Day: March 17, 2017

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

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

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

11-Year-Old Starts Club For Young Black Boys To See Themselves In Books via

25 Gentle Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Kids via

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of best-selling children’s books, touching farewell essay, dies at 51

Ava DuVernay Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look at A WRINKLE IN TIME | Nerdist

First Nations University project brings Cree children’s books to Sask.

Locus Online Perspectives » Jane Yolen: Accidental Novelist

Peppa Pig pulled: China cracks down on foreign children’s books

Popular and Traditional Scandinavian Folktales for Kids via

Top Ten Historical Fiction Titles to Encourage a Diverse Understanding of the Past via

You’re not imagining it — Waldo has gotten smaller

EBOOKS

Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/14/ebook-sales-continue-to-fall-nielsen-survey-uk-book-sales?CMP=share_btn_tw

LIBRARIES

As a Girl She Spent Time in the Library. Now She’s Giving It $20 Million.

Curved wooden nooks make private reading pockets in Shanghai children’s library

Human Library Event A Reminder Not To Judge Others ‘By Their Covers’

TEEN LIT

How I Feel Reading The LGBTQ+ Young Adult Novels I Didn’t Have As A Teen

Jennifer Aniston to Star in Adaptation of YA Novel ‘Dumplin’ –

‘Mean Girls’ Is Getting Turned Into a NOVEL

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset via

The Road Home by Katie Cotton

The Road Home by Katie Cotton

The Road Home by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby (9781419723742)

A variety of animals travel on their way home. Birds fly to warmer places, escaping the chill of winter. Mice build nests in the grass that offer safety and warmth. Wolves hunt for food to fill their hunger. Rabbits hide in the brambles, chased clear by the wolves on their heels. They reach their burrow and safety. The next day, the wolves and rabbits are outside again along with the birds and the mice. All sharing a larger home with one another.

Cotton’s poem is delicious. From the initial rhyming stanzas on the first page, she builds a full story of the importance of home and the strength of parent/child pairs in survival. Throughout the poem there is a sense of arrival or approaching home, defined in different ways for the different species. There is also a focus on security and warmth, on being together despite the odds and filling small burrows and nests with love.

Jacoby’s illustrations embrace the natural setting. They keep readers from realizing that all of the animals are in the same area by using a different feel for their habitats. The mice are in golden nests of straw, the birds soar in the sky, the wolves hunt through a forest and the rabbits are close by. Then the final reveal of them together is like the sun returning, a beautiful reveal.

Gorgeous poetry combines with strong illustrations to create a celebration of home no matter what species you may be. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.