Monthly Archives: May 2012

Review of the Week

 Losure, Mary.  The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World.  Candlewick, 03/2012. 183p.  Non-Fiction.  Grades 4-8. OUTSTANDING.  $16.99.  ISBN 978-0-7636-5670-6. Nine-year-old Frances has recently arrived in England when she sees fairies in the glade behind her home. Bored … Continue reading

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Still Need Summer Reading Ideas?

Check out Susan Dailey’s blog, with storytime songs appropriate for the “Dream Big” summer reading theme: http://www.susanmdailey.com/2012SRP.html Check out the California Library Association’s ideas, given by Youth Services librarians at the last conference, available at: http://www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=330#Children_s Storytime themes and ideas … Continue reading

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“Briefings” Newsletter from CLA

The latest issue of the Briefings Newsletter from the California Library Association’s Youth Services Interest Group is now available: http://www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=261 . The new editor is Celeste Stewart of the Alameda County Library System, and ACL member! Briefings Newsletter is a … Continue reading

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Review of the Week

LaCour, Nina. The Disenchantments.  Dutton, 02/2012. 308p.  Fiction, 9-12, OUTSTANDING. $16.99, 978-0-5254-2219-8. In her second novel (Hold Still, 2009) local author LaCour perfectly captures the transcendent moment after high school graduation when nothing is settled and everything is possible. Four … Continue reading

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2012 South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

2012 South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature 2012 Winners Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Henry Holt and Company, 2011). Pen Pals Elliot and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries—America … Continue reading

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Jean Craighead George Dies at age 92

Author Jean Craighead George, best known for her middle grade novels such as Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain, has died at the age of 92. A cause of death has not been announced, but she … Continue reading

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Review of the Week

Nahson, Claudia J. Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats.  Ezra Jack Keats, Illus.  Jewish Museum/Yale Univ., 2012. 92p. $27.50.   978-0-300-17022-1.                 HIGH ADDITIONAL       PROFESSIONAL City scenes and city kids populated Ezra Jack Keats’ books at a time when … Continue reading

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Teen Read 2012 Website Offers Ideas

YALSA launched its Teen Read Week 2012 website at http://teenreadweek.ning.com/ . Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 14-20, with a theme of It Came from the Library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it. Registration is … Continue reading

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Review of the Week

In memory of the late Maurice Sendak: Sendak, Maurice. Bumble-Ardy. Maurice Sendak, Illus.  Pic. Bk. HarperCollins, 2011. [32]p. $17.95 978-0-06-205198-1. OUTSTANDING.  GRADES PRE-3 Loosely based on an animated short film made for TV’s Sesame Street in 1971, Sendak’s newest picture … Continue reading

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Caldecott Medalist Maurice Sendak Dies

Maurice Sendak, the children’s book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childhood in books like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” died early Tuesday. He was 83. Longtime friend and caretaker Lynn Caponera … Continue reading

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