Blogger Dan Bostrom

Great Gifts to Give Booklist

Download the Great Gifts to Give Booklist

Librarians are often asked for suggestions of titles to give as gifts. To address this, the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee has compiled a new booklist with suggestions for special occasions such as: baby showers birthdays holidays graduation bar/bat mitzvah any time in life when a child turns a corner Grouped by type of request, these suggestions of recently published books were made by children’s librarians and book experts from around the country. You can download your own version of the Great Gifts to Give booklist.

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Picture books, the greatest gift

Last year I read over 500 picture books. I don’t think I’ve read quite that many this year, but I have kept up a steady pace. I certainly have changed the way I look at picture books. Spending a year on the Caldecott committee does that – I will never look at a picture book the same way again, and this is a good thing. For one, it has made it easier for me to share how to look at the art in these books. I have been working with our local school board to help teachers look more closely at picture books. I spent a week in early December with the Grade 1 teachers. I showed them what I saw in the books, and they shared what they saw. I was amazed that I was able to find something new in The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. I…


Comics Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for winter holidays! Does the tween in your life or your library love comics? Here are a few that need to be on your radar and will make your kids go absolutely nuts. Peppi Torres is just trying to survive her first days middle school. Suddenly she finds herself being both the teased and the teaser, and in the middle of a club war! Can she figure out how to make middle school bearable for both herself and those around her? Do your kids love PrinceLess? Well, let’s not forget about Angoisse, the oft-forgotten middle Ashe sister. What’s she been up to lately? Wellllll, it seems that the swamp surrounding her tower is inhabited by monsters and goblins and vampires! Not to worry, though, because her sister Adrienne and friend Bedelia don’t think twice about helping Angoisse rescue herself! The PrinceLess books are all fantastic and volume 4…