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Heads Up: Children of Blood and Bone

Big Book alert. Children of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adyemi (March 2018, Henry Holt) I like big books and I cannot lie. This one is a 600 page big book. I am stating that because my nerd book...

Educational Books and Media Association: Kate DiCamillo

The Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) awarded Kate DiCamillo the 2017 Jeremiah Ludington Award. The award, named after EBMA's founder, is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the...

I have been at the EBMA

Sorry for the shortage of postings. I have been traveling this week to attend a conference of children's book publishers and educational wholesalers,  the Educational Books and Media Association (EBMA) The theme of the conference...

Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature: Jacqueline Woodson!

  I am thrilled to share that the new Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature is Jacqueline Woodson.  No need for me to reinvent the wheel. For the announcement go to Publisher's Weekly For Woodson's biography and...

2018 Kerlan Award: Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm will be accepting the 43rd Annual Kerlan Award on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 . About the Kerlan Award The Kerlan Award is given annually by the Friends of the Kerlan Collection in recognition of singular...

Best of the Year 2017: Early Readers

This is Robin Smith.  Robin Smith was a teacher, picture book expert, and reading advocate Robin Smith died June 22, 2017, at the age of fifty-seven. A second-grade teacher at Ensworth School in Nashville for...

Cookbooks: Instant Pot

Best Breakfast-Steel-Cut Oats/ Hard Boiled Egg The  Star Tribune profiled two selection librarians of the Hennepin County Libraries, Susan Carr and Chelsea Couillard-Smith. They shared that the leading titles in demand this year were Instant Pot...

Archives: White Gloves

(https://derangementanddescription.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/do-i-need-to-wear-gloves-in-the-archives-a-helpful-flow-chart/)    "Why don't we  wear white gloves when handling archival materials?" According to the article  Misperceptions about White Gloves by Dr. Cathleen A. Baker and Randy Silverman first published the journal International Preservation News(December 2005 issue) and reprinted  at...
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Read This Books! Best Books of 2017 to Give Part 2

 In the series of Read This Book! Our Librarians share the books that they love. We will be posting a series on books our librarians want to give and get on the holidays.  In this...
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Read This Book!: 2017 Best Books To Give as Gifts Part 1

 In the series of Read This Book! Our Librarians share the books that they love. We will be posting a series on books our librarians want to give and get on the holidays. In this...
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Books to Film: Mortal Engines Trailer

  Coming December 2018. Based on the speculative fiction series by Philip Reeve. Steampunk world building at its best.    

Best Books of 2017: Minnesota Public Radio 2

Looking for a gift for your young reader? Holly Weinkauf  from the Red Balloon and I joined MPR News senior producer Stephanie Curtis for a round up of the very best children's books to give...
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Critical Book Discussion: XO, OX: A Love Story

I am not a person who immediately reacts to anything. I hate it when the movie ends, the lights come up, and my companions want to know, "What do you think?" I need time. I...

Best Books 2017: The MPR Edition

 Last year around this time, Holly Weinkauf, the owner of the Red Balloon Bookshop in Saint Paul and I recommended titles for giving on Minnesota Public Radio. Looking back, I see that we did a darn...
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Best Books 2017: Read Alouds

Best Read Aloud Picture Books 2017 I knew that Bob, Not Bob!  (Disney/Hyperion, 2017) favorite read-alouds of the year, yet today it had special meaning. I have a cold. I have a a snotty, cough-y, I'm hot,...
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‘Read This Book!’: Cookbooks

Read this Book is a video series of book talks and interviews that give the  librarians of the University of Minnesota an opportunity to share their excitement about new and backlist titles. One of the...

Professional Development: Books Without Words

  Wordless books are ones in which the story is told through illustrations and the story creates an opportunity for teachers to engage in a multitude of literacy activities. I have read aloud to young children,...

Kerlan Friends: Exhibits at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company

Kerlan Friends Partner with Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company Connecting Children's Literature to the Performing Arts What is the Children's Theatre Company (CTC)? The Children's Theatre Company began as The Moppet Players, a small company which produced creative...

YA Books: Readers Reference

Readers Reference. A mom was looking for suggestions for a book for a fourteen-year-old. He likes to read but says he can't find anything that he likes. He doesn't like romance, not even a whiff of...

Blue Ox Review

The first week of the Blue Ox Review's soft launch is going well. I expect to be posting 5 days a week. Monday through Friday. I am grateful for the opportunity to share our...

Board Books: Outstanding Bilingual Series

I couldn't highlight one of my favorite board book series in Tuesday's post. A short blurb wouldn't do them justice, therefore here is a post of their own. These five titles published by Cincos Puntos Press...

The Archives: Margaret Ann Hubbard

Margaret Ann Hubbard I first became aware of Margaret Ann (Dolly) Hubbard when I was preparing my First Friday lecture on Minnesota authors. There are 14 boxes of materials held in the Kerlan Collection. This...

From the Archives: Who was Dr. Kerlan?

The Kerlan Collection  at the University of Minnesota began with a donation of rare books from Dr. Irvin Kerlan (1912-1963) in 1949. Dr. Kerlan was long time chief of medical research for the U.S. Food and...

Board Books That Every New Parent Should Have

A Baker's Dozen Board Books For a New Baby                     Board books for babies. It is never too early to read aloud. For professional resources from the American Library Association (ALA) and Association for Library Service...

Book News: Gregory McGuire, Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

  Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker  by Gregory McGuire Gregory McGuire answers the questions that bubble up as we read and reread classic tales. Wait a minute, what made the Wicked Witch...