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This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts these last couple of weeks:

Mary GrandPré:


8 Click-Bait Headlines For Children’s and Teen Books

The Best Children’s Books of 2016 – Brain Pickings –

The Best Children’s Books of 2016 from The Wall Street Journal –

The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2016

The French Kid’s Lit Author Who Inspired Maurice Sendak & Shel Silverstein

I told J K Rowling she’d never make any money from Harry Potter

‘I write about 350 jokes per book. I throw away about a third of them’: Jeff ‘Wimpy Kid’ Kinney

Irish Times – Our favourite children’s and YA books of 2016

Many American Adults Don’t Read, But That Doesn’t Mean Kids Can’t Learn To Love Books

Netflix’s Dark New Adaptation Will Be ‘Super Faithful To The Books’

Penguin and CBC Launch Award Honoring Anna Dewdney

Talking with children’s book author Jon Klassen

These ‘90s Children’s Books Will Make You Seriously Nostalgic: How Many of These Did You Read?

I am climbing the wall so cool XD:


Libraries for gathering, not just books

Library closures ‘will double unless immediate action is taken’

The Library of Congress Is Putting Its Map Collection on the Map

US libraries report spike in Islamophobic hate speech since election



13 YA authors on writing in the age of Trump

Can This American Disrupt Japan’s $392M Young Adult Novel Industry?

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts these last couple of weeks:

Book quotes - Books are the best friends you can have.:


12 Best Children’s Books for the Holidays

The 30 Most Entertaining and Uplifting Quotes from Anne of Green Gables

Cuddle up in a cozy chair with the kids: These books spread holiday joy

Introducing the Expanded Children’s Book Week 2017

It’s a Mean, Sometimes Sad World — But Reading Can Help

Q & A with Lois Ehlert

Turn children on to science through reading

Under Fire, Abrams to Cease Publishing ‘Bad Little Children’s Books’

Kurt Vonnegut quote about libraries:


Authors slam Libraries Ambition report as ‘too little, too late’ | The Bookseller

Be “more library” than ever – District Dispatch

The Better Angels: Committed to defending an inclusive society | Editorial

Forget hackers. Libraries fear that it’s the feds who’ll go after your data.

Growing Up in a Library Is Exactly As Magical As You’d Imagine

How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library

Making Newspapers and Libraries Cool Again – D Magazine

The secret life of a librarian: What do you find in books? Bacon and condoms | Anonymous


9 Books to Read If You Miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Hub

Illinois Parents Call for ‘Smut’ Book Ban: ‘We Can’t Have 18-Year-Olds Reading About Sexual Issues’

On Normalizing Teen Singlehood in YA

Veronica Roth Shares 10 Books She’d Love to Receive This Holiday Season

Women in Comics: Princesses with a Twist – The Hub

10 Great Books on Generosity & Giving

One of the vital elements that we all have to keep hold of both in this holiday season and throughout the year is how to be generous. Money is of course part of this and so is attention and time. Here are some great books on giving back to the world around you:

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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Fandango Stew by David Davis, illustrated by Ben Galbraith

The Gardener give and take

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small

Give and Take by Chris Raschka

3304291 Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano

Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson, illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

10 Great Books on Immigration & Immigrants

Immigration is huge in the news right now with the Syrian refugees, Mexican immigration to the United States, and the promises of the incoming administration. As libraries and librarians, we serve our entire community wherever they hail from. Here are some wonderful books to celebrate the power and importance of immigration for our nation and the world:

The Arrival insideoutbackagain

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Land of Forgotten Girls Mamas Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub

The Matchbox Diary pancho rabbit and the coyote 

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

the-sun-is-also-a-star-by-nicola-yoon Their Great Gift by John Coy

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice and Hope in a New Land by John Coy, photographs by Wing Young Huie

The Turtle of Oman unforgotten coat

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

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

San José Public Library’s Village Square Branch, CA, takes its young patrons seriously with a children’s area entered through a colorful gateway with a clock tower; a small library-like building lets youngsters play librarian.:


– our community stands against bullying and marginalization

The Brown Bookshelf: A Declaration in Support of Children

Children’s author struggles to get stories of color in mainstream

Children’s Books About the Immigrant Experience

R.J. Palacio Brings Her ‘Wonder’ Message to Younger Readers

Social Justice Picture Books!

The new Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh, NC, comprises two main wings (children and adult), with a central connector providing visibility to the entire facility.:


After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children

Children’s laureates demand UK government investigate school library closures

Too True!:


One Way To Bridge The Political Divide: Read The Book That’s Not For You


5 Fat-Positive Queer YA Books

This Weeks Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

I seem to have shared a lot less on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week.

If this was the way life worked, the Holocaust never would have happened. But, it is still important to learn from Germany 's mistakes, so we do not make them again.:


8 Wonderfully Wordless Picture Books to Add to Your Family Library

Books to Bring to a Baby Shower via

Morpurgo wins J M Barrie Award | The Bookseller

I’ve been spending time trying to put positive thoughts out into the world. Check out the first two in my series of lists of Great Children’s Books that speak to core values that we can all agree we need more of in our world. The series will continue into the future:

10 Best Picture Books on Kindness

10 Great Picture Books on Compassion




10 Best Picture Books on Kindness

After the election results, I thought I’d turn to children’s books for comfort. They show me that we teach children to be thoughtful, kind and decent. My hope is that we can start to look beyond our differences in America and see the humanity and value in everyone.  One critical element in that is kindness:

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (my review)

Highly recommended, this is a powerful book that is worth sharing and discussing.

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee (my review)

A masterpiece of wordless storytelling, this is a radiant picture book made to be shared.

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The Good Ship Crocodile by J. Patrick Lewis (my review)

Beautifully told and illustrated, this is a strong addition to any story time on crocodiles or kindness.

Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley (my review)

Beautiful and charming, this little book is sure to become a favorite.  Time to curl up with your own little bear and enjoy.

22718660 I Am a Bear by Jean Francois Dumont

The House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Kathryn Brown (my review)

This biography is a glimpse of an incredible woman whose legacy lives on in the United States and will serve as inspiration for those children looking to make a difference in the world around them.

I Am a Bear by Jean-Francois Dumont (my review)

A book that will help talk about homelessness and that offers a way forward, kindness.

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If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson (my review)

Community, sharing and kindness come together in this splendidly illustrated picture book that is sure to be enjoyed along with other spring gardening books.

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton (my review)

A superb book about bullying and exclusion, this can be used to start discussions in a classroom or with a single child.

lion and the bird Oskar and the Eight Blesssings by Richard Simon

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc (my review)

A noteworthy picture book, this new title by Dubuc is charming and warm.

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon (my review)

A lovely holiday book that is about more than either Christmas or Hanukkah but about home and hope.