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“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

In my previous post, “The Names of These Books Are Secret,” I wrote about how I got the kids in my grade-school library excited about reading mystery novels using “mystery mysteries.” Although feeling a bit trepidatious I decided to also try out mystery writing with my middle-grade students. Fifth and sixth graders started by defining a […]

The Names of These Books Are Secret: Getting Grade-Schoolers Excited about Mysteries

The Names of These Books Are Secret: Getting Grade-Schoolers Excited about Mysteries

As an adult reader I really like reading mysteries, but this has never been an easy genre for me to sell to my grade-school-library patrons. A quick off-the-cuff book talk at the shelves is really my bread and butter for getting books into kids’ hands, yet I’ve always struggled to do this with mysteries. It […]

Forever Violet: A Whimsical Book Display for Purple-Loving Prince

Forever Violet: A Whimsical Book Display for Purple-Loving Prince

Color coordination is an essential tool for quick book displays. We display red books for Valentine’s Day, and green books for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s only fitting that a book display honoring Prince would be violet in hue and theme. Celebrate the artist’s unique style and sense of playfulness with a whimsical tribute to the […]

Are You Ready for National Readathon Day 2016?

Are You Ready for National Readathon Day 2016?

The second annual National Readathon Day is fast approaching—mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21, when you can join readers across the county in celebration of that very special activity—reading. If you are a library, school, or bookstore planning a reading party, be sure to e-mail [email protected] to have your event publicized. Then readers can […]

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Don’t Miss “Top 5” at PLA—Your Fast Guide to Authors You Should Know

Don’t Miss “Top 5” at PLA—Your Fast Guide to Authors You Should Know

If you’re just seeing this now and you’re at PLA, I hope you’ll come over to room 102/104/106 at 10:45 a.m. For four Public Library Association conferences in a row now I’ve been joined by a panel of rock-star readers’ advisors for a program we like to call the “Top 5.” This is where we take […]

Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass Revisited
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Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass Revisited

This editorial, by longtime Book Links columnist and Booklist contributor Pat Scales, appeared in the August 2010 issue of Booklist in response to Common Sense Media’s practice of labeling books by controversial content. Recent discussions on ALSC-L about this organization, and why the American Library Association doesn’t work with them, have prompted us to reprint Pat’s essay here. […]

Pat Scales’ Alma Mater Honors Her Service to Young Readers

Pat Scales’ Alma Mater Honors Her Service to Young Readers

The University of Montevallo, alma mater of longtime Booklist contributor and Book Links columnist Pat Scales is honoring her contribution to middle- and high-school librarianship with the creation of the Pat Scales Special Collections Room. The photos above are an artist’s rendering of the library, which will include upwards of 3,000 items, featuring signed first editions […]

The “Everybody” Section and Other Non-Negotiables

The “Everybody” Section and Other Non-Negotiables

I didn’t start my career thinking I knew everything about being an elementary-school librarian, but I’d been to school and I’d learned all the things that are considered “best practice.” I knew I should have a flexible schedule, and that I should collaborate with teachers and even co-teach if possible. I knew how to use reference sources […]

26 Cats Who Love Books More than You Do

26 Cats Who Love Books More than You Do

Cats are pretty uninhibited when it comes to expressing their love of books—like this one, basking in the throes of literary worship.   Many cats are hardworking library and bookseller cats. Like this precious rat exterminator . . . Happy Caturday! #Caturday #catsandbooks #cutest #lazysaturday #lagrangeparklibrary #friendsofthelibrary #lovebooks #markmyplace #bookshop #booksandcats A photo posted by […]

Better Reading through Writing in Books? Let Kids Take Control of the Story

Better Reading through Writing in Books? Let Kids Take Control of the Story

As both a librarian and a reader, I’m of two minds about author studies. On one hand, I love the connection and shared language they can create. I have a fourth grader who, until very recently, routinely greeted me by saying, “I love Mo Willems.” On the other hand, I fear that knowing a lot about […]