November Round Up
A new little feature… the monthly round up of original reviews in case you missed any of the books I’ve featured and wanted to check them out. My favorites this month were Eight Days and Silent Music. Eight Days (2010) by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Alix Delinois. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad (2008) by James Rumford. I’m Adopted! (2011) by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M....
'Hugo' author's latest leaves readers... →
thefoxwood: Interesting little interview with Brian Selznick.
Our entire society is based on discontent. People wanting more and more and...– Tana French, The Likeness (via cultureofresistance)
Library Journal: From the Digital Shift, Penguin... →
libraryjournal: From the Digital Shift, Penguin Group USA to No Longer Allow Library Lending of New Ebook Titles: The number of ebooks available for libraries to loan has just shrunk as Penguin Group USA has decided, for now, to no longer make digital editions of new titles available for library lending. …
Californians willing to pay higher taxes for... →
latimes: Even in tough economic times, 64% in a USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll say they would shell out more for taxes to boost public-school funding. brooklynmutt: A strong majority of California voters is willing to pay higher taxes to boost funding for public schools even in a grim economy, a new poll has found. After three years of budget cuts that have battered schools with extensive...
A good night’s sleep helps you perform well in school, and so if you’re a...– Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy (via literarynerd)
Multiracial Teens Launch A 'Latte Rebellion' →
The Latte Rebellion author, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, interviewed at npr.org. “You’re half Chinese and half European, I’m half Indian, a quarter Mexican and a quarter Irish. We’re mixed up. We’re not really one or the other ethnically. We’re like human lattes.” So explains Asha, the main character in Sarah Jamila Stevenson’s debut novel, The Latte...
I love my work very much, it means everything to me. I would like to see a time...– Maurice Sendak (via libraryland)
Little Lions: Book Recommendations for the Younger... →
nypl: Little Lions is the name of our new column over at Mommy Poppins. Each month, a different children’s librarian will recommend books for the younger crowd. Since Mommy Poppins spent a bit of time exploring Manhattan’s Chinatown this month, Stephanie Whelan of nearby Seward Park Library recommended some Chinese culture-themed books. As Mommy Poppins says of our children’s librarians,...
Interview with Edwidge Danticat at Scholastic News →
Great interview about Eight Days by student-journalist, Albert Ordonez. Even Danticat’s young daughter makes a brief appearance.
"Why the U.S. Needs to Learn More Science" from... →
And why we need more excellent books for kids that explore science and spark scientific curiosity.
Self-censorship. It’s a dirty secret that no one in the profession wants to talk...– From the 2009 School Library Journal article “Self-censorship is rampant and lethal.” (via libraryjournal)
Around the World in 80 Books →
arlingtonvalib: Young Adult Books > International titles >
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your...– Physicist Lawrence Krauss (via desmonddb)
James Rumford on creating Silent Music: A Story of...
From jamesrumford.com Acceptance speech for Jane Addams award. Aloha to you all. I am sorry I cannot be here today, but I want to thank you for honoring my book about peace, here in this place next to the United Nations. In 2003, amidst all the talk of war, I wanted to write about Iraq. I wanted to talk about something positive about its culture. Gradually, an idea began to take shape: I...
I refuse to lie to children. I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence.– Maurice Sendak. This interview with Maurice Sendak, a beloved fixture of my childhood, is really a wonderful read. (via morerobots)
Asian Americans most bullied in US schools: study →
wthellokitty: WASHINGTON — Asian Americans endure far more bullying at US schools than members of other ethnic groups, with teenagers of the community three times as likely to face taunts on the Internet, new data shows. Policymakers see a range of reasons for the harassment, including language barriers faced by some Asian American students and a spike in racial abuse following the September...