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

Making Room for Fear

One of my own children has developed a fear of crutches. It turns out that even though we live in a bustling metropolis where my children commute to school on buses and subways… Continue reading

Plugging a great new Brooklyn Public Library service: Beanstack

I’ve fallen deep for the Brooklyn Public Librarys’s new service, Beanstack, which helps parents and children find just-right books (and apps, crafts, games, videos, activities) from the library’s catalog.  As stated on the… Continue reading

Favorite Read: Scooter by Vera B. Williams

Open Scooter and be prepared to enter Elana Rose Rosen’s brilliant and sensitive world– a celebration full of acute observations about her new apartment building in New York City, where she and her mother have recently… Continue reading

Spotlight on Christmas: Diverse Children’s Books

Dream Snow by Eric Carle (Pre-K – 1) This gentle story of a farmer who is concerned about the arrival of Christmas without snow includes fun surprises hidden behind flaps, and a short, Christmas… Continue reading