This Week’s Tweets and Pins

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

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8-Year-Old Gets Sexist ‘How To Survive Almost Anything’ Books Pulled Off The Shelf #kidlit

"As a child is born, it’s important that child learns about books" #reading

Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman: ‘Children should be encouraged to read electronic books’ – Telegraph #kidlit

Free Technology for Teachers: Download The Chronicles of Narnia as Free Audiobooks #kidlit

Great Beginnings | Books for Emergent Readers | School Library Journal #kidlit

Horn BOO! – The Horn Book #kidlit

Lucy Christopher’s top 10 literary woods | Children’s books #kidlit

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall #kidlit"

Reading aloud is the single most important thing that anybody can do with a child." #kidlit #reading


Bloomsbury Children’s Sets December Launch for E-book Imprint #ebooks

E-book sales are leveling off. Here’s why. #ebooks

More gadgets, more reading: Survey suggests e-reader and tablet owners read more books – #ebooks

Community Living Room, Whistler Public Library


10 Reasons To Become A Library Addict | Laura Grace Weldon #libraries

After Floods, Colorado Libraries Assess the Damage, Step in With Services #libraries

Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM | School Library Journal #libraries #stem

Libraries and Librarians in Horror Movies #libraries

Melding Minds to Make a Library | American Libraries Magazine #libraries

Next Time, Libraries Could Be Our Shelters From the Storm #libraries

10 Interesting Ways to Use Instagram for Your Library #libraries


Brilliant Maps Reveal Age of the World’s Buildings – Wired Science

Mountain View Is Installing Wi-Fi Because Google’s Free Service Stinks

Most of the teen book collection occupies the wave wall, which has seating built in to encourage teens to stay and get lost in a book. An adjacent lounge with vending machines allows teens to socialize without bothering other patrons.


An Adult YA Addict Comes Clean — Vulture #yalit

Divergent Author Veronica Roth Builds Her Empire — Vulture #yalit

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Movie Set for June Release » EarlyWord – #yalit

Five questions for Holly Black – The Horn Book #yalit

From the Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales – The Horn Book #yalit

Gary Wasdin: Teens need books, and bans don’t change that #yalit

Lois Duncan on reaching a new generation of teen readers #yalit

Maggie Stiefvater: ‘I navigate readers’ emotions like a small ship through a rocky strait’ | Books #yalit

New Trends in YA: The Agents’ Perspective #yalit

Watch the First Official ENDER’S GAME Movie Clip #yalit Mixed feelings on this one because of the author.

Young adult books that changed our lives #yalit

Review: March by John Lewis


March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

This is the first book in a planned series of graphic novels that follow the life of Congressman John Lewis and his work in the civil rights struggle.  This first book opens with President Obama’s inauguration day and then flashes back to critical points throughout Lewis’ life.  It tells the story of his connection to animals on the farm, particularly chickens.  It also shows him as a young minister and his determination to stay in school and then to attend college.  Readers get to witness the violence of the opposition to the Civil Rights Movement including many pivotal moments in history like the sit-ins at Nashville lunch counters. 

This is one powerful graphic novel.  The writing is sterling and strong.  It shines with an honest portrayal of historical events from someone who did not just witness them, but fought the battles personally.  The book clearly explains the world of the 1950s and 1960s, making sure that modern readers understand the dangers of the times and the differences.  It is both a historical book but also one that is important for modern teens to understand how far we have come and how far we have to go.

Powell’s art is stellar.  It is stirring art that evokes history with a fresh eye.  He creatively uses light and dark, playing with words across it at times, other times allowing the darkness to take control.  There is a sense of witnessing history throughout the book in both the words and the art. 

An impressive graphic novel for teens, this book shines light on the Civil Rights Movement.  Appropriate for ages 12-15.

Reviewed from library copy.