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2017 Nerdies Nominations – open now!

7 Dec


The 2017 Nerdies Nomination form is officially open! Make sure to nominate your favorite titles of the year in the following categories:

  • Picture Books: Fiction
  • Picture Books: Nonfiction
  • Early Readers/ Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Poetry and Novels in Verse
  • MG/YA Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction

Per the Nerdy Book Club website: The 2017 Nerdies Nomination Ballot is open until December 17th at midnight Eastern Time. Nominate up to 5 books in each of the categories. You do not need to nominate books in every category or nominate a full slate of 5 nominees. All nominees must have been published in 2017 and written for children or young adults. In order to prevent ballot box stuffing for beloved titles, we have restricted the surveys to one response per computer. After tallying the ballots, we will announce the 2017 Nerdies list in daily category posts beginning December 26th.


LibraryCon Live!

7 Dec



Yesterday I got a chance to participate in LibraryCon Live, an event hosted by School Library Journal and Library Journal. It was really well put together with some awesome presenters, authors, and illustrators – the keynote speaker was John Jennings, illustrator of the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia Butler, the closing keynote was by Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author/illustrator of Boxers and Saints and American Born Chinese.

This was a great way to format a conference because I didn’t have to spend money on traveling (I sat at my desk all day) and could interact with the presentations, the vendors, and other conference-goers all online. I would definitely be interested in seeing more programs like this as an option to receive continuing education credits at little or no cost to attendees.

I am in the middle of performance evaluations, so even though I couldn’t devote my entire concentration to the event, I received some really valuable information and will definitely logging back in to hit up the session I missed at lunch and revisiting a few others to get some more information!

Sharing Picture Books with Preschool Teachers

27 Oct

This week, I got the chance to speak in front of preschool teachers during an in-service day about children’s literature trends and share some great new titles that have been published in the past couple of years. The preschool reached out to the library looking for some sort of presentation during their in-service day. And I decided, rather than talking about brain development and the importance of early literacy (which is always important) I wanted to offer these teachers valuable information that they could take back to the their classrooms and implement almost immediately. Continue reading

Samantha Mabry’s Take on Book Banning

21 Oct

I came across this piece on Twitter last night and was very interested to read Samantha Mabry’s view on banning books. Samantha Mabry is the author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All  the Wind in the World. I’ve read both of these titles and loved them and I’m always interested to hear what authors have to say in interviews and written pieces.

Samantha’s point is that the feeling of finding a book that is made just for you, doesn’t happen with every book you read. She found her book  that she felt was written just for her at the age of 34 – she went 34 years before connecting to a book that was that powerful to her. And when schools and libraries ban reading material – it offers less of a chance for kids to find their story.

She also points out that curriculum that promotes and encourages diverse voices helps readers to find stories that mirror their lives and feel as though they’re written just for them. And as a librarian or teacher, it is our job to read these books and booktalk them to kids because a book that speaks to me, will most likely not speak to someone else the same way, but that’s what makes it so special when you find that just-right-book – it’s magical.

Check out her whole article on Bustle!

Setting Back to Zero: NYC Removes All Fines From Youth Cards

20 Oct

This is a really cool story! As of yesterday, Thursday, October 19th the New York City Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library have reset all youth library cards to $0.00. So, if any child had a fine or fee for overdue or lost material – they’re library account is cleared and they are now able to check out materials again.

This is huge because 20% of youth cards for these three library systems currently have blocks on them – fines or fees too high to be allowed to check out materials. Plus, almost half of those children live in high-need neighborhoods where it is more likely that it would be more difficult to pay those fines. This is so awesome because so many kids can’t use the libraries with these blocks, but the library can offer so much for them.

What’s even better is that the JPB Foundation, a philanthropy focused on working in low-income neighborhoods, has pledged to help with the revenue loss of clearing these cards which is $2.25 million. Without this assistance, the library would have a much more difficult time removing these fees as that much revenue is hard to replace. Check out this story from the library systems!

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