What about BoB?, 2014 edition

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The Battle Commanders have announced the contenders for SLJ’s Battle of the Books, which will itself commence–when? March-ish? It’s a good list, and brave, I think, of the Commanders to make their selections before the ALA awards show up to toss egg in everyone’s faces. While I have no plans to repeat my running commentary […]

Happy New Year!

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Test-driving my new iPad mini (thank you Santa-Richard) while vacationing in Provincetowm–reading (Daniel Silva), eating (Chex mix) and shopping (thrilled to find a used CD of Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk about Love, which I’ll be inflicting on my reviewing class at Simmons in a few weeks). Also scrambling to get my reviews written–if I can’t […]

We like sheep

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Tomorrow I’ll be participating in my first  (and thus best, I suppose) Christmas pageant ever, with what seems to be a pretty Jesusy group of Unitarians. (They have a cross behind what passes for the altar, but a Mogen David hangs in the front.) My childhood Catholic church had a manger scene on the lawn in […]

Do you wear what you read?

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Since seeing Catching Fire (twice), I’ve taken to wearing my hair in a “Katniss braid”… and judging from the vast number of Katniss hair and makeup tutorials on the web, I’m not the only one who’s copped her style. Heck, even President Snow’s granddaughter and her classmates are rocking Katniss’s recognizable hairdo. Stealing style from […]

Who are you wearing?

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Oh, I HATE costume parties. It’s enough trouble to get dressed, never mind dressed UP, never mind dressed up AS SOMEBODY ELSE. Be that as it may, ALSC is apparently asking attendees to this year’s Newbery-Caldecott banquet to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal in their sartorial choices for the evening. Since I’ve […]

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!

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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

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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

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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 […]