Monthly Archives: June 2015

ALA Conference Report, Part 1 – San Francisco Celebrates!

ALA Conference in San Francisco – Reports from Our Members: The ALA Conference in San Francisco kicked off big-time on Friday with the news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. The positive vibe continued throughout the four … Continue reading

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Author Judith St. George Dies, Mo Willems Sketchbooks

Author Judith St. George Dies: Author Judith St. George has died at age 84 at her home in Bloomfield, CT. Her many books included So You Want to Be President?, which earned illustrator David Small the Caldecott Medal. She specialized … Continue reading

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Review of the Week : Moonpenny Island

Springstubb, Tricia. Moonpenny Island. Gilbert Ford, Illus. Fiction. Balzer & Bray, 02/2015. 292p. $16.99. 978-0-06-211293-4. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 4-6. Set on Moonpenny Island, “a dot, a titch, a pinch” in Lake Erie, this tale of friendship, fossils, and forgiveness is exquisitely … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Program Ideas: Robots at the Library

Do-It-Yourself Program Ideas “Robots at the Library!” is a great program you can hold at almost any size library, and at any time of year. The program features robot demonstrations and hands-on projects, geared to different age groups to introduce … Continue reading

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New ACL BayNews, Bay Area Publishing, Motivating Reading, and LGBTQ List

New ACL BayNews Posted: The June 2015 BayNews (the newsletter for the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California) is now available on our website: You will find the second part of our Spring Board Book Round-up, Read-alikes for … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

Hoose, Phillip. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. Non-fiction. Farrar, 05/2015. 208p. $19.99. 978-0-374-30022-7. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 6-10. This riveting non-fiction account of a little known piece of WW II history tells how a group of … Continue reading

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Read-Alikes for John Green’s Paper Towns

Read-Alikes for Paper Towns by John Green, (soon to be released as a feature film of the same title): Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. Brooks, Kevin. Black Rabbit Summer. Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of … Continue reading

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Riddell and Herrera Named Laureates, Summer Reading Lists, All of a Kind Family Blog Post

Chris Riddell Named U.K. Children’s Laureate: Author and illustrator Chris Riddell has been named the Children’s Laureate in the United Kingom, succeeding Quentin Blake and Anthony Browne. Berkeley School Libraries Offer Summer Reading Suggestions: Librarian Mary Ann Scheuer lists … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold

Harrold, A. F. The Imaginary. Emily Gravett, Illus. Fiction. Bloomsbury, 03/15. 224p. $16.99. 978-0-8027-3811-0. OUTSTANDING.  GRADES 4-7. Rudger is an excellent imaginary friend; Amanda’s sparky imagination brings him to life. But when a sinister man and his very alarming child … Continue reading

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ACL Meeting Friday, June 12th, Jacqueline Woodson Named Young People’s Poet Laureate

ACL Meeting Friday, June 12, 2015:  Just a quick reminder for our Bay Area members!  Please join us for our ACL Meeting on Friday, June 12, 2015, from 9am–1pm at the Oakland Main Library.   We will have our usual Book … Continue reading

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