Monday, March 31, 2014

Adult Lit: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 4/1/2014

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About the Book: A. J. Fikry is the curmudgeonly owner of a small bookstore on Alice Island. Since his wife died, A. J. has been isolating himself from everyone on the island, his bookstore isn't making much money, and now his prized book of rare Poe poems has been stolen. But things take an unexpected turn when a special package arrives at the bookstore. It's a mysterious package that gives A. J. a new outlook and second chances.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says:  Every once in awhile a book comes along that is so special and delightful and wonderful that you just want to hold it close and sigh with happiness as you read it. And The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is one of those books for me-and I think it will be that type of special book for book lovers, avid readers, librarians, and storytellers. At the center of the novel is books-how they can change our lives, how they connect people who might not otherwise come together, and how sharing them can give us insight to those around us.

I read The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry during middle of the night feedings with my newborn son. You know you've found a very special and wonderful book when you find yourself wanting to stay up a little bit more just so you can read a few more pages-even when you're very sleep deprived! I was already a fan of Gabrielle Zevin before this novel, but this book solidified my fandom even more. She's not just a writer, but a reader and that comes across in her understanding of the book world and how she writes about A. J. and those around him. This book made me wish I could own an island bookstore someday-and made me glad that I work with books and that part of my job as a librarian is helping people discover books to read.

It's hard to talk about this book without saying too much about the plot because it's best to leave the plot as a surprise. I think it makes the story more of a treat for the reader if you don't know much about the story other than it's an utter delight. If you are a book lover, this book is for you. The inner workings of a bookstore will resonate with those who work in the book world on a daily basis and the commentary of how much loving books and reading can impact your life will be sure to have readers nodding their heads in agreement.

The way the characters talk about reading, books, and life is spot on. This book gave me one of my new favorite questions to ponder-"if you had to eat at a restaurant themed after a work of fiction, what would you choose?"

A delightful book that you should pick up immediately-but make sure you've cleared your day first because you want to stop reading.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from egalley sent by publisher on Netgalley


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Alternate History/Fantasy

Release Date: 4/1/2014

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About the Book: Aelwyn Myrddn is returning the palace after four years away  in Avalon. She is the daughter of the Head Merlin and will serve the kingdom and her  childhood friend Princess Marie and the Franco-British Empire with her magic. In order to secure peace with Prussia, Marie is to marry Prince Leopold, but she has no desire to rule. 

Leopold was previously engaged to Isabelle, but that engagement is dissolving and Isabelle is determined to keep Leopold for herself-she needs an escape from her awful cousin and guardian. Leopold's brother, Wolf, is reckless and rebellious and an embarrassment to the kingdom. Ronan Astor is traveling to London for the season to catch a rich titled bachelor to save her family's wealth. 

Aelwyn and Marie find themselves caught between duty to the kingdom and dreams of a different life. So when they devise a plan that could grant their wishes for the future, will they follow their heads or hearts? 

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The Ring and the Crown reminded me of The Luxe Series with magic. The story is set in an alternate turn of the century where magic can equal power. The main story revolves around Marie and her impending peace keeping engagement to Leopold, but there are many characters in play making this a wide cast of characters all looking for their own perfect path.
At first the many plot lines and characters don't seem to connect, but as the story continues, everyone's path crosses and the stories begin to intertwine. 

I would describe this book as fantasy light. While there's a magical system in play, we never get much backstory of how it works. We're offered some glimpses, but there are few rules set forth. It's set in an alternate history which means the author can get away with a lot because it's not true history, I didn't have a problem with the alternate history timeline and enjoyed it, despite the fact that little is explained of the kingdoms. The world doesn't come with many details. There's not a lot of in depth world-building and the characters are interesting enough but I'm not sure they have much depth to them. 

Despite the light character development and world-building, I really enjoyed The Ring and the Crown. It's a fun, escapist pleasure that filled my desire for a quick read. I especially liked that the story didn't follow the typical path you would expect and while somewhat predictable, I liked that it wasn't too much of a formulaic romance. The happy ending isn't the typical romance happy ending but I still felt very satisfied with the way things turned out and it felt true to the characters. There were some major plot points that were brushed over very quickly in the end in what felt like an "oh by the way, here's a quick explanation about that" way. I would have liked more details, but it was still fun.

I would give this one to your readers looking for a gossipy read with a Downton Abbey feel. If they want magic, romance, duty, honor, royalty, titles, money and power all wrapped up in a juicy historical bow, this title would be perfect. 

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from e-galley received from publisher. 

Book pairings: The Luxe by Anna Godberson (for gossipy historical romance),The Diviners by Libba Bray (for sweeping large casts and history and magic) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

So You Want to Read Middle Grade: Julia Mary Gibson


It's the first day of  Spring-hopefully Spring is coming soon! To celebrate, here's a special So You Want to Read Middle Grade post all about natural magic.


Julia Mary Gibson’s novel Copper Magic has grandmothers in it, and a girl who believes she needs magic.  Visit juliamarygibson.com to find out more, or follow her on Twitter @juliamarygibson.


NATURAL MAGIC AND THE GRANDMOTHERS

Growing up, my summers were spent in the woods.  Our woods weren’t very wild (no bears, no way of getting lost), but there were plenty of fern shadows and shafts of magical sunlight and mossy places that my grandmother said fairies might visit if we left a crumb of sponge cake for them.  To me, magic lived in the wind and tangled roots and completely existed.  And so my favorite books were about feasible magic, believable magic, the magic of natural law.  Of course there could be borrowers like Arrietty Clock beneath our floor.  Of course there could be a way into Narnia if one happened to stumble into the right wardrobe.

Maybe because my own grandmother was a gatherer of wild plants with ESP who claimed familiarity with mystical realms, I resonated with the powerful magical females featured in stories about natural magic.  Too often in fairy tales, the ancient crone is a destroyer, an eater of children, a feared outcast.  Baba Yaga thrilled me, but I got solace and affirmation from the stories where the old lady wisdomkeeper is a conduit to animals, elements, and the departed ancestors.

Some of these books are mainstays, read and reread tens of times as an alienated teenager and into adulthood.  Others came into my life more recently.  Most of them can be enjoyed by anyone over eight or ten.



The Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers.
Mary Poppins is a world renewal practitioner who maintains relationships with various sky beings – birds, stars, the Sun.  She may look young, but she’s an ageless confederate of the cosmic crones who keep the universe in order: the Bird Woman ministering to the feathered ones, Mrs. Corry keeping plenty of stars in the sky, the Balloon Woman reminding us to know ourselves.



The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
There are twisted, thwarted beings in the world like goblins, and there are protectors, guides, and healers like the princess Irene’s grandmother, ancient and ageless, with her rose-scented fire and her messenger pigeons.  The princess Irene and the miner Curdie are courageous and steadfast like the fairy-tale characters that they are, but they have human weaknesses too.  The goblins are both funny and scary, and it stands to reason that they exist – why wouldn’t beings become grotesque after generations underground in the darkness of a mine?



The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Nature is the fixer and unifier in this much-adapted classic.  Unloved Mary and Colin create their own magical belief system and healing modality, with the assistance of animal steward Dickon.  Dickon’s mother, Susan Sowerby, is the grandmother figure. Though she’s not technically a crone, her magically-numbered twelve children and elemental wisdom qualify her as a stand-in.  Magic is in the bracing Yorkshire air, in Mrs. Sowerby’s nourishing buns and milk, in the unfurling leaves of the hidden garden, and in Mary’s brash honesty.



“The Cat that Walked by Himself,” from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.
One of the many great things about Kipling’s mythic creation stories is that they’re enjoyable  at any age.  The language is rich, the unfolding of events is masterful, the characters are simple yet complex.  In this tale, the Woman makes the First Singing Magic in the world to tame animals and the slovenly Man.  Only the Cat keeps some of his wildness, but he and the Woman both win the contest between them.



Gwinna by Barbara Helen Berger.
This is longer and more complicated than Berger’s wondrous picture books, but in the same transcendent vein.  Gwinna is given to a childless couple by the Grandmother of the Owls.  When Gwinna sprouts wings, her human foster mother binds them, but Gwinna is tasked with finding a lost song and uses her wings and the music well. Berger’s illustrations are as luminous as the story.



The Birchbark House; The Game of Silence; The Porcupine Year; Chickadee by Louise Erdrich.
Erdrich always leaves me breathless.  Her writing for children is only very slightly less intricate and meaty than her books for grownup readers, and in this series she deftly braids family conflict, political and social upheaval, the quest for life purpose, adventure, tragedy, backstory, and cosmology with her trademark lyricism and humor.  Young Omakayas is much like Laura in The Little House series – inquisitive, observant, capable - except she’s Anishinabe, not a white settler girl.  Seven in the first book and a mother in the fourth, Omakayas is in relationship with earth bears and bear spirits.  She learns healing and ceremonial arts from her grandmother Nokomis as the family is challenged by disease and dislocation.  She has a second grandmotherly relationship, too – the venerable hunter and trapper Old Tallow, the shadow/yang side of Nokomis.



The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch.
Thirteen-year-old Miles is a Rachel Carson devotee and knows more than most people about the sea and its organisms.  His findings of rare wonders might have a scientific explanation or might be messages from the deep.  Miles’ compulsive beachcombing and knowledge-gathering is the way he contends with his rifting parents and his anguished crush on his compellingly messed-up former babysitter, a singer in a punkish band.  The grandmother archetype is Miles’ crotchety neighbor, a self-proclaimed psychic who is rarely right except when it matters.





Tuesday, March 11, 2014

So You Want to Read Middle Grade: Stephanie Smallwood



Stephanie Smallwood is an Early Literacy Specialist Librarian (and an awesome co-worker of mine!)

Middle grade literature is the equivalent to getting a driver's license to young readers.  So much practice for so long leads up to the freedom of finally being able to sit down with a book ALONE and read it.  This is a critical moment for children, so much can go wrong at this point: the books can be too hard, too easy, too boring, too far from their comfort zone, too close to their comfort zone, they can fall in love with a book that a friend doesn't like, and so on.  Some kids love the freedom, others are overwhelmed and unsure how to choose.  So much pressure!  What's a librarian/teacher/parent/caring individual to do?  Exactly what we've been doing here, talking about different books so when the child that needs that book is in front of us we have something in our head to put in their hands.  So, here are a few books that have been important to me, a couple that I remember from my youth, and three that are new.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry: I read this in fourth grade and remember the story sitting with me for weeks. I had already been reading lots of historical fiction, but this was the first book I read about World War II. Prior to this book, bad and scary things happened to people 'a long time ago,' but this was set in 1943, my mother was alive while events similar to these were taking place. That fact mixed with Lowry's frank style made this book a real eye-opener for me, it was the point where I began to understand that there was much more to the world than I realized and scary things didn't just happen in books.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: I remember the exact moment I put my hands on this book, I had just started seventh grade and was learning to use the 'big' library for the junior high and high school. I still didn't know my way around it and wasn't finding much I loved, but a paperback of the Westing Game was on display. I thought it looked strange, and the description didn't really sound like something I would like, but I checked it out anyway. And loved it. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. reading this book with a flashlight and when I finished promptly started over. I thought the mystery and the puzzles were so smart, but looking back I think it was the character of Turtle that really resonated with my 12 year-old self. Turtle wasn't perfect, her family didn't get her and she was a bit rude at times, but she still had value, and not just because she could solve a mystery. I needed Turtle that year, and I've sometimes wondered if that high school librarian didn't somehow know that and put this book in front of me.  
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes: This book is perfect in it's simplicity.  Nothing huge, nothing overwhelming, but lots of things that kids this age think about.  Is there something wrong with me?  Is my teacher mad at me?  Why is that other kid so mean?  Henkes nails the average fears of children entering the big world of school and gives them the respect they deserve.

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (series) by Maryrose Wood: I have been telling nearly everyone I know that they need to read these books. I haven't quite gotten to the point of putting them in people's hands and standing over them tapping my foot while they read them, but close. Full of smart wit, these books are generally described as a cross between Jane Eyre and Lemony Snicket, but I think they are in a class by themselves. Icing on the cake? 'Incorrigible' is just the beginning of the interesting vocabulary.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy -- Oh how I wish Wildwood had existed when I was ten and desperate to devour longer and more complicated books that were at my interest level! This is a story that a child can completely lose themselves in, the world-building is incredibly detailed and the illustrations (by Carson Ellis) lend just enough.  This book is certainly not for everyone, it is long and slowly paced, but is ideal for the reader that wants to really get in to a fantasy.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Kelly's Favorite Printz Honors: Guest Post by Kelly Jensen, Stacked


Hello to the lovely readers of Sarah’s blog! My name is Kelly Jensen, and I’m a blogger at Stacked, as well as Book Riot, and I’m running on the ballot for the 2016 Printz Committee. Sarah was generous enough to let me talk a little bit about some of my favorite Printz titles in her space today.

But rather than talk about my favorite winners, I thought it’d be fun to talk about some of my favorite honor titles. So here are three awesome Printz honor titles that if you haven’t checked out, you should.




Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I was 13 when Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak came out. I don’t think I read it when I was 13, but I know I picked it up and read it when the library developed its first teen-only section and this was one of the books I found in it. I remember finding Melinda’s story and her voice haunting and chilling in equal measure.

It’s impressive that this was Anderson’s first novel. I think that the Printz committee’s decision to award it an honor was not only a good decision because the book deserved that recognition, but I think it helped solidify both the importance of this work and it helped pave the way for Anderson’s future works to be taken as seriously as they should be.

Speak isn’t a book people don’t know about. But Speak is perhaps one of those books that should be picked up and reread periodically, not just because of what it tackles, but also because it’s a well-written, thoughtfully-crafted, powerful book. It is a cornerstone of not just what realistic YA fiction is, but of what YA fiction looks like on a grander scale.





Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King

Is this magical realism? I easily categorize King’s novels in that genre, but then I always step back and wonder if that’s a completely fair category in which to place them. Because everything here is real.

Except maybe the talking Pagoda. But maybe that Pagoda isn’t really talking. Maybe that’s all in Vera’s head. Grief does that to you, and since this is a novel about grief, it’s impossible to necessarily separate what’s really going on in Vera’s world with what she’s perceiving is going on in her world. Those things are muddied and confused and rendered brilliantly so. This is a novel about grief, and it’s a novel about how grief is confusing, challenging, painful, and sometimes means what you see and what you experience aren’t always real or maybe are realer than you could have ever imagined before a painful loss.

This certainly deserved its Printz recognition, if not for the excellent writing alone, but for the careful crafting of distinct multiple voices, as well as the creative risks. Though it tackles grief and the challenging nature of relationships more broadly, King’s book is also funny. It’s not maudlin in the least.




Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Christopher’s debut novel lands on my personal list of all-time YA favorites, and one of the biggest reasons is because it’s so divisive. This was a title up for consideration one of the years I served on the Cybils round one panel in YA fiction, and it easily developed the lengthiest chains of discussion among titles discussed any of the three years I served on Cybils.

What makes Stolen so divisive is precisely what makes it such an excellent, thought-provoking read. It’s a story about Stockholm Syndrome -- Gemma is abducted from an airport and taken to the Australian desert by a man named Ty. Written as a letter to Ty, Gemma’s emotions and thoughts about that experience, as well as her feelings to and towards Ty, twist and unravel simultaneously. She loves him and then she hates him. She wants to be close to him but then she wants to be as far away as possible. Gemma’s psychological trauma is evident in how she is unable to fully grasp the situation she was in. Though she’s writing from outside the event, it’s clear to readers that she’s not yet removed from her captivity.

Christopher builds excellent tension in this gulf between what Gemma says and what we as readers see and understand, and she’s also able to create discomfort in the reader, too, as it becomes less and less clear whether Ty is or isn’t a good guy -- we know, but through Gemma, that question hangs in the air and we keep wondering whether we, too, are experiencing the effects of Stockholm Syndrome.

This thriller was awarded the honor the same year that Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned an honor, as well as the same year that Nothing by Janne Teller did. 2009 was a great year for darkness, and the committee honored an array of titles that went to that place of discomfort in very different -- and meritorious -- ways.


A couple of other Printz honor titles I really appreciate include E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks and Deborah Heiligman’s Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Fate.

Kelly Jensen has worked as a teen and youth librarian in Illinois and Wisconsin since 2009, which is when she began blogging about books and reading at stackedbooks.org. She also writes at Book Riot (www.bookriot.com), and she's had her writing featured in VOYA Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, BlogHer, as well as The Huffington Post. She has a degree in English, writing, and psychology from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and she earned her masters in information studies at the University of Texas in Austin. Her first book, The Real Deal: A VOYA Guide to Contemporary Fiction for Young Adult Readers will be published this summer by Voya Press.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

So You Want To Read Middle Grade: Stephanie Whelan


Stepahnie Whelan is a children's librarian and blogs at http://shanshad1.wordpress.com/

When it comes to science fiction, let’s face it: the genre tends to get lost in amid more prolific genres on the middle grade shelves.  Fantasy (which is often lumped together with science fiction) tends to overshadow the genre.  There’s still quite a bit out there if you know where to look and what kind of science fiction you’re looking for.

The last few years we’re beginning to see an upswing  in SF books for kids.  The first half of my list are all titles that have been published within the last year.



1. The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore (Walker Books, 2013)
This is near-future or contemporary science fiction.  One of the better books from last year, it is possible to imagine everything in the story has a fact-based explanation, but for the science fiction crowd, the possibilities also allow for other interpretations.  The focus on scientific pursuits and exploration are key themes I love to see for kids.  Nonfiction may give the what’s and where’s and how’s, but fiction gives kids the internal story, the why’s, so to speak.  Fiction provides the inspiration and the mechanism for thinking about the future in terms of a readers’ own narrative.



2. Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman (Random House, 2013)
Last year also gave us this post apocalyptic futuristic tale.  Set in a world where much of civilization has been destroyed by war, surviving communities do their best to invent and improve upon their lives.  This isn’t a dystopian future exactly--the community is a positive and nurturing one--but it is one where survival is a lot more chancy and the environment is far from friendly.  This is a great stepping stone story for younger science fiction readers to get their feet wet in the genre.  Second book in the series will be out this year.





3. Jupiter Pirates: The Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry (HarperCollins, 2013)
Just out this past December, this is futuristic space adventure combined with piracy.  There’s no reason science fiction can’t be a whole heap of fun! A family of privateers winds up on a mission to track down missing ships in unknown space.  There’s battles, there’s treachery, there’s sibling rivalry!  Readers who like a good adventure story in an imaginative and fairly positive future setting will enjoy this one.


4. The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke (Disney/Hyperion, 2013)
From outer space to under the sea.  In a dystopian future an oppressive government controls everyone on an increasingly infertile land.  The only escape is the ocean.  Our protagonists have been genetically altered so that they can survive and live under the water--but they’ll have to escape those hunting them first!  A more mature read for those interested in dystopian stories of the future--first in a series.



5. Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown (Scholastic, 2013)
Graphic novels also have their share of science fiction stories.  One of my two favorites from last year was this school story with a Star Wars setting.  Lots of little touches by the creator to bring in elements of the Star Wars universe, but the main characters are entirely new.  Fun, funny and inventive, this one’s a real pleasure to read.



6. The Silver Six by A. J. Lieberman, illustrated by Darren Rawlings (Graphix, 2013)
My other favorite in graphics from last year is this dystopian adventure featuring an oppressive corporation and six plucky orphans who are on a mission to bring it down.  Great humor woven into the dramatic plotline to make a nicely balanced story.  

I also wanted to bring up a handful of older stories--science fiction that was around when I was a grade-school student.  Despite the passage of years, these stories remain relevant and powerful.



7.Norby the MIxed-up Robot by Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov (Walker Books, c1991)
Isaac Asimov is one of the authors who really brought science fiction to younger readers in the 70s and 80s.  One of his best series is that of Norby, an extraordinary robot who takes his owner on a series of adventures in space.



8. The White Mountains by John Christopher (Simon & Schuster, c1967)
This alien invasion trilogy has remained in print since it was first published, and it should be available on most library shelves.  Our characters are growing up in a world that has been overtaken by aliens and on the run to find the renegade communities still opposing the alien rule.   A great adventure and survival tale that captured my imagination when I first read it--I still love to drop it into the hands of a new reader.



9. Interstellar Pig by William Sleator (Puffin, c1984)
This unusual story has our protagonist meet a group of odd neighbors while he’s on summer vacation.  These strange adults aren’t at all what they seem--they’re actually aliens, and their engaged in a strange game called interstellar Pig.    Humor combined with bizarre aliens and a wild competition to win at all costs!


10.The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts (Scholastic, c1980)
One of my favorite plots from the 1980s, Katie is a girl with remarkable silver eyes and startling psychic powers that allow her to move items without touching them. When Katie learns that her powers may be due to an experimental drug she begins to dig into the past to see if she can find other kids like her.  Psychic power stories are some of my favorites.  This one is still available, with an updated cover.



11. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron (Little, Brown Books, c1954)
Two boys find a glowing green advertisement in a newspaper.  When they answer the ad, they wind up on a wild space adventure  to a mysterious planet.  Classic alien adventure story from the days before we’d sent humans into space.  Still lots of fun to read.



12. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c1962)
One of my all-time favorites.  This 1963 Newbery winner tells the tale of a girl and her brother who go in search of her missing scientist father.  They have three strange beings who help them travel across the universe by “tessering”: Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit.  Still one of the mainstays on library shelves everywhere.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I'm on the Ballot 2016 Caldecott

If you're an ALA member, you know that the ALA elections are coming up. This year I am thrilled that I was asked to be considered for the 2016 Caldecott Committee.

One of my favorite parts of my job as a Youth Services Librarian is that I get to plan and implement storytimes. I love introducing kids to books and reading and sharing picture books with young readers and their families. I am very passionate about helping kids find the perfect book for them and I love sharing books-old and new-with them. I would be honored to be part of the Caldecott Committee and be able to share my passion for picture books.

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, I planned a series of Caldecott themed storytimes This was a great way to introduce my preschoolers (and their grown ups!) to Caldecott titles. I started each storytime with an explanation of the Caldecott Medal and how it was awarded and we would talk about the illustrations in each book we read that week. It was an amazingly rewarding experience when after storytime, the preschoolers would look for the books "with the shiny sticker" on them!

For the past two years, I have started presenting Mock Caldecott programs at my library. Our Mock Caldecott program includes a shortlist of titles I select with readers and then a discussion of the selected list. We've been lucky enough to have past Caldecott Committee members help facilitate our discussion and help give an overview of the criteria. The aspect of this program I'm most proud of is that it has included young children-as young as five-up to adult. It's so fascinating to hear what the kids have to say and their insight is amazing. A five-year-old this year pointed out that she liked The Dark "because it had nice lines" and last year, Chloe and the Lion was not a favorite of a six-year-old because he found "the lion to be too scary and too real." I love getting to chance to discuss illustrations with these kids and share what makes an excellent picture book and their insight always makes me look at the books in a new way. This is my favorite program of the year. In fact I love it so much, I showed up at the library four days after giving birth to my son just so I could participate! Not sure if that's dedication or obsession (or maybe a little of both! :)

More About Me:

Posts of Note:

Check out my Mock Caldecott posts about our 2014 list.

Read about our first Mock Caldecott event.

Building Block Award (Missouri Picture Book Award) Voting Party

Picture Book Reviews

ALSC Blog Posts

Committee Experience:

2014 Cybils-Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, Second Round Judge
2014 Printz Committee-YALSA
2013 & 2014 Audies Judge
2010-2012 Fabulous Films Committee-YALSA
2010-2011-Gateway Readers Award-Committee Member-MASL
2010-Gateway Readers Award-Readers Award-MASL


Reviewer:

Audiofile Magazine-2013-Present
Booklist Magazine-2013-Present

ALSC Blogger-2013-Present

ALA Member since 2007, ALSC, YALSA, PLA



 
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