Books

Hockey and Children’s Literature

After the holiday decorations come down, winter can seem a bit drab. One way to beat the winter doldrums is to celebrate the fun aspects of cold weather. Since ice hockey is perhaps the most exciting team sport of the season, we have a great collection of hockey books for kids which we showcase every midwinter. To explore the connections between reading and hockey, I asked some of our most popular hockey book authors, “What makes hockey such a great subject for children’s books?” Maureen Ulrich, author of Face Off, Breakaway, and Power Play: My inspiration for Power Plays, Face Off, and Breakaway came primarily from the girls I saw on the ice — their passion, skill, grittiness, and humour. Books about hockey are important because what goes on inside rinks and dressing rooms is a great metaphor for life. Hockey (any sport really) has so many life lessons for…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Teens and Tweens: Large Print Makes a Difference!

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Vision Thing Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and netbooks have all revolutionized the world for every age group.  For tweens and teens, the effects of hours of utilizing these devices has made a real impact on their vision.  The impact on literacy levels has also been noted.  Dr. Ralph Chu remarks on one condition called dry eye disease (DED), saying that, “you see (DED) commonly in people who are in their 50’s & 60’s, but now with children who are using their smartphones a lot, we’re seeing this more and more.”So, let’s read up on how large print can make all the difference in this vision thing! Large Print and Learning Believe it or not, larger print has some wonderful advantages, not just for staving off myopia.  Struggling readers can benefit significantly from larger print materials.  Tween and teen reluctant readers may want to read, but may be finding it difficult.  For tween/teen…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Best of the Rest

I love the Youth Media Awards!  I was lucky enough to be able this year to watch the livestream and cheered for The Poet X winning the Printz and Pura Belpré Awards and The Girl Who Drew Butterflies winning the Sibert. Darius the Great is Not Okay achieving the Morris Award thrilled me, as did Julián is a Mermaid getting a Stonewall.  All three APALA awards were books I loved (Darius again, Front Desk, and Drawn Together).  The Truth According to Mason Buttle moved me greatly.  And I loved seeing the first Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award be announced.   I also love the YMA because, despite best efforts, I do NOT read as broadly as those on book committees.  How did I miss Merci Suárez Changes Gears?  I’m not sure, but my To Be Read list has multiplied in the most enjoyable way possible.   Having known…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Have YOU submitted your Mock YMA Election Results?

In just over two weeks, on Monday morning, January 28th, the Youth Media Awards will be announced at #alamw19. Excitedly, we will all hear what wins some of the most prestigious book awards in the world, including the Newbery Award, the Caldecott Award, the Printz Award, the Batchelder Award, and more. As excitement builds, librarians in schools and libraries around the country offer Mock YMA elections to help stimulate and share the reading enthusiasm and excitement. The ALSC Blog collects results from these mock elections and compiles the results on its Mock Elections page.

ALA Midwinter 2019

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List #alamw19

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos. The Notable Children’s Books committee has been busy reading HUNDREDS of books for young people and have compiled a large list of nominated titles which will be discussed at the ALA Midwinter meetings in Seattle later this month.

ALA Midwinter 2019

Notable Children’s Recordings 2019 Discussion List #alamw19

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos. The Notable Children’s Recording committee has been busy listening to hundreds of recordings for young people and have compiled a large list of nominated titles which will be discussed at the ALA Midwinter meetings in Seattle later this month.