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2017 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Finalists

29 Mar

llama.jpgThe first annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award finalists were announced last week and I didn’t get a chance to post this yet, so here goes. Anna Dewdney, children’s book author and illustrator, most well-known for her series Llama Llama passed away last year of brain cancer at the age of 50. Sadly, much too soon for the children’s book world, but Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader created an award in memory of Dewdney that will continue her legacy for years to come.

The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, “will be given to a picture book published in the U.S. during the previous five years that inspires empathy and connection and makes for an exceptional read-aloud.” Dewdney’s own books were about the every day trials and tribulations of a young child’s llama’s life in which you feel empathetic toward his plight, and they also made amazing read alouds with such a great rhyme and rhythm.

The finalists are:

  • Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade, illustrated by Olga Stern (Simon & Schuster)
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam)
  • Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Toby by Hazel Mitchell (Candlewick)
  • Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Holt)

The winner will be chosen during Children’s Book Week, a week to celebrate children’s literature and the announcement of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Award at the end of the week. If you haven’t had a chance to read all five of these titles, stop by your local independent book store or local library to grab copies of them all to share with your family!

25 Titles to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

11 Feb


A great list of picture books about love, family, kindness and friendship to share for Valentine’s Day (or any day of the year)!

  1. Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? by Joanne Ryder and Melissa Sweet
  2. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt
  4. Snuggle Puppy! (a love song) by Sandra Boynton
  5. Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid
  6. Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz
  7. The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
  8. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  9. My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
  10. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  11. Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide and Lane Smith
  12.  Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
  13. Shy by Deborah Freedmam
  14. One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez
  15. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  16. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt and Cyd Moore
  17. How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer and Caroline Jayne Church
  18. The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman
  19. The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
  20. All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham
  21. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
  22. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
  23. Dear Bunny: A Bunny Love Story by Michaela Morgan and Caroline Jayne Church
  24. Always by Emma Dodd
  25. Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda

25 Titles with Middle Eastern Characters

1 Feb

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This is a post that I’ve been mulling over in my head for days if not weeks and months. I’ve used this blog in the past to sort through my thoughts and feelings of world events, of events happening in my own life and in the life of my library. I have tried for a long time to keep my blog apolitical, but there comes a point where having a platform to speak means using it when you need to. Now, I’m not going to go straight to political posts (that’s not the type of person I am), so you won’t  have to worry, but there is a quote from Martin Niemöller that continues to pop-up on my Facebook feed. If you haven’t seen it:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

So this is me standing up and speaking out. And, because I am a person of privilege, (white, female, cisgender, well-educated), I cannot continue to stand idly by while there are people in my own community who are afraid they are not welcome in my library because they are Muslim, because I know too many people with disabilities for someone to mock openly on television, because with the current budget choices being made my job could be in jeopardy, because as a woman I have my own rights to protect and because it’s the right thing to do. I want my blog to be able to help to educate and bring the community together in kindness because this world could use a little more kindness all around. You won’t see ranting about the state of affairs in the world, you will most likely begin seeing posts directly reflecting the world around us. So maybe you can use this information for a book display, a storytime, a reference guide for book suggestions or maybe you’ll check out some books to share with your own family. Without further ado, here’s a wonderful list of books written about Middle Eastern characters, enjoy!

Picture Book Titles:

  1. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford
  2. Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
  3. Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah by Omar Khawaja
  4. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
  5. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  6. My Name Is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin
  7. The Sandwich Swap by Raina Al Abdullah
  8. Mirror by Jeannie Baker
  9. Deep In the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane
  10. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan

Middle Grade Titles:

  1. Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up In Turkey by Ozge Samanci
  2. The Green Bicycle by Haifaa al Mansour
  3. The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia
  4. When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi
  5. Nasreddine by Odil Weulersse
  6. She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima B. Robert
  7. Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  8. Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
  9. A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  10. The Red Pencil by Andrea Pinkney

Young Adult Titles:

  1. It Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  2. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  3. Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  4. Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  5. Moon At Nine by Deborah Ellis


28 Jan

In all my excitement to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a great booklist for Lunar New Year, I missed Multicultural Children’s Book Day yesterday!  A day to celebrate multicultural books and reading.  Take a few minutes to check out the Read Your World hashtag on Twitter with lots of librarians, parents, authors and illustrators chiming in and stop by the library today to pick up a few multicultural books for your family!  Looking for a booklist… look no further than:





10 Read Aloud Titles About Service for MLK Day

13 Jan


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day that many people spend time offering service to their community – small acts to make a difference. Volunteerism can start with the littlest ones in your family and sharing some of these stories is a great way to teach kids kindness and service. These books range from one small act of kindness that ripples through a community to even larger acts such as purchasing an animal for a family overseas which can make a big difference to their way of life. But no matter what you have to offer, teaching children kindness and to think of others is something that I think everyone can do. Holding the door for someone, smiling a hello as you pass them by and asking another child to play together are all simple ways to teach kids to think of others around them. Share some of these great stories for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and share some other titles with me!

  1. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  2. Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  3. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley
  4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  5. The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
  6. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  7. Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
  8. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  9. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway
  10. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
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