Rita Williams-Garcia at Mrs. Dalloway’s Sept. 19, Nat’l Book Award Long List

WilliamsRita Williams-Garcia at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore on Sept. 19th:
Newbery Honor author Rita Williams-Garcia will be at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 7:30pm. She will be interviewed by Carla Riemer (ACL member and librarian at Claremont Middle School). Williams-Garcia’s books include One Crazy Summer, which is set in Oakland in the late 1960’s, and her latest book P.S. Be Eleven won the Coretta Scott King Award. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore is located at 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705, phone 510-74-8222.

National Book Award Long List Announced:
Check out the website listed below for the Long List (nominees) for the National Book Award Young People’s category. The award will be announced in November 2014.

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Professional Reading – “Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature

Wild ThingsBird, Betsy, Julie Danielson and Peter D. Sieruta. Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature. Candlewick, 2014. 278p. $22.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5150-3.
Most professional reading is instructive, but some books rise above that and are also filled with personal stories that make the book memorable and pleasurable. Wild Things! by three children’s book bloggers is the latter, filled with fun, almost gossip-like history and anecdotes but not mean-spirited. The tone is friendly, like hearing a colleague who knows the inside scoop on a famous person, but with source notes to back up all the information.
Topics covered include “subversive” children’s lit, GLBT authors and characters, books that attract censors, popular books that critics disliked, books by celebrities, and how money propels some publishing. Some topics, such as the Stratemeyer Syndicate that produced Nancy Drew, have been covered in many previous articles and books. But other topics, like Roald Dahl’s sexual escapades as part of his spying activities are lesser known.
One of the most interesting sections concerns the many GLBT children’s book creators and how their “outsider status” likely contributed to their ability to capture that feeling in their characters, including Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy (1965). Although they are quite critical of many celebrity authors like Madonna, the authors were quite clear in pointing out some actors who have created critically acclaimed books, including Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Ian Black.
Librarians will also appreciate the chapters on the attempts by some to ban or censor books for children, from the taboo topics of sex and death, to racist aspects of classics – or books that battle racism like Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. This Newbery Medal-winning book used the N-word because it is historically accurate and important to the depiction of racism in the story. Sometimes these censors are librarians, who refuse to stock popular series books because they are not considered great literature.
All in all, this is a great book to read for entertainment but it is enlightening too, like a health food that tastes really good. Treat yourself to this joyous celebration of the wilder side of children’s lit, knowing there are plenty of vitamins inside. Back matter includes extensive source notes, lengthy bibliography, and index.

Penny Peck, San Jose State Univ. iSchool

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Review of the Week – This Day In June

this-day-in-junePitman, Gayle E. This Day in June. Kristyna Litten, Illus. Picture Book.
Magination, 2014. 32p. $14.95. 978-1-4338-1658-1.

     With vibrant color, simple phrases, and beautifully diverse characters, This Day in June is a first of its kind: a cheerful, exuberant read-aloud about a gay pride parade. This parade has Dykes on Bikes, Leather Daddies, drag queens, a cameo by San Francisco’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and above all, lots of love. Women hold hands with women, men dance with men, and children are hugged and kissed by same-sex and heterosexual parents as the parade rolls down a city street (San Francisco is hinted at, but not specified). The signs held by parade participants are an extra joy, “Born This Way,” “I [Heart] My Dads,” “Equal Love, Equal Law,” and others float alongside the book’s minimal narration: “Loving kisses/ so delicious/ All invited/ all excited.” Litten’s bright digital illustrations radiate charm, and every spread contains people of a variety of skin tones and body types. An appendix includes a reading guide that explains who some of the figures depicted are and a note to parents and caregivers on talking to kids about sexual orientation and gender identity at various ages. Lovely, happy, and informative, this title is a must purchase. Amy Martin, Oakland PL

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ACL Meeting Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Oakland Main Library

PawsACL Meeting Friday, September 12, 2014: Just a quick reminder for our Bay Area members! Please join us for our ACL Meeting on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, from 9am-1pm at the Oakland Main Library. We will begin with a brief reception for our new Dorothy Helfeld Fellowship recipients with light breakfast refreshments provided by our members. Then, we will have our usual Book Reviewing and a discussion of Distinguished Books. Our professional development session will be a round robin sharing of summer reading programs and activities- so please bring ideas (both successes and failures) that you’d like to share with the group. For more information, see: http://www.bayviews.org/calendar.html#meetings.

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Informational Picture Books for Storytime

Eat like a bearInformation Picture Books for Storytime: Looking to add more informational books to go along with stories at your preschool storytime?  Try some of the following nonfiction for the youngest children:

Ajmera, Maya, Victoria Dunning, and Cythnia Pon. Healthy Kids.

Ajmera, Maya, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon. Music Everywhere!

Arndt, Ingo. Best Foot Forward: Exploring Feet, Flippers, and Claws.

Aston, Dianna Hutts. An Egg Is Quiet.

Aston, Dianna Hutts. A Rock Is Lively.

Aston, Dianna Hutts. A Seed Is Sleepy.

Barner, Bob. Bears! Bears! Bears!

Berkes, Marianne. Over In a River: Flowing Out to the Sea.

Berkes, Marianne. Over In the Forest: Come and Take a Peek.

Biggs, Brian. Everything Goes by Land.

Biggs, Brian. Everything Goes by Sea.

Brocket, Jane. Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using Our Senses.

Brown, Don. Henry and the Cannons: an Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution.

Bunting, Eve. The Cart That Carried Martin.

Butterworth, Chris. See What a Seal Can Do.

Campbell, Sarah C. Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator.

DiTerlizzi, Angela. Some Bugs.

Floca, Brian. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11.

French, Vivian. Growing Frogs.

French, Vivian. Yucky Worms.

Goodall, Jane. Doctor White.

Gray, Rita. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

Guiberson, Brenda Z. The Greatest Dinosaur Ever.

Hopkins, H. Joseph. The Tree Lady: the True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever.

Houran, Lori Haskins. Dig Those Dinosaurs.

Houran, Lori Haskins. A Trip into Space: an Adventure to the International Space Station.

Huber, Raymond. Flight of the Honeybee.

Hulbert, Laura. Who Has These Feet?

Hulbert, Laura. Who Has This Tail?

Jenkins, Steve. Actual Size series.

Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page. Move!

Jenkins, Steve, and Robin Paige. My First Day: What Animals Do on Day One.

Judge, Lita. How Big Were Dinosaurs?

Krebs, Laurie. We’re Sailing to Galapagos: a Week in the Pacific.

Levine, Sara. Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons.

Lewin, Ted. What Am I? Where Am I?

Low, William. Daytime, Nighttime.

Lunde, Darrin P. Hello, Baby Beluga.

Lunde, Darrin P. Hello, Bumblebee Bat.

Lunde, Darrin P. Hello, Mama Wallaroo.

Lunde, Darrin P. Meet the Meerkat.

Lunde, Darrin P. Monkey Colors.

Lyon, George Ella. All the Water in the World.

Malner, Carol L. On Kiki’s Reef.

McDonnell, Patrick. Me…Jane.

Morris, Ann. Bread, Bread, Bread.

Morris, Ann. Families.

Morris, Ann. Hats, Hats, Hats.

Morris, Ann. Houses and Homes.

Morris, Ann. On the Go.

Morris, Ann. Tools.

Prince, April Jones. What Do Wheels Do All Day?

Ray, Mary Lyn. Stars.

Rockwell, Lizzy. Plants Feed Me.

Salas, Laura Purdie. A Leaf Can Be…

Salas, Laura Purdie. Water Can Be…

Sayre, April Pulley. Eat Like a Bear.

Sayre, April Pulley. Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant.

Sayre, April Pulley. Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat.

Sayre, April Pulley. Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant.

Schaefer, Lola M. Lifetime: the Amazing Numbers.

Schafer, Kevin. Penguins 1 2 3.

Stewart, Melissa. No Monkeys, No Chocolate.

Stockdale, Susan. Bring on the Birds.

Stockdale, Susan. Fabulous Fishes.

Stockdale, Susan. Stripes of All Types.

Teitelbaum, Michael. Baby Penguin Slips and Slides.

Teitelbaum, Michael. Baby Polar Bears’ Snow-day.

Ward, Jennifer. Mama Built a Little Nest.

Ward, Jennifer. What Will Hatch?

Penny Peck, San Jose State Univ., iSchool

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Every month, we post an annotated bibliography of books that were rated ‘Outstanding’ and nominated for our Distinguished List at our previous month’s meeting. Members can see full reviews of these books and many more in the August edition of BayViews.

Picture Books

dare the windDare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey Fern; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2014.
At the height of the gold rush Eleanor Prentiss navigated the clipper ship Sea Cloud, smashing the speed record from New York to San Francisco. Compelling prose and strong illustrations combine for an exciting read, a fine piece of local history and a testament to a brave and talented woman who was not afraid to dare both the wind and the status quo. (Kindergarten – Grade 4)

midnight libraryThe Midnight Library written and illustrated by Kazuno Kohara
Roaring Brook, 2014.
Run by a tiny pig-tailed librarian and her three assistant owls, the Midnight Library opens only at night, ready to serve a community of dogs, rabbits, sheep and mice. Kohara successfully highlights the use of the library as a community space, and the thick-lined black ink linocut illustrations create a happy, retro feel while maintaining a sense of cozy, nighttime fun. (Preschool – Grade 1)

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! written and illustrated by Mo Willemspigeon needs a bath
Disney Hyperion, 2014.
Mo Willems’ famous dickering pigeon returns, this time trying to convince the reader he really doesn’t need a bath. Graphically strong cartoon style images are wittily expressive. The ultimate, humorous, and entirely realistic ending, will have both parents and kids chuckling in recognition. (Preschool – Grade 2)

rules of summerRules of Summer written and illustrated by Shaun Tan
Levine, 2014.
Shaun Tan’s first foray into the format is haunting, disquieting, and above all, excellent. (Kindergarten – Grade 3)

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman; illustrated by Kristyna Littenthis-day-in-june
Magination Press, 2014.
With vibrant color, simple phrases, and beautifully diverse characters, This Day in June is a first of its kind: a cheerful, exuberant readaloud about a gay pride parade. (Preschool – Grade 2)


minionMinion: A Companion to Sidekicked by John David Anderson
Walden Pond, 2014.
Michael Morn isn’t evil, but when the arrival of a superhero shifts him from an aider and abettor of villains to the center of a plot to take over the world, he must choose sides. A fast-paced, smart, fun read with a satisfying and open ending that hints there may be more to come. (Grades 5 – 8)


Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier and Greg Salsedo; illustrated by Marc Lizanohidden
First Second, 2014.
In this moving, powerful graphic novel for our youngest readers, author Dauvillier and illustrator Lizano have created a work I did not think possible, a graphic novel exposition of the Holocaust within World War II for an age level not necessarily able to take in so much of the magnitude of the events. Grades 1 – 5)

Zita-ReturnThe Return of Zita the Spacegirl written and illustrated by Ben Hatke
First Second, 2014.
Filled with humor but serious themes as well, this third and final adventure ties together all of Zita’s previous exploits and reunites the many friends she’s made during her outer-space adventures in a completely satisfying conclusion to the series. (Grades 3 – 7)

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Jillian Tamakithis one summer
First Second, 2014.
This graphic novel for teens examines a summer in the life of Rose at her family’s cottage in a small beach town. The stunning art blends seamlessly with the text, resulting in a complex picture of Rose’s emotions and her personal growth over the course of the summer. (Grade 9 – Adult)


brown girl dreamingBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulsen, 2014.
Jacqueline Woodson shares her experience of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s through a series of poem vignettes. This quiet book requires a special reader, one willing to forego action for a window into the life of a young girl finding her voice in tumultuous times. (Grades 5 – 8)


Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck; illustrated by Jim Paillotbedtime math 2
Feiwel, 2014.
Paillot and Overdeck captivate their audience’s attention and effectively achieve their goal of having children hanging off the edge of their seats with excitement about math and a strong sense of its relevance in their lives. (Preschool – Grade 2)

D-DayD-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson
Holt, 2014.
Adapted from the author’s book for adults on WWII’s D-Day, The Guns at Last Light (Holt, 2013), the text has a real “you are there” quality that makes for a dramatic narrative nonfiction experience. The book design, with a b&w photo on every page, maps, sidebars, timeline, charts, and other visuals, are inviting for casual readers, and will motivate browsers to read the equally compelling text. (Grades 6 – 12)

- Hayley

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Anniversary, Elaine Alphin Obituary

AlphinAuthor Elaine Alphin Dies: San Francisco native Elaine Alphin, author of several young adult novels, died on Aug. 19, 2014 at age 58 after a long illness. Her first book, Ghost Cadet, was published by Holt in 1991, as was the followup Ghost Soldier in 2001. She also wrote books for younger children, including the beginning reader A Bear For Miguel (HarperCollins, 1996). For more information, see:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s 50th Anniversary: Roald Dahl’s classic children’s Charlie and the Chocnovel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Skype tours. The book’s publisher Penguin is offering a week-long Skype tour of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which will include a Q&A with the museum’s education manager, and a peak at Dahl’s desk, chair, and other personal items in his studio.

Skype opportunities are available the week of Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 3, 2014 between 9:30am EST and 3:00pm EST/8:30am CST and 2:00pm CST/7:30am MST and 1:00pm MST/6:30am PST and 12:00pm PST.

If you are interested in scheduling a FREE virtual visit, please email penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com with your preferred date and time. You can also find more information at

Also, Sharon Levin let us know about a “lost” chapter to Charlie – check out this article: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/29/lost-chapter-charlie-chocolate-factory-roald-dahl-quentin-blake-illustration

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