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And the 2013 winners are…

This morning, Monday, January 28th, the major children’s literary awards were announced at the American Library Association conference in Seattle. For months, children’s librarians have been reading, discussing and blogging about possible contenders and now we know! Today, I’ll look at the ‘big two’ for children’s literature – the Caldecott and Newbery awards – and […]

January 28th, 2013
The Mitten

Brrr! Wintery books, books about winter, books to keep the chill away

January–when the holidays are done and it still months until spring–can be a dreary, cold month. As readers we have so many ways to combat the winter blahs, here are a few of my favorites: Bury yourself deep in a snowdrift: The Long Winter, part of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series, […]

January 23rd, 2013

First Thursday: From Streets to the Screen

From the dancehalls of Jamaica and the South Bronx to the nightclubs of London and the streets of Manchester, filmmaker Dan Bruun will discuss how he uses the camera to expose lesser-known cultures of cities around the world. Bruun will show clips from his films, talk about the challenges and rewards of immersing himself in […]

January 23rd, 2013

Forbes Finds Value in Libraries

Although it’s a long article, David Vinjamuri’s Why Public Libraries Matter: and How They Can Do More is well-written, articulate, and well worth your time.  Thoughts or comments? Let’s hear ’em. ~Ali B

January 22nd, 2013
on the road

Birds, Blood, and Hard-Boiled Detectives – New Books for Older Readers

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins by H. P. Newquist “There is more to blood than that it’s red and kind of gross” and this books sets out to prove it, though keeping at least some of the gross factor too! Looking at the biological, cultural and historical significance […]

January 16th, 2013

Snakes, Superheroes and Selling: New Books for Younger Readers

Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird by Stephanie Spinner; illustrated by Meilo So Irene Pepperberg bought an African grey parrot in 1977 and called him Alex – short for Avian Learning Experiment. This wonderful book tells the true story of how graduate student Irene taught Alex to speak – actually speak, not just mimic words. […]

January 9th, 2013