California Core

Contemplating the Common Core State Standards, California-style

I had a great time at the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California Spring Workshop last Saturday in South Pasadena. Kristin Fontichiaro and I each spoke about the Common Core State Standards, she offering a great perspective on the ways school and public librarians can support CCSS curriculums while I pondered what effects and implications […]

KidLit Election 2012: Democratic primary results are in!

Charlotte candidate

The Democratic party is honored to announce the 2012 election ticket: presidential nominee Charlotte A. Cavatica and running mate Octavian Nothing. Despite a valiant voter drive on the part of Mr. Nothing’s loyal supporters, Ms. Cavativa ultimately won the day with her focus on educational reform. Both Joey Pigza, running on a universal healthcare platform, and Heather, […]

KidLit Election 2012: Democratic primary polls OPEN NOW

KidLit 2012 Democratic candidates

  Our Democratic candidates Octavian Nothing, Joey Pigza, Charlotte A. Cavatica, and Heather have presented their presidential platforms for your consideration. Now it’s time to exercise your right to vote! The Democratic polls open now and close at noon tomorrow, Friday, September 7th. We invite you to campaign for your favorite candidate or nominate another […]

A message from Heather, Democratic presidential candidate

Heather candidate

Thank you. Yes, Mamas Jane and Kate are doing fine, still doctoring and hammering away at the SisterCrone Retirement Village, so you know I’m not about to let anything happen to Social Security anytime soon. I can count a lot higher than two now — heck, Troy and I have FOUR kids — and I […]

A message from Charlotte A. Cavatica, Democratic presidential candidate

Charlotte candidate

Salutations! With my long history of literacy outreach, it’s no surprise that I am a lover of words. A brighter future for our nation depends on a single, exceptional word: E-D-U-C-A-T-I-O-N.  We all have to pick up a living somehow. Human, pig, or spider, one finds it far easier to attain an occupation both fulfilling […]

A message from Joey Pigza, Democratic presidential candidate

Joey Pigza candidate

I’m not going to lie: being “wired” runs in my family. I always need to be active, so quick access to doctors and the right meds and Band-Aids is really important to keep me calm. My mom taught me to think about good things when I’m starting to get out of control, and there is […]

A message from Octavian Nothing, Democratic presidential candidate

Octavian Nothing candidate

Brethren and patriots of our vaunted nation: Having decimated the rampant scourge of smallpox and heaved off the yoke of Mother England (the term so used by myself in ironic jest, for not hardly could the warm constitution of motherhood be aptly applied to that monarchical State), I regret to affirm that we find ourselves […]

KidLit Election 2012: Republican primary results are in!

Jamie Kincaid candidate

The Republican party is honored to announce the 2012 election ticket: presidential nominee Jamie Kincaid and running mate Edward Cullen. The battle was hard-fought, with a certain avian write-in candidate flying very close to the top spot. And don’t count out Janie Gibbs for a run in 2016 — BOOM! Below, Mr. Kincaid and Mr. […]

KidLit Election 2012: Republican primary polls OPEN NOW

Republican candidates for president

Our Republican candidates Edward Cullen, Jamie Kincaid, and Janie Gibbs have presented their presidential platforms for your consideration. (A fourth candidate has withdrawn.) Now it’s time to make your voice heard! Voting on the Republican ballot opens now and closes at noon tomorrow, Friday, August 31st. We invite you to campaign for your favorite candidate […]

A message from Janie Gibbs, Republican presidential candidate

Janie Gibbs candidate

My presidential candidacy can be summed up in one word: boom! Most politicians are liars and, as my friend Harriet would say, finks, but I’m here to blow the lid off government by taking a hard line against parents, phonies, and forced participation in dance class. I’m a scientist, but not one of those do-gooder […]