Day: May 19, 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

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

LIBRARIES

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

TEEN READS

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

Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis

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.