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:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

11 Books Every Feminist Read Growing Up

11 Books That Will Inspire Your Kid’s Wanderlust

11 Books That Will Make A Sad Kid Happy

The Best Children’s Books of Summer 2016 | Brightly

The Boxcar Children are getting a movie and kids everywhere should rejoice

Children’s book illustrator Nancy Carlson on sexism in the industry, the importance of doodling

Dahl’s fantasies involve capable kids

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: RETURN by Aaron Becker — 100 Scope Notes

Mo Willems and the art of children’s books

Top 10 dads in picture books – They had me at Pete’s a Pizza.

Top 10 tigers in children’s books

@Annette Howard Reed Hare My freshman finished Divergent today. One of my students cried because it was over :-( I love her!!:

LIBRARIES

An Amphitheater. A Laptop Bar. It’s a New York Library Like No Other.

Carnegie’s huge library investment still felt in Ohio

Chicago Public Library hopes to give away 1 million free books, dozen to every child

E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court

Google Canada partners with Toronto Public Libraries to loan out portable WiFi hotspots

Meet Toronto Public Library’s newest Innovator in Residence | Metro News

Museum exhibits on display at libraries during Cincinnati Museum Center renovations

Photographing the Quiet Majesty of America’s Public Libraries

Video calls in Brooklyn libraries will put inmates in touch with their families

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TEEN READS

The 8 Most Lovably Awkward Characters in YA Books | Brightly

Remembering Lois Duncan, the queen of the young adult thriller novel

Sophie’s Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller

Sophie's Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller

Sophie’s Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf (InfoSoup)

Released June 28, 2016.

This is a wonderful sequel to one of my favorite recent picture books, Sophie’s Squash. Sophie is heading to school for the first time, bringing her best friends, her squash Bonnie and Baxter, with her. She has no interest in making new friends, because after all she already has her squash. But one kid, Steven Green, just won’t leave her alone. He sits near her, plays near her and even breathes on her. Steven wants to be friends but Sophie just won’t let him. Then as Sophie realizes that her squash friends have a limited time they can be with her, Steven comes up with a great idea to create a new friend. After all, humans make great friends too.

Miller has kept that same tone she used in the first picture book about Sophie and her squash. A large part of that is Sophie herself, who is beautifully headstrong and determined to decide what is going to happen. She rejects a lot of school from the chairs to the milk to the children around her. Readers will see children approach and try to befriend Sophie and her utter disdain for them. Then there is Steven, who won’t take even Sophie’s blunt rejections to heart. The interplay between Sophie and the other children will be familiar to readers and may help with first day jitters too.

Wilsdorf’s illustrations are done in watercolor and ink. They are bright and cheery, showing the school room in particular in all of its colorful bounty. Then there are other pages, where the circle of life and produce makes things barren and dreary, late fall gardens that reflect Sophie’s mood.

A rich and noteworthy sequel to a beloved first book, this is one to reach for as school approaches. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from ARC received from Schwartz & Wade.