2019 Burr/Worzalla Award

The Wisconsin Library Association has announced the winner and honor books for the 2019 Burr/Worzalla Award given to the most distinguished work in literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator.


The Cardboard Kingdom

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell



The Button War Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

The Button War by Avi

Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster by Patricia Sutton

Hooper Lowriders Blast from the Past

Hooper by Geoff Herbach

Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper

Margot and Mateo Save the World

Margot and Mateo Save the World by Darcy Miller


A Twitter Break


I’ll be taking a hiatus from Twitter, which is the last social media platform I actively use since I stopped using Facebook for personal things over six months ago. The Man Blueprint has a great article that nicely summarizes why I’m taking a break. A few months ago I really pruned back on the people I followed on Twitter, trying to get out of the political cesspool I had been swimming in there. It didn’t help, I still get news that made me livid over and over again as if playing on repeat.

So it’s time for a break. Next week I’ll do a new version of what used to be “what I shared on Twitter this week” and I’ll hopefully have found new ways to keep up with children’s lit news. Let me know if you have any tips for me!

Also, are you changing your usage of social media? I’d love to hear your experiences too.

P.S. – I’m also no longer having Waking Brain Cells post directly to Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn when I post something, so feel free to subscribe via email or check in personally to find out what I’m up to in my little blogging world.