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Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature

LifeLikeMusical

Yes, dearies, it’s that time again. As I purchase adult materials for my library system I stumble across books with distinct connections to children’s books. Here are some of the latest finds from the other side of the reading spectrum. First off . . . Awwwwww. There he is. That’s our guy! You may not […]

Diversity Resources Explode: What Are Some Current Options?

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Yesterday a little blog post floating in the ether caught my eye. Called Selecting While White: Breaking Out of the Vendor Box, the article is written by Chelsea Couillard-Smith, the Senior Librarian in Collection Services at Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. I was particularly interested in the subject because I’ve been tossing about the idea […]

Secret Coders Blog Tour: In Which I Am Asked to Code

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Under normal circumstances the blog tours I participate in don’t require me to do any homework. Today’s tour is a notable exception. I kind of respect that. When anyone with even the slightest approximation to Gene Luen Yang asks me to do something for him, my first inclination is to say, “You betcha”. A blog […]

And Now . . . A Word on the Accuracy of Goat Eyeballs in Picture Books

BookGoat

Alternate Title: Betsy Postulates Ponderous Problems Involving Irritating Irregular Irises. Alternate Alternate Title: She’s Getting Gooooooooofy . . . So. The time has come. You knew it was bound to happen someday. A reckoning, by all accounts. It is time for us to stop whatever it is that we are doing, to sit down, and […]

How Bill Cosby Ruined a Perfectly Good Banned Books Week

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Tomorrow I’ll be posting the latest episode of my blog with my sister Fuse 8 n’ Kate. In it, we’ll be reading a picture book challenged relatively recently somewhere in the continental U.S. To find such a book I consulted the American Library Association’s listings of Frequently Challenged Books. As I scrolled through the lists […]

Guest Post – Melissa Stewart: A Look at Expository Literature

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Those of you that were fans of Melissa’s previous posting on this blog Diversity in Thinking will be pleased to mark her return. Melissa’s been running a series on her blog about expository literature, including guest posts from experts in the field recommending recent examples you should know about. What exactly is expository literature? I’ll […]

A Rumpus of Wild Things: Interviewing Bruce Handy About His Latest

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A couple months ago I made mention of the fact that Bruce Handy, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, had written a book called Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult. Naturally I was curious, and not just because his book shared a title with my own. I approached it with […]

Gunning for Your Children: When Picture Book Classics Pack Heat

AmazingBone

  This is my son: He’s an appealing little squirt, and three years of age. That means that he has a particular adoration of construction equipment, sticks, hoses, and general mayhem. This, we anticipated. Encouraged even. But like a lot of parents out there I was not entirely ready for his #1 enthusiasm of all […]

One and Done: Serving on ALSC Committees and Never Coming Back

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Eleven years ago I served on the Newbery committee that would award Susan Patron’s The Higher Power of Lucky one of the loftiest children’s literary awards in the land. Ten years later I was tapped to serve as the chair of the Arbuthnot Lecture committee.  Why the gap in time?  In my particular case it […]

A Trip to the Used Bookstore

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Over at Comic Book Resources, a fellow by the name of Greg Hatcher used to report regularly on all the used bookstores he’d encountered in his travels. Here’s an example of what I mean.  They were fun round-ups with plenty of details and photographs. Back when I lived in NYC I’d read them almost wistfully. […]

The End of child_lit: The Literary Listserv Era Comes to a Close

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I go away for five measly days and look what happens! We briefly lose the sun, questions about ALSC and social media are raised, and then to top it all off the child_lit listserv comes to an end. I found out about it through Facebook, actually. For the past three days I’ve been holed up […]

The Artful Book Display: Getting It Right

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The other day I posted my most popular tweet of all time. I didn’t really mean to but, as with most things on the internet, it’s never the tweet or the post that is most important to you that catches on like wildfire. In this particular case I was at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville to […]

What Color Is the Past? History, Diversity, and Books for Kids

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The headline caught my eye. In the Guardian it read Mary Beard abused on Twitter over Roman Britain’s ethnic diversity. Subtitle, “Classicist says her assertion that there was at least some diversity under Roman rule led to ‘torrent of aggressive insults’.” Apparently the BBC recently released a video for schools in which a high-ranking Roman […]

Who Killed Louis Slobodkin [‘s Art]? The Case of the Caldecott Award Poster

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This is pretty much as low-tech as a mystery can go. More than anything else it’s a celebration of the fact that I’m not actually losing my mind. Half a year ago I got the chance to help moderate this really cool Mock Caldecott program that one of my librarians set up with the kids […]

Where Are All the Black Boys? A 2017 Assessment and Comparison

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Recently I had a chance to see an upcoming jacket for a 2018 middle grade novel. Check it out: If the name “Varian Johnson” is ringing a bell, it may be because of this cover a couple years ago: His 2018 book, The Parker Inheritance, is billed as having distinct similarities to The Westing Game […]