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Gender in the Stories We Tell Our Children

In early 2012 my kids were babies and we were just beginning to read books to them. I quickly realized two things about the random selection of books we had that matter a lot to our family: 1) A lot of the books we came across weren’t that good, and in fact had characters I didn’t want my kids exposed to; and 2) Almost all the best ones were about a white boy (or animal). 839 more words


From the Editor's Desk: Deleted Scenes, Bonus Material, and The Right Word

I’m frequently astounded and delighted by the wide range of information and subjects that cross my desk. On any given day I might find myself researching Turkish folktales, oriole migration, or medieval bookmaking. 1,030 more words

Picture Book

In the Studio with Melissa Sweet and Jen Bryant

In the aftermath of The Right Word‘s selection for the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, author Jen Bryant and illustrator Melissa Sweet both filmed short video interviews allowing readers a rare glimpse into their respective studios — and a behind-the-scenes look at the creativity and hard work they each poured into their Caldecott Honor–winning picture-book biography of Peter Mark Roget. 8 more words


This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

This book got a ton of buzz because it received a Printz honor and a Caldecott honor. Say what? a young adult award and a picture book award? 195 more words

YA Fiction

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Simms Taback

I first ran across this wonderful book while observing a fellow music teacher who read/sang it to her class of five-year-old boys during a lesson on improvisation. 148 more words


More 2015 Caldecott: The Noisy Paint Box

Who doesn’t love color? Who doesn’t love beautiful illustrations? Who doesn’t like learning new things? Well those three things are the ingredients of The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary Gradpre. 228 more words

Bedtime Stories

More 2015 Caldecott: The Right Word- Roget and his Thesaurus

I have been reviewing quite a few of the Youth Media ALA awards.  There are a few that really stand out to me.  I really enjoyed  195 more words

ALA Youth Media Awards