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ALA 2015 Newbery, Caldecott and Other Awards

Caldecott and Newbery Medal and Honor,  and other Youth Media Awards for outstanding books of 2014 were announced by ALSC, the children’s division of The American Library Association. Here are some of the awards: Newbery Medal: “The Crossover,” written by … Continue reading

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Jolly Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day over all the seas. Sorry; my pirate brogue ain’t savvy. But if I wanted to talk like a fluent buccaneer, I could use the Mango language learning site and take a … Continue reading

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham airs Friday!

Christopher Paul Curtis’ The Watsons Go to Birmingham, honor winner for both the Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards, has been made into a movie, which airs on Friday, September 20. The titular trip is no ordinary road trip, but … Continue reading

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In praise of grandparents

How did you celebrate Grandparents’ Day? If you have a grandfather like Papa Red in Christopher Paul Curtis’ “What? You Think You Got It Rough?”, you probably stayed far away from the rocking chair, trying to avoid learning the definition … Continue reading

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Can he guess his name? Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

“My mother named me after a cow’s rear end.” How’s that for a first line?

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Learners and teachers: a few picture books for back-to-school reading

Back-to-school books might not be on school supply lists, but they can be very helpful for easing the dread and/or butterflies that come with the first day…and I’m not just talking about the kids.

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How to be a voracious reader, literally

I was thinking about an essay I read a decade or so ago, in which the author declared that books made him (?) hungry. Winnie the Pooh made his books sticky with honey, and a scene in Huckleberry Finn made … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf?

Who’s afraid of the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf? A rabbit with a piece of chalk and some not-too-shabby drawing skills, that’s who.

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Review: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

I knew I was in for something when I saw both Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen on the cover–two of the darkest-humored authors in children’s lit. I was half right; this is a dark book. (Ahem. Sorry.) It’s also a … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tales: The Pop-Up Collection

Recently, I decided to bring a few pop-up books with me on an outreach visit.  There were such marvelous reactions from the children as we shared each page.  Paul Stickland’s Dinosaur Stomp elicited uncontrollable laughter on one side of the circle … Continue reading

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