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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Multicultural Literature

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Multicultural Literature

The February 1 issue of Booklist magazine, is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 243 new reviews and 9 feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered […]

By January 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Promise You’ll Write? A Picture Book for Young Friends Facing Separation

Promise You’ll Write? A Picture Book for Young Friends Facing Separation

Cindy: It’s hard when best friends move away. The title page spread of Herman’s Letter (2014), by Tom Percival, has a messy pile of photos and ticket stubs from all of the fun that this bear and raccoon have had together over the years. When Henry the raccoon has to move away, the friends are “devastated […]

Is Your Book Group Stuck in a One-Book Rut? Try a Multiple-Book Discussion

Is Your Book Group Stuck in a One-Book Rut? Try a Multiple-Book Discussion

One book or many? It’s a question I debate with my colleague Andrew Smith, who leads one-book discussion groups at Williamsburg Library. I prefer themed book groups that bring multiple books to the table for each meeting. Ultimately, either solution can be effective. Sue Dittmar, a wonderful librarian from St. Charles City-County Library District in […]

By January 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Publishing U: What Is a Query Letter — and How Do I Write Mine?

Publishing U: What Is a Query Letter — and How Do I Write Mine?

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the second post of our Publishing U series, agent Suzie Townsend offers her take on a commonly asked question—and her client, Alexis Bass, explains how she wrote the query that caught her agent’s […]

By January 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
ALA Midwinter: Graphic Novels, TV Hosts, Free Books, and More from Booklist!

ALA Midwinter: Graphic Novels, TV Hosts, Free Books, and More from Booklist!

New Year’s resolutions are either solidly underway or completely forgotten; we recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day; and hefty blue trunks line the halls of the American Library Association. All this can mean only one thing: the ALA Midwinter Meeting is upon us! We’re thrilled to be hosting fabulous readers and lovely librarians in our […]

A Sweet History Lesson for Struggling Readers

A Sweet History Lesson for Struggling Readers

Cindy: Do your children and teens know what molasses is? Recently one of our middle-school reading intervention teachers was sharing I Survived: True Stories, a nonfiction collection of five “epic disasters” with her students. One of the disasters is the 1919 Great Molasses Flood in Boston. Lynn and I wrote a blog post about Deborah […]