Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Talking is Teaching at #PLA2018

Librarians know that talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with their children from birth can have dramatic impacts on the child’s development. Today at #PLA2018, San Francisco Public Library presented “Talking is Teaching: Opportunities for Increasing Early Brain and Language Development” with their early literacy partner, Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation.

ALA Midwinter 2018

Are you ready for the 2018 Youth Media Awards announcements?

ALA 2018 Youth Media Awards (YMA)logo

In less than two weeks, the ALA 2018 Youth Media Awards will be announced at #alamw18. Hundreds and hundreds of librarians will be at the press conference which will take place on Monday, Feb. 12, at 8 a.m. MT at the Colorado Convention Center. They will be eagerly anticipating the announcement of the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Pura Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, Schneider Family, and more. 

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Highly Anticipated Book to Film: A Wrinkle in Time

First published in 1962,  Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time remains a beloved classic to this day. It won the Newbery Award in 1963, and also has the honor of placing at #23 on ALA’s list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000. Wrinkle tells the story of Meg Murry, a young girl trying to find her father and later, rescue her brother while on an adventure that crosses galaxies. The book is many readers’ first introduction the ideas of science fiction, and it is a clear influence on many of the most popular science fiction books for kids and teens today. Meg’s journey has been adapted many times, including as a graphic novel in 2012, a stage show, an opera, and a made-for-tv film in 2003. But it is Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation, premiering March 9, 2018 that is generating attention and acclaim. DuVernay, the celebrated director behind such movies as…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Submit Your Mock Elections Results!

What is taking the top honors in YOUR Mock YMA elections? Submit your results now at Do you have February 12th marked on your calendar as a red-letter day? If you do, you might be as much as a children’s lit geek as I am! It is, of course, the day the ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced from the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver. I love to hear which titles are selected as the official winners. And I love, love, love to track what librarians, students, and other children’s book lovers have selected in their mock elections. Again this year, the ALSC Blog is compiling winners of Mock Elections from around the country. Check it out here. We hope to see these lists grow extensively in the coming months. You can also find this tab at the top of the page of the ALSC Blog. If your…


Santa’s Little Helper…Gift Guides at The Public Library!

There are lots of great gift guides out there but the best, in my opinion, is the library! How great is it that you can check out a book first to see if you want to buy it for someone! Here are a few suggestions! Want something interactive for preschoolers and younger? Try these three! Scholastic’s “Touch and Feel” Winter (ISBN 978-1—3381-6145-8)  is sensory fun for toddlers. It isn’t a story, but rather a padded board book of words (warm fire, reindeer, slippers, etc.) on each page and most pages do have something to feel (foil paper, fake fur, foam marshmallow for the cocoa, etc.).The four children featured are of various ages and two of them appear to be diverse. Practice making a real taco recipe with flaps, wheels, and tabs in Tacos! An Interactive Recipe Book (ISBN 978-0-7148-7505-7) and if you like it, try both Pizza and Pancakes in…

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Book to Film: Wonder

Wonder was an instant hit when it was published in 2012. The book received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. On his blog 100 Scope Notes, Travis Jonker recently shared that his original review of the book is one of his top ten most read posts of all time. Only 18 months after it was published, Wonder hit one million books sold, an astronomical milestone for any book not named Harry Potter. We brought the book to area elementary schools on our annual booktalking visits in 2012 and since then have never had more than 1 copy checked in at any given time. It seems that each year, a new generation of kids discover the story of Auggie. With its enduring popularity (and having now reached over five million copies sold), it was inevitable that Hollywood would come knocking. In adapting the beloved novel, it seems Hollywood got it…