Monthly Archives: August 2012

Two ACL Members in Children and Libraries, Dorothy Helfeld Fellows Announced

Two ACL Members Contribute Articles to Children and Libraries: Congratulations to two of our ACL members who had articles published in the latest edition of Children and Libraries (Summer/Fall 2012, v. 10, no. 2), the journal of the Association of … Continue reading

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Review of the Week

Newquist, H. P. The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Veins and Vampires.  Non-fiction. .Houghton, 2012. 1 51p.  $17.99.  978-0-5473-1584-3. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 4-9. It’s hard to find an individual who is blasé about blood. This elemental fluid has … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself Programming: Presidential Election

The upcoming Presidential election is a great opportunity for a fun Do-it-Yourself program, a display, a theme for a storytime or book discussion group, or for some passive programming activities you can leave out for families to enjoy. Here are … Continue reading

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Nina Bawden Obituary, Dav Pilkey Interview

Author Nina Bawden dies aged 87:  Author Nina Bawden, who wrote the novel Carrie’s War as well as more than 40 other books for children and adults, has died aged 87.  Published in 1973, Carrie’s War was her most famous … Continue reading

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Review of the Week

Graham, Bob. A Bus Called Heaven. Bob Graham, Illus.  Pic. Bk. Candlewick, 2012. 40p. $16.99. 978-0-7636-5893-9.     HIGH ADDITIONAL.    GRADES K-2. Bob Graham creates a heartfelt story about a neighborhood united over transforming an abandoned bus into a lively community center. … Continue reading

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New BayNews – Presidential Program

Hi!  The latest edition of BayNews is up on the BayViews website: .  Check out Readalikes for “Junie B. Jones,” storytimes on teachers, presidents, and the first day of school, and do-it-yourself program ideas on the Presidential Election. reading

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Obituaries and News

Remy Charlip Dies at Age 83: Remy Charlip died at the age of 83 in his longtime San Francisco home.  He was the author and illustrator of several picture books, including Fortunately ((1964), Sleepytime Rhyme (1999), and Handtalk (1974). He … Continue reading

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Review of the Week

Vernick, Audrey. Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team.  Steven Salerno, Illus. Non-fic.  Clarion/Houghton, 2012. $16.99. 978-0-547-38557-0.  OUTSTANDING.  GRADES 1-5. Sleeping two to a bed, the twelve Acerra brothers loved playing baseball and formed their … Continue reading

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YALSA Literature Symposium

“YALSA 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium – The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me With the Next Big Thing.” Join YALSA in historic St. Louis, MO, November 2-4, 2012, as we explore what the future has in store for … Continue reading

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Kathleen Odean’s New Blog, and Jean Merrill’s Obituary

Longtime ACLers will be particularly happy to know about former member Kathleen Odean’s new nonfiction blog, available at For newer members, Kathleen is the author of 4 guides to children’s books: Great Books for Girls, Great Books for Boys, … Continue reading

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