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Celebrating LBGT Pride Month

9 Jun

June is LGBT Pride Month and I definitely want to offer you some great titles to read, so you can check out my post from last year with a great graphic and titles for all readers! I’m really enjoying the fact that it’s becoming easier to find books with LBGT characters and as usual, my favorite are the books that don’t even “deal” with the topic but it’s just a matter of fact type of thing like, “the sky is blue and this character is gay.” It’s not something that needs to be discussed, it just is.

If you’re looking for more LGBT titles, check out the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table since 1971. This is a great place to look for true representation; titles that are well-written and portray he gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. The Children’s and Young Adult Awards for 2017 went to Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/5/17

5 Jun

So, what I planned to read, just didn’t happen, but I was proud of myself for getting a stack of books read on Saturday, compliments of my BEA experience!

  • I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The Tickle Test by Kathryn White, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
  • Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
  • Swing It, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

I’m currently finishing up The Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein, the third in the series and due out this October.


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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

BEA in a Day

5 Jun

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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.

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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!

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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!

15 Picture Books to Celebrate Ramadan

2 Jun

Ramadan

  1. It’s Ramadan, Curious George by H.A. Rey, Hena Khan, illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young
  2. Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman, illustrated by Sue Williams

  3. Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  4. The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon

  5. My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
  6. Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr by Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Holli Conger
  7. The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen
  8. A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen
  9. Ilyas & Duck: Fantastic Festival Eid-al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja, illustrated by Leo Antolini
  10. Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale by Fawzia Gilani-Williams, illustrated by Proiti Roy
  11. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  12. Time to Pray by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon
  13. Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Lea Lyon
  14. Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi, illustrated by Omar Rauuan
  15. Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr Story by Jonny Zucker, illustrated by Jan Barger

Memorial Day Weekend

27 May

52Memorial Day weekend is upon and while many people are thinking about picnics, visits to the shore, a three-day weekend, home projects and relaxing. We can’t forget the true reason for this holiday – a day to honor those who died serving our country in the Armed Forces. While there are many areas, I could focus on, I chose the Vietnam War, specifically the Vietnam War Memorial because I have vivid memories of visiting the memorial as a young child. We often visited Washington DC in the summer – my dad to present at a conference, which often left my mom taking four young kids around the city.

The Vietnam War Memorial is so beautiful in its simplicity and such a powerful place, where people are quietly respectful. It was designed by Maya Lin, a student at the time that her design was chosen for the memorial. And although many were critical of her lack of experience as well as her Asian heritage, the Vietnam War Memorial has become an important part of the landscape in Washington DC.

If you’re looking for ways to educate your kids about Memorial Day, the Vietnam War Memorial, or visiting DC soon – check out these great books to get you started! And if you want to know more about the Memorial, check out the National Park Service website.

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