Category Archives: Children’s books

The new young adult books

Language changes. It always has, and probably it always will, but that won’t stop those of us who enjoy language from railing against awful usage and mistakes that become common practice. Who doesn’t enjoy a good argument about the Oxford … Continue reading

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Read or Be Written

Yes, it is time for the annual Bookmark Contest Slogan post, to celebrate National Library Week! Yay! Yay! These were all written by my library’s grade school kids, submitted along with artwork for a bookmark. My favorite slogan is probably … Continue reading

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Battle of the Books

34 years is a long time. That is how long my library has collaborated with our area schools to run a Battle of the Books competition. 34 years! Last night we celebrated¬† with an awards ceremony for the winning team … Continue reading

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The Worst Children’s Books

I love classical music, but I don’t love ALL classical music. Some kinds of classical music–the pieces I think of as “circus music”–make me change the channel when it comes on the radio. I don’t love Sousa. I don’t love … Continue reading

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ALA 2013–Chicago!

ALA conferences have a particular arc to them. A couple of weeks beforehand, I am scrambling to get everything done so I can take some time out to immerse in professional development. I worry and worry, with a little fussing … Continue reading

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Celebrating Frog & Toad Day, May 22

Last year, I commented here that although I am a great admirer of Dr. Seuss, I’m a little tired of Dr. Seuss’s birthday being a big event every year. I suggested that maybe we could celebrate the birthday of another … Continue reading

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Reading rewards…for some

Many of my memories of being a mother to young boys are wonderful. Not all, mind you, but many. But someone recently posted on Facebook something that brought one of my least favorite memories back. Here’s what Paul Hankins wrote … Continue reading

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