This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

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


2016 Children’s Book Sales in Review: A CBC Panel

Author Paula Fox, Newbery Medal winner and grandmother of Courtney Love, dies at 93

An inspirational story… Dav Pilkey, A Real-Life Superhero via

Movie Alert: ‘Boss Baby’

Nancy Willard, Prolific Children’s Book Author, Dies at 80

Newbery Magic: Adam Gidwitz in conversation with Kelly Barnhill

Top 10 Tips for Parents of Kids Who HATE to Read

When Your Kid Asks a Question, Hand Them a Book—Not a Phone –


Denver Public Library offering more than just books

How NYC’s First Puerto Rican Librarian Brought Spanish To The Shelves

Libraries evolving in the digital age

Protect Your the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses  –

The US-Canada Border Runs Through This Tiny Library –


Booklist: Read-a-Likes for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – The Hub

“The Hate U Give”: Angie Thomas’ sensational debut novel should be required reading for clueless white people

Jeff Zentner’s On ‘Goodbye Days,’ Why He Writes For Teens, And What Comes Next

Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn


Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn (9781101918050)

All of Sam’s toys are in a heap on his floor. It’s time for him to clean up. He finds one unique toy, then two dinosaurs, and counts upwards. But there are other ways to sort toys into categories. Maybe by what they are made from or their shape. And then there are the toys that fall into both categories. Some of them rhyme with each other. Others have the same pattern on them. They can be every color in the rainbow or have qualities that make them similar like being fuzzy or smelly. Some float. Others fly. So many ways to sort!

Jocelyn has created a book that is all about the concept of sorting items into categories. Again and again, she shows that toys can be put into any number of categories. It’s all in how you look at them. The book also incorporates counting on some of its pages. It’s a book that is perfect for more conversations outside of the ones in the text. Questions of finding other toys that fit the new categories on the page, or even thinking of other categories that Sam hasn’t used yet. There’s plenty to be creative about here.

Jocelyn’s illustrations are done in cut paper collage. Some items have a lovely depth to them, created by shadows on the page. On another two pages, there are shadows on the wall that add to the fun. On other pages real objects appear with drawings of others. This is a vibrant visual feast where children will want to look closely at the items and talk about how they match or don’t match.

Have items on hand to sort to continue the conversations started with this creative look at sorting. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from e-galley received from NetGalley and Tundra Books.