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Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

High-Interest Books for Struggling Middle School Readers | Parents | #familytimemachine:


20 Kids’ Books That Defy Gender Stereotypes – #kidlit

Can children’s books help build a better world? #kidlit

Cybils Nominations Are Open – #kidlit #yalit

Honoring Picture Book Champions at the 2015 Carle Awards #kidlit

Lauren Oliver Interviews H.C. Chester About Curiosity House : The Childrens Book Review – #kidlit



Just How Bad The Problem of Gender Bias in Science Fiction Awards Really Is – #scifi #gender

One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with Libba Bray – The Hub – #yalit

Q & A with Leigh Bardugo #yalit

‘Scorpio Races’ to Be Directed by Matt Sobel #yalit


Banned Books Week!

Hurrah! I managed not to miss the week entirely with this post. Here are the ten most frequently challenged books from 2014 as reported by ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. I find it fascinating to see why some of my favorite books are being challenged, so I’ve included the reasons below:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

117997 The Bluest Eye

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health Saga, Volume 1

It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

The Kite Runner The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

A Stolen Life Drama

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

So many great seasonal reads!  Fun pumpkin books for kids that connect with Fall activities.:


7Imp – The Women of Finding Winnie – #kidlit

9 Ways People Who Read As Kids Have An Advantage Over Everyone Else – #reading

Concerns over gendered children’s books and its impact – #kidlit

Katherine Applegate on Crenshaw – The Horn Book – #kidlit

Katherine Rundell shares her list of the greatest literary wolves – #kidlit

Roald Dahl Books to Be Given Away in Happy Meals in the U.K. #kidlit

Roald Dahl Funny prize for children’s books is closed down – #kidlit

Schoolboy calls for more disabled characters in children’s books – #kidlit #diversity

The St. Paul Public Library’s transformation – #libraries

Some Kids’ Books Are Worth The Wait: ‘They Do Take Time,’ Says Kevin Henkes – #kidlit

Top 10 reasons to go comic book crazy! – #comics #kidlit

The world:


Brace yourself for The Seattle Public Library name change – #libraries

Cross-Country Mission To Track Down Carnegie Libraries – #libraries

The Public Library’s New Role As Community Center – #libraries

Serving Your LGBT Teen Patrons – #lgbt #libraries

Library Zombie Apocalyopse  #thewalkingdead #librarydisplay #library:


Ted Dawe explains how his teen book got banned in New Zealand – #yalit

Why we need books exploring Muslim teen identity – #yalit

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14 books about apples for kids - both fiction and non-fiction selections for kids ages 2-9 #apples #booklist || Gift of Curiosity:


Ahoy, Matey! Here Be the Best Pirate Books for Kids | Brightly #kidlit

Author Cornelia Funke Lauches Own Publishing Company – #kidlit

Children’s authors who disliked kids – #kidlit

Into the River ban: Other controversial children’s books – BBC News – #kidlit #bannedbooks

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students #kidlit #yalit

Read more!:


The Frugal Magic… of the Library – #libraries #frugal

Kick-Ass Librarians in Action! – Despite Law Enforcement Concerns, Lebanon Board Will Reactivate Tor – #libraries

Madison Public Library to debut ‘Spoke-n-words’ micro-library on a bike – #libraries

Orland Park Library Trustees return some of the gold they took for personal use – #libraries

These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles – #libraries



Authors Talk About the Teen Transgender Experience | SummerTeen 2015 – #yalit #transgender #diversity

Fewer than a quarter of teens read books frequently – they prefer Facebook #reading

Girl, 12, finds porn on Amazon search for teenage books – BBC News –

Zoey Deutch To Star In ‘Before I Fall’ – #yalit

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:


Alex Gino: ‘I knew I was different as a kid’ – #kidlit #transgender

But How Do You Really Teach With Picture Books? – Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension #kidlit

Captain Underpants book reveals Harold marries a man – #kidlit #lgbt #bravo

Christian groups slam transgender book ‘George,’ saying it will only confuse kids #transgender #kidlit

Five questions for Eric Carle – The Horn Book – #kidlit

Laura Carlin wins the Bratislava children’s books illustration award 2015 – #kidlit

Maurice Sendak Sent Beautifully Illustrated Letters to Fans — So Beautiful a Kid Ate One – #kidlit

What I’ve Learned from the Books My Kids Love | Brightly #kidlit

Where the magic happens: children’s illustrators open up their studios – in pictures – The Guardian #kidlit


Chicago’s Chinatown library breaks cookie-cutter mold #libraries

Launch Pad Makerspace at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – #libraries

Library of Congress’s computer woes also disrupt national service for blind and disabled users #libraries

The most popular books in U.S. public libraries, mapped by city #libraries

National Wales library card launches – #libraries

San Diego Opens First Public Library Biotech Lab – #libraries

libraries: what are they up to?:


12 Books for Fans of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – The Hub – #yalit

Award-winning teen book Into the River banned in New Zealand – #yalit

David Levithan Inks Four-Book Deal With Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers – #yalit

One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with Patrick Ness – #yalit

Patrick Ness and John Green lead authors to raise £200,000 for refugees in 24 hours #yalit #refugees

Why fiction can help us understand the Syrian refugee crisis – #yalit

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

True... old friends...: True... old friends...


Baby Cries When Mom, Dad Reach Last Page of Books #kidlit

Books about Creating Art:

“Did you have to dumb it down?” by Lauren DeStefano | Nerdy Book Club #kidlit

Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld Ink Three-Book Deal With Scholastic | GalleyCat #kidlit

Four NYC Publishers, One Epic Season: Rocco Staino’s Peek at Upcoming Fall Titles | School Library Journal #kidlit

RH Children’s Buys Self-Pubbed Phenom ‘Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep’ #kidlit

Why are all the moms gone? A parent/writer tries to find herself in children’s literature #kidlit

Why children’s authors shouldn’t always ‘kill the parents’ | Children’s books | The Guardian #kidlit

Why Diversity of Experience, Race and Gender Norms in Children’s Books Matters #kidlit

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Denver Library brews a month of craft beer, coffee and tea events – The Denver Post #libraries

The public library in an Internet age: a series from Michigan Radio | Michigan Radio


Why Melvin Burgess’s ‘dangerous’ books aren’t dangerous at all | Children’s books | The Guardian #yalit

for the love of books: for the love of books

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Book Hangover: Inability to start a new book because you're still living in the last book's world


I’ve loved participating in the Cybils – You will too! #kidlit #cybils

Just a lil’ Crayon rap for THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME. #TheRealColorShadey Make your own! > …

‘New York Times’ Changes Children’s Bestseller Lists #kidlit


Did technology kill the book or give it new life? – BBC News #ebooks


Toronto boy’s apology for ripping a library book. #libraries

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

12 Great Animal Sound Books for Toddlers


25 Multicultural Chapter Books for Kids #kidlit #diversity

Cece Bell: how I made El Deafo – in pictures #kidlit

Common Core increasing popularity of children’s history #kidlit

Hobbies & Crafts 2015: Kids, Unplugged #kidlit

The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2015 #yalit #kidlit

Q&A with children’s author Chris Barton #kidlit #authors

Q & A with Ursula Vernon – Author of Harriet the Invincible – #kidlit

Banned books these!


Campaigners plan protest at Liverpool town hall over changes to libraries #libraries

Grand Forks leaders seek inspiration from other cities for new… #libraries

How Print-Era Libraries Are Becoming Centers of Digital-Era Community Life #libraries

Libraries need a deeper online presence – The Boston Globe #libraries

What’s the Most Visited Part of your Library? #libraries


The CW Is Remaking ‘Little Women’ As A ‘Gritty’ Dystopian Series #kidlit #classics

Holly Black Inks Deal for Young Adult Trilogy #yalit

Sisterhood, Body Image, and Sexual Abuse | Carol Lynch Williams on “Never Said” #yalit

Top 10 LGBTQ for Youth, by Michael Cart | Booklist Online #kidlit #yalit

Violence in LGBTIQ Fiction for Young Adults, a guest post by Rob Bittner — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox #yalit

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

From a 1999 Time article entitled “The Wizard of Hogwarts.”


10 Picture Book Biographies About Famous Artists | Brightly #kidlit

Q & A with Abby Hanlon #kidlit

Roald Dahl’s gruesome twosome The Twits return in new children’s app #kidlit

Spring 2016 Children’s Sneak Previews #kidlit

These Washington, D.C., Vending Machines Are Providing Free Books to Kids #kidlit

What Publishers Read at Home with Kids #kidlit

Book Art Is Awesome: Around The Home


All Those techies Who Predicted the Demise of the Public Library Were Wrong #libraries

How the NY Public Library Crowdsources Digital Innovation #libraries

Original Carnegie Library sign given to Chippewa Falls Public Library #libraries

YA Books for Video Gamers - definitely true that many of these appeal to my high school "gamers."


127 YA Books Releasing Between July and September 2015 #yalit

Falling out of love with YA #yalit

James Dawson: ‘Young Adult literature should celebrate being gay’ – Telegraph #yalit #lgbt

John Green Is This Close to Having All His Books Made Into Movies #yalit

Laura Jarratt’s top 10 YA thrillers with sisters #yalit

Book Junkies

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Literary Coffee


8 Books That Teach Kids About the Fluidity of Gender and the Importance of Acceptance | Brightly #kidlit

8 Things I Learned Growing Up As A Black Kid Reading Books About White People #kidlit

Boy, The New Roald Dahl Logo Sucks #kidlit

The Guardian’s 2015’s best summer books for children #kidlit

Hood County Commissioners To Hear Public Comments On LGBT Children’s Books #libraries #kidlit #lbgt

I never noticed how racist so many children’s books are until I started reading to my kids #kidlit

In the world of books: 25 girls who stand out #kidlit

Italian authors ask Venice to ban their books after gay children’s stories pulled #kidlit #lgbt

LGBT children’s books survive banning attempt in Texas library #lgbt #libraries #kidlit

New York Times – ‘A Dog Day,’ ‘Ask Me’ and ‘Sidewalk Flowers’ #kidlit

Princess and the Pony Creator Kate Beaton Discovers the Universal Link Between Charming Kids, Adults #kidlit

Tales Of The Greatest Generation |SLJ Spotlight #kidlit

These Washington, D.C., Vending Machines Are Providing Free Books to Kids #kidlit

Watch. Connect. Read.: 4 Questions and 4 Sentence Starters with Marc Brown #kidlit

50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books From Childhood, I want to get #20 from Lord of the a Rings =)


British Library Makes 5,400 Titles Available Online #ebooks #libraries

Half of Net Proceeds Is the Fair Royalty Rate for E-Books – The Authors Guild #ebooks

Netflix-Like Book Services Would Be Happy if You Read Less #ebooks

Joyce Carol Oates on the Intimate Joy of Reading


Community Board Approves Redevelopment Plan for Brooklyn Public Library Branch #libraries

Denver Public Library has a tiny library — on a bicycle #libraries

Getting a Bigger Piece of the Fundraising Pie | ALA Annual 2015 #libraries

Mission to make Omaha’s libraries among the best might involve moving them out of city government #libraries

As I get older, I'm always walking into things. Bookstores and libraries mostly.


Daniel Jose Older – Interview with the author of Shadowshaper | Kirkus #yalit

Five Novels That Illustrate Rape Culture #yalit

Gone Camping: Novels Set At Summer Camp #yalit

What’s hot in YA right now? Teen authors speak out! #yalit


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