Tag: summer reading

Shelf Care, Episode #2: To Beach Their Own

Shelf Care, Episode #2: To Beach Their Own

Booklist burst onto the podcast scene back in February with Shelf Care, a readers’ advisory, collection development, and reference-focused resource for book lovers across the globe. The first episode, sponsored by HarperCollins, turned the lens on podcasts themselves. Now, host Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, is back with another episode—and she’s […]

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Kwame Alexander Named 2017 Summer Reading Champion

Kwame Alexander Named 2017 Summer Reading Champion

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has named Kwame Alexander as this year’s Summer Reading Champion. The poet, educator, and Newbery Award-winning novelist takes over the post held most recently by Kate DiCamillo, who championed summer reading for two successive years. As part of his duties, Alexander will compile a summer reading list, built around this year’s […]

Cindy and Lynn’s Summer Reading

Cindy and Lynn’s Summer Reading

Cindy and Lynn: We so enjoyed K-8 librarian Gundry Rowe’s recent post for the Booklist Reader, Summer Reading At Last, that we thought we’d do our own. In her post, Gundry says she brought home a couple dozen books from her library to read this summer—and we’ve stocked up as well. Since our middle-school campus is under construction, access […]

Summer Reading At Last!

Summer Reading At Last!

I realize that most people are probably in the thick of beach book extravaganzas, but here in Chicago, I’m only just beginning. Even though school let out a few of weeks ago (we’re a late finish here), I’ve been mired in end-of-year tasks Now that I’ve tidied the collection and closed out for the season, I’m finally […]

Kate DiCamillo’s Recommended Reads for Summer 2016

Kate DiCamillo’s Recommended Reads for Summer 2016

Two-time Newbery award winning author Kate DiCamillo is reprising her role as Summer Reading Champion for the Collaborative Summer Library Program. “The library was such a magical place for me as a kid—a place of possibility, safety, and promise,” says the author of Raymie Nightingale (2016). “And my being a Summer Reading Champion is all […]

5 Picture Books Star This Summer’s Most Popular Pest–The Fly

5 Picture Books Star This Summer’s Most Popular Pest–The Fly

Lynn: The weather this summer really has been amazing. But even those of us in beautiful, temperate West Michigan will acknowledge there exists the occasional fly in the ointment—well, flies anyway, ointment or not. In the interest of presenting all sides of summer, the good and the not-so-good, here are some books that feature that […]

Sleepless Knight: A Graphic Novel That’s Summer Fun for Younger Readers

Sleepless Knight: A Graphic Novel That’s Summer Fun for Younger Readers

Lynn and Cindy: We’ve been working too hard and are ready for a few weeks of summer fun! Today we launch what we are calling a Summer Fun Bookends Blog Series. We’ll be headed to the beach, the pool, on camping trips, and even to the movies. Are you ready for some summer fun? Lynn […]

Summer Reading: Historical Fiction

Summer Reading: Historical Fiction

The internet is awash in lengthy lists of summer reading. Overwhelmed? Here are my quick takes on two historical novels that make good choices for book groups or solo reading. In Wendy Jones’ The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals (2014), it’s 1924 in Wales and undertaker Wilfred is at a picnic […]

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Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

This summer, The Seattle Public Library partnered with Seattle Arts and Lectures to create a very fun reading program for teens age 16 and over, and adults throughout the city. It’s called Summer Book Bingo! Participants enter one of two prize pools by either completing their whole card by September 8th or filling out one […]

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Summer Reading: Books for Grown-ups

Summer Reading: Books for Grown-ups

Let it be known that I am an adult, and despite my career in children’s books, I do still love to read books for my people my own age. I don’t often have time, and when I do, I don’t always manage to finish (see here, for instance). But I do have a master’s degree in twentieth-century […]