Children’s Literature

Obscure Holiday Book Roundup: National Love a Tree Day

Obscure Holiday Book Roundup: National Love a Tree Day

May 16 is National Love a Tree Day! And we’re celebrating with a list of children’s books that feature individual trees worthy of your love. We’ve got magical trees, sentient trees, talking trees, special-but-nonetheless-treelike-trees, and we even have some good ol’ nonfiction trees! Whether you love them or love to hate them, show our floral […]

Seven Podcasts for Middle-Grade Maniacs

Seven Podcasts for Middle-Grade Maniacs

While we’re celebrating #MiddleGradeMania all month long, let’s face it: being mad about middle grade tends to be a year-round affliction. The following is a list of podcasts that regularly cover middle-grade books and authors, ideal for busy grown-ups who need to feed their love of middle grade and want to keep up with the […]

Eight Superhero-Inspired Titles for Spider-Man-Loving #MiddleGradeManiacs

Eight Superhero-Inspired Titles for Spider-Man-Loving #MiddleGradeManiacs

Have you heard? There’s a new Spider-Man movie! If your eyes are rolling back into your head, I get it. This is the wall-crawler’s seventh big-screen feature of the twenty-first century (not counting various appearances with the Avengers), but trust me: if you love middle grade, you must see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Forget the […]

A New Home for Bookends

A New Home for Bookends

Lynn and Cindy: For the past 10 years, our Bookends blog has been affiliated with Booklist as the Booklist Online youth blog. Now, as the Booklist Reader undergoes some changes and reorganization, we have decided it is time to write a new chapter for Bookends. Bookends is going back to its roots as an independent blog and now […]

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Lynn: Is there other life in the universe? People have been looking up at the night sky and asking this question for thousands of years. Today, scientists are actively engaged in finding answers to this intriguing puzzle and making exciting discoveries at an extraordinary pace. Curtis Manley explores this fascinating subject in Just Right: Searching […]

Eat This! Marketing Junk Food to Children and Teens

Eat This! Marketing Junk Food to Children and Teens

Cindy: New Year’s healthy eating resolutions usually start to flag by February, so it’s perfect timing for us to share a 2018 title that’s a great fit for Booklist‘s Spotlight on Health & Wellness. Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How to Fight Back) by Andrea Curtis offers lessons […]

Be My (Library) Galentine!
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Be My (Library) Galentine!

An unexpected perk of being a school librarian has been the opportunity to work with amazing women in the library throughout my career. Since today is Galentine’s Day, the holiday made up by Parks and Recreations’ Leslie Knope to celebrate the amazing women in her life, I thought I’d celebrate a few in mine. When […]

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

Cindy: The nature artist Gwen Frostic (1906-2001) is a Michigan treasure, so when Lynn found her new picture-book biography, Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story, (2018) at the public library, I was delighted. Frostic was born in the thumb of Michigan’s mitten-shaped lower peninsula but eventually settled on the other side of the state, in the woods of […]

The Butler Did It: Gary D. Schmidt’s New Middle-Grade Novel

The Butler Did It: Gary D. Schmidt’s New Middle-Grade Novel

Cindy: Doesn’t everyone need a butler to appear on their doorstep to help restore order and routine to their household? He might not have the supernatural talents of Mary Poppins, but the butler in Gary D. Schmidt’s new book, Pay Attention, Carter Jones (2019), works his own kind of magic. The butler, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, was […]

Cindy & Lynn’s 2018 Book Awards

Cindy & Lynn’s 2018 Book Awards

Cindy and Lynn: We had so much fun giving out last year’s 2017 Bookends Awards, this year we’re announcing a new batch for 2018’s publications! We’re not talking about Newbery, Caldecott, or Printz Awards; we’ll leave those to the official committees. We’re off to Seattle this week for the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, and we can’t wait to learn who […]