stephen Biesty. Candlewick Press.

Farrell, Mary Cronk. Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific.  Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Freedman, Russell.  Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

*Freedman, Russell. Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America.  Holiday House.

*Jarrow, Gail. Red Madness:  How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat.  Calkins Creek.

*Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and what the Neighbors Thought).  Illus. by Kathryn Hewitt.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.

*Markle, Sandra. The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

*Mitchell, Don. The Freedom Summer Murders. Scholastic.

*Montgomery, Sy. Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cat (Scientist in the Field Series). Photographer Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Mulder, Michelle. Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home. Orca Book Publishers.

Rubin, Susan Goldman.  Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Holiday House.

Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights.  Roaring Brook Press.

PICTURE BOOKS

*Aylesworth, Jim. My Grandfather’s Coat. Illus. by Barbara McClintock.  Scholastic Press.

*Barnett, Mac. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.   Illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick Press.

*Barnett, Mac.Telephone. Illus. by Jen Corace. Chronicle Books.

Barton, Byron. My Bus. Harper Collins Publishers/Greenwillow Books.

*Becker, Aaron. Quest. Candlewick Press.

*Bildner, Phil. The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope and Apartheid in South Africa.  Illus. by Jesse Joshua Watson.  Penguin/G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Black, Ian. Naked! Illus. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.

*Blackall, Sophie.  The Baby Tree. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.

*Bloom, C. P. The Monkey Goes Bananas. Illus. by Peter Raymundo. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Bluemle, Elizabeth. Tap Tap Boom Boom. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick Press.

*Bolden, Tonya. Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer. Illus by Eric Velasquez. Abrams Books for Young Readers

*Boyd, Lizi. Flashlight. Chronicle Books.

*Brown, Peter.   My Teacher is a Monster! (No I am Not.) Little Brown & Co.

Bunting, Eve. Washday.  Illus by Brad Sneed. Holiday House.

*Burk, Rachelle. Don’t Turn the Page. Illus by Julie Downing. Creston Books.

*Camcam, Princesse. Fox’s Garden. Enchanted Lion Books.

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? Eric Carle and friends. Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems.  Illus. by ditto.  Henry Holt and Company.

*Cole, Tom Clohosy. Wall. Candlewick/Templar.

*Colón, Raúl. Draw! Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Copeland, Missy. Firebird. Illus. by Christopher Myers.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin.

*Curato, Mike. Little Elliot, Big City.  Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers.

*Davies, Benji. The Storm Whale. Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers.

*De Moüy, Iris. Naptime. Illus. by Shelley Tanaka. House of Anasi Press/Groundwood Books.

Dempsey, Kristy. A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Penguin/Philomel Books.

*DiPucchio, Kelly. Gaston.  Illus. by Christian Robinson. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Dolan, Elys. Weasels. Candlewick Press.

*Donofrio, Beverly. Where’s Mommy? (Mary and the Mouse).  Illus by Barbara McClintock. Schwartz & Wade.

*Dubuc, Marianne. The Lion and the Bird : Le lion et l’oiseau. Trans. by Claudia Zoe Bedrick. Enchanted Lion Books.

*Escoffier, Michaël. Take Away the A. Illus. by Kris DiGiacomo. Enchanted Lion Books.

*Frazee, Marla. The Farmer and the Clown. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

*Gill, Deirdre. Outside.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

*Hall, Michael. It’s an Orange Aardvark!.  HarperCollinsPublishers/Greenwillow.

*Hancocks, Helen. Penguin in Peril. Candlewick Press/Templar.

*Hatanaka, Kellen. Work, An Occupational ABC.  House of Anasi Press/Groundwood Books.

*Harrison, Hannah E.  Extraordinary Jane.  Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Haughton, Chris. Shh! We Have a Plan.  Candlewick Press.

*Heap, Sue. Mine! Candlewick Press.

*Holland, Loretta. Fall Leaves. Illus. by Elly MacKay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Hurley, Jorey. Nest. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Jeffers, Oliver. Once Upon an Alphabet. Penguin Young Readers Group/Philomel Books.

*Johnston, Tony. Winter is Coming. Illus. by Jim LaMarche. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Joyce, William. The Numberlys.  Illus by William Joyce and Christina Ellis.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Kennedy, Anne Vittur.  The Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh! Candlewick Press.

Lee, Chuku H. Beauty and the Beast .  Illus. by Pat Cummings. Harper Collins / Amistad.

*Light, Kelly. Louise Loves Art.  Harper Collins/Balzer & Bray.

Light, Steve,   Have You Seen My Dragon?  Candlewick Press.

*Lurie, Susan. Swim, Duck, Swim!. Photographs by Murray Head. Feiwel and Friends.

*Lyon, George Ella. What Forest Knows. Illus. by August Hall. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

McDonald, Megan.  Shoe Dog. Illus. by Katherine Tillotson.  Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Miyares, Daniel. Pardon Me!  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Morris, Richard T. This is a Moose. Illus by Tom Lichtenheld. Little, Brown and Company.

Nelson, Kadir. Baby Bear. Harper Collins /Balzer + Bray.

*Nichols, Lori. Maple.   Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.

Offill, Jenny. Sparky.  Illus. by Chris Appelhans.  Random House Children’s Books/Schwartz & Wade.

*O’Neill, Gemma. Oh Dear, Geoffrey! Candlewick/Templar.

Oahin, Andrew.  Brimsby’s Hats. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Pett, Mark. The Girl and the Bicycle. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Pizzoli, Greg. Number One Sam.  Disney-Hyperion.

*Portis, Antoinette. Froodle. Roaring Brook Press.

*Ramstein, Anne-Margot and Matthias Arégui. Before After.  Candlewick Press.

*Raschka, Chris. Give and Take.  Simon and Schuster/Antheneum Books for Young Readers.

Reid, Aimee. Mama’s Day with Little Gray.  Illus. Laura J. Bryant. Random House.

Robinson, Michelle. How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth.  Illus. by Kate Hindley.  Henry Holt and Company.

Rockliff, Mara. The Grudge Keeper. Illus. by Eliza Wheeler. Peachtree.

*Rocco, John. Blizzard. Disney-Hyperion.

Russell, Natalie. Lost for Words. Peachtree.

*Ruth, Greg. Coming Home. Feiwel and Friends.

*Saltzberg, Barney. Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep. Disney-Hyperion.

Santat Dan. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Little Brown.

*Schofield-Morrison, Connie. I got the Rhythm. Illus. by Frank Morrison. Bloomsbury.

*Schwartz, Corey Rosen. Ninja Red Riding Hood. Illus. by Dan Santat. Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

*Shea, Bob. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads. Illus. by Lane Smith. Roaring Brook Press.

Sierra, Judy. E-I-E-I-O How Old MacDonald Got His Farm (with a little help from a hen).  Illus by. Matthew Myers. Candlewick Press.

Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing. Kids Can Press.

*Stower, Adam. Naughty Kitty! Scholastic/Orchard Books.

*Stower, Adam. Slam! A Tale of Consequences. Owlkids Books.

*Swenson, Jamie A. If You Were a Dog. Illus. by Chris Raschka. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

*Tan, Shaun. Rules of Summer. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books.

*Uegaki, Chieri. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin.  Illus. by Qin Leng. Kids Can Press.

Underwood, Deborah. Here Comes the Easter Cat.  Illus. by Claudia Rueda.  Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Watkins, Adam F. R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet. Penguin/Price Stern Sloan.

*Willems, Mo. The Pigeon Needs a Bath. Disney-Hyperion.

*Won, Brian. Hooray for Hat!. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books for Young Readers.

Yoon, Salina. Found. Walker Books for Young Readers /Bloomsbury.

Yuly, Toni. Early Bird. Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.

INFORMATIONAL PICTURE BOOKS

*Applegate, Katherine. Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion.

*Bryant, Jennifer. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Campbell, Sarah C. Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature.   Illus. by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell. Highlights/Boyds Mills Press.

Chin, Jason. Gravity.  Roaring Brook Press/Neal Porter Book.

*Cox, Lynne. Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas. Illus. by Brian Floca. Schwartz & Wade.

*Davies, Nicola. Tiny Creatures: The World of the Microbes. Illus. by Emily Sutton.  Candlewick Press.

*Davis, Kathryn Gibbs. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. Illus. by Gilbert Ford. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.

Ehlert, Lois. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life. Beach Lane Books.

*Elvgren, Jennifer. The Whispering Town. Illus. by Fabio Santomauro. Kar-Ben Publishing.

Gibbons, Gail. It’s Raining!  Holiday House.

*Gray, Rita. Have you Heard the Nesting Bird? Illus. by Kenard Park.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Hendrix. John. Shooting at the Stars.  Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page. Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way they Do. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.

Jenkins, Steve. Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

*Jenson-Elliott, Cindy. Weeds Find a Way. Illus. by Carolyn Fisher. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

*Johnson, Angela. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom. Illus. by E. B. Lewis.  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

*Karas, G. Brian. As an Oak Tree Grows. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Hands & Hearts: With 15 Words in American Sign Language.  Illus. by Amy Bates. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

*Rabinowitz, Alan. A Boy and a Jaguar.  Illus. by Catia Chien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.            

Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies.  Illus. by Diane Goode.  HarperColllins.

Rosenstock, Barb. The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Calkins Creek / Highlights.

*Roy, Katherine. Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting With the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands.  Roaring Brook Press/David Macaulay Studio.

Rubbino, Salvatore. A Walk in Paris. Candlewick Press.

*Russell-Brown, Katheryn. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone. Illus. by Frank Morrison.  Lee & Low Books.

*Salas, Laura Purdie. Water Can Be… Illus. by Violeta Dabija. Millbrook Press/Lerner.

*Sill, Cathryn. About Parrots: A Guide for Children. Illus. by John Sill. Peachtree Publishers.

Stewart, Melissa. Feathers: Not Just for Flying.  Illus. by Sarah S. Brannen.  Charlesbridge.

*Sutcliffe, Jane. Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be. Illus. by John Shelley. Charlesbridge.

Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Separate is Never Equal : The Story of Sylvia Mendez and her family’s fight for desegregation.  Illus. by author.   Abrams books for Young Readers.

*Ward, Jennifer. Mama Built a Little Nest.  Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

*Whelan, Gloria. Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

*Winter, Jeanette. Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan.  Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books.

Woelfle. Gretchen. Mumbet’s Declaration Of Independence.   Illus. by Alix Delinois. Carolrhoda Books. 

NONFICTION BIOGRAPHY

*Burleigh, Robert. Edward Hopper Paints His World. Illus by Wendell Minor. Henry Holt.

*Demi. Florence Nightingale.  Henry Holt.

*Denenberg, Barry. Ali: An American Champion. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Fern, Tracey. Dare the Wind:   The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud.  Illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

* Fleming, Candace.  The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia.  Schwartz & Wade.

*Gandhi, Arun and Bethany Hegedus. Grandfather Gandhi. Illus. by Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Herrera, Juan Felipe. Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes. Illus. by Raúl Colón. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Herthel, Jessica and Jazz Jennings. I Am Jazz. Illus. by Shelagh McNicholas.  Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Kerley, Barbara. A Home for Mr. Emerson. Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham.  Scholastic Press.

*MacLachlan, Patricia. The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse.  Illus. by Hadley Hooper. Roaring Brook Press.

*Marrin. Albert. Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man’s Ideas Helped Form a New Nation. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

*Morales, Yuyi. Viva Frida. Illus. by Tim O’Meara. Roaring Brook Press.

*Neri, G. Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. Illus. by A. G. Ford. Candlewick Press.

*Potter, Alicia. Jubilee: One Man’s Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace. Illus by Matt Tavares.  Candlewick.

Powell, Patricia Hruby. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker.  Illus. by Christian Robinson.  Chronicle Books.

*Reef, Catherine. Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

Rosenstock, Barb. The Noisy Paint Box:  The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art.  Illus. by Mary Grandpré.  Alfred A. Knopf.

*Shabazz, Ilyasah. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. Illus. by A.G. Ford. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

*Sis, Peter.  The Pilot and The Little Prince: the Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

*Sisson, Stéphanie Roth. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos. Roaring Brook Press.

Wallace, Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace. Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.  Calkins Creek/an imprint of Highlights.

*Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming.  Penguin Young Readers/Nancy Paulsen Books.

NONFICTION POETRY

*Borden, Louise.  Baseball Is… Illus. by Raúl Colón. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books.

*Bryan, Ashley. Ashley Bryan’s Puppets. Photographs by Ken Hannon and Rich Entel. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Cleary, Brian P. If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems. Illus. by Andy Rowland.  Millbrook.

*Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Manger.  Illus. by Helen Cann. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Janeczko, Paul B (editor).  Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Candlewick Press.

*Johnston, Tony. Sequoia. Illus. by Wendell Minor. Roaring Brook Press.

*Larkin, Eric-Shabazz. A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food.  Readers to Eaters.

*Lewis, J. Patrick. Harlem Hellfighters. Illus. by Gary Kelley.  Creative Editions.

Lewis, J. Patrick and Douglas Florian. Poem- mobiles:  Crazy Car Poems.  Illus. by Jeremy Holmes.   Random House Children’s Books/ Schwartz & Wade.

*Mora, Pat. Water Rolls, Water Rises : El Agua Rueda, El Agua Sube. Trans. By Adriana Domínguez and Pat Mora.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Lee & Low Books/Children’s Book Press.

Muth, Jon J. Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons.  Scholastic.

*Nelson, Marilyn. How I Discovered Poetry.  Illus. by Hadley Hooper. Dial.

Raczka, Bob. Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole. Illus by Chuck Groenink. Carolrhoda Books.

*Schmidt, Annie. M. G. A Pond Full of Ink : Een vijver vol inkt.  Illus. by Sieb Posthuma.  Trans. David Colmer. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

*Siddais, Mary McKenna. Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors. Illus. by Jimmy Pickering. Random House.

*Sidman, Joyce.  Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold.  Illus. by Rick Allen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

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You might also be interested in looking at the 2015 Notable Children’s Sound Recordings discussion list which was posted yesterday afternoon, and the 2015 Notable Children’s Videos discussion list which will be posted tomorrow afternoon.

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6. Notable Videos — 2015 Discussion List

Caitlin Jacobson, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Children’s Videos Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions. Check the ALA Midwinter Scheduler for exact times; all discussions will take place in the Chancellor Room of the Fairmont Chicago.

Titles to be discussed include:

Anna and Solomon.  Dreamscape Media, LLC
Bailey Dreamscape.  Media, LLC
Bailey at the Museum. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Bailey Bee Believes: The Five B’s. Eyecon Productions/Bailey Bee Believes
Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle.  Dreamscape Media, LLC
Big Bad Bubble. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Boom Snot Twitty. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! Dreamscape Media, LLC
Brave Girl. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Bus Story. National Film Board of Canada
Children of Military Families. Professor Child
The Christmas Quiet Book. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Confessions of a Bully. Human Relations Media
The Dangers of Sugar and Salt. Human Relations Media
Daredevil. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Doug Unplugs on the Farm. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Dragons Love Tacos. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Driving Stupid. Human Relations Media
The Duckling Gets a Cookie? Weston Woods
Each Kindness. Weston Woods
Exclamation Mark. Weston Woods
Extra Yarn. Weston Woods
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Funkiest Monkeys. PBS/Nature
Get Me Goin’ Danceable Music. Video Jill Jayne
Getting Through It: Kids Talk About Divorce. Human Relations Media
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Good Friends – Bad Friends & How to Know the Difference. YouthLight, Inc.
Hansel and Gretel. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Herion Rising: Cheap, Addictive and Deadly. Human Relations Media
How Could This Happen? A True Story about Binge Drinking and Death. Human Relations Media
Honey Badgers. PBS/Nature
Is There a Monster in My Closet? Dreamscape Media, LLC
It’s a Dog’s Life. National Film Board of Canada
Jack and the Beanstalk. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Locomotive. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Lucky Ducklings. Weston Woods
Making a Friend. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Man with the Violin. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Marijuana and the Teenage Brain. Human Relations Media
Marijuana: Does Legal Mean Safe? Human Relations Media
Me and My Moulton. National Film Board of Canada
Me…Jane. Weston Woods
Milo’s Hat Trick. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Molly: Innocent Name, Deadly Drug. Human Relations Media
Mr. Wuffles. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Museum. Dreamscape Media, LLC
A Nation’s Hope. Dreamscape Media, LLC
No Fish Where to Go. National Film Board of Canada
Nothing. Dreamscape Media, LLC
One Cool Friend. Weston Woods
One is a Feast for Mouse. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Paper Bag Princess. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Rain, Rain, Go Away; Winken, Blinken, and Nod; & One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Secret Pizza Party. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Separate is Never Equal. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Shelly Goes to the Zoo. Shelly’s Adventures, LLC
Shelly’s Outdoor Adventure. Shelly’s Adventures, LLC
The Smallest Gift of Christmas. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Someday. Weston Woods
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Star Bright Dreamscape. Media, LLC
Stronger, Tougher, Smarter: Stories of Teen Resilience. Human Relations Media
Terrific.Dreamscape Media, LLC
Thanksgiving Is… Dreamscape Media, LLC
This is Not My Hat. Weston Woods
This is the Rope. Weston Woods
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; & Star Light, Star Bright. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Ugly Duckling. Dreamscape Media, LLC
Under the Freedom Tree. Dreamscape Media, LLC
The Very Fairy Princess. Weston Woods
We ALL Fit. Good Friend, Inc.
What Could You Do? YouthLight, Inc.
What’s Up With E-Cigarettes? Human Relations Media
When the Sun Goes Down. Kite Tails LLC
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell. Weston Woods
Wizard of Oz. Dreamscape Media, LLC
You Are In Charge of Your Body: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum. Human Relations Media

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You might also be interested in looking at the 2015 Notable Children’s Books discussion list which was posted yesterday afternoon, and the 2015 Notable Sound Recordings discussion list which was posted Monday, January 19th .

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7. Membership Suggestion Notice for Batchelder Award

ALSC Personal Members are invited to suggest titles for the 2015 Batchelder Award given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during 2014. Please remember that only books from this publishing year are under consideration for the 2015 award. Publishers, authors and illustrators may not suggest their own books.

You may send recommendations with full bibliographic information to committee chair, Diane Janoff, at diane.janoff@queenslibrary.org. The deadline to submit suggestions is December 31st, 2014.

The  award will be announced at the press conference during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in February 2015.

For more information about the award, visit the ALSC website at http://www.ala.org/alsc/. Click on “Awards and Grants” in the left-hand navigation bar; then click on “ALSC Book & Media Awards.” Scroll down to the “Batchelder Award Page”

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8. Live Blogging from the ALSC Institute #ALSC14

Last night, the biennial ALSC Institute kicked off in Oakland, California with a Happy Hour. Today, the Institute will really begin and attendees will be treated to an amazing assortment of programming focusing on youth services; presentations by an incredible line-up of authors including Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Tim Federle, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Rita Williams-Garcia, Gene Luen Yang, Steve Sheinkin, Mac Barnett, Daniel Handler, Jennifer Holm, & Andrea Davis Pinkney; and many, many, many networking activities.

For the next few days, we will not have our regular, daily posts on this blog. Instead, we will have multiple shorter posts each day. To make it easier for everyone to follow the excitement on Twitter, each post will include the hashtag #ALSC14.

A HUGE “Thank You” to the seven bloggers who have committed to writing short “micro-posts” throughout this Institute so ALSC blog readers can have a feel for what is happening in Oakland:

    • Dan Bostrom
    • Erin WarzalaInstitute Badge 2014
    • Gesse Stark-Smith
    • Jill Hutchison
    • Karen Choy
    • Nicole Martin
    • Renee Grassi

We hope you enjoy these snippets of Institute attendance over the next few days. We’d love to know what interests you about the ALSC Institute. What do you hope the live bloggers snap a picture of or write a quick post about? Let us know in the comments below.

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9. What GREAT children’s recordings have you listened to this year?

ALSC members are cordially invited to participate in the 2015 Notable Children’s Recordings list by submitting titles for consideration.  The Notable Children’s Recordings Committee’s charge is to select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings (music, audiobooks, and read-along kits) of interest to young people from birth through age 14.  The recordings must have been released between November 1, 2013, and October 31, 2014, and be available through a US distributor.  Please follow this link to find out more details about the list and criteria for inclusion:

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr

The column on the left of that page includes links for information about NCR, including Committee Members, Submission Process, and Past NCR lists.

Please send suggestions with full bibliographic information to chairperson Jennifer Duffy at jenniferaudio@gmail.com. The deadline to submit title suggestions is October 31st.

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10. ALSC Member of the Month — Constance Keremes

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions (plus one) with ALSC member, Constance Keremes.

1.  What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

Photo courtesy Patrick Heath Public Library

Photo courtesy Patrick Heath Public Library

I am the Youth Services Librarian at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, Texas. I have been a librarian for over twenty years. As such, I am responsible for conceptualizing and orchestrating storytimes, afterschool programs, and special events. I also oversee the youth department collection development, maintain the youth department budget, provide reader’s advisory, conduct library tours, visit schools and nursery schools, and go out into the community to promote the library through out-of-house programs/presentations. I also work to promote the library by writing a newspaper column and use of social media including e-newsletters and a Facebook page.

I have an undergraduate degree in Education and History from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the C. W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have worked in libraries in New York, Arizona, and now Texas. I also have over thirty years of experience as an in- and out-of-house editor and writer of educational materials, and several children’s books published, along with numerous poems appearing in anthologies.

2.  Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or Roundtables?

I joined ALSC because as a Youth Librarian, I wanted to be kept continually knowledgeable of the latest trends in the field of youth services, learning from documented research as well as the outpouring of shared knowledge from fellow librarians. I am also a member of the YALSA division.

3.  What are you proudest of having accomplished in your professional career?

I have had several children’s books published, along with numerous poems appearing in anthologies. Having a book published is a very great honor, but deeply meaningful to me is the experiences I have had here at the Patrick Heath Public Library with the many families who utilize our library. It is so very gratifying to establish a rapport with children through the bond of literature, and have a child return to the library to tell me he liked the book I suggested, hungry for more to read.

4.  What book are you currently reading?

I am reading the WEREWORLD series by Curtis Jobling. This series was suggested to me by one of my young patrons. I researched it and was delighted to find it described as a good series for fans of John Flanagan’s RANGER’S APPRENTICE series—my great favorite. The Jobling series is a liberally splashed with blood and gore, but very well written with compelling characters and suspenseful plotting.

5.  What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

On the adult end, it was the LIBERATION TRILOGY by Rick Atkinson, a brilliant account of World War II with deeply stirring you-are-there accounts of the action. On the youth end, how hard to narrow down to just one! Here are three: RANGER’S APPRENTICE by John Flanagan, GHOST HAWK by Susan Cooper and UNDER A WAR-TORN SKY by Laura Elliot, both of which are historical fiction.

6.  Do you dress up for Halloween?

I love dressing up for Halloween. Children take great delight in seeing adults show a playful side. I don’t only dress up at Halloween—I’ve loads of costumes that I use throughout the year at library programs.

7.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ah, what a little dreamer I was as a child, forever pretending to be all manner of people. Books fueled my imagination, as I fancied myself everything from a ballerina to astronaut. I often played at being a librarian, enjoying the process of making my dolls little library cards and putting pockets in my books for stamping. Little did I know that I would one day become a librarian!

8.  What’s the best thing you’ve learned this year?

At the encouragement of my library director, I learned how to use apps via an iPad in my storytimes. As one of the older generation, this was a big leap for me into the digital world. I enjoyed so much the process of learning and sharing stories through this new medium.

9.  Would you rather explore outer space or deep, deep in the ocean?

As a member of the Space Race generation, I would love to rocket off to outer space and explore the galaxies on a starship similar to the old STAR TREK programs. Our library’s summer reading theme this year will be outer space, so my galactic dreams will be close to coming true.

10.  Favorite part of being a children’s librarian?

Definitely it is the opportunity to work with children and share my love of literature with them.

11.  What do you think libraries will look like fifty years from now?

Technology will have a greater impact on libraries in the coming decades, with more electronic resources available. However, I do believe that the printed word will always be an integral part of libraries. Naysayers have for years been lamenting a future world devoid of books, but throughout the decades the plucky printed word has endured, continually enriching young and old alike.

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Born and raised in New York, Constance has resided in Boerne for nearly eight years. She especially enjoys dance, music, and reading. Her published works include I Wanted to Go to the Circus (Harbinger House, 1989), Erni Cabat’s Wonderful World of the Carousel,  (Harbinger House, 1990), Hootenanny Night, (State House Press, 1991), as well as poems in anthologies edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Julie Andrews.

Thanks, Constance! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.

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11. Do you know about the MAE Award?

Many ALSC Members are also YALSA members. At the request of the Chair of the 2015 MAE Jury Award for Best Literature for Teens, here is information about an Award in which many of you might be interested.

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YALSA members who have run an exceptional reading or literature program in the 12 months leading up to Dec. 1, 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2015 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which recognizes an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.

Do you run a spectacular teen book club that engages underserved audiences? Did your summer reading program or literature festival connect teens with literature in an innovative way? Is your Reader’s Advisory always three steps ahead of a trend? Have you connected teens to literature or helped them gain literacy skills via some other exciting means?  Whether the program was large or small, if it was good, you could win $500 for yourself and an additional $500 for your library by applying for this award!  Individual library branches may apply.

The MAE Award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Applications and additional information about the award are available online.  Applications must be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2014. For questions about the award, please contact the jury chair, Tony Carmack (tcarmac@yahoo.com).  The winner will be announced the week of Feb. 9, 2015.

Not a member of YALSA yet? It’s not too late to join so you can be eligible for this award. You can do so by contacting YALSA’s Membership Marketing Specialist, Letitia Smith, at lsmith@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390. Recognize the great work you are doing to bring teens together with literature and apply today!

 

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12. ALSC Member of the Month — Jane Breen

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions (plus one) with ALSC member, Jane Breen.

1.  What do you do and how long have you been doing it?

Jane

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Breen

I am a Family Literacy Advocate and Educator, Teen Volunteer Coordinator, award winning program innovator and Community Outreach Librarian.* swish cape *  As  the Children’s Specialist in the Faxon Branch Library, part of the West Hartford Public Libraries, I am responsible for Children’s and Teens programs, services, collection development and all things creative within my department.  I have worked in Youth Services in the small but mighty state of CT for 27 remarkable years – both schools and public libraries. I am a believer in the statement: “childrens librarians are the Jacks and Jills of all trades.”

2.  Why did you join ALSC?  Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

I joined ALSC to grow, learn and be informed. The professional development along with the many resources and national networking opportunities are outstanding. I’ve come to believe that good librarianship is collaborative so with that in mind…I am sending a virtual hi-five to all members for the many things you have shared so willingly.  You rock my little branch.  Up high!

Oh,  I’m a  member of the incredibly creative, supportive and inspiring group known as Flannel Friday which makes me a flannelizer – and no, that’s not a cult!

3.  What do you think children’s librarians will be doing ten years from now?

Love this question because for the life of me…I do believe we will be doing nearly the exact same things we do now. We will be modeling and talking early literacy skills. We will provide reader’s advisory and assist our educators, families and community with all things “family literacy.”   We are the champions of bringing the village together to build readers and lifelong learners.  Through the joy of reading and taking ownership of their library, we help children build the foundation to become happy, healthy and successful adults.  Dual language families may move more into the spotlight as diversity plays a bigger role everyday in life and literature.  I hope libraries respond with practice Spanish classes, practice Vietnamese, etc;.. with native speakers as we do with our current practice English classes. I see this as a necessary step for U.S. kids.

4.  What is your favorite food harvested in the fall?

Ha!  May I just say Carrot Cake?  Thanks!

5.  Would you rather offer storytime to a large group of preschoolers or read one-on-one with a child?

There are positives to both and now that I am a grandmother I once again adore reading all snuggled up one-on-one.  In the library, the large group program is a parent and child confidence builder that I can not resist.  Long before I came to work at my branch – a colleague had established pajama story time on Monday nights and it is a do-not-mess-with-tradition!  Parents and preschoolers pack the house –  it’s my favorite program of the week.  This story time is rooted in ECRR, with literacy tips for the parents and excitement and energy from our story time mascot, Piper.  She is a black lab puppy…a very real puppet – the only one of her kind!  And she rules Monday night. Oh, and then there’s magic fairy dust.

6.  What’s one “rule” you wished every librarian followed?  

I truly only have one rule for library and librarianship.  I learned this rule from the amazing Mrs Clancy, Media Specialist in the Groton Public Schools, BE KIND.  That’s it.  It works everywhere, every way…try it!  It’s honestly all you’ll ever need.  Thank you Mrs Clancy.

7.  Have you ever skydived?

O.M.Gosh..I went to a full day training with a friend a very long time ago.  Learned to pack our chutes, did a zip line thing in full gear  Practiced counting, planning with partners, higher zip line trial, pull chutes, pack them again and get on the plane. Well long story short I came down with the pilot, sitting in the co-pilot’s seat.  Loved It!  My friend jumped.

8.  Would you rather go bungee jumping or deep sea fishing?

Fishing, of course!  I adore the ocean and I am obviously not so good at jumping into open air!  (see above)

9.  E-books or print

My preference is print all the way.  Honestly a large part of my work – is picture books and I feel that we have to be able to hold them and love them.  We have to experience the joy of the page turn and you know, the smelll!  To stay on top of the teen collection I often listen to the audio and for my own grown-up pleasure reading – it’s print or audio.  Maybe this is an age thing!

10.  Do you volunteer?

Yes…Light One Little Candle is a national non-profit foundation I’ve worked with since it’s inception.  We bring books to cancer centers across the country.  The approach is a bit different than you’d think – the patient is the adult.  The concept began with a friend of mine who unfortunately lost her cancer battle.  She knew the value of reading and found that it was all she could do with her daughter as cancer came to own her. That is, she could no longer run, swing, swim but she could cuddle and read.   So we make sure adult cancer patients have books to read with the children in their lives.  They get to keep the books forever. Pretty cool.

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Thanks, Jane! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.

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13. Suggestions for the Batchelder Award?

ALSC Personal Members are invited to suggest titles for the 2015 Batchelder Award given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during 2014. Please remember that only books from this publishing year are under consideration for the 2015 award. Publishers, authors and illustrators may not suggest their own books. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2014.

You may send recommendations with full bibliographic information to the Chair, Diane Janoff at diane.janoff@queenslibrary.org.

The  award will be announced at the press conference during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in February 2015.

For more information about the award, visit the ALSC website at http://www.ala.org/alsc/. Click on “Awards and Grants” in the left-hand navigation bar; then click on “ALSC Book & Media Awards.” Scroll down to the “Batchelder Award Page”.

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14. Want to help out the ALSC Blog? We need you to live blog from Midwinter!

midwinterIn just over 3 weeks, many librarians will be heading to Chicago for ALA’s Midwinter meeting. The Youth Media Awards will be announced and there’s a full slate of other ALSC events and activities. If YOU are heading to the windy (and COLD!) city, we’d love to have you live blog for the ALSC Blog about what you are experiencing and learning so everyone can have a feel for what the conference is like.

Want to see what live blogging looks like?  Click here to see some live blogging posts from past conferences.

Sound interesting?  Just contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog Manager, at alscblog@gmail.com for all the information you need to live blog from the conference.

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15. Notable Children’s Books Discussion List – Summer 2014 #alaac14

Edith Ching, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Children’s Books Committee, invite you to join them at their discussions, taking place on Saturday through Monday, June 28  to 30, from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N114.

The discussion list follows.

FICTION (INCLUDING FICTION GRAPHIC NOVELS AND FICTION VERSE NOVELS)

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener. Abrams/Amulet.

Blakemore, Megan Frazer. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. Bloomsbury

Boyne, John. Stay Where You Are & Then Leave. Illus. by Oliver Jeffers. Henry Holt and Company.

Brown, Skila. Caminar. Candlewick Press.

Dauvillier, Loïc. Hidden : A Child’s Story of the Holocaust. Illus. by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo. Translated by Alexis Siegel. First Second.

Davies, Nicola The Lion Who Stole My Arm. Illus. by Annabel Wright. Candlewick Press.

Elliott, L. M. Across a War-Tossed Sea. Disney-Hyperion Books.

Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Fitzgerald, Laura Marx. Under the Egg. Dial Books for Young Readers.

Foxlee, Karen. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. Alfred A. Knopf.

Herrera, Robin. Hope is a Ferris Wheel. Abrams/Amulet.

Holczer, Tracy. The Secret Hum of a Daisy. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Johnson, Jaleigh. The Mark of the Dragonfly. Delacorte Press.

Lamana, Julie T. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere. Chronicle Books.

Lloyd, Natalie. A Snicker of Magic. Scholastic Press.

Lord, Cynthia. Half a Chance. Scholastic Press.

MacLachlan, Patricia. Fly Away. Margaret K. McElderry Books

Moses, Shelia P. The Sittin’ Up. G. P. Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers.

Oppel, Kenneth. The Boundless. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Philbrick, Rodman. Zane and the Hurricane. Blue Sky Press.

Preus, Margi. West of the Moon. Amulet/Abrams.

Sovern, Megan Jean. The Meaning of Maggie. Chronicle Books.

Turnage, Sheila. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Books.

White, J. A. The Thickety: A Path Begins. Illus. by Andrea Offerman. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

Woods, Brenda. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.

NONFICTION

Athans, Sandra K. Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

Bausum, Ann. Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog. National Geographic.

Bolden, Tonya. Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Brown, Don. He Has Shot the President!: April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln. Roaring Brook Press.

Burns, Loree Griffin. Handle With Care : An Unusual Butterfly Journey. Photographer Ellen Harasimowicz. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

Farrell, Mary Cronk. Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific. Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Holiday House.

Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Roaring Brook Press.

PICTURE BOOKS

Barton, Byron. My Bus. Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins Publishers

Bluemle, Elizabeth. Tap Tap Boom Boom. Illus. by G. Brian Karas.Candlewick Press.

Bunting, Eve. Washday. Illus by Brad Sneed. Holiday House.

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? Eric Carle and friends. Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems. Illus. by ditto. Henry Holt and Company.

Dempsey, Kristy. A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Penguin/ Philomel Books.

Dolan, Elys. Weasels. Candlewick Press.

Lee, Chuku H. Beauty and the Beast . Illus. by Pat Cummings. HarperCollins / Amistad.

Light, Steve. Have You Seen My Dragon? Candlewick Press.

McDonald, Megan. Shoe Dog. Illus. by Katherine Tillotson. Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Nelson, Kadir. Baby Bear. HarperCollins /Balzer + Bray.

Offill, Jenny. Sparky. Illus. by Chris Appelhans. Random House Children’s Books, Schwartz & Wade.

Prahin, Andrew. Brimsby’s Hats. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Reid, Aimee. Mama’s Day with Little Gray. Illus. Laura J. Bryant. Random House.

Robinson, Michelle. How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth. Illus. by Kate Hindley. Henry Holt and Company.

Rockliff, Mara. The Grudge Keeper. Illus. by Eliza Wheeler. Peachtree.

Russell, Natalie. Lost for Words. Peachtree.

Santat, Dan. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Little Brown.

Sierra, Judy. E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm (with a little help from a hen). Illus by. Matthew Myers. Candlewick Press.

Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing. Kids Can Press.

Underwood, Deborah. Here Comes the Easter Cat. Illus. by Claudia Rueda. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

Yoon, Salina. Found. Walker Books for Young Readers /Bloomsbury.

Yuly, Toni. Early Bird. Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.

INFORMATIONAL PICTURE BOOKS

Campbell, Sarah C. Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature. Illus. by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell. Boyds Mills Press /Highlights.

Chin, Jason. Gravity. Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press

Ehlert, Lois. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life. Beach Lane Books.

Gibbons, Gail. It’s Raining! Holiday House.

Jenkins, Steve. Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Hands & Hearts: With 15 Words in American Sign Language. Illus. by Amy Bates. Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies. Illus. by Diane Goode. Harper Colllins.

Rosenstock, Barb. The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero. Illus. by Terry Widener. Calkins Creek / Highlights.

Rubbino, Salvatore. A Walk in Paris. Candlewick Press.

Stewart, Melissa. Feathers: Not Just for Flying. Illus. by Sarah S. Brannen. Charlesbridge.

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Separate is Never Equal : The Story of Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation. Illus. by author.   Abrams books for Young Readers.

Woelfle, Gretchen. Mumbet’s Declaration Of Independence. Illus. by Alix Delinois.Carolrhoda Books.

NONFICTION BIOGRAPHY

Fern, Tracey. Dare the Wind:   The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud. Illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Powell, Patricia Hruby. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. Illus. by Christian Robinson. Chronicle Books.

Rosenstock, Barb. The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art. Illus. by Mary Grandpré. Alfred A. Knopf.

Wallace, Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace. Babe Conquers the World:The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Calkins Creek/an imprint of Highlights.

NONFICTION POETRY

Cleary, Brian P. If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems. Illus. by Andy Rowland. Millbrook.

Janeczko, Paul B (editor). Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Candlewick Press.

Lewis, J. Patrick and Douglas Florian. Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems. Illus. by Jeremy Holmes.   Random House Children’s Books/ Schwartz & Wade.

Muth, Jon J. Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons. Scholastic.

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16. Notable Children’s Recordings Discussion List – Summer 2014 #alaac14

If you are attending the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. you are welcome to observe the discussions of the 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings committee The discussions will take place in the Reno I Room of the Flamingo Hotel on Saturday, June 28th from 1:00 to 5:30 pm and on Sunday, June 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The discussion list follows.

A Snicker of Magic, 8 hr 14 min, cd, $34.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545706797

Crankee Doodle, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490601991

Exclamation Mark, 10 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661157

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $29.99, Simon & Schuster Audio, 9781442374195

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615639

How to Catch a Bogle, 7 hr 13 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780804167802

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Interrupted Tale, 8 hr 19 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780385363693

Josephine, 30 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781470383862

Lawless, 7 hr 38 min, download, $18.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545655729

Lucky Ducklings, 16 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661188

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, 6 hr 20 min, cd, $35, Listening Library, 9780804168366

Poached, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $29.99, Simon & Schuster Audio, 9781442369115

Prisoner 88, 3 hr 15 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781490602448

Ranger’s Apprentice 12: Royal Ranger, 13 hr 45 min, cd/download, $97.75, Recorded Books/Penguin Audio, 9781470389284

Seeing Red, 10 hr, cd, $77.75, Recorded Books, 9781490612812

Smart Songs for Active Children, 48 min, cd, $15, Lighthouse Records, 9780989874106

Spirit Animals 2: Hunted, 5 hr 16 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545648752

Starring Jules (as herself), 1 hr 32 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545677394

Sylo Chronicles 2: Storm, 12 hr, download, $39.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698146747

The Abominables, 5 hr 15 min, cd, $51.75, Recorded Books, 9781490620954

The Bossy E, 33 min, cd, $15.00, Coil Records, 8829510081

The Carpet People, 5 hr 34 min, cd, $40.00, Listening Library, 9780804168281

The Cat With Seven Names, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490602479

The Chicken Squad, 30 min, book + cd, $25.75, Recorded Books, 9781490615653

The Duckling Gets a Cookie?, 16 min, book + cd, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545661126

The Finisher, 14 hr 58 min, cd, $89.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545690195

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, 8 hr, download, $29.95, Penguin Audio, 9780698146709

The Grimm Conclusion, 6 hr 30 min, cd, $66.75, Recorded Books, 9781470395735

The Last Wild, 7 hr 15 min, cd/download, $66.75 cd, Recorded Books/Penguin Audio, 9781490614298

The Loch Mess Monster, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490619507

The Sultan’s Tigers, 6 hr 36 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9780804123082

Treasury of Egyptian Mythology, 3 hr 30 min, cd, $30.75, Recorded Books, 9781470397869

Under the Freedom Tree, 15 min, book + cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490621227

Whatever After: Fairest of All, 3 hr 20 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545655750

Whatever After 3: Sink or Swim, 3 hr 20 min, download, $17.50, Scholastic Audio, 9780545675192

Words with Wings, 30 min, cd, $15.75, Recorded Books, 9781490609676

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina, 4hr 12 min, download, $20.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545660914

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Click here to view the Summer 2014 discussion list of the Notable Children’s Book committee.

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17. Live Blogging from Las Vegas #alaac14

Woo-Hoo! It’s almost time for the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Are you wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on at the 2014 Annual Conference? We’ve got you covered! Check the ALSC Blog for photos, videos and information about what’s going on at the Conference. You can also check in on Twitter; just track the hashtag #alaac14.

AC14_LearnMoreFourteen bloggers have committed to offering short, frequent posts throughout the conference. They are:

  • Angela Frederick
  • Amy Musser
  • Nicole Martin
  • Dan Bostrom
  • Mary Voors
  • Amanda Roberson
  • Amy Koester
  • Suzanne Walker
  • Sharon McKellar
  • Dawn Abron
  • Ashley Waring
  • Laura Arnhold
  • Tessa M. Schmidt
  • Rebecca Hickman

Let me be the first to thank this wonderful group of volunteers!

Are there activities you hope we cover? Let us know in the comments below.

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18. The Internet of Things – What does it mean for libraries? #alaac14

The OCLC Symposium this afternoon, titled The Internet of Things: Coming Soon to Everywhere, was a fascinating and intriguing discussion. The primary speaker — Daniel Obodovski, co-author of The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things — offered the projection that we could have as many as 50 billion connected devices by 2020. These items with internet connectivity will include wearable fitness and medical devices, appliances in the home like your coffee pot, alarm clock, & refrigerator, cars that will talk to each other, even shoes may be connected to the internet. The big questions of the day were:

  • What does this mean for libraries?
  • How can we use this connectivity between devices to offer a higher level of service to our customers?
  • How does this impact the privacy of patrons and should we be concerned?

A thought-provoking and important topic.

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19. Everybody’s tweeting at #alaac14

Just for fun, and to get a different flavor of the Annual Conference, check out the Top Ten Tweets from Thursday and Friday as compiled by American Libraries Magazine.

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20. Acceptance Speeches for Newbery, Caldecott, and more!

If you were not able to attend the Newbery Caldecott Banquet in Las Vegas and are sad they you missed hearing the speeches, do not despair! They are now available online at http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia. Enjoy!

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21. ALSC Member of the Month – Alison O’Reilly Poage

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Alison O’Reilly Poage.

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1.  What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

In February I finished up my role as the Director of the Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library in NY and moved back to Austin, TX to marry my sweetheart. Since then, I’ve been adjusting to my new life as a wife and step mom. I’ve also been writing reviews for School Library Journal and Booklist, working on the Publicity Committee for USBBY and, most recently, working as a call-in librarian at the beautiful Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown, TX.

2.  What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

I think the first sentence above covers that pretty well! Making a big life change (or in my case, a handful of them at once) is frightening, but it’s also rewarding when it’s the right move.

3.  What motivates you?

I love igniting potential in others. I enjoy connecting people to resources that fuel their inner fires. When I’m able to do that I feel fired up, too!

4.  What are you proudest of having accomplished in your professional career?

I’m proud to have served on the Newbery Award and the Odyssey Award committees. I learned a lot about the importance of process serving on award committees, that there is no “right” book or recording for these awards, only a carefully developed process to which each committee member devotes herself.

5.  What book are you currently reading?

I’m reading a few things, but for the past few months I’ve been returning again and again to Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. I finally bought my own copy. If you are not familiar with it, I urge you to check it out, especially if you want to write. That reminds me, don’t miss that book either: If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland.

6.  Do you have any advice for a new children’s librarian?

Pay attention to the little things. In my experience it’s the little things that make the biggest difference in a person’s day. When BIG things happen, people usually band together and help one another, right? When little things happen to us, we are often on our own. A savvy librarian can make a difference with the smallest of gestures: sending a thank you note to the mayor for mentioning the library in her speech, forwarding a job announcement to a library school grad, or calling a parent for feedback on the library’s new tablets. We need partners to learn how we can do things better, so forging new relationships will benefit our communities in the long run. If a children’s librarian pays attention to the little things, he will soon have allies everywhere he turns!

7.  Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

I joined ALSC because my supervisor at the time, Doris Gebel, told me it was a good idea. Boy, was she right! So much of what I know about librarianship I’ve learned from ALSC members. I am also a member of YALSA and ACRL.

8.  What’s the best thing you’ve learned this year?

I think the most important lesson for me this year has to do with communication. I’ve learned that asking clarifying questions is the best way to have a productive dialogue. In the past I’ve made the mistake of responding before I’ve fully understood what the other person was communicating. But if I’m truly honest it often requires saying, “I don’t understand what you mean, please tell me more.

9.  Have you ever participated in a Flash Mob?

No, but I’ve performed with a bookcart drill team called the Bibliofiles. We made quite a splash in the City of Austin’s First Night Parade a few years back. As I was walking home in my costume a little boy shouted, “Look, Mom, it’s a LIBRARIAN!” I stopped and posed for a picture. That was a good moment.

10.  Are you lucky?

Here’s a secret: if you believe that everything that is happening to you right now is unfolding exactly as it’s supposed to, then you will always feel lucky, even when the chips are down.

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Thanks, Alison! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.

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22. ALSC Member of the Month – Jenna Nemec-Loise

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Jenna Nemec-Loise.

1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

Courtesy photo from Jenna Nemec-Loise

Courtesy photo from Jenna Nemec-Loise

I’m a relationship architect, a community builder, and an early childhood specialist. I’m an Everyday Advocate for youth, families, and libraries. On occasion, I’ve been called Flannelboard Ace and Teen Volunteer Coordinator Extraordinaire. And I’ve been doing it all at school and public libraries in and around Chicago for 14 daring years. (You thought I was just going to say “children’s librarian,” didn’t you? Ha!)

2. Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

Doesn’t everyone join ALSC to be more awesome for the communities they serve? That’s certainly why I did! When I got my first job as a librarian at a small private school, I had no idea what I was doing. But I did know that in order to be awesome at my job, I had to do two things: (1) get an MLIS, which I earned two years later from Dominican University, and (2) join ALSC, which I did immediately. Guess which one started paying off right away?

I’m also a member of PLA and YALSA, and my involvement with both divisions has been equally rewarding.

3. What are you proudest of having accomplished in your professional career?

By far, it’s been my advocacy work on behalf of children, families, and libraries through ALSC-related opportunities.

Through a four-year term on the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee, I helped coordinate a 2012 membership survey on early learning partnerships. Our data not only contributed to the May 2013 IMLS Growing Young Minds report, but it also made it into the hands of a White House Domestic Policy Council member at National Library Legislative Day 2013 in Washington, D.C.

I’ve also been honored to serve as Member Content Editor of the ALSC Everyday Advocacy website and electronic newsletter since February 2013. Most recently, I had the privilege of representing ALSC and PLA during the 2014 Opening Minds Innovation Award showcase, where educators, administrators, policy makers, and funders voted Every Child Ready to Read @ your library as the next game changer in the early childhood field. What an incredible experience!

4. Favorite age of kids to work with?

Those babies! I can’t resist their fascination with everything and the sheer joy that comes from sharing books, songs, and rhymes with them. That magic is the elixir of my library life!

5. What’s one “rule” you wished every librarian followed?

People over paperwork.

In these days of budget cuts and staffing shortages, we have to arm ourselves daily with endless streams of facts, statistics, and anecdotes to ensure we stay relevant in our communities. It’s easy to get lost in this climate of urgency, bogged down by this report or that deadline. We have a choice, though, and it’s a simple one: Stay grounded.

The child standing in front of you deserves every ounce of your attention. For the precious minutes you have with him, make him feel like the Most Important Child in the World. The paperwork can wait; the child can’t.

6. What do you collect?

Is it too nerdy to say Folkmanis puppets? Because I’ve got about 50 of ‘em! They’re the biggest hit you can imagine at all my book sharing programs, and even the big kids get in on the fun when we bring them out at the library.

My first puppet was Mabel (a big wooly sheep), who was quickly followed by Snap (an alligator) and Wally (a camel). The fan favorite, though, is Otis, my big floppy sheepdog. The little ones love rubbing their faces in his fur!

7. Who is your role model? Why?

Hands down, it’s Fred Rogers.

As a young child, I desperately loved Mr. Rogers and his Land of Make-Believe. He piqued my sense of wonder and made me feel safe with his soft-spoken demeanor and familiar routines. When Mr. Rogers talked to me, I felt smart and important.

And that’s why I love Fred Rogers to this day. His respect for young children and every aspect of their physical, socioemotional, and psychosocial development inspires my adult passion for engaging in developmentally appropriate library practice.

(Funny Mr. Rogers story: My mom called the pediatrician once because she was concerned that I was talking out loud to no one. When Dr. Mabini asked what else I was doing, she told him I was watching Mr. Rogers on TV. Dr. Mabini chuckled and said, “Well, Mr. Rogers asks lots of questions. When someone asks you something, you answer him, right?”)

8. What’s the best thing you’ve learned this year?

I learned a new definition of advocacy that clarifies the whole murky business! During the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group meeting in Las Vegas, Office of Library Advocacy Director Marci Merola defined advocacy as “turning passive support into educated action.” Awesome, right? (Thanks, Marci!)

9. Favorite part of being a children’s librarian?

Building relationships with children, families, and communities. My library building is starting to show its age, and our children’s collection could use some refreshing. But I know I’m doing something right when kids and families stop by just to say, “Hi, Miss Jenna!” I treasure those moments when I get to say in return, “I’m so glad you came by to see me today! Have I got a book for you…”

10. Do you have any pets?

I sure do! Trudy is my two-year-old mini-lop rabbit and the unofficial mascot of my library’s animal-themed summer program. Kids and families love hearing Trudy stories and seeing pictures of her various bunny shenanigans. (Trust me—there are many.)

I’m proud to say my little gal has inspired lots of reading this summer! Back in May, I challenged kids at my library to read 150,000 minutes as a group during our eight-week program. I promised that if they met this goal, I’d adopt a second rabbit as a mate for Trudy. With two weeks left to go, kids have read a whopping 120,000 minutes, so it looks like it’ll be double the bunny fun at my house come August!

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Thanks, Jenna! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.


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23. A look back at the first half of the year on the ALSC Blog

Twice a year, we take a look back at the ALSC Blog to see how it’s being used. It’s time!

From January through June of this year, use of the ALSC Blog has continued to increase:

  • the number of sessions is up 8.31% (115,541 in 2014 vs 106,678 in 2013)
  • the number of users is up 11.90% (83,750 in 2014 vs. 74,841 in 2013)
  • the number of pageviews is up 13.69% (182,325 in 2014 vs 160,365 in 2013)

The five most popular posts published in the first six months of 2014 were:

  1. The Snow Queen, Frozen and Feminist Critique by Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla
  2. Gravity Science: A STEM Program for Preschoolers by Amy Koester
  3. Eggs Away! Egg Drop Science for School-Age Children by Amy Koester
  4. Your Librarians Are Reading, Too by Abby Johnson
  5. It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!… It’s a Superhero Training Academy! by the School-Age Programs and Services committee

We love to see conversations start in the comments. The posts with the most comments in the first 6 months of the year were:

  1. Unconventional Preparations for Storytime by Katie Salo
  2. Program in a Post – Torn Paper Landscapes by Heather Acerro
  3. Dream Book-to-Film Adaptations by Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla
  4. Engaging the Smartphone Generation by guest blogger, Kris Lill
  5. Is Science Funny? by Lisa Taylor
  6. Early Literacy Tips with Some Pizazz by guest blogger, Angela Bronson
  7. Mind Full or Mindful? by guest blogger, Jill Eisele
  8. Preschool Shadow Science by Amy Koester
  9. Getting Ready for Tablet Time by Angela Reynolds
  10. Summer Reading – One for All and All for One by Lisa Taylor

It is always fun to see which posts readers are motivated to share with friends and colleagues via twitter. The five most “tweeted” posts in the first 6 months of 2014 were:

  1. Notable Children’s Books Discussion List – Summer 2014 by Mary Voors
  2. Notable Children’s Books – 2014 Discussion List by Mary Voors
  3. Other KidLit Awards from #alamw14 by Angie Manfredi
  4. Making without a Makerspace by ALSC Children and Technology committee
  5. How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience by guest blogger, Kate Todd

Such a great first six months! Let’s see what the rest of the year brings!

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24. ALSC Member of the Month — Beth Munk

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Beth Munk.

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1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

I am the children’s services manager at the Kendallville Public Library. I have been overseeing programming, collections, and staff here for 10 years.

2. Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

I joined ALSC around 4 years ago because I wanted to get more involved in the library profession.   I have served on various local and state agencies boards helping organizations to achieve their missions. I’ve been involved in the Indiana Library Federation and Children and Young Person Division (CYPD) conference planning committees for years but was really interested in taking things to the next level.   Joining ALSC has allowed me to connect with librarians across the country and discuss the future of our profession.

3. What motivates you?

Forward movement. People can be divided into two categories – Builders or Maintainers –I’m a builder. Builders are innovators, creators, and explorers. They not only get to create new services, projects, and programs, but they also get to find ways to expand and enhance what is already there.   I heard someone say once that they “hate sameness.” That’s me, I am consistently telling my staff that we did a great job, but what can we do to make it bigger? Better?

4. What are you proudest of having accomplished in your professional career?

The thing I’m most proud of in my professional career is helping to bring the library to LIFE for the youth of Kendallville. I have pushed myself and my staff to be “there” wherever that may be, and promote the connections in our life to what the library has to offer.

5. Favorite age of kids to work with?

I LOVE to work with students in the upper elementary (grades 3-6). This group is able to enjoy a great picture book and a fun activity, but are also able to delve into deep converstations and participate in a multi-step project.

6. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

When I was little I went through a variety of careers that I was interested in…the one the stuck around the longest, was that of the sports broadcaster.   I went to Purdue University and received a degree in communications with the hopes of landing an on air job in the news.

7. What’s one “rule” you wished every librarian followed?

I wish every librarian would follow the “rule” to sometimes, “just give them the pickle!” This is a story told by Bob Farrell on the importance of customer service.   Basically, it boils down to sometimes you have to break the “rules.” What’s your “pickle” in your job/library? Is it more important than a happy customer?

8. Movies or plays?

This is a tough one, because I love both.   For many years I have travelled to Stratford, Canada with a group of high school kids to enjoy the Shakespearean festival and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for any movie. BUT there is a time to curl up on the couch with your kids and belt out “Let it Snow,” just one more time.

9. Have you ever photobombed someone?

I do my very best to never ever be photographed for any reason, so I have never photobombed anyone, but almost every time someone sneaks a picture of me there is someone making some face in the background.

10. What do you love about your work?

I love so many things about my work, but probably my favorite part is meeting authors and listening to their stories about why they write, what they used to do, or just the silly things they have been through. This in itself is wonderful, but taking that to a group of 4th graders and getting the feeling that I’m giving them some secret insight into the book or author we’re discussing is awesome!

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Thanks, Beth! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.

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25. ALSC Member of the Month — Renee Grassi

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Renee Grassi.

1.  What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

ReneeI am the Youth Department Director at the Glen Ellyn Public Library in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I’m relatively new to this position, having started at Glen Ellyn in June of 2014. Previously, I was the Head of Children’s Services at the Glencoe Public Library for two years, and was a Youth Services Librarian at the Deerfield Public Library for four years.

2.  Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

One of the many reasons I joined ALSC was that I wanted to participate and advocate for the profession on a larger scale. What I particularly love about being an ALSC member is that I have so many opportunities to connect and learn from children’s librarians across the country. I have always appreciated ALSC’s commitment to innovation in the field of children’s library service, and I am continually inspired by the work that we as an organization do to enrich the lives of children. Besides ALSC, I am also a member of PLA and am a member of the ALSC Library Services to Special Populations and Their Caregivers Committee.

3.  Cats, dogs, or Butterflies?

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t even have to think twice about my answer–cats, for sure! One of my favorite things to do is to volunteer at local cat shelters. When I lived in downtown Chicago, you would often find me at Harmony House for Cats taking care of and socializing with the kitties. In my spare time, I enjoy the company of my two feline family members—Sanchez and Gus.

4.  E-books or Print?

Both. As much as we are hurdling towards everything digital, nothing will compare to the experience a child has holding a book for the very first time. For us as children’s librarians, I think it’s all about the balance between both.

5.  How do you prepare for the start of a new school year?

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for school to start. I was that kid who, mid-July, was just itching to go school supplies shopping, buy all of my notebooks and folders (and label them), and practice trying on my “first day of school” outfit. As of late, a new school year is synonymous with the end of Summer Reading. And as much as I just love Summer Reading and all of the exciting preparations that take place, there is nothing more enjoyable and therapeutic than taking all of the decorations down, cleaning off our desks, and starting fresh for the new school year.

6.  What do you love most about living and working in Illinois?

The librarian in me would respond by say that I feel so lucky to be in the company of countless incredible Illinois librarians, who continue to challenge and inspire me each day. We have strong support of libraries in this state and are fortunate to have such a fantastic Illinois Library Association as well. With Chicago being the epicenter of the American Library Association, we have the expertise of librarian leaders and powerhouses right at our fingertips. And the fact that the ALA Conferences always come back around to Chicago is pretty awesome, too.

The foodie in me would say one word: pizza!

7.  Are you a morning person or night person?

Night person, for sure. Some of my best ideas come to me at night, so I keep a journal next to my bed to jot them all down.

8.  Favorite tv show?

I have to choose one? Well, you will often find me tweeting about Glee, Parenthood, How I Met Your Mother, Sherlock, or The Big Bang Theory. And does the Tony Awards count? That’s like my Christmas.

9.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate. That was easy.

10.  What do you love about your work?

The variety. The challenge. The impact. The people.

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Thanks, Renee! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to alscblog@gmail.com; we’ll see what we can do.

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