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Must Listen: Book Lover’s Podcasts

22 Jun

get-booked-logo-e1441883061578I love the Get Booked podcast – it’s a book recommendation podcast where people submit questions for reading suggestions for themselves, as gifts, for their book club, etc. and receive suggestions from the hosts and Book Riot contributors. 9 times out of 10, I know very well that I’ll never read the books they suggest, but I love hearing about them – it’s a great way to hear about books from a wide-variety of genres and the ladies who host are so fun!


artworks_mediumIf you’re a kid lit author or illustrator and like to drink (both alcoholic and non) this is the group for you. I’m neither an author or illustrator, but I enjoy this podcast just the same – it’s fun to listen to other people geek out as much as I do about kid lit! They talk writing, interview authors, and in general have a lot of fun together – which is awesome!


downloadThis is a podcast hosted by a 5th grade teacher focusing on middle grade books. She talks classroom shop – always looking for ways to connect middle grade students to books they’ll love. My favorite part of this podcast is when she offers up suggestions and the format she uses is great – a quick overview of the story and three reasons why she loves the book. She’s got some great ideas to encourage readers and reading habits!


The-Yarn-logo-500-300x300The Yarn is hosted by Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker and each season has had a little bit of a different focus – but it’s always enlightening with a focus on kid lit author interviews. The first season of the podcast the guys focused on looking at Matthew & Jennifer Holm’s book – Sunny Side Up from many different angles – book designer, author, illustrator, colorist, editor and more.


These are just a few of the podcasts I listen to and if you’re looking for some more great examples, check out Brightly’s article, Press Play: 8 of the Best Kids’ Lit Podcasts (and a Few for Grown-Ups Too)!


BEA in a Day

5 Jun

My co-worker and I went up to Book Expo America (BEA) on Friday, just for the day. We couldn’t go for all three days and got up extra early on Friday to drive to New Jersey to grab the NJ Transit up to Penn Station and then walked the few short blocks to the Javits Center. With commuting time, we spend over 12 hours on an epic trip that napped us some really great SWAG and some awesome author autographs.

If you’re unfamiliar with BEA, it’s a yearly expo of publishers promoting upcoming titles for the summer and fall season, sometimes even hitting titles for early the following year. For many of the publishers, they spend the three days in meetings with authors, potential authors and working really hard to provide a quality experience for booksellers, educators and librarians.

It’s a chance for us, as librarians to become familiar with upcoming titles for picture books, middle grade and young adult genres. It’s so much fun talking with publisher reps who are as excited about books as we are and they have so much great knowledge about titles that they not only enjoyed, but truly loved reading.


So here’s what actually happens, there’s a large convention space for all publishers and as a librarian, we walk around talking with reps and picking up Advanced Reader’s Copies or ARCs – books that are planning on being published in the next six months or so. These prints usually have some editing that needs to be done, some are without artwork or color, while others can be missing entire sections of the book.  But, for the most part you can snag some pretty awesome titles. For example, at a conference last year I got an ARC for The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill which later won the Newbery Award (and I was later able to get my ARC signed by the author which is pretty awesome). So, as you can see, I got the most recent title in the  Mr.Lemocello’s Library series, due out on October 10, 2017, along with 36 other titles, mainly middle grade and YA, but also a few picture books as well.

The Expo also has some really great talks going on through the three-day event including promotional talks, talking about diversity, and more. We were able to stop by the editor book buzz on middle grade fiction out this fall and got to a great afternoon talk which you can see in the picture below!


The other exciting part of conferences and expos like BEA is the chance to meet authors and illustrators – this year we got to get book signed by Caldecott winner, Dan Santat, Chris Grabenstein, Lindsay Eager, plus (drumroll please…) Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Chris Harris author and producer of How I Met Your Mother and Neil Patrick Harris, yes that Neil Patrick Harris.

I was completely exhausted by the end of the day, but we had an awesome time and I’m hoping that next year, I’ll actually be able to spend the whole three days in New York! A great big thank you to all the publishers, authors, and illustrators who worked so hard to make this event a success! It was awesome!

Quick Book Display

18 Jan

I don’t know if others have seen it, but two days ago President Obama sat down with the chief book critic of The New York Times and talked about how important reading and books were during his years in office. I’m a librarian and I follow a lot of book related news, so this has been popping up on my Facebook and Twitter news feeds ever since.

So, easiest thing for me to do today? Throw together a book display of books President Obama mentioned as being his favorites or interesting to him. As this is his last week in office, it’s the perfect time to put this together – timely and library focused! So get ready for some new books to add to your TBR list!

  • William Shakespeare
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Junot Díaz
  • Philip Roth
  • Saul Bellow
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The following list is from Off the Shelf – a collection of books President Obama mentioned reading during his presidency.

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
  • The Whites by Richard Price
  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Rodin’s Debutante by Ward Just

Anna Dewdney Read Together Award

15 Dec

llama.jpgAn amazing award is being created by Penguin Young Readers, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader to remember acclaimed children’s author/illustrator Anna Dewdney who passed away in September from cancer.

The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award “will be given annually to a picture book, published in the U.S. during the five prior years (for the inaugural award, between 2011 and 2016), that is an outstanding read-aloud and encourages compassion and empathy” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Nominations are currently being accepted until February 5, 2017.  Anyone – a parent, caregiver, librarian, teacher or bookseller are welcome to nominate picture books for this beautiful award. I can’t think of a greater way to remember the author of so many of my favorite storytime read alouds than this award.

13 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

14 Sep

hispancic-heritage-books-feat-768x550-c-centerCheck out this awesome list to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month created by Brightly that I helped with this month.

Check my blog in the upcoming days for an even more extensive list of titles (because there’s so many great books to chose from).

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