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Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Book Love

13 Feb

Here’s a list of picture books that focus on love – perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any day you want to spread some love)!

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  1. Love by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

  2. That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Teagan White

  3. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

  4. No Matter What by Emma Dodd

  5. Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett

  6. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley

  7. Someday by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

  8. The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr

  9. Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena, illustrated by Blanca Gomez

  10. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.


Just When I Think…

25 Jan

28263.jpgJust when I think the kid lit world can’t get any better, Jason Reynolds is interviewed by Trevor Noah on The Daily Show and it’s everything I expected and more. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, watch it… NOW! (I’ll wait)


As he stated, Jason has written nine books and each and every one is amazing in it’s own way. What I love about Jason is that he is very aware of what kids think will be cool or uncool, boring or interesting and he capitalizes on making sure his books are never boring. He’s written everything from contemporary YA literature to Miles Morales: Spiderman and middle grade titles sure to hook even the most reluctant readers.

In the interview Jason says, “I am in service to young people. They are not in service to me.” And this is what I think is so remarkable about Jason Reynolds and other children’s and young adult authors and illustrators – they care so much for the kids they right about and for. They aren’t doing this work for fame and fortune, they are doing it to make sure their readers know that they are seen and that people care about them.

And as for me, if I can promote these amazing authors and illustrators and get their books into the hands of kids in my community, then I’ve done my part to make this world just a little bit better.

NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads

8 Dec

npr booksI’ve posted about NPR’s Book Concierge over the past few years and am always interested in seeing what kind of titles NPR chooses to highlight. Just a few things to point out this year (and I’m focusing on the kid/teen titles) – I think NPR focused on providing a diverse list of titles from different perspectives this year with a lot of great titles that I’m seeing on many other lists as well as few titles I’ll have to get my hands on (I haven’t heard about them yet!).

Take the organizing tool with a grain of salt because I first assumed that NPR hadn’t chosen and graphic novels for kids (because you couldn’t pick that format in the concierge tool), but I did find a title on the list, if you just pick Kids’ Books. Other issues I’ve found include titles being only available in a few genres, rather than crossing over to all genres that fit that title.

Regardless, I love checking out the titles that different organizations choose to promote that have been published over the past year – allowing me to catch up with titles that I haven’t gotten to yet or opening my eyes to new titles that I haven’t heard about in blogs, on Twitter or in reviews.

Picture Book Month: Books

12 Nov

12“I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories…” And so starts the journey of a little girl who travels through the pages of books using her imagination on the way. If you to are a child of books, you’ll thoroughly enjoy pouring over these pages as the author and illustrator used text for classic literature throughout the book as part of the illustrations. I don’t want to give too much away, but this book is a delight to read and one that I need to add to my personal collection!  Continue reading

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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