Blogger Jonathan Dolce

CSK Every Day – Peace, Non-Violent Social Change + Brotherhood

Coretta Scott King April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006 Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.  — Coretta Today, we celebrate one of the greatest civil rights leaders who ever lived.  While Coretta Scott King was the wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, her works, efforts, and message resonate powerfully through history.  Her works continued almost four decades beyond her husband’s death.  Think on what you can do to keep her legacy alive. As public librarians serving tomorrow’s leaders, it is essential that we bring Coretta’s message to our youngest library patrons.  Weave her message into the fabric of our programming.  Committing to the path of the children’s librarian is not an act that we can carry out once and for all, but an act that must be renewed every day. Peace, Non-Violent Social Change…

Awards & Scholarships

The 2019 Batchelder Committee wants your help!

The 2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Committee is asking the ALSC membership to submit book titles for consideration.  The Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding translated book of the year. Books eligible for the award are those originally published in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States. For the complete terms and criteria, please refer to the ALSC website. The 2019 Batchelder Committee calls on ALSC personal members to submit titles for consideration. Please remember: Only books from the 2018 publishing year are under consideration for the award. Also, please note that publishers, authors, illustrators, or editors may not nominate their own titles. Please go to to post your suggestion. You will need to have your ALA login & password handy to access the suggestion forms. The submission deadline is…

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Kid-Lit Tour of London

A serious whim recently turned into a 4-day trip to London, England. I had been drooling over the exhibit Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library for some time. When my friend Kirsten suggested we go to London to see the Winnie the Pooh exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum, we began to plan in earnest. I bought tickets for the Harry Potter exhibit before I even got my flight booked. Tickets were selling fast and the exhibit did sell out, a first for the British Library. But I had two spots for the last day.

ALA Midwinter 2018

Mile High Treasures We Found at Midwinter

What does a copy of Little Bear by Elsa Homelund Minarik (lovingly inserted in the belly of a large homemade stuffed bear), By Space Ship to the Moon by Jack Coggins and Fletcher Pratt (a book about space travel written in 1951), and a signed copy of The Gingerbread Boy by Eric A. Kimmel have in common? They all belong to Denver Public Library’s Children’s Historical Collection: Reference. The ALSC Special Collections & Bechtel Fellowship Committee saw these and many other intriguing items while touring the collection located at the Denver Public Library during Midwinter 2018.  Our tour guide, Children’s Librarian Rachel Hartman, curates the collection. The Children’s Historical Collection first began in 1935 as part of the Western History Collection, which was established by local head librarian Malcolm Glenn Wyer at the suggestion of his friend, author Willa Cather.  At some point in time, all materials for children were…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Articles about Fairy Tales Also Provide Good Reading!

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With fifteen volumes of Children and Libraries now in the books, I recently was prompted to revisit past issues of the journal online. While browsing through old tables of contents, I was reminded of how much I enjoy articles about fairy tales. There is something that still intrigues me about these old, traditional stories about dark woods, evil queens, and magic spells! So much so that I enjoy curling up to read not only these grand old tales themselves, but also the more contemporary, academic writings ABOUT these stories! Below is a sampling of CAL articles that explore the art, appeal, and history of fairy tales. Illustrator Extraordinaire: Bechtel Fellow Enthralled by Arthur Rackham by Brigid Mangan Where Fantasy and Facts Meet: Fairy Science Books from 1870 to 1900 by Natalie Ziarnik Perennially Popular: The Appeal of Classic Fairy Tales for Children by Pauline Dewan What kinds…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Active Shooter – Run, Hide, Fight

Dedicated to the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On August 7, 2004, I sat down for a staff meeting at my library, and was completely caught off guard by some of the most shocking news of my entire life: one of my teen advisory board members had been involved in what would come to be known as the Deltona Massacre.  I was instantly crushed.  Between gasps, all I could say was, “He was just here”.  All I could think was what could I have done to prevent the senseless death of six teens. Walter Dean Myers’ book, Shooter had been out for three months.  Despite being a fantastic work of fiction by one of my favorite authors, I didn’t really find any answers there. I turned to the author Chris Crutcher via email, as I knew he was also a child psychologist.  He wasn’t happy…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Youth Media Awards #alamw18

There are not many reasons to get up at 7 am on a Conference day when your first meeting isn’t until 10 am, but then, not every morning is the Youth Media Awards! For those of you not there… allow me to paint a picture. Denver is cold– and the streets remain a bit icy, but yet hoards of library people are up and about– you wouldn’t need to consult your Scheduler, just follow the herd of people to a packed room. The room was abuzz with people chatting about their favorite books of the year and the excitement over what books might win! I had to search for my friend and my saved seat, but it was nearly impossible with all of the excited people. Once I found her, we started discussing predictions and just general excitement over what was to come! Every year I read the results as they…