This has been a tough few weeks for the world. Racially motivated crimes are in the news constantly. It’s difficult to wrap my mind around the hate exhibited, and impossible to fully understand the experience of people of colour (POC) in these times. These past couple weeks I’ve sought out stories that involve racial discrimination… Read More Why I read YA and Middle Grade fiction written by Women of Colour
I’ve decided to rebrand my all ages evening storytimes into themed party events. We still do the same things: songs, 2 – 3 picture books, 1 or 2 crafts, and freeze dance. But because of the engaging themes and party atmosphere, we get a much larger crowd. I had over 70 people at the Unicorn… Read More Unicorn Magic Party
I have been on a roll lately with YA Lit! Since I order all the books for the children’s and teen sections, I’m always looking forward to the next great thing, and this month I found a bunch. Check these out if you love YA, and be ready to talk about them if you work… Read More What I Loved #19 New YA edition: Caraval, The Thousandth Floor, Queens of Geek, The One Memory of Flora Banks, Holding Up the Universe
Last year I ran the popular Blind Date with a Book display at the Forest Heights branch of Kitchener Public Library. I created a mixture of adult, teen, and children’s books, and found that they all flew off the shelves! I’ve enjoyed looking through other librarian’s interpretations of Blind Date with a Book on ALA… Read More Blind Date With a Book Library Display- Round Two!
Not since Harry Potter have I devoured a book like this. The writing – fantastic. The plot – even more fantastic. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is a dark comedy, twisty mystery, and modern mythology, rolled up into one magnificent debut novel. Twelve orphaned children are adopted by a man with supernatural abilities named… Read More Favourite Book of 2015: The Library at Mount Char
There are a lot of amazing storytime resources out there for librarians, teachers, and parents. Storyline Online, presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, is a phenomenal place to find celebrities reading picture books (who wouldn’t want to listen to Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog?). The International Children’s Digital Library is a great… Read More Picture Book Reader’s Advisory
If you liked Neil Gaiman’s adult fantasy novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, you might like this annotated booklist of similar adult fables. The Ocean at the End of the Lane Read-A-Likes Neil Gaiman’s most recent adult novel opens as a disgruntled middle aged man returns to his childhood home for a funeral.… Read More Read-a-likes: Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane