Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week:
The 9 Strangest Books You Absolutely Loved As A Kid – https://t.co/PIWtSi1OZs
The Biblioracle: The best summer reading? Not mandatory via
Margarita Engle Named Young People’s Poet Laureate
New Picture Books for Young Vehicle Lovers
This diagram & the accompanying text is amazingly useful to those who work w/ children who have experienced trauma.
Why Twenty Yawns Almost Made Me Cry by Deana Metzke via
The American Writers Museum, an interactive playground for writers and the people who love them, opened today:
How Denver Public Library Balances Books and Being A Homeless Shelter
Portraits of librarians celebrate America’s bookish unsung heroes – https://t.co/3aihdO45AY
25 Classic YA Books Every Woman Should Read At Least Once
Six YA Titles That Epitomize ft. THE LINES WE CROSS
Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis, illustrated by Jo-Shin Lee (9780807577073, Amazon)
This important picture book shows how a family who is experiencing homelessness continues to foster connections that demonstrate their love for one another. The little girl who narrates the book must stay in one shelter with her mother while her father stays at a different one. They sleep on cots among other people and the little girl must share her doll with the other children there. Sometimes they meet her father in the park to spend time together, though most of the time her parents are out looking for work and taking turns watching her. They have to stand in line to get food and celebrate holidays even though they are apart. It’s hard but they are still a family.
This book offers a gentle way to explain homelessness to children. It shows what life is like living in the shelter, how family members are separated from one another, and how difficult it is to live in this way. This is one of those important books that serves as a window for some children but also as a mirror for those living with homelessness. Throughout the young narrator shares her positive outlook despite the challenges.
The illustrations by Lee are childlike and explore seeing the subject from the point of view of the little girl. They have a rough quality to them and have the feel of being drawn by colored pencils and crayons.
An important book for urban libraries, this picture book fills a need in many of our communities. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from library copy.