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Nonfiction Monday is the best day of the week!


It’s here – the most wonderful day of the week – NONFICTION MONDAY. Again, the rules are simple: Write a blog post on anything to do with nonfiction Send me a link to your blog post via email to DianeRChen at comcast dot net (preferable) or in the comments below. Read everyone else’s blog posts […]

Nina LaCour speaks at TN Library Association Conference


Nina LaCour was the featured speaker at the Tennessee Library Association Children’s and Young Adult Services Author Talk on Friday, March 25th. Here’s a snippet: “I think that this is why young adult literature is so well-loved right now. Could there be a more vibrant and tumultuous time to rediscover? We have all of these […]

Nonfiction Monday at Practically Paradise


It’s our turn to host Nonfiction Monday so, readers, please show all of our guest bloggers today how much you appreciate their posts. The rules are really simple for being included: Write a blog post on anything to do with nonfiction Send me a link to your blog post via email to DianeRChen at comcast […]

KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month 2011


Lisa Taylor of the Shelf Employed blog posted a comment drawing my attention to a  commemorative blog that she created with fellow blogger, Margo, of The Fourth Musketeer. Their blog, “KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month 2011, is only for this month, and features daily posts by well-known kidlit authors, illustrators, booksellers and bloggers. More than 17 […]

Kidlit4Japan – a fundraising from the US kidlit folks courtesy of Alice Bauer

Hi folks. If you’re looking for a way to help folks in Japan, you can make a donation that will benefit children affected by the earthquake and tsunami while also purchasing  some neat children’s literature swag. Beginning at 9AM EDT on Monday March 21st, the Kidlit4Japan site<> will feature a children’s and YA auction to […]

Lorna warns against unintentionally pitting oppressed groups against each other

Dear Diane and COSWL members, I am glad to see this post for Women’s History month. And although I know that no harm or offensive was intended, I am nevertheless disappointed by this: “Each year I complain because Women’s History is not being recognized and focused upon to the extent I desire in schools anymore. […]

Women’s History Month


March is National Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Project’s slogan is “Our History is Our Strength.” The National Women’s History Project website has suggestions for planning for celebrations. Be sure to check out their website, blog, and facebook page. Each year I complain because Women’s History is not being recognized and focused upon […]

Top Teen Titles #15-19


We started this journey a year ago surveying and asking readers, teens, librarians and teachers for their recommendations. During the past year I’ve read (and sometimes re-read) titles from the recommendations. Finally I’m getting around to posting the last titles in the list. #19 Blue Sword, The by Robin McKinley. Greenwillow, 1982. ISBN:  9780688009380, 288 […]

Authors for Japan fundraiser live now


Go to the website and start bidding. It’s live now. This website and fundraiser is fascinating to watch. Not only have I honed my skills bidding in UK pounds instead of U.S. dollars*, but I’ve discovered some British bloggers and activities worth watching. For example,I have my eyes on 9: Atom prize pack from […]

CALA shares information on ways to help Japanese libraries

Thanks to the CALA (Chinese American Library Association) listserv message from Zhijia Shen, Ph.D. Director, East Asia Library University of Washington I’m able to share more information. She writes: We all have heard that a terrible 9.0 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan’s northeast region last Friday, March 11th. Japanese libraries and librarians have also […]