Bridging the Gap

School Library Journal has an interesting article about how to deal with award winners like Criss Cross that bridge the levels between library collections for teens and children.  What do you do in your library?  Do you buy two copies and place them in both sections?  If not, how do you decide where to place them?
In our tiny library, we don’t have enough money to purchase two copies, so we place them as best we can, often agonizing over the choice.  We currently have Criss Cross in the children’s department, though I have wondered over the months if it is the best place for it.  It seems to be circulating well, or I would definitely have moved it to the teen area.  I think it is most troubling when teens would enjoy the sophistication of some of the titles more than younger children, yet the book has been marketed to children.  That is when reader’s advisory comes in, though teens may refuse books you pull from the children’s section even with a lot of pushing. 

My Father's Shop


My Father’s Shop by Satomi Ichikawa
Young Mustafa helps his father in his Moroccan rug shop.  His father wishes that he would pay attention and learn to speak in different languages to their customers, but Mustafa thinks it is boring.  When he sneaks out of lessons with a torn rug over his head, he discovers that learning languages can be a lot of fun. 
I really enjoyed this book.  The illustrations are vibrant, from the colorful rugs to the many different people Mustafa encounters in the market.  The text is just long enough to work in a storytime for preschoolers who will also have fun learning how to crow like a rooster in different languages just like Mustafa.  It is a great way to share multicultural awareness with children, letting them see just like Mustafa did that all these cultures are what make up the rug of life.