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:

#DarthVader #starwars #reading

CHILDREN’S LIT

Author/Illustrator Cousins Win Canada’s Top Literary Award | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/1uUuxfy #kidlit

Author Kate DiCamillo connects with young readers – The Washington Post http://buff.ly/1szZXqM #kidlit

Author Sandra Boynton won’t play down to kids | The Columbus Dispatch http://buff.ly/1Aj2rhR #kidlit

If You Give A Gay Mouse A Cookie – A Zine That I Wish Had Been Read To Me When I Was A Little Kid http://buff.ly/1wIx6aM #kidlit

Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck & How Studying Science Enriches Art | Brain Pickings http://buff.ly/1z0NVcn #kidlit

Naomi Shihab Nye Talks with Roger – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1z1hF8M #kidlit

Neil Gaiman recites Jabberwocky – YouTube http://buff.ly/1qEHIot #kidlit

The Nonfiction Detectives: The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 http://buff.ly/13bPTxn #kidlit

SLJ’s Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/1AhSBwC #kidlit #weneeddiversebooks

Top 10 fictional feasts in children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1wma8EM #kidlit

New Halifax Central Library, Halifax, 2014 by @shlarchitects #LibraryArchitecture #LibraryBuildings #LibraryDesign

LIBRARIES

Experts demand urgent overhaul of England’s public library service | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1x3taSg #libraries

Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library | Library as Incubator Project http://buff.ly/1C4Z7Id #libraries

How many pizzas can you get for $1.5 billion? http://buff.ly/1sDRz9K #libraries

Libraries Face Off Against Publishers and the European Union at WIPO | Electronic Frontier Foundation http://buff.ly/1zATO41 #libraries

One of Shakespeare’s Rare First Folios Discovered in French Library — History in the Headlines http://buff.ly/1Bpv3GZ #libraries

Salt Lake City Public Library Proposes 24/7 Operations http://buff.ly/1DHEUNk #libraries

WI Libraries: Library of the Month: Cedarburg Public Library http://buff.ly/1v0oF4t #libraries

READING

2014 was a great year for books – and for book covers! Behold these beauties: http://on.nypl.org/1zBCqeZ

AbeBooks’ 50 Most Expensive Sales of 2014 http://buff.ly/1ApLemP #books #reading

TEEN READS

Bestselling Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Must-Read 2014 Picks! http://buff.ly/1szZxpW #yalit

How To Get Your Teenager To Read For Pleasure| Christine Stock | http://buff.ly/1DHtsRz #yalit

John Green Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Looking for Alaska’ http://buff.ly/1sExyQr #yalit

Teens prefer the printed page to ebooks | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1DGzKBb #yalit #ebooks

YA Trilogies That Ended in 2014 (That You Should Read in 2015)| EricSmith | http://buff.ly/1zYDLL6 #yalit

Review: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Twelve bestselling young adult authors come together to create an amazing collection of holiday stories for teens.  Each story in this collection is a delectable treat, contrasting with the others yet each is just as romantic, snowy and filled with holiday spirit as the one before.  The twelve authors are Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.  Each brings their own unique voice to the collection, each celebrates the holidays with their own twist.  Some are pure holiday bliss, Christmas centered and lovely, while others are gorgeously twisted and wild yet also speak to the real spirit of the season.  You never quite know where the next story will take you, and that is a large part of this collection’s appeal.

Perkins has done an amazing job of creating a holiday collection with plenty of diversity.  There are Jewish characters, characters of different races, pagan characters, those who believe in holidays, those who are jaded as can be.  There is magic in some of the stories, tangible magic that you can feel and touch, while other stories have that indefinable magic of love and connection. 

You are guaranteed to have your favorites among the stories.  For me, one of them hit my heart so hard that I wept, but it may not be the one you’d expect it to be.  Each one connects deeply with the characters, making them real people even such a short span of pages.   Each one offers up the author’s voice with a clarity that is incredible.  One could pick many of the authors out even with the stories mixed up and unnamed. 

An outstanding collection of holiday stories, these stories focus on the new adult rather than teens in high school, which makes it even more rare and lovely.  Appropriate for ages 14-18.

Reviewed from library copy.