Well, that’s weird… the first time I wrote the New Year down. Anyway, it’s a new year with new books to read and what better way to start than on my first day off of the New Year with dreary weather outside and no plans to get off this couch. I’m hoping to spend a good chunk of my day reading, just because I can.
I started The Bookshop On the Corner by Jenny Colgan last night and am excited to delve into her quaint little world again today. My other plans for this week include The Reader by Traci Chee, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner and The Inquisitor’s Tale Or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. I don’t usually make any sort of reading goals for the year. I joke that I have very few outside interests, so reading is something that I really enjoy doing and don’t want to feel obligated to read a certain number of books or certain types of books. I’m thinking about a couple of different types of challenges, but we’ll see where the year takes me.
Over the course of this week, I plan on reviewing my last year and looking forward for what I want to do over the next year. Thanks for checking in on my blogging journey, I have a good feeling about 2017!
Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.
I saw this terminology (or something very similar) on Twitter over the past week and it seems to continually be popping up after hearing many librarians, teachers, parents and kids enjoying soooooo many of this year’s books published for children.
Don’t get me wrong, according to statistics, the publishing world still publishes primarily white, cisgender, “traditional” characters, but I think that now, more than ever the world of children’s literature is not only asking, but demanding that every child will see themselves in the books they read. The quote that so many people continually come back to is a quote that describes books as windows and mirrors:
That being said, publishers have taken these demands to heart and although I don’t know that more books are being published about diversity, I think that the books that are being published are often times extremely well done and getting a lot of buzz in the children’s literature world. What I most appreciate are the books that are diverse without being about diversity. You don’t need to scream diversity when writing these books, just be sure to include characters that are diverse.
Award committees both through ALA and across the blogging world are promoting diverse books as well which makes them even more wanted by kids, teachers, bloggers, librarians and parents. What I love about this community more than anything else is everyone’s passion for getting the right books into the right hands. Every podcast I listen to, every interview I read, continues to amaze me. Authors and illustrators in the children’s literature field are some of the most kind, humble and beautiful human beings on this planet. I’m convinced. They care so much for getting these stories into the hands of kids and their love for teachers and librarians shines just as bright.
Still not convinced we’re in a Renaissance? Check out the upcoming list of titles for middle grade novels coming out in 2017 from Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook. Check out the Mock Caldecott from Watch. Connect. Read., the Newbery and Caldecott Predictions from Fuse #8 Production and if you Google “best of children’s literature 2016” you’ll be sure to find lists upon lists of amazing literature published over the course of the past year. Soak it all in and update your TBR lists!
The “best of the best” lists are coming out in droves (as usual). These lists usually have many of the same suspects on them with a little variation and that is what I like. Making sure I get my hands on all the heavy hitters of the year. Especially this year as having a new job has throw a curve into my reading schedule (I’m so tired when I get home!). So without further ado, here are some of the list that have already been published that I’ll be using to fill up my reading time over the holidays. I’m hoping to add to this list so that I can keep all these resources in one place. Enjoy! And if you know of any other great 2016 lists, please let me know!
Top 20 Books of 2016 – Watch. Connect. Read (Mr.Schu and Travis Jonker)
SLJ’s Best of 2016 – School Library Journal
Notable Children’s Books of 2016 – The New York Times
The Best Children’s Books of 2016 – The Wall Street Journal
Best Children’s and Young Adult Books of 2016 – The Washington Post
Best Books of 2016 – Goodreads Choice Awards
NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide to 2016’s Great Reads – NPR
2016 Favourite Storytime Picture Books – Jbrary
If you’re a storytime librarian, a preK teacher, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparent, sibling, etc., you have to take some time to explore Jbrary’s website. Jbrary is the brain child of two children’s librarians in Vancouver, British Columbia and it’s an absolutely amazing resource filled with books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and more. And the best part is that they film the songs for their YouTube channel, making it so easy to learn (especially for tone-deaf librarians like myself!)
My own storytime has benefited greatly from the resources I’ve found on Jbrary. If you only try one new song in the next year – my kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fruit Salad (and Bananas Unite and See the Little Bunnies Sleeping and… you get the idea), basically everything I’ve tried my kids go crazy for!
And you need to stop by and see the 2016 Favorite Storytime Picture Books – all books published over the course of the past year that are tried and true books perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a larger group! What’s great is that there are books on this list for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school, so no one will feel left out! So take some time to check out this amazing resource that just might make life a little easier when planning storytime or sharing time with your favorite little ones!
You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month. You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books! Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!
- Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
- The Library by Sarah Stewart
- Tómas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
- The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iran by Jeanette Winter
- Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
- Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
- The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
- Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
- Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney