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…

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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…

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Website Content Curation

One of the ALSC competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries is to create and maintain “…a physical and digital library environment that provides the best possible access to materials and resources for children of all cultures and abilities and their caregivers.” While providing a physical environment can appear a more stable though still challenging undertaking, maintaining a digital library environment is a constantly changing task, requiring ongoing assessment and modification.

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Book to Film: The Great Gilly Hopkins

A recent kidlit adaptation completely skipped past me until I discovered it streaming on Netflix a few weeks ago. The 2016 adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s book The Great Gilly Hopkins was released in theaters on October 7, 2016, where it had a limited run, and then released to streaming and DVD that same December. The Great Gilly Hopkins tells the story of Galadriel “Gilly” Hopkins, an 11-year-old foster child with a mean streak. When we first meet Gilly, she’s headed to a new foster home with a woman called Trotter, whom Gilly immediately detests because of her weight. In fact, she calls her a “fat hippo.” Gilly seems like the unlikeliest and most unlovable of protagonists for a children’s book. Katherine Paterson’s tremendous writing allows readers find commonality with Gilly’s hurt despite her prickly outsides. The book is considered a classic – it ranked 63 in a 2012 SLJ poll of the 100…

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,…

Awards & Scholarships

Silver and Gold: a Call for Volunteers

“The job of a child is to learn as much as possible about the world through new eyes that cast no judgment. It is not that they cannot handle inconvenient truths; it is we as adults who shy away from controversial topics and feel uncomfortable — even ashamed.” This quote is from Javaka Steptoe’s 2017 Caldecott Medal Acceptance Speech, which I am still re-reading, along with his CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance Speech.   This particular quote is interesting to me because, taking it out of context as I have, I am curious about what each of us as librarians and educators who work with children and books imagine are the inconvenient truths we feel uncomfortable, “even ashamed,” in confronting. At the end of his speech, after giving thanks to Leo (and Diane) Dillon and Jerry Pinkney, the only other African Americans to receive the Caldecott Medal, he thanked his father John…