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Mocking the Caldecott

   Alachua County Library, Gainesville Florida I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon with graduate students, professors, and librarians discussing Caldecott contenders. The event was organized by...

Do we do school visits?

  Why yes, we do. In February we open The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter It will be open from February 11, 2019 to May...

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is an exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library opening on February 11, 2019 (See all related events) It...

Readers Reference: Realistic Fiction Elementary

Part Three Awhile Back I was asked for series books for ten-year-olds.  So I recommended a short list of historic fiction series here     And then a short list of...

Readers Reference -speculative fiction

Awhile Back I was asked for series books for ten-year-olds. I posted a short list of here     And I started think about genre, and then I got...

Best Children’s and YA Books 2018:Part two

To recap For 4 years now, Holly Weinkauf and I have been digging through our piles to recommend books for giving. Here is the link...

Best Books of 2018: Children’s and YA

Lisa Von Drasek and Holly Weinkauf provided their annual list of Best Books for Kids last week on Minnesota Public Radio. In this post, Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota's children's literature collections, lists the books that were discussed and provides a link to hear an audio recording of the MPR program.

Millions of Cats: A Visit to the Kerlan

Ninety Years Ago Wanda Gág published the ground-breaking picture book Millions of Cats. School Library Journal in One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century said, ” Considered by...
Sketchbook page with notes and watercolor of hippo in a pool

What an archive reveals about the life and process of a children’s book creator

Sketchbooks are highly private workspaces; they’re where characters are doodled into being and ideas grow into stories. A sketchbook reveals the ways that an author-illustrator takes in the world, melds it with their perspective and experience, and then creates stories and drawings. Sketchbooks show the artist at their most creatively vulnerable and free and they offer an incredibly intimate way to get to know someone’s work and process.

Collection Development: Travel

  Books for Travel Lonely Planet has launched a terrific series of travel books for kids. And right now they are having a 33% off sale....

A Review: All-of-A-Kind-Family Hanukkah

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah  based on the classic books by Sydney Taylor  All-of-a-Kind-Family First things first. Yes, this is based on the classic books by Sydney Taylor, but...

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books-Pre-Orders

What is The ABC of It? For Background information go here Yes, You Can Pre-order The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is officially published February...

Griffin and Sabine: Random Thoughts

Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence From the Publisher Griffin: It's good to get in touch with you at last. Could I have one of your...

The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter publishes February 1, 2019. This volume is full color, 240 pages is a companion to the...

Readers Reference: Books for Ten Year Olds

My 10 year old likes fantasy, realistic fiction, and historical fiction. She has read the Wings of Fire series, Harry Potter, etc. Are there...