Category: Recommended Links

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

Picture Books for Kids Who Like to Tinker and Invent


10 Upcoming Children’s Books to Get Excited About | TheReadingRoom #kidlit

Evaluating Transgender Picture Books; Calling for Better Ones #lgbt #kidlit

Get Ready for a Live-Action Winnie-the-Pooh Movie | TheReadingRoom #kidlit


People are Losing their Trust in e-books #ebooks

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How One Man And His Horse Created A Mobile Library In Indonesia #libraries

Librarians Versus the NSA #privacy #libraries


Asexuality in YA Books #yalit

I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I read? – A Queer Teen’s spoken word poem about LGBTQAI+ Representation #lgbt

Liz Kessler’s top 10 books with turning points for teens #yalit

Michael Buckley discusses ‘Undertow’ and why he writes from female perspectives #yalit

‘Nimona’ Shifts Shape And Takes Names — In Sensible Armor, Of Course #yalit

Stacked: What About YA Non-Fiction?: A Look at Recent and Upcoming Titles #yalit

Superheroes, Royalty, and a Dystopian Adaptation | YA Graphic Novels #yalit

Why teenagers have to take terrible risks in YA literature – and in real life too #yalit

YA Novels Inspired by Peter Pan #yalit

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

Find Your Way - Draw People into Your Library & Back Again - Ideas & Inspiration from Demco


30 most unforgettable animals from literature (infographic) #kidlit

85 years of Nancy Drew: Did you know these facts about the popular teen detective? – Firstpost #kidlit

I Am So Over Writing About Strong Girls* – Kirby Larson #kidlit #yalit

An Indigenous perspective on diversity in young adult and children’s literature in Australia #kidlit #yalit



Calgary Public Library CEO’s major changes making noise #libraries

Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Wisconsin police groups want ‘Don’t Shoot’ painting removed from library #libraries

To read is to voyage through time


“I bet I’d like The Pitcher in the Rye better. Less whining, more throwing stuff.”  — Best critical reaction to catcher in the rye I’ve ever heard (via yahighway)

Jandy Nelson: I felt like every work I’ve ever fallen in love with spoke to me all at once #yalit

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

Books turn muggles into wizards


9 Trees In Literature That We Wish We Could Read A Book Under For Arbor Day #kidlit

Christian Children’s Literature in the Library: A Quick Accounting — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production #kidlit

Daniel Hahn’s top 10 forgotten children’s classics #kidlit

Quebec girl told to stop reading book by school bus driver #reading – I survived school bus rides with books!

Where the Wild Things Really Are: Maurice Sendak Illustrates the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm #kidlit

Which are the best picture books about farms? #kidlit

To read is to voyage through time


8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun #libraries

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Public Libraries Remain Open | LJ INFOdocket #libraries

Obama Pushes Reading Through eBook, Library Initiatives #libraries



Getting Graphic: Popular YA Books Adapted as Graphic Novels #yalit

Quiet Books: They Deserve More Love #yalit

YA Characters in Love With Poetry #yalit

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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