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Yet Another C We Need to Consider: Curriculum

In my CC talks I often say the third C in Common Core is “collaboration” — within the school the librarian and the teachers need to work together; publishers whose books juxtapose well need to realize they are not in a zero-sum fight for shelf space. I still believe that, but recently my attention has [...]

Adventures in Dystopia

By fortunate coincidence, just at the Hunger Games tsunami is hitting young people, my YA Materials class pulled in to Dystopia Station — Maze Runner; Ship Breaker; The Hunger Games; Feed. Rereading the four novels even as merchandizers hawk Hunger Games nail polish made me think about why dystopia is so popular — and how [...]

The Big Picture and Why I Like It

Recently many of these blogs have been about the Common Core, what it means to schools and libraries, and my various contacts and experiences in talking about CC implementation. From time to time I, and members of the INK Think Tank, have talked about authors Skyping in to schools. And over at CCBC some parallel [...]

Short Bits: NF as Fast Food

The discussion theme over at the CCBC listserve has been on nonfiction — first books in the elementary years, now middle grade and high school. Woven in to that discussion — which generally wavers between people listing fave raves and broader and more thematic posts — has been concern about exactly the same issue I [...]

Dating Service for Grad Students and Society

In my blog on “Pandemonium” I spoke about how the twin forces of the Common Core and digital publishing are rippling through schools, libraries, and publishing houses. But a series of recent conversations suggest that the epicenter of shock, and change, is even wider than I’d supposed: just as K-12 teachers are being asked to [...]

“The More You Know The More You Are Able to Learn”

Yesterday brought the time change and nice weather to our neck of the woods and so the boys were in an out of the house and playing an endless variety of outdoor games seemingly forever. They came in exhausted, cranky, difficult. At bedtime, it was my turn to read to our younger son and I [...]

“The End of Nonfiction”?: A Weaver’s Response

I’m sure many of you have read Chris Harris’s thought-provoking essay, on The End of Nonfiction: http://tinyurl.com/8yte6lj I’ve admired Chris from a distance over the years for his full-on plunge into technology, librarianship, and education — he seems to be totally familiar with every digital development I’m just reading about. And there are several strands [...]

What You See Is What You Get

Yesterday in my YA materials class we discussed humor, including Louise Rennison’s very Brit Angus thongs and full-Frontal Snogging. One running phrase in the book is 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson’s terror that she might be a lesbian, along with her hyper-dramatic projections that her (could she be a lesbian?) gym teacher is oggling her. This is [...]

So Which Way Do the Library E-winds Blow?

The indefatigable Sue Bartle graced my in-box with several links this morning, which comment on one another in ways I thought I’d share. First, as many of you must know, Random House has drastically increased the prices it charges libraries for ebooks: http://tinyurl.com/6m69qtx From the ALA itself down to individual librarians this was bad news. [...]

Over and Under Radar

Marina is at the AWP convention in Chicago today: http://www.awpwriter.org/conference/2012sched.php In case you don’t recognize the initials, this is an organization for “writers and writing programs” — as in undergraduate, MFA, and professional authors. But if you look at the link I included you will notice ever more attention to YA, with familiar authors of [...]