Friday, October 31, 2014

Author Mac Barnett

Author Mac Barnett dropped by Watch. Connect. Read. to celebrate Halloween and picture books. We chatted about birds, Jen Corace, school libraries, and time travel. I wrote the words in orange, and he wrote the words in black. Thank you, Mac! I hope you're having a spooky Halloween! 



The book trailer for Telephone was made using unpaid child labor, in the form of adorable voice actors.

Mama Bird wants Peter to fly home for dinner in the book, but in general I think she probably wants him to study hard, to stay out of trouble, at least mostly (because she wants Peter to get into a little bit of trouble, the kind of trouble that teaches him who really he is), to go to a good college, if he wants to that is (but who is she kidding—she wants him to want to, she reads the news and she’s terrified that if Peter doesn’t get a degree he’ll be stuck in a job that doesn’t pay, although she knows Peter and deep down trusts that he could find his own way), to have his heart broken once, so that when he meets the right bird he’ll know how fragile and terrifying and wonderful love can be, and of course she wants him to meet that bird, the bird who will make him want to fly—not home, not for dinner, but to fly for the sake of flying, to fly because his heart is happy and the sky is wide and blue—you know, what any mother pigeon hopes for her son.




Jen Corace’s illustrations are bold and vivid, but still wonderfully detailed, so they can be enjoyed when the book’s at the front of the classroom or sitting on your lap.


The Echo Park Time Travel Mart is a real store I built in Los Angeles that sells robot toupees, dinosaur eggs, and other great holiday gifts, the purchase of which helps a nonprofit writing center pay the rent.

I think Halloween has a pretty compelling claim to Best Holiday.


School libraries go a long way to ensuring all kids can choose the books they want to read.

Picture books are a form, not a genre.


Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what I’m dressing up as this year.


Borrow Telephone from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

2014 Best Books Lists

Welcome to the time of year when Best Books lists start popping up left and right. In order to have all the lists in one place, I will update this blog entry with Best Books lists from October 31 until late January 2015. 

We kick off the BEST OF season with The New Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2014




Draw by Raúl Colón


Shackleton's Journey by William Grill 


Haiti My Country by Haitian Schoolchildren and Roge 


Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley 


Time for Bed , Fred by Yasmeen Ismail 


Here is the Baby by Polly Kanevsky; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo



Where's Mommy?  by Beverly Donofrio; illustrated by Barbara McClintock 


The Promise by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Laura Carlin 


The Baby Tree by Sophia Blackall 



The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis 

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Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual won the 2014 Kirkus Prize for Young People's Literature. 



(Updated on 10/31/14) 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Holdshelf Gallery: October 2014

I have a large group of students who visit the library almost every day to place books on hold and to check on the status of their holds. After they place a book on hold or pick up a special book that is waiting for them on the hold shelf, they often look at displays, have conversations with me, and find something they didn't know they needed. The hold shelf brings readers to the library. 


Let's take a look at what readers around the world are excited to read. 



 Mr. Travis Jonker's shelf 





My shelf 



Danielle Wing's shelf 


Dana Paulson's shelf 


Mrs. Burkemper's shelf 


Laura Given's shelf 


Chris Abbott's shelf 


Diane Brown's shelf 



Kathy Kaldenberg's shelf 


LeeAnn Miller's shelf 


Michelle Splat's shelf 



Jennifer Gordon's shelf 


Erica Bretall's shelf 


Jamie Little's shelf 


Mary Clare O'Grady's shelf 


WMJH's shelf 


Sandy Richards' shelf 


Carolyn Vibbert's shelf 


Tammy Langeberg's shelf 


Stacy Ford's shelf 


Coonley's shelf 


Lauren Newman's shelf 


Brooke King's shelf 


Elsa Prettol's shelf 


Marci Johnstone's shelf 


Carter Higgins' shelf 


Rebecca Wynkoop's shelf 


Erin the Librarian's shelf 


Matt Ostrowsky's shelf 


Abby Cooper's shelf 


CWE Media Center's shelf 


Amy Kline's shelf 


Cherity's shelf 


Lori Lieberman's shelf 




Franklin School's shelf 





Mary Clark's shelf 


Jen K's shelf 


Rio Community Library's shelf 


Gayle Rosengren's shelf 


Tonya Tjarks' shelf 


Paige Ysteboe's shelf 


Rena Citrin's shelf