Mock Caldecott Selections: 2017

  Frank and Lucky Get Schooled School’s First Day of School Giant Squid Freedom in Congo Square They All Saw a Cat Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to… Continue reading

Mock Newbery Selections: 16 for 2016 – 2017

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin Pax by Sara Pennypacker Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds Towers Falling by… Continue reading

Fierce Fathers: An Addition to a Single-Parent Family Picture Book Collection

After publishing my previous post, I realized that my list did not feature picture books that focused solely on the experience of fatherhood.  Although this is not a book explicitly addressing single-parenting, it… Continue reading

Single-Parent Family Picture Books

Recently, I was asked to put together a list of picture books for young children ages 2-4 with single parent households.  Here are my top picks: The Great Big Book of Families by… Continue reading

Reading is Revolutionary

The Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis pays tribute to the importance of School Libraries and School Librarians in March: Book One.  (Illustration by Nate Powell)

We Need Universal School Library Programs

Recently I have been touring public elementary schools around New York City because in the fall my daughter will enter Pre-K. As a Children’s Librarian, I am most interested in each school’s unique… Continue reading

Building a Sense of Self: Edward the Emu

Sheena Knowles’ Edward the Emu uses colored pencils in a realistic way to tell this silly story with a beautiful message.  Edward tries on different identities before discovering that he is happy to… Continue reading

1000 Black Girl Books

Eleven-year-old, Marley Dias has launched the 1000 Black Girl Books campaign.  Frustrated and disappointed with her school curriculum, which mostly includes books about white boys and dogs, Marley is raising awareness to the… Continue reading

Spotlight on Holidays and Celebrations from Around the World

Children Just Like Me: Celebrations by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley (1 – 3) This book is a collaboration between UNICEF and DK.  Organized by season, this book features holidays from all over the… Continue reading

In Praise of Book Piles

Inspired by Librarian Travis Jonker’s blog post, The Top 10 Piles of Books At My House I snapped some pictures of the stacks of books interspersed throughout my apartment.  (These piles are in… Continue reading