Nancy Garden Dies

Annie on My Mind 

Nancy Garden, author of Annie on My Mind, died on June 23rd at the age of 76.  Garden created books that spoke to the needs of LGBT teens and families.  She wrote in many genres, but my favorite will always be Annie on My Mind.

I first encountered the book in library school, reading about diversity and completely fell head over heels for it, so much that I made sure that it was in my first library I served in as a librarian.  There, in the early ‘90s in southern Missouri, the library director decided that because an influential member of the community had complained, that Annie did not belong in our collection.

The tiger came out in me, and when I found out my director had pulled the book from the shelves, I confronted him.  I’m sure that my arguments were not very well put together, but my passion moved him.  The book returned to the shelves.  Soon after that, I got to add Heather Has Two Mommies and other important LGBT books of the time to those shelves. 

Annie on My Mind was not just an amazing read, but also an inspiring one.  I learned that even as a very young librarian, I could rescue books and make sure that families in my community had access to them.  I’ve never stopped doing that.  Thank you, Nancy Garden.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

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

10 Camping Themed Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

2014 Mind the Gap Awards – The Horn Book – Books ignored by ALA Awards – http://buff.ly/UHkaQZ #kidlit

2014 Quaker Books for Quaker Kids — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production http://buff.ly/1pxueWh #kidlit

Cathy Cassidy’s top 10 books with secrets | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1jnX3AE #kidlit

Children’s books do not need happy endings, Carnegie Medal winner says – Telegraph http://buff.ly/1pvO8RC #kidlit

Duncan Tonatiuh Wants Latino Children to See Themselves in Books – NBC http://buff.ly/V6SlCn http://buff.ly/V6SlSA #kidlit #diversity

The Giver’ Director Admits Color In First Trailer Was ‘An Error’ http://buff.ly/TrWK19 #kidlit

holy, truth!

EBOOKS

Barnes & Noble plans to spin off ailing Nook as a separate public company — Tech News and Analysis http://buff.ly/1jiY7FY #ebooks

Simon & Schuster expands library ebook lending program http://buff.ly/1mybYgD #ebooks

U.S. publishers’ revenue from ebooks roughly flat in 2013, but unit sales rose – Tech News and Analysis http://buff.ly/1myN7t3 #ebooks

LIBRARIES

Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots – CityLab http://buff.ly/Tw2nLO #libraries

#Reading is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction. –David L. Ulin

YA LIT

10 Super Fun Teen Summer Novels That Adults Will Love Too http://buff.ly/TrWSh3 #yalit

Carnegie Medal: ‘the darkest children’s book I’ve ever read’ – Telegraph http://buff.ly/1pvO5oF #yalit

David Levithan on LGBTQ books for teens | The Japan Times http://buff.ly/V6Jv7y #yalit #lgbtq

Men should be able to read YA, too http://buff.ly/UKlrXB #yalit

Planet YA Europe

Stephen Colbert Shares His Definition of ‘Young Adult Book’ With John Green – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1maPgpV #yalit

Why film adaption soundtracks need to fit with the original books | Children’s books http://buff.ly/TvU0Qg #yalit

Freaky Friday Author Dies

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Mary Rodgers, author of Freaky Friday, has died at age 83.  She is also the composer of the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.”  Though Freaky Friday was her most well-known work, thanks in large part to Disney creating two movies based on it, she did write other books for children as well.