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The 2nd Annual Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Scholarship

From Tracy Bloom Lerner, Library Marketing Manager with Random House Children’s Books, used with permission: Help a new librarian or library student attend their first ALA Annual Conference by entering him or her to win The 2nd Annual Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Scholarship.   In January 2009, our community lost two very dear […]

2011 Printz Award

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The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is awarded for “a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.” This year’s winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, reviewed by me here. From my review: “Ship Breaker is breathless, non stop action, with barely room to breathe. Getting lost in ships, […]

KidLitCon Survey

Ever been to a Kidlit Con, that is, the conference put together just for those who blog about children’s and teen literature? Ever think of going? More on what is Kidlit Con at my earlier post, Kidlit Con and Kidlitcon 2010 (oh, I am so witty with the blog post titles!). Colleen at Chasing Ray has information […]

L.K. Madigan


L.K. Madigan is the author of Flash Burnout, the winner of the 2010 William C. Morris YA Debut Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. While at ALA Midwinter, I was catching up on blog posts and read Madigan’s Hard News. As she graciously shares, “We arrive in this […]

Hey, That’s Me!

The Chicago Tribune covered the Youth Media Awards with a photo and an article in Newbery, Caldecott Medals Awarded. And I am one of the people in the photo! Note to self for next year: yes, it’s early, but put on some makeup. FuseEight and people in the comments have identified most of the people […]

Review: Yummy


Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Lee & Low. 2010. Graphic Novel. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: A fictionalized account of the life and death of eleven year old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. The Good: Yummy’s story was brought to national attention in a 1994 Time […]

Images and Issues Beyond the Dominant

Images and Issues Beyond the Dominant: Including Diversity in Your Graphic Novel Collection, YALSA YA Lit Symposium, November 6 Presenters: Robin Brenner, Francisca Goldsmith, Gina Gagliano I really enjoy working at a library for the blind and handicapped. One drawback? The collection is primarily audiobooks and Braille; so no graphic novel collection. Still, it’s a […]

Review: The Education of Bet


The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Houghton Mifflin. 2010. Copy provided by review. The Plot: Nineteenth Century England. Elizabeth “Bet” Smith and Will Gardener are sixteen. Will is the nephew and heir of wealthy Paul Gardener, and Uncle Paul wants Will to the the education befitting his station in life. All Will wants is adventure — […]

Youth Media Awards

Today the Youth Media Awards have been announced! Since I am at ALA Midwinter, and without my laptop, my post about the winners and honor books will be posted later this week (hopefully).


Just a heads up; I will be Tweeting while at ALA Midwinter, including during the Youth Media Awards. On Twitter, I’m LizB: The ALA Hashtags: ALA Youth Media Awards: #ALAyma ALA Midwinter Meeting 2011: #ALAMW11