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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
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And the winners are…

This morning, Monday, January 23rd, the major children’s literary awards were announced at the American Library Association conference in Dallas. 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 23rd, 2012
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Miss Rumphius 1982

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney In order to keep library collections from growing out of control, librarians remove — or “weed” — books that are worn, torn, out of date, and underused  Although people freak out when I tell them that libraries throw books away, regular weeding is the only way to keep a collection [...]

November 30th, 2011
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Flotsam 2006

Flotsam by David Wiesner Some of my favorite picture books are those with no words at all. One that I particularly love is Flotsam by David Wiesner. This Caldecott Award winning book starts with a young boy finding an old-fashioned underwater camera on the beach. When he develops the film, the boy sees images from [...]

October 5th, 2011
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Song of the Swallows (1949)

Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi No one knows how or why, but every year swallows return to San Juan Capistrano from their winter migration on St. Joseph’s Day March 19th. Leo Politi’s Song of the Swallows tells the story of California’s centuries old Latino heritage and its Mission culture through the famous story [...]

June 8th, 2011
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Herbert the Lion (1931)

Herbert the Lion (1931) by Clare Turlay Newberry Herbert the Lion was one of the first books we were given when my daughter was born. It was a little long for a baby, but after we had got through the  Goodnight Moon stage, I dug it out again. It’s a completely charming story about a [...]

April 11th, 2011