Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Hispanic Heritage Month Year-Round

Integrating Hispanic Heritage I’d been conducting storytime and other children’s programming for 18 years.  I felt like a veteran, or some kind of master.  In just one hour, my wife Marianne – who was born and raised in Puerto Rico – made me feel like I was only just beginning. For years I would start with a theme, pick out the books, make the puppet shows. And yet, how often did I reach for my Hispanic picture books?  Twice a year?  El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day, commonly known as Día) and Hispanic Heritage Month?  My wife showed me how to take a picture book or a story and build a theme from it – to reverse the storytime building process, and thereby integrate diverse materials into storytime – Every. Single Week. Hispanic/Latino Contributions So, I made a video.  It was all about the contributions…

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Discovering #Kidlit Film Adaptations

Where can you go to find out which of your beloved #kidlit books are being turned into movies? The answer is important to children’s Collectors everywhere, as we know that an upcoming movie adaptation can spark interest in a long-dormant book, resulting in an unexpected holds list! Here are a few of my favorite resources for finding book-to-film adaptations. Early Word Despite founder Nora Rawlinson’s announcement that her vitally useful blog Early Word was ceasing publication of new posts on July 3, 2017, I am pleased to report that thus far, the site seems to be updated with regularity, especially its Adaptations updates, which have been an essential tool in my purchasing for seven years. I have yet to find a better, more well-resourced source of all the upcoming literary adaptations, adult and children alike, than the offerings of Early Word. On the right-hand column on the site, readers will…

Blogger Renee Grassi

Recommending Books for Kids with Low Vision

Twitter is a great place to share ideas with your fellow youth librarians.  Just recently, Jennifer Taggart, blogger at Adaptive Umbrella and author of the recent ALSC blog post Inclusive Technology Station, reached out to her Twitter followers.  She needed suggestions of high contrast picture books for children with low vision to add to her library’s special needs collection. It made me think–how do families with children who have low vision find library books? Unless our libraries have a special needs collection, it can be difficult for librarians and parents alike to sift through all of the picture books to find the right one. If this is a situation you have struggled with at your library, here are some criteria you can consider when making book recommendations to families with children with low vision. High Contrast: Books featuring high contrasting colors are inherently more accessible to children with low vision.  These titles offer…

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

Doggone Good Reads: Books for National Dog Day

With summer reading over, the first day of school, and the eclipse behind us,  my coworker and I were puzzling over themes for our main displays. Since it’s still too early for Hispanic Heritage Month and the fall season, we eventually settled on books for Library Card Sign Up Month. However, we also have a smaller display near our desk, which we usually use to highlight readers, novels, and nonfiction for older readers. Luckily, I stumbled upon National Dog Day, and knew I had a winner! Dog books attract both reluctant readers and avid readers, so we definitely have something for everybody. If you want a fast-moving display, consider a National Dog Day (August 26) display:     Image: National Geographic  National Geographic Kids publishes a wide array of high-interest nonfiction for young readers; naturally, animals and nature are a big part of their catalog (they also have outstanding science…

Awards & Scholarships

Suggestions for the Batchelder Award?

ALSC Personal Members are invited to suggest titles for the 2018 Batchelder Award given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during 2017. Please remember that only books from this publishing year are under consideration for the 2018 award. Publishers, authors and illustrators may not suggest their own books. The deadline for suggestions by ALSC members is October 15, 2017 so there is sufficient time to consider the suggestion before the Midwinter Meeting. Please use the submission form at The award will be announced at the Youth Media Awards press conference during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in February 2018. For more information about the award, visit the ALSC website at ************************************************************************************************ Today’s guest post was written by Mary Beth Dunhouse,…

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

Back to School: Books for a New School Year

With the new school year starting very soon, books about hot summer days will soon give way to stories about the fun and importance of school. If you’re looking to add unique titles to your “back to school” displays or bibliographies, these books will definitely give readers a new perspective on daily school life! (image: James Runford) Rain School was inspired by James Runford’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kélo, Chad, where teachers and students rebuild their school and desks after each rainy season. I recently read this to a daycare group consisting of children ages 6-12, and they were spellbound!   (image: Lee and Low) The School The Aztec Eagles Built is a fascinating and little-known World War II event; before the Aztec Eagles, Mexico’s 201st Air Force Squadron left Mexico to fight in the Second World War, President Camacho asked the men for any last requests. Sgt….