Category Archives: Reviewing

Thirty years of being a children’s librarian

Oddly enough, right as I am celebrating the 30th anniversary of graduating from library school (IU Bloomington) and beginning work at the Edgebrook Branch of the Chicago Public Library, I have just begun a new job where my primary role … Continue reading

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The wrong cover

Fair warning: This contains spoilers for Summer of the Gypsy Moths One of the best things about being a book reviewer a decade ago was that the books came to you with generic covers. The title would be on there, … Continue reading

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All awards are not equal

I worry sometimes about the proliferation of book awards, particularly the ones that enable a publisher to slap a shiny seal on the front of a book. There are the longstanding, very meaningful awards like the Newbery and the Caldecott. … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed

I have a topic that I’ll bet every single person who reads this will relate to: I am overwhelmed. It’s the time of year when the library/book world is buzzing with speculationg. Who will win the Newbery? The Caldecott? The … Continue reading

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Trust the Process

Last week, I had the chance to use the 2011 Caldecott Winner,  A Sick Day for Amos McGee, with my storytime group for ages 4-Kindergarten and with my story group for grades K-3. It proved to me once again that … Continue reading

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I have to brag a little

I got a really nice email recently from a picture book illustrator named Nicole Tadgell.  She read my review of her new book Lucky Beans in the latest issue of The Horn Book, and she commented that it was like … Continue reading

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Faint praise

About a new fiction title, this Kirkus reviewer begins his/her review, “Modestly engaging, …”  Ouch!

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Biting my tongue

So far there’s only one drawback to being on the Geisel Award Committee.  Mostly, it is great.  You get to intensively study a particular area of children’s literature for a year, and how children interract with it.  Fun stuff for … Continue reading

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ALA part 1: I paid for an ARC!

I couldn’t decide what to write about first, but hearing my son’s laughter coming from his room decided the question for me–I have to write about the first time I have ever paid for an Advanced Reader Copy. Technically, I … Continue reading

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I'm thrilled and I'm mad–this year's ALA awards

I couldn’t be more thrilled by the Newbery Committee’s picks, esp. giving the top honor to the wonderful Laura Amy Schlitz’s unconventional book Good Masters, Sweet Ladies: Voices from a Medieval Village. I thought her book A Drowned Maiden’s Tale … Continue reading

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