ALA Virtual Conference 2020

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List, Summer 2020

Be a part of history! Join the Notable Children’s Books meetings from the comfort and privacy of your home or office. The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is taking their public discussions to you! This committee normally holds their evaluation meetings in an open, public forum at the Mid-Winter and Annual conferences. Without an in-person Annual Conference, the committee will host their discussions over Zoom, and YOU are invited to listen in. Audience members do not contribute to the discussion, but listen as the committee members debate each of the items on their discussion lists as they search for materials that meet the Notable criteria. This is an opportunity to hear about some children’s books that have been published in the first half of 2020; it is also an opportunity to learn about the evaluation process. Two meetings to be held on Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday July 2 at 1:00 pm Central…

ALA Midwinter 2020

Exploring Our Five Senses at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Oh, the Things We Saw and Felt! On Friday, January 24th, the ALSC Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship and a few special guests were treated to a behind-the-scenes type of tour of the recent “Our Five Senses Exhibit” at the Rare Book Department, Parkway Central Library, Free Library of Philadelphia.  We were amazed at the interactivity and book magic that was demonstrated in this popular exhibit.  It was co-curated by ALSC Member Christopher Brown, Special Collections Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collection and co-curator and our tour guide Karen Kirsheman, Librarian, Rare Book Department. Inspired by Aliki’s children’s picture book work and the original artwork from her 1962 book My Five Senses, a gift to the Children’s Literature Research Collection, this exhibition was such a hit with families early on that it was extended.  Original art was created by local children’s picture book and Geisel Award-winning author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli to help…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Good Things Come in Pairs — Couples Who Collaborate

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

Everyone knows it: good things come in pairs. Peanut butter and jelly, hugs and kisses, fun and games, Batman and Robin. The same holds true in children’s literature. A strong author/illustrator team is behind many great books for kids. And, quite a few of these creators have teamed up in their personal lives as well as in their work. Enter…Couples Who Collaborate—Children and Libraries’ feature interview with thriving author/illustrator partners. Couples Who Collaborate has been sharing stories and insights from these dynamic duos for several years now. In this CAL Rewind, we present several interviews from 2018. Team Ransome at Work & Play Couples Who Collaborate: James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome by Jennifer Gibson James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome are a prolific creative team. They have produced numerous award-winning picture books together. Their collaborative titles include Satchel Paige, Quilt Alphabet, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, and…

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Tackling racism in children’s books #PLA2020

How did Nashville Public Library tackle racism in classic children’s literature? What they didn’t do… They did not take books like The Story of Little Black Sambo, Little House on the Prairie, Five Chinese Brothers and The Thanksgiving Story off the shelves and throw them in the trash, which was Lindsey Patrick’s (Regional Manager) first impulse. Acknowledging the issues that her lens as a white woman would bring to the work, she invited Klem-Mari Cajigas (the Family Literacy Coordinator and a Puerto Rican woman) to help her take some steps. They didn’t want to censor these and other problematic books, essentially shoving our racist and sexist history under the rug. And they knew that the crucial starting point was to listen to and respect the opinions of people from marginalized communities. They created a Racist Children’s Book Task Force with a diverse group of people from different library departments. There was…

Blogger Kaitlin Frick

Picture (Book) This: Women’s History Month Picks

March is Women’s History Month, which means it’s crunch-time for finding the best storytime and display selections within your library’s collection. While there are a lot of great recommendations out there (check out the end of this post for a short list of other sites’ picks), here are 15 of my favorite picture books celebrating women: