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Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Lynn: Sometimes a book is just what you need at a particular time. That was the case for me with Ellen Emerson White’s A Season of Daring Greatly (2017). I’m a fan of baseball and baseball books. I love an underdog story and stories with an interesting ensemble cast. And in these challenging times, I […]

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Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Cindy: True confession: I’m not a Trekkie. But everybody knows Spock, even those who’ve never watched the Star Trek television series. I was familiar with Spock’s signature Vulcan salute, but I didn’t know that Leonard Nimoy created it when he rejected the idea, during filming, of using a traditional handshake. The shape originates from Jewish […]

Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Cindy and Lynn: Lynn missed a wild middle-school book club meeting a few weeks ago. I believe it started during Jackson’s rave review of the recent Printz honor title Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This 8th-grade reader loved the book, but commented that he really doesn’t need romance in his dystopian books. “Romance is fine,” he said. […]

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Moonshine for a Review? Adulting Looks Like Fun

Moonshine for a Review? Adulting Looks Like Fun

  Cindy: I’m used to getting some strange marketing packages from publishers, but this week a notable one showed up: a book called If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss, a box of buttermilk biscuit mix, and a small, empty bottle of branded moonshine. Wait. Moonshine? Why is my bottle empty? Fortunately, before I accused […]

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Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Lynn: In the winter, it is especially good to be a librarian! We have to look ahead and buy spring books, so they’ll be here when the crocuses pop and the first baby birds hatch. At the top of my spring picture books list this year? Egg, by the masterful Kevin Henkes. Perhaps there is nobody better at […]

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

Lynn: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing recently announced a new imprint, Salaam Reads.  Their mission: “to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.” It couldn’t come at a better time. The first book […]

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Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Cindy: Well, I’ll be skunked! When Lynn shared a copy of the first volume in Jacqueline Kelly’s new Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series. I was dubious. While I adore Kelly’s original stories, I fretted this new series, aimed at younger readers, would pale in comparison. I needn’t have worried—Skunked! is delightful. Callie Vee tells the story […]

Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Lynn: Parents and teachers of teenagers should be all-too-familiar with how many of their charges feel about rules and advice. My own two sons could have rolled their eyes for America! But those of us who have (mostly) achieved adulthood know that there is a lot of good advice that could really help young people. […]

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ALA Euphoria

ALA Euphoria

Lynn and Cindy: We are back from the inspiring ALA Midwinter Meetings in Atlanta and beginning to catch up on sleep and work. During that historical moment, it was perfect to be with so many like-minded people. Suffice it to say, the word “march” turned out to be a major theme that weekend. The Youth Media […]

Buried in Books and Sticky Notes

Buried in Books and Sticky Notes

Cindy: Lynn and I are just back from the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meetings, and we’re still in the process of unpacking the books we scored at the exhibits and preview events. Posted by John David Anderson (author of last year’s Ms. Bixby’s Last Day) landed at the top of my luggage. Due in May, the novel concerns […]