Morning Notes: Grandma Madeline Edition
In case you missed it, there was an uproar this week about the 2015 Banned Books Week poster. So much so that ALA posted a response to the negative reaction and about how the poster was created. *UPDATE* ALA has released their response, including a modified poster.
THREE WORDS: LIBRARY PUTT PUTT
Dear Canton (MI) Public Library: You’re all geniuses over there. Click here for images of 2015 Mini-Golf in the Stacks.
MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARIES DROP THE MIC
Disneyworld? Eh. The Louvre? Cute paintings, bro. You know the attraction that really packs ’em in?
23 Feminist Books Every Child Should Read
Real Headline Alert! A good list here
(Thanks to Constance L. on Facebook for the link)
BLOG & NOBLE
Are you aware that Barnes & Noble has a children’s literature blog? They do indeed. Click here to check it out.
TO SELF-PROMOTE OR NOT SELF-PROMOTE, THAT IS THE QUESTION
A brief history of people taking a stand for what they believe in:
- Jerry McGuire’s 25 page Mission Statement (Not a Memo)
- Don Draper’s full page ad in the New York Times
- Now there is YA author Delilah S. Dawson’s Blog Post
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? CHILDREN’S LIT EDITION
Max: 58-year-old hipster? The Picture Book Review ponders the current state of 10 characters from children’s lit. Click here to read.
BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS
What librarian worth their salt doesn’t love a good book about books? How about 9 of them for the preschool crowd?
The blog Picturebook Makers is doing great work. They recently featured illustrators Oliver Jeffers and JooHee Yoon. And speaking of image-heavy interviews, Pen & Oink (best blog name ever) talked to Sara Varon.
GOOD BOOKS, GOOD CAUSE
Head over to your local Kohls and pick up, perhaps, a nice tie and some picture books for a good cause. An assortment of Erin and Philip Stead books are now available, with a portion of the proceeds going to kids’ health and education.
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Out October 13, 2015.
The sequel to one of my favorite books of 2014 is coming this fall. Judging by the first book’s popularity at my school, kids will be excited to see it.
The Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014 have been announced, this year in infographic form:
I love seeing these. April is National Poetry Month and folks are getting into the book spine cento spirit…
— Central Children’s (@ParkwayCCD) April 14, 2015
If I was a guy who photographed artwork for picture books (where the goal is to not have the reader notice they are looking at a photo), I would walk around telling people in a cool voice (still working on this part), “When I do my job … (quick glance to the side) … I disappear.”
Owlkids recently shared a video of what this process looks like with their book Wild Ideas:
(Thanks to The Dewey Divas and the Dudes for the link)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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