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Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award
By October 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

The Louis Shores Award Committee is currently inviting nominations for its 2019 recipient. Established in 1990, the Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization for excellence in reviewing. The award recipient is selected for significant achievement related to a reviewing process that helps librarians make selection and collection development decisions. […]

By September 24, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017, Considered

It’s Banned Books Week! In its honor, let’s revisit the list of the 10 most challenged books of 2017, compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and released in April. (Watch the video above for more information.) We’ve annotated the titles therein with excerpts from and links to their Booklist reviews, as well as […]

The Final Mystery: Weeding Our Libraries

The Final Mystery: Weeding Our Libraries

Cindy: Another Booklist #MysteryMonth is in the books, and we hope you enjoyed it. We have one final mystery for you: How are these books still in my middle school collection? The Future Ready Librarians Facebook group is full of weeding “gems” this time of year, especially from new librarians who have inherited collections from librarians who […]

Encouraging Middle-Schoolers to Choose Books
By January 18, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Encouraging Middle-Schoolers to Choose Books

There’s been a lot of discussion among the librarians I know about what to do with middle-schoolers: they just don’t seem to read as much as they used to. I know that here in Chicago, we have a unique perspective on this situation, since our schools run K–8. In my former school system in Maryland […]

Getting Started with the Global Read Aloud
By October 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Getting Started with the Global Read Aloud

The 2017 Global Read Aloud kicked off yesterday, and I’m here to help. Author and educator Pernille Ripp founded the program as a way to connect students and teachers from different locales around the topics of books. (Think One Book One School or One Book One City, but on a global scale.) Each year, Ripp […]

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the school year cycle itself. I love the momentum and the sense of change. There’s a clear beginning (New school supplies! Bright ideas for lessons! Brand. New. Books!) and a clear end (Collecting all the books! End-of-year reports! Putting in final grades!). OK, the […]

When Reading Feels Like Work, Reboot

When Reading Feels Like Work, Reboot

When reading books is a vital part of your job, it’s easy to love what you do. Of course, I don’t get to read books at work (unless it’s out loud at story time), but I still consider it a perk. As someone who works in a school, I might not get to leave the building to […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 18: Challenging Sexual Content in YA Literature

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 18: Challenging Sexual Content in YA Literature

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss censorship issues surrounding content in young adult literature and how this affects librarians, editors, authors, and teachers, as well as how people who support open fair access to all kinds of books can respond to book challenges and other kinds of content suppression. We’d love […]

In Praise of Conferences

In Praise of Conferences

Lynn and Cindy: We wish you were here in Grand Rapids, Michigan with us at our state school library conference, MAME 43! We have been doing presentations on the best books of the year longer than we would like to say. In the mad scramble to get through as many books on our to-read stacks as possible, we […]

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Beyond Katniss: Creative Book-Related Halloween Costumes
By October 31, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Beyond Katniss: Creative Book-Related Halloween Costumes

Every year, I debate whether or not to dress up for Halloween in the library. Every school is different of course, but at the one where I currently work, most students celebrate Halloween, and dressing up is part of school culture. At a pre-K–8 school, there’s a wide difference between what each grade level does for Halloween. […]