Category: Recommended Links

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



Maine School Under Fire for Reading Transgender Children’s Book to Students #kidlit

A New ‘Wrinkle in Time’ – The dangers of security – #kidlit

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company — @100scopenotes 100 Scope Notes #kidlit

There will be a documentary about banned Scary Stories books | News #kidlit

Way Beyond Fuddy-Duddy: New Libraries Bring out the Best in Students - Edutopia


ALA says "NO!" to Section 215 reauthorization gambit #libraries

‘Here to serve:’ Halifax libraries say they’re more welcoming, less rule-based, these days #libraries

Library-Themed Parody of Uptown Funk Song Goes Viral #libraries


Brian Conaghan’s top 10 controversial teen books #yalit

Q&A: ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ author Jay Asher on bullying and teen suicide prevention #yalit

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

How fun is this?


CBC and WNDB Team Up for Publishing Internships #kidlit

HarperCollins Children’s Books to Publish the Final Discworld Novel by Sir Terry Pratchett #kidlit

Marissa Moss’s Amelia Graduates Middle School—and Turns 20 #kidlit

Rachel Hamilton’s top 10 explosions in children’s books #kidlit


10 Ways Big and Small You Can Love Your Local Library #libraries

CheckItOut – Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week #libraries #humor

New Orleans’s Once-destroyed Public Libraries a Strong and Necessary Component of Civic Infrastructure – #libraries

New York Public Library’s Renovation Plans Advance #libraries


Stacked: 2015 YA Novels in Verse: A Book List #yalit #poetry

WI Libraries: Celebrate Teen Literature Day! #yalit

Woodley, ‘Fault In Our Stars,’ win big at MTV Movie Awards #yalit


Every year for National Library Week, ALA releases the list of the top banned books of the previous year. Here is this year’s list that continues to be filled with familiar titles that look at a range of diversity. The Washington Post has a great article about the list.


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

2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

5. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

6. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

9. A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard

10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

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

Vera Nazarian


Everywhere dragons – The Horn Book #kidlit

Five questions for Nikki Grimes – The Horn Book #kidlit #poetry

If you could change any rule . . . — @fuseeight gets them all exactly right – #kidlit

Inside The Mind Of The World’s Naughtiest Children’s Book Illustrator #kidlit

Q & A with Rita Williams-Garcia #kidlit


Free Video: Libraries in the Internet Age #libraries

A look back: Creating The Yahara Music Library at Madison Public Library | Library as Incubator Project #libraries

Cornelia Funke, Inkheart.


Q&A: Atlantan Becky Albertalli on portraying travails of gay teen in “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” #yalit #lgbt

Stacked: Get Genrefied: YA Westerns #yalit

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

Fiction Picture Books for STEM Girls (Via NaturallyEducational)


The Bay Area Reporter Online | Authors praise rise in LGBT-themed kids’ books #kidlit #lgbt #weneeddiversebooks

Best children’s books to celebrate diversity #weneeddiversebooks #kidlit

Cece Bell is a literary superhero #kidlit

Chris Loker: Picture Books Across the Ages | On Our Minds #kidlit

David Cadji Newby’s top 10 quests in children’s books #kidlit

Fall 2015 Children’s Sneak Previews #kidlit #yalit

Great books that inspire a love of reading in kids — recommended by kids #reading #kidlit

How easy is it to write a definitive guide to children’s literature in the age of the internet? #kidlit

The Rite of Spring: Top Ten Books for the Season by Jill Bryan #kidlit

RT Bologna 2015: Photos from the Fair … via @publisherswkly

RT The dialog between me and @roofbeam (author of MOSQUITOLAND) continues: … … @diversebooks @kurtisscaletta Pls RT.

Top 10 twins in children’s books #kidlit

"When I'm really into a novel, I'm seeing the world differently at that time. Not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I'm actually walking around in a bit of a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism."-Colin Firth


Libraries are special places in our communities #libraries

Q and A: Shedding light on the library of the future #libraries

Renderings Reveal the Brand Spanking New MLK Library #libraries

Swiss Army Librarian » Introducing Intergenerational Library Shelving :: Brian Herzog #libraries

WI Libraries: ILEAD USA-Wisconsin Update – How I spent last week. ILEAD Wisconsin Rocks! #libraries


Making Room for Making #make

One in five American adults uses the internet only on smartphones #technology #mobile #internet


Playtime Isn’t Just for Preschoolers—Teenagers Need It, Too

Reading outside of school is very important for kids #reading #tweens

Top-Notch YA Novels with Male Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go #yalit

#VeryRealisticYA Shows Youth Life Outside Of Carefully Constructed Teen Narratives #yalit

BBC Culture did a survey of critics from around the world about what their favorite children’s book for under ten-year-olds is. The list started at over 150 titles, but was trimmed down to a top 21. Here are the books in order:

Charlotte's Web The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

1. Charlotte’s Web by EB White

2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

7. Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

9. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

11. The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

12. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

13. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Koenigsburg

14. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

15. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

16. Matilda by Roald Dahl

17. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

18. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

19. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

20. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

21. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


Wow, the list certainly skews white and either American or British. I can think of many titles I would love to have seen there, and some that I would remove immediately, like #20.  Ugh.

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts in the last couple weeks that I think are cool:

Women's History Picture Books: Few things are as fascinating to a child as realizing that the amazing “character” and “story” she just read are true. Not only is it a great way for kids to learn about historical figures, both famous and obscure, but it’s tremendously inspiring to know that they, too, could grow up to change the world.


. @EliotSchrefer recommends these picture books: …

We Need Diverse Books™ | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents #weneeddiversebooks #kidlit


What We Got Wrong About Books #ebooks #reading

Virginia Woolf, on secondhand books. Love.



Mobile Pop-Up Libraries: 12 Temporary & Traveling Book Lenders #libraries

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Finally raining in SF bay area- 100% chance of reading.


83% of Kids Love Being Read Aloud To: Scholastic #reading

The Best Feminist Books for Younger Readers #kidlit

City Lights publishing its first children’s book » MobyLives #kidlit

Glenda Millard’s top 10 Australian children’s books #kidlit

How to get kids to read independently #reading

Newsmaker: Jacqueline Woodson | American Libraries Magazine #kidlit

When Boys Can’t Like ‘Girl Books’ #kidlit

Women’s History Month 2015 – The Horn Book #kidlit

My philosophy - always better to have to many tooks than not enough! 6 Quotes About The Magic Of Reading


Cinderella Retellings #yalit

YA Books Come To Grips With Teen Suicide — Head-On #yalit

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

Choose your own adventure


CCBlogC: CCBC Diversity Logs on Pinterest #kidlit #yalit #weneeddiversebooks

Dr Seuss is more widely read than JK Rowling among children – Telegraph #kidlit

Mal Peet, writer, dies aged 67 – Telegraph #kidlit

No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer #kidlit #authors #sexism

When you read....


17 of March 2015’s Best YA Books: Young Adult Readers, We Lucked Out This Month #yalit

Divergent author Veronica Roth is writing TWO new books #yalit

Gene Luen Yang to Write For DC Comics #yalit

Hot YA Book ‘The Square Root of Summer’ Sells at Auction #yalit

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

12 chapter books about diverse families for kids.


Are we doing it white? – The Horn Book – Once again don’t miss the amazing comments! #kidlit

Harmonica photo sparked children’s book ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan – #kidlit

A Letter of Gratitude to Walter Dean Myers | CBC Diversity #kidlit #weneeddiversebooks

Our Favorite LGBT-Positive Children’s Books | Out Magazine #lgbt #kidlit

The Show Me Librarian: Selection is Privilege #kidlit

The Thickety: The Whispering Woods Trailer – YouTube #kidlit

What are the best children’s picture books on horses? | Children’s books | The Guardian #kidlit

Reading is reading.


Down & dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths

TED Gallery: When reading is an act of daring #reading

World’s Most Charming Independent Bookstores | Travel | Smithsonian


Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. – The Washington Post #reading #ebooks

a lovely little mobile library making its way through the italian countryside :)


Cambridge Public Library Wins National Architecture Award #libraries

The Cincinnati Public Library Lets You Use DSLRs and Studio Equipment for Free #libraries

Columbus Library chief looks to more than books | The Columbus Dispatch #libraries

Madison Public Library named one of 30 finalists for national me – WKOW 27 – #libraries

New Halifax Central Library by schmidt hammer lassen architects #libraries

The Owls Are Not What They Seem | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library | Library as Incubator Project #libraries


Why are so many adults reading YA and teen fiction? | Children’s books | The Guardian #yalit


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