Blogger Jennifer Schultz

Countdown to Summer Reading: Books for Building Summer Fun

If you’re participating in either the Reading by Design or Build a Better World summer reading themes, you’ve probably been ordering, reading, or rereading books that tie into your theme. There are many ways to develop these themes, but including books about building/construction are great ways to extend your theme: (image taken from Sleeping Bear Press site) If you’re familiar with Sleeping Bear Press’s informational picture books, you know that the main text is usually written in rhyme, accompanied with sidebars that include further information. “A Book of Bridges” is not only an instructive overview of bridges, but it also includes a reminder that bridges bring people and communities together.   (image taken from Jonathan Bean site) “Building Our House” will undoubtedly be the highlight of any preschool or school age read aloud session (one-on-one time spent with the book will reveal hidden gems scattered throughout the illustrations, such as…

Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Talking to Kids & Parents about Intellectual Freedoms

Atrribution: RodLibrary@Uni What librarian hasn’t had an uncomfortable conversation with a parent concerned about the materials their children have been reading or viewing? The ALSC Intellectual Freedom committee has been busy revising documents to help you talk with kids and parents about the intellectual rights of children as the situation arises. (And if it hasn’t yet, don’t worry…it will.) Remember, educating rather than censuring can create partnerships with parents and schools to combat censorship geared towards children.


Books of Comfort for Children in Crisis

Cover image of child being consoled by an adult

For me, one of the most comforting lines in children’s literature occurs at the conclusion of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Max, who has been out and about in his wild rumpus returns home and finds his supper waiting for him, “and it was still hot”. But for many children such comfort has been stripped from them for any number of reasons, natural disaster, death, horrific loss…

Blogger Alexa Newman

Kits, Bundles, and Theme Bags: Do You Have Them, and, What Do You Call Them?

Are you looking for new and different ways to get learning resources into the hands of your patrons? For the past couple of years, my library (the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, Illinois)  has been adding new collections of kits, bundles, and theme bags. They are proving to be very popular with our patrons; so much so that we are expanding them and looking for new ideas to explore. In this post, I’ll be introducing four of our most popular formats. These learning resources are valuable on several fronts. They are time savers for customers who are in a hurry, but need more than one item on a topic.  Many are aimed at building early literacy skills, or focus on specific academic subject areas. Others are great budget savers.They can be checked out and returned, and families don’t have to buy expensive toys and gadgets, instead they have the…

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Researching at the Baldwin

Old books

If you love old books, there’s a good reason to visit the University of Florida. At the George A. Smathers Library you’ll find the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. With over 100,000 items, including approximately 3500 published in North America and Great Britain before 1823, this a truly a treasure trove of children’s books. And the best part? Anyone can visit and examine these books. By the way you’ll, feel like you are in a Harry Potter book when you enter the Grand Reading Room.

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

April is Month of the Military Child

As April is the Month of the Military Child, I thought it would be a great time to highlight children’s books about military life, and to hopefully learn about other outstanding titles! According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, there are approximately 2 million children living in military families; 1.3 of them are school-aged. Whether or not you live in a community with many military families, these books will both entertain and inspire children in military and civilian families:   (image taken from Daphne Benedis-Grab’s website) I’ve not yet read Army Brats, but its enthusiastically positive reviews have moved it to the top of my list. Not only does this feature a military family living on base, but it also includes an enlisted mother and a child adopted from China. A mystery about a rumored haunted house will definitely entice mystery and detective stories fans!   Brave Like Me…