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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/26/17

26 Jun

I’m so proud of myself – I was able to finish all three books on my list for this week and just started a fourth one! I was able to finish Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn and read Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt and  Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson. I also just cracked open Brightwood by Tania Unsworth which states that it’s the perfect book for fans of Doll Bones and from what I’ve read so far Serafina and the Black Cloak.

This upcoming week, I hope to be able to finish up Brightwood and then also read Refugee by Alan Gratz, author of Prisoner B–3087 due out at the end of July and The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick due out at the end of August. It’s amazing to me how much better I feel when I just spend time reading – I feel more centered and grounded and not quite like I’m treading water trying to keep myself afloat.  So I know, that if I’m feeling stressed out, I just need to give myself a little time with a great book to feel much calmer!


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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!

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My perfect plans for a rainy day (like today)!

13 May

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Importance of Reading to Babies

11 May

freestock_217914181As a former children’s librarian, I know the importance of reading aloud from birth. But, it’s nice to see that science backs up this knowledge with a new long-term study by the New York University School of Medicine. 250 mother-child pairs were monitored from when the babies were 6-months to 4 1/2 years old. They monitored how often mothers read to their children and how involved in the reading they were – did they talk about the pictures, ask their children questions, etc.

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Children’s Book Week

3 May

CBWLogoDates.jpgBefore I let another day go by, I want everyone to know that it’s Children’s Book Week from May 1-7! This week celebrates children’s books and reading and has been since 1919. It is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, which in my opinion, makes this a pretty awesome thing!

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