This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts these last couple of weeks:

Book quotes - Books are the best friends you can have.:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

12 Best Children’s Books for the Holidays

The 30 Most Entertaining and Uplifting Quotes from Anne of Green Gables

Cuddle up in a cozy chair with the kids: These books spread holiday joy

Introducing the Expanded Children’s Book Week 2017

It’s a Mean, Sometimes Sad World — But Reading Can Help

Q & A with Lois Ehlert

Turn children on to science through reading

Under Fire, Abrams to Cease Publishing ‘Bad Little Children’s Books’

Kurt Vonnegut quote about libraries:

LIBRARIES

Authors slam Libraries Ambition report as ‘too little, too late’ | The Bookseller

Be “more library” than ever – District Dispatch

The Better Angels: Committed to defending an inclusive society | Editorial

Forget hackers. Libraries fear that it’s the feds who’ll go after your data.

Growing Up in a Library Is Exactly As Magical As You’d Imagine

How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library

Making Newspapers and Libraries Cool Again – D Magazine

The secret life of a librarian: What do you find in books? Bacon and condoms | Anonymous

TEEN LIT

9 Books to Read If You Miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Hub

Illinois Parents Call for ‘Smut’ Book Ban: ‘We Can’t Have 18-Year-Olds Reading About Sexual Issues’

On Normalizing Teen Singlehood in YA

Veronica Roth Shares 10 Books She’d Love to Receive This Holiday Season

Women in Comics: Princesses with a Twist – The Hub

Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe

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Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson (InfoSoup)

When Big Bob moves in next door, Little Bob’s mother is happy that he will have a friend so close by. But the two boys are very different in more than just their size. Big Bob likes to roughhouse, play sports, and zoom trucks around. Little Bob likes to spend time quietly reading, play with dolls, and sometimes wears girl clothes. Big Bob teases him for a lot of these things until a new girl moves into the neighborhood and tells Little Bob that boys don’t play with dolls. Big Bob stands up to her and soon the three of them are playing in whatever way they like best, because both girls and boys can play with whatever they choose.

While the message here can get a little heavy handed at the end, this is an important book. It shows that gender norms are a spectrum, that boys who play with dolls don’t have to be given any additional labels unless they identify in a different way. It also embraces that girls too sometimes prefer playing games or choosing toys that are traditionally masculine. There is a broad acceptance here with children being given the space and time to realize that they were viewing the world through a limiting lens.

Anderson’s illustrations are playful and bright. The neighborhood is quirky and welcoming with plenty of place to play separately and together. The use of wild colors adds to the appeal with trees of tangerine and lemon/lime and garlands of flowers and hearts dangling from them.

A book about accepting differences, learning to get along and finding new friends, this picture book is strong pick for library collections. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.