Digital World, Information Literacy, Professional Development

Professional Reading: Everything is Miscellaneous

David Weinberger’s Everthing is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder was suggested here by an ALSC Blog reader. Thanks, afewsocks! These Professional Reading posts aren’t book reviews, but rather my response to something that I read from the book. The following is an excerpt from pages 142-143: The trust we place in the Britannica enables us to be passive knowers: You merely have to look a topic up to find out about it. But Wikipedia provides the metadata surrounding an article–edits, discussions, warnings, links to other edits by the contributors–because it expects the reader to be actively involved, alert to the signs. This burden comes straight from the nature of the miscellaneous itself. Give us a Britannica article, written by experts who filter and weigh the evidence for us, and we can absorb it passively. But set us loose in a pile of leaves so large that we…

Blogger Jennifer Schultz, Children's Literature (all forms)

I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night

I have a sun and moon storytime, and I’m all right. The moon inspires dreamy, quiet, and reflective books; books that are lovely for a quiet parent-child bedtime story, but not always a good fit for a morning storytime. That’s why I was pleased to find Carolyn Curtis’s I Took the Moon for a Walk.  While it’s definitely fanciful, there’s enough action to keep the attention of young children.  Combined with illustrations (by Alison Jay) that are strong and uncluttered expressions of imagination and discovery, I Took the Moon for a Walk is one that will saunter its way into your sun/moon storytime repertoire. Jonathan London’s Like Butter on Pancakes follows a young boy through a carefree country day. “First light melts like butter on pancakes, spreads warm and yellow across your pillow.”  Sizzling bacon and the whistling of a tea kettle signify a bustling kitchen awaiting hungry risers; after a satisfying breakfast,…