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The Miles Between

Mary E. Pearson’s book The Miles Between shocked me. How could I know that this book would wrap itself around me to savor and cherish? I wasn’t prepared. I was caught off guard. I was sideswiped. How could anyone predict its impact? And yet, this is a book that embraces predictability. Destiny Faraday, the main character, narrates […]

ALA Event – Advocacy for Youth with Legislators

Dr. Mirah Dow, the new chair of the AASL Legislative Committee, has asked that this information be distributed widely. (I served for 2 years as a previous chair of that committee and believe youth librarians need to do more advocacy to get the message out there about our importance in youth’s lives. Please consider this […]

ALA Event – International association involvement for schools

Johan Koren, Assoc. Professor & Coordinator of the Library Media Program at Murray State University asked on LM_NET:   Are you interested in ways that you and your students can become global citizens, but not sure if you can afford it, or even have the time to travel abroad?  If you’re going to be in Chicago for […]

Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal

Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal is going on my list of books to recommend to budding authors, poets, and creative souls. 256 pages, Middle-Grade Fiction, Henry Holt, May, 2009. ISBN: 9780805088816 Check out the author’s blog. There’s a bit of fantasy in the way author Ann Haywood Leal has everything the main character writes be […]

Read Ten Books At a Time

Sometimes you read great blog posts and just want to share them. I enjoyed Ten Books At A Time from Book Aunt today and hope you’ll check it out. Reader’s Advisory and helping middle class & wealthy families realize their book collections at home may not be enough.

ALA Event – Poetry Blast from ALSC

Poetry Blast 6 in Chicago on Monday, July 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chicago Hilton, Continental C. POETS: Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, David Harrison, Bobbi Katz, Laura Purdie Salas, Jon Scieszka, Joyce Sidman, Marilyn Singer, Hope Anita Smith, Susan Marie Swanson, and Joyce Carol Thomas.  Note the above information was part of […]

ALA Event – YA books you might miss otherwise

From Lyn Miller-Lachman: First-ever YALSA Small Press Program at ALA next week. With the recession and changes in the publishing industry, including e-publishing, small presses will be playing an increasing important role. More than 20 small independent publishers of young adult books (publishers that release 1-5 YA titles per year) will be presenting their books at this event. “Strengthen Your […]

Do you really know Heinemann-Raintree?

Once upon a time I adored Raintree books for my elementary school collection. Then along came these prodigious series books from Heinemann that everyone knew we had to carry for elementary collections (although it took Title1 funds to purchase the entire collection and I didn’t have them then). I’ve watched as Raintree was gathered into […]

ALA Events – Meet authors Anastasia Suen and Donald Lemke

Capstone Publishing has two authors (Anastasia Suen and Donald Lemke) signing in their ALA Conference Booths 1939-1940. Since they have a limited number of complementary copies, you’ll have to beat me there. Anastasia Suen, 2009 ALA conference panelist, educator, prolific blogger, and author of more than 100 books for children, will sign copies of her acclaimed […]

ALA Events – ALSC’s long list

Are you receiving emails from ALSC’s listserv? Here’s a message from Jenny Najduch, Marketing Specialist, Membership of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC): Join ALSC at ALA Annual Conference July 9-15, 2009 for great programs, events, speakers and more!  A full printable schedule (including all of ALSC’s programs) is available online at  We hope to see […]