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:

Buried in books all day every day!:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

9 Children’s Books That Help Your Kid Understand White Privilege

The 11 Best Teachers in Children’s Literature | Brightly

British Library to Mark Harry Potter’s 20th With Exhibition

Contribution to Scottish children’s literature award launched | The Bookseller

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: new film confirmed for 2017

From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness

Here’s my recap of SOME of the best picture books from the first half of 2016

“I had always aspired to do an epic wordless picture book”: see our Q&A with Randy Cecil

Kids get hair cut, heads filled thanks to Books With Barbers reading program

Let Kids Read Whatever They Want to Read

Listen to Aaron Becker on podcast talking about RETURN:

Liz Pichon on how dyslexia inspired her Tom Gates children’s books – and made them a global phenomenon

The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children

Teasers Unveiled For The Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Broadway Show

Tough times out there? Here’s why reading with your kids is more important now than ever.

What Happened When I Read My Favorite Childhood Book As An Adult

Let me just check the... CAT-alog for you.:

LIBRARIES

Anne Carroll Moore, the Librarian Who Changed Children’s Literature Forever

Can Twitter Fit Inside the Library of Congress?

I took the Movement for Black Lives pledge for peace and justice. Will you join me?

New York Public Library puts 300,000 titles online with new e-book app

Public Libraries as Hubs of Health Information

Rediscover your local library

True!:

READING & BOOKS

Diversity In Book Publishing Isn’t Just About Writers — Marketing Matters, Too

Reading the New “Harry Potter” Book Could Actually Help You Live Longer

Study finds brain connections key to reading

TEEN READS

Transgender themes enter teen fiction

The Storyteller by Evan Turk

The Storyteller by Evan Turk

The Storyteller by Evan Turk (InfoSoup)

When the Kingdom of Morocco formed many years ago, it was built around fresh water sources and filled with storytellers. Then people lost their fear of the desert and the water fountains dried up and the storytellers left. A thirsty boy walked the city looking for water but found none. An old man called him closer and offered to tell him a story that would quench his thirst. At the end of his story, the little boy’s water cup was full. The story continued from one day to the next, each day resulting in water. Meanwhile, in the desert, a storm is forming created by a djinn looking to destroy Morocco. When the djinn arrives though, there is a way to battle it and bring water to the entire city. It just takes a young storyteller.

Turk beautifully weaves two stories together into one remarkable tale. The stories intertwine, showing the power of storytelling and its ability to refresh and quench thirsts. It is also about community and the vitality of shared stories and their power to change society. Beautifully, it is also about a boy learning a skill and a master storyteller showing his craft, plus it’s about a great story at its heart. There is attention to the flow of the tales here, how they work together, how repetition and rhythm are part of oral storytelling.

The illustrations are impressive, creating borders on the page that add richness. They also have a looseness to the images that is imaginative and allows the reader to fill in the blanks visually themselves. Even the text plays a visual role with different characters having differently colored fonts.

The power of story is brought to life in this rich picture book. Appropriate for ages 5-7.

Reviewed from copy received from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.