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Follow-Up to Sexual Harassment in the Children’s Book Industry Conversation

16 Feb

Not only do I think it’s important to share that sexual harassment is something that is pervasive throughout the society we currently live in, but I also think it’s important to share a heartfelt apology from a man named for sexually harassing women in the comments of the SLJ article.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, start with the article posted on School Library Journal, followed by the article written by Anne Ursu. And I also posted my response on Monday, if you care to read my opinions.

I think what’s amazing is that one of the authors named as someone who has sexually harassed women in the past owned up to his behavior, no excuses, no explanations, just an apology and a plan to be far more aware moving forward. Take a minute to read Myke Cole’s response to finding his name listed in a place you never want your name to be. I’m not familiar with Myke’s work, but he has earned my respect as one of the few people to my knowledge that has owned up to his poor behavior and  apologized for it.

It’s never easy owning up to your mistakes privately and even more difficult to do so in a public forum, but Myke realized with the help of a really great friend that his behavior could be perceived by many as being sexually harassing – even though he didn’t see it that way in the moment.

And so, I want to thank you Myke for being a stand-up guy for admitting when you’ve made a mistake, apologized for said mistake and having taken steps to never let it happen again.


2017 Nerdies Awards

4 Jan

cropped-nerdy-bannerIf you’re looking for some wonderful suggestions for what to read next, check out the results of the 2017 Nerdies Book Awards, hosted by The Nerdy Book Club. What I love about booklists such as these, is that I rediscover the titles I loved during the past year and get a chance to pick up a few more titles that I know will be amazing reads. Plus, I get to stretch my literary wings and try out some of those genres I don’t normally get to during the year – this year it was nonfiction and poetry/novels in verse.

I’m planning on using the fiction picture book list as jumping off point for my #blogbookaday posts each day, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing some familiar titles!


Picture Book Month Review

1 Dec

I participated in Picture Book Month, posting a picture book title each day of November that coincided with the theme for the day. If you missed a day or two, take a look!

November 1 – Introduction
November 2 – Mothers
November 3 – Friends
November 4 – Monkeys
November 5 – Storms & Typhoons
November 6 – Humor
November 7 – Farmers
November 8 – Libraries
November 9 – Animals
November 10 – Dinosaurs
November 11 – Dogs
November 12 – Books
November 13 – Kindness
November 14 – Fathers
November 15 – Birds
November 16 – Shapes
November 17 – Family
November 18 – Cats
November 19 – Artists & Painters
November 20 – Courage
November 21 – Imagination
November 22 – Creativity
November 23 – Grandparents
November 24 – Lions
November 25 – Cities
November 26 – Turtles
November 27 – Reading & Writing
November 28 – Freedom
November 29 – School
November 30 – Christmas

PBMBADGE-AMBASSADOR-FBYou’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 picture books surrounding a specific theme.

San Francisco Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Books Gift Guide

30 Nov

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Check out the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Books Gift Guide – with tons of suggestions for adults,teens and kids in a wide variety of genres and formats! (If you’re looking for the children’s selections, head to the bottom of list!)

The Best of…

29 Nov

It’s that time of year when the Best Of… lists start rolling out! I love to see what others think are the best in each genre for the year. Sometime I agree, sometime I don’t, but I almost always get some new titles from these lists. Check out Chicago Public Library’s CPL Best of the Best Books 2017 with a host of separate categories to make sure you find just the right title for you!




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