Morning Notes: The Comic Defender Edition
WHERE FOR ART THOU?
I think any self-respecting children’s literature fan is going to be with me on this, but I believe the world may not need a board book version of Romeo & Juliet. Trimming the classics down to board book size is on the rise. Click here to read.
A RARE PRIZE
Do funny books get enough attention? From kids? Yes. From adults? Negative. Humor always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to awards. This is why I love the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. They just announced their shortlists for the 2013 award. Looking good. Looking very good. Click here to see the shortlists.
LESS IS MORE
The battle over standardized testing continues to rage. Now, the folks who make books for kids are letting their opinion on the matter be known. Over 100 children’s authors and illustrators signed an open letter to the President, calling for less standardized testing in schools. Click here to see it.
AN EARLY DEFENDER
Although the fuss over comic books and graphic novels in library collections is all but nonexistant these days, that was not always the case. Knowing this, t was interesting to read a letter from a librarian in 1948 who sticks up for comics. Click here to read.
SCHOOL LIBRARIES CLOSE TO HOME
School Library Journal has a piece on Michigan State Librarian Nancy Robertson and her efforts to advocate for the profession. It dips into a bit of doom and gloom, but the facts are the facts. Click here to read.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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