Good morning! I’d like to begin today by thanking the good people of Foundation 65 for allowing me to moderate a panel discussion last night with Duncan Tonatiuh, Grace Lin, Matt de la Pena, Janice Harrington, and Steve Sheinkin. Foundation 65 has created this cool program where these authors are visiting every single child in the Evanston, IL public school system this week. I helped kick it off, which was lovely. In this image you’ll see me in a rare moment of not lolling all over the podium (there was no seat high enough for me to sit on, and my heels were killing me).
Travis just offered a fascinating look at the recently released Follett statistics of what children around the country are checking out. It’s simultaneously unsurprising and disheartening. If you’re into that feeling, check the list out here.
Gotta hand it to Bookriot. When they came up with a list of 9 Kids Books That Should Be In Print, they did their due diligence. No mention of Hey, Pizza Man, but otherwise impeccable. I have a copy of Trouble for Trumpets of my very own, so I can attest to its awesomeness, and The Church Mouse should definitely find a new audience. Well written, Danika Ellis.
Two Harold and the Purple Crayon related posts appeared around the same time last week. The first was from The Ugly Volvo (a.k.a. my replacement for The Toast) called Harold’s Mother and the Purple Crayon. The other was Phil Nel’s piece How to Read Harold in which he reveals the possible subject of his next book. There are also some pretty keen links at the end. Go to it!
This one’s neat. Middle school teachers Julie Sternberg and Marcie Colleen have collected short audio clips in which storytellers share memories from their childhood. They write,
“For each memory, we propose writing prompts for students as well as questions for classroom discussion. Topics range from moments when storytellers have experienced bullying or been bullies themselves; to the first time they remember doing something they knew to be wrong; to difficulties in their home lives; to the effects of keeping secrets. We hope each story helps kids think through issues that can be difficult to address but impossible to avoid.”
The site is called Play Me a Memory and contributors include everyone from Sarah Weeks and Kat Yeh to Michael Buckley and Matthew Cordell. If you’re looking for writing prompts to share with kids, this site may prove inspirational.
This is neat:
It’s like fanart for a really recent picture book. Cool stuff, Migy.
I know Dana Sheridan says that artist Aliisa Lee’s illustrations of classic folktale characters are “manga characters”, but I think the adaptations go a bit further. These creations look particularly Pokemon-esque. I could see me capturing one in a public space. Couldn’t you?
Now for a double shot of espresso/adorableness:
Thanks to Marjorie Ingall for the link.
I outsource some of my knowledge of children’s literature to those better suited than I. For example, if you were to ask me what the best Christian books series out there might be, I’d probably hem and haw and then excuse myself to the ladies room where I would attempt to climb out the window. Author/illustrator Aaron Zenz, however, knows his stuff. Recently he said that the best series is Adam Raccoon and that the books are now officially back-in-print. FYI, Christian reader type folks!
Just the loveliest piece was written recently at the Horn Book by Sergio Ruzzier about his time looking at the work of Arnold Lobel and James Marshall at the Kerlan Collection. And though I might take issue with the idea that Marshall’s humans were less charming than his animals, the piece is an utterly fascinating look at the process of the two men.
And for our last image of the day, we turn once again to good old upcoming Halloween:
Reminds me of the time I went to the Dan Quayle Museum and saw the Fabergé Egg that showed him being sworn in as VP (<— all that I just said is true). Thanks to Marci for the link.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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