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

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12 Irrefutable, Amazing Reasons We Need More Diversity In Books #kidlit

Children’s Books. Still an All-White World? | School Library Journal #kidlit

Our kids’ grey matter is neither pink nor blue – when will book publishers realise this? – The Independent #kidlit

Pioneers in Pigtails: Remembering the First Heroines Who Made Us Mighty| Megan Jean Sovern | #kidlit


Take Your Bookshelf Anywhere: BitLit Gives Readers an eBook Version of a Book They Already Own | BetaKit #ebooks


Disabled Characters in YA Literature | School Library Journal #yalit

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green on Fandom and His Favorite YA Romances – The Wire #yalit

What’s Old is New: Recent YA Books with Allusions to Classic Lit | SLJ Spotlight | School Library Journal #yalit

YA LGBTQ Novels Where the Focus Isn’t Coming Out – Small Avalanches #LGBTQ #yalit

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

Our Favorite Spring Themed Children's Books~ Buggy and Buddy


Children’s Books: A Shifting Market

Eight Favorite Books Starring Interesting, Exciting, Daring, Adventurous Girls!| Lori Day |

How to keep kids reading through the summer –

Juicy As a Pear: Wanda Gag’s Delectable Books for Children : The New Yorker

Jump into the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign, Help Change the World | BOOK RIOT #diversity #reading #books

Notable novels in verse – The Horn Book

Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians | Focus On | School Library Journal

Top 10 life-affirming reads | Children’s books

Wimpy Kid and Family to Hit the Road in ‘The Long Haul’

33 Reasons Why You’re Addicted To Books!


Harper Lee agrees to ebook version of To Kill a Mockingbird | Books

What You Need to Know Before Letting Your Kids Read E-Books

Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be … Paper | Science | WIRED

vintage librarian photos


How libraries are responding to the second digital divide


Blindingly White: BookCon, John Green, and Knowing When It’s Time to Speak Up | BOOK RIOT

Should white people write about people of color? – Malinda Lo

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

8 Books About Rockets from


10 Steps to Raising a Lifelong Reader | HarperCollins Children’s Books #reading #kidlit

Cliff McNish’s top 10 dogs in children’s books | Children’s books #kidlit

Disney Partners with Bestselling Children’s Authors for New Star Wars Adaptations #kidlit #starwars

Horn Book has some great recommended reading for Earth Day! #kidlit


As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools – Chronicle of Higher Education

The future of the library: How they’ll evolve for the digital age. #libraries

Use videos to advocate for libraries #libraries


Actually, online skimming probably hasn’t affected serious reading after all #ebooks #reading

Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

"Where do you buy these?" – The Horn Book #reading #libraries


Sherman Alexie novel given out in Idaho school district that banned it #yalit

YA Adaptations Are Now Turning to Male Leads #yalit

YA Historical Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans| Lisa Parkin | #yalit

child-315049_1280Children’s book author Jonathan Emmett says that “boys are being deterred from reading because the ‘gatekeepers’ to children’s literature are mostly women.”  The gatekeepers are editors, publishers, librarians, judges and reviewers of children’s books. 

According to an article in The Times of London that is summarized on a more accessible page at Publishing Perspectives, he believes that there isn’t enough boy-friendly elements in children’s books.  I’m honestly not sure what books he’s been looking at because he then goes on to name some pretty big themes in children’s titles:  “battling pirate ships” and “technical details about spaceships.” 

He does have some support from a couple of female authors who incongruously to the very claim of the author write very boy-friendly titles.  And he has done his research.  Out of 400 reviews in five British newspapers, less than 20% of the picture book reviews were written by men and less than a third of the fiction reviews.  That compares to 47% of the picture books being written by men and 41% of the children’s books.

Now wait.  So the claim is that the powerful cadre of women who control publishing, like LIBRARIANS as an example, are using the reviews that they write to weed out the boy friendly titles?  Or is the claim that the female publishers are controlling the writing of the male authors and making sure that they are not filled with swords, battles, dragons, pirates, etc. 

As a children’s librarian, I worked hard to get titles children love into the right hands.  If a boy or girl, because this is even more of that gender-focus that doesn’t help anything in our culture, comes in and asks for pirate books, I merrily get them those books.  Books into hands.  That’s all I want to manage. 

But perhaps the most disgusting part of logical extension of the author’s claim is that we as women are out to emasculate male children by withholding books they would prefer to read.  Producing books that reflect a softened, feminized version of our world, no battling pirates, no technical information, no baddies smoking, few if any baddies at all.  What misogynistic crap!

Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1) The Real Boy Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War

Women are writing some of the most captivating and violent books for children and teens. 

Women are the ones in the low-paying jobs of teacher and librarian who get books into the hands of children. 

Women are the ones who take the time to listen to the small voices of children and pick those marvelous Captain Underpants books off the shelves for them among many others.

Women are worried about the gender gap in reading and are having conversations about how best to collect books in our libraries that boys (and non-reading girls) will enjoy.

Women, professionally and as moms and grandmothers, are powerful, I agree with Mr. Emmett about that.  It is our power that will help solve this issue, not perpetuate it.

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

11 Children’s Books About Nature


Heather Tomlinson – Blog – Continuing the "diversity" conversation #kidlit

Hogwarts Is Here is like a MOOC for Harry Potter fans, and you can enroll online for free. #kidlit

Katherine Rundell: ‘wouldn’t it be fantastic if people actually did live up here on rooftops and nobody knows?’s

We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit | BOOK RIOT #kidlit


It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report | SLJ #ebooks




8 Young Adult Books That Should Be Movies (And Who Should Star in Them) #yalit

Are Teen Girls Seeing Themselves Reflected in What They Read? #kidlit

James Patterson wins the 2014 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award. #kidlit

Read This, Then That: TALKER 25 and Other Fantastic YA Dragon Tales | BOOK RIOT #yalit

Stacked: Revisiting YA Verse Novels: A 2014 Guide to the Format #yalit

Veronica Roth: YA Novels Aren’t Frivolous Teen Fiction | Neon Tommy #yalit


The Guardian has shared a video celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beloved We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  In the video, the two sit down and discuss the origins of the story and the impact of the art work.

It’s National Library Week this week and ALA has released their annual list of the most challenged books of last year.  As always, the list is filled with books for children and teens, though And Tango Makes Three is not on the list this year!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Bless Me, Ultima

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

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

The Bluest Eye Bone Complete Set, Volumes 1 9: Out From Boneville, The Great Cow Race, Eyes Of The Storm, The Dragonslayer, Rock Jaw, Old Man's Cave, Ghost Circles, Treasure Hunters, And Crown Of Horns The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

The Hunger Games by  Suzanne Collins

Looking for Alaska The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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

List of 1960s children's book.  Have you read these classics? Click through for the entire list.


HarperCollins to publish new Paddington Bear book | The Bookseller #kidlit

Illustrator Becomes First Latin American to Win Highest Children’s Lit Honor | Vocativ #kidlit

Should celebrities stop writing children’s books? | Comment is free | The Observer #kidlit


Tom Weldon: ‘Some say publishing is in trouble. They are completely wrong’ | The Observer #books #publishing


Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say – The Washington Post #reading


Science says using social media makes you depressed | Science (Yes, I’m sharing it on social media. Enjoy the irony!)

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Is Taking On Google By Doing The One Thing They Won’t Do – Business Insider


8 Great YA Novels Featuring South Asian Protagonists :: Paste #yalit

15 years of SPEAK: An Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson | BOOK RIOT #yalit

Ann Brashares talks dystopia and her new YA novel ‘The Here and Now’ #yalit

Hunger Games to Divergent: Get ready for the next teen revolution | Mail Online #yalit

Idaho school district bans award-winning book for being racy, racist and anti-Jesus #censorship #yalit

Here are the links I shared on my TwitterPinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:


The 9 Most Mischievous Literary Pranksters, Ranked| BookBub |

10 diary books | Children’s books

Are We Rushing Kids Out of Picture Books? | ShelfTalker

Classic Childhood Books That Grow With You| Zola Books |

Does Winnie-the-Pooh hinder a child’s ability to learn science? | Toronto Star

Hear what ‘wordless author’ David Wiesner has to say about books

How Jean Craighead George’s ‘Ice Whale’ Got Finished Thanks to Her Surviving Children | SLJ

Marilyn Nelson: ‘Many performance poets seem to believe that yelling a poem makes it comprehensible’ – GalleyCat

Top 10 Mothers – and mother figures – in children’s books | Children’s books


How I learned to stop worrying and love the Kindle | The Daily Dot


Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library | School Library Journal

Libraries are branching out into digital – Fortune Tech


11 Things You Learn When Your Book Is Turned Into A TV Show| Kass Morgan |

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson | BOOK RIOT

‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Should Be Banned: Kamloops Dad

See the cover of Scott Westerfeld’s new novel ‘Afterworlds’ | Shelf Life

The well-read teenager: brilliant classics for young adult readers | Children’s books

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:

Read books to your little one that reflect a diverse world.


Aaron Starmer and Laurel Snyder Interview Each Other About Loneliness, Magic, and The Outsiders | Nerdy Book Club

Can books unite children across the world? | Children’s books #kidlit

Jean Craighead George’s Children Complete Her Final Novel #kidlit

A Picture-Book Like No Other | Brain Pickings #kidlit

‘Pippi Longstocking’ Author Astrid Lindgren Gets a Spot on Sweden’s 20 Krona Note – GalleyCat #kidlit

Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir – CNN #kidlit

(via Fascinating Illustrations Blend People, Animals, and Objects Together - My Modern Metropolis)


E-book Settlement Refunds Released to Consumers #ebooks


Fisking How “Libraries Are Failing America” | Agnostic, Maybe

How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers | Local Leaders Network | Guardian Professional #libraries

I hang out at libraries, even when I’m not looking for a book | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST #libraries

Joint statement from the presidents of AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, REFORMA and ALA #libraries

New Top 10 Reasons Why Libraries are still Important – Stephen’s Lighthouse New #libraries

St. Paul Public Library: Sharing More Than Books – YouTube #libraries

Central Library San Diego: Art Gallery


MetaPhone: The Sensitivity of Telephone Metadata « Web Policy #privacy

People Battle to Regain Online Privacy #privacy


American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers : The Protojournalist : NPR #libraries

Another Reason The Hunger Games Is Awesome: Katniss Is Taller Than Peeta – … AMEN says the tall girl

A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction | BOOK RIOT #yalit

Is Divergent Sci-Fi’s First Successful Bisexual Allegory? #yalit #glbtq

A message from Holly Black and Cassandra Clare | Children’s books #yalit

Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite? – Julianne Ross – The Atlantic #yalit

Stacked: Challenging the Expectation of YA Characters as "Role Models" for Girls #yalit

Tanya Byrne’s top 10 black characters in children’s books | Children’s books #kidlit #yalit

This Spring’s Hottest Teen Books #yalit

YA Outer Space Adventures to Read While Waiting for the Next Tin Star | BOOK RIOT #yalit


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