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Sunday Select, August 16, 2015

FCLSSQuotes of the Week

What few people understand and some people don’t want to understand is that the chattel slavery inflicted on blacks in America was distinctly different from slavery in Africa, Russia, Ireland, Rome, Greece, or Egypt. The notion that a person and their descendants would be held in generational perpetuity without any hope of liberation was only featured in America… for hundreds of years, affecting millions of people. Slavery is America’s original sin. Many of our fellow citizens continue to suffer horrific injustice and inequality because we haven’t learned our history and we lack the moral courage to deal with what happened then and what is happening now.

— Laurie Halse Anderson (public facebook comment)

Authors must be allowed to focus on the topics and ideas that contain personal meanings, that they feel passionate about examining in their work, and that they can feel proud of creating.  Solely focusing on what an author hasn’t given readers can mean we risk missing an awful lot of what they have.

— Shelly McNerney
from In which I think about gender of authors and characters…

Authors and Reading Lists

A sampling of YA author Andrew Smith’s Facebook Profile Photos: with two new books out in 2015 (Alex Crow and Stand Off) Smith is not only hard at work keeping his YA novels weird (and they ARE weird, in the best way) but also making sure that Facebook remains equally weird.

How Brian Selznick Created a Delightful Book Trailer for ‘The Marvels’ by Jennifer Maloney — from Speakeasy, Wall Street Journal

How to (Re)Tell a Story in Pictures by Gareth Hinds — from TeachingBooks.net

M.T. Anderson: ‘Seeking Out the Truth’ for Teens — from Shelf Awareness

Italy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid translated into Latin — from BBC News from Elsewhere

Meet Marvel’s newest female superhero in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Andrea Towers — from Entertainment Weekly

SUMMER READING compiled by Crystal — from Rich In Color

The Best Feminist Books For Younger Readers by Brandi Bailey — From Book Riot

Looking for a Back-to-School Chapter Book Read Aloud? Don’t Miss These! by Daryl Grabarek — from School Library Journal

Important Perspectives

In which I think about gender of authors and characters… by Shelly McNerney — from macstackbooks.com

Kids’ Thoughts on Censorship (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 1) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature

Rewriting History: American Indians, Europeans, and an Oak Tree (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 3) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature

Allie’s Reflections (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 4) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature

Representations (and the Lack Thereof) of Race and Hair (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 2) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature

Monticello’s whitewashed version of history by Desiree H. Melton — from The Washington Post

Follow-up discussion on author Laurie Halse Anderson’s public facebook post regarding the above article.


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Sunday Selection, July 26th, 2015


Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights – from The New York Times

It’s Time to Get Real About Racial Diversity in Comics – from Wired

A Historic Week for the Fight to #EndMassIncarceration! But Will President Obama Play It Safe or Courageously? – from Huffington Post

Actor Jesse Williams Breaks Down Sandra Bland and Racist Hypocrisy in 24 Tweets – from ColorLines

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New Star Wars fictions, Chronicle Books and More

From June 26th to 29th, I enjoyed the many festivities at American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Here are some photos with captions (click on the first photo to see the slideshow with full captions!)

Star Wars retold for Middle Grade readers — from Disney Publishing Worldwide.  The four authors of the upcoming (and already published) books are: Tony DiTerlizzi, Alexandra Bracken, Adam Gidwitz, and Tom Angleberger.

Chronicle Books invited us to check out their amazingly beautiful, open, and creative work space!  I found out that there is an entire Industrial Design department, creating merchandise connected to the books they publish.  Too fun!

Of course, there were many other events, sessions, workshops that I didn’t take a lot of pictures of — The Coretta Scott King Awards Breakfast, the ALSC Preconference highlighting and celebrating this year’s Honored books (Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert, Geisel, Carnegie), Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet, and the ALSC Awards ceremony (Sibert, Geisel, Carnegie, Batchelder.)

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast: A Most Memorable Morning from ALA 2015, San Francisco

We always grumble about it being too early (7:00 a.m. on a Sunday during a long weekend of festivities and after a couple of really late night parties); we always know that once we get there, something magical will happen so all our sleepiness will be swept away: when the entire room sang Lift Every Voice and Sing together, when the morning invocation calls to attention of the importance of this award in our still trying time for African Americans, and when the award winners give their heart-felt, thought-provoking speeches.

This year felt like it was the BEST yet!  From Jason Reynold’s tribute to his mother and the power of community, to Kwame Alexander’s rousing spoken words; from Kekla Magoon’s insistence of telling the world the multi-faceted truths behind the single-angled reporting of the media, to Frank Morrison’s belief of encouraging all children to be who they truly are; from Marilyn Nelson’s quiet reminder of the power of words to Christian Robinson’s (and Patricia Hruby Powell) dancing like Josephine Baker!  And of course, to the dreaming and frustration and dreaming again by Jacqueline Woodson and Christopher Myers.

Jackie’s and Chris’ speeches in their printed form can be found on the Hornbook site.

Dream Keepers by Jackie and This untitled speech by Chris are must reads!  Don’t miss this moving tribute to Chris by John Steptoe (new talent winner): Giant (for Christopher Myers)

That entire breakfast was at once extremely somber and electrifying.  These talented African American authors and artists have joined a long line of creative souls who continue to inspire and inform young readers.  Bravo!

(Christian Robinson & Patricia Hruby Powell – illustrator/author duo for Josephine even danced for us.)

Another noteworthy honoree of the day is Deb Taylor (my fellow 2002 Newbery member,) of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore for her Distinguished Services over the years!  Here’s a picture of her giving her passionate speech —



and her talking to Marilyn Nelson, author of Carver: A Life in Poems, (2002 Newbery Honor book winner):


More pictures and reports of this past weekend at ALA can be found on the SLJ site.  And my own photo documentary of the weekend is forthcoming!




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Over There at SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books…

As one third of the Three-Headed-Battle-Commander, I’m now directing my and your attention toward this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, hosted annually by School Library Journal.

It is a way for us to highlight many outstanding titles from the previous year, be they award winners already or sleepers until now.  Read all sixteen books, follow the judges’ decisions, vote for the Undead, and make your opinions heard in the Comments!

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On a wet wintry night last week 12…

On a wet wintry night last week (12/10/2014,) I participated in a panel discussion where the question of how to bring more international YA literature into the American market was raised and pondered. Hosted by Words without Borders and NYPL and moderated by Marc Aronson. Other panelists are Arthur Levine, publisher of Arthur Levine Books/Scholastic, Padma Venkatraman, author of A Time to Dance, and Briony Everroad, guest editor for the Words without Borders December issue on International YA literature. This is a summary of the evening.

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BFYA 2015 Nominations – Final List

We did it!  Our Committee of 15 nominated 113 titles to be considered for Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2015.  You can find out what the titles are with short annotations on the official ALA/YALSA site.

Here’s a simplified list with just titles — Any surprises? Favorites? Comment away :)

Al Said, Adi Let’s Get Lost
Anderson, Jodi Lynn The Vanishing Season
Arnett, Mindee Avalon
Aronson, Marc One Death, Nine Stories
Bassoff, Leah & Laura DeLuca Lost Girl Found
Brezenoff, Steve Guy in Real Life
Caletti, Deb The Last Forever
DeWoskin, Rachel Blind
Fine, Sarah Of Metal and Wishes
Foley, Jessie Ann The Carnival at Bray
Fombelle, Timothee de Vango
Giles, Gail Girls Like Us
Gold, Jennifer Soldier Doll
Griffin, Bethany The Fall
Hosie, Donna The Devil’s Intern
Kiernan, Celine Into the Grey
King, A.S. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
Knudsen, Michelle Evil Librarian
LaMarche, Una Like No Other
Maas, Sarah Heir of Fire
Magoon, Kekla How It Went Down
Mathieu, Jennifer The Truth About Alice
McGovern, Cammie Say What You Will
Mesrobian, Carrie Perfectly Good White Boy
Miller, Lauren Free to Fall
Moracho, Cristina Althea & Oliver
Nix, Garth Clariel
Parker, Natalie C. Beware the Wild
Parsons, Mark Huntley Road Rash
Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception
Polonsky, Ami Gracefully Grayson
Ritter, William Jackaby
Smith, Andrew 100 Sideways Miles
Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me
Spears, Kat Sway
Stiefvater, Maggie Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Talkington, Amy Liv, Forever
Tregay, Sarah Fan Art
Walrath, Dana Like Water on Stone
Zarr, Sara Roomies
Aslan, Austin The Islands at the End of the World
Fredericks, Mariah Season of the Witch
Kizer, Amber Pieces of Me
Phillips, LInda Vigen Crazy
Schrefer, Eliot Threatened
Smith, Sherwood & Brown, Rachel Manija Stranger
Tintera, Amy Rebel
Willey, Margaret Beetle Boy
Alexander, Kwame The Crossover
Almond, David The True Tale of Monster Billy Dean
Anderson, Laurie Halse The Impossible Knife of Memory
Armentrout, Jennifer Don’t Look Back
Bedford, Martyn Never Ending
Blankman, Anne Prisoner of Night and Fog
Brown, Jennifer Torn Away
Brown, Skila Caminar
Burgess, Melvin The Hit
Carleson, J.C. The Tyrant’s Daughter
Colbert, Brandy Pointe
Combs, Sarah Breakfast Served Anytime
Dellaira, Ava Love Letters to the Dead
Giles, Lamar Fake ID
Graudin, Ryan The Walled City
Green, Sally Half Bad
Griffin, Adele The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
Han, Jenny To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Hattemer, Kate The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
Herbach, Geoff Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders
Howe, Katherine Conversion
Hubbard, Jenny And We Stay
Johnston, E.K. The Story of Owen: Dragonslayer of Troneheim
Kephart, Beth Going Over
Kiely, Brendan The Gospel of Winter
Kuehn, Stephanie Complicit
Kulper, Kendall Salt & Storm
LaCour, Nina Everything Leads to You
LaFevers, Robin Mortal Heart
Lloyd-Jones, Emily Illusive
Lockhart, e. We Were Liars
Lu, Marie The Young Elites
Maciel, Amanda Tease
Maguire, Gregory Egg & Spoon
Nelson, Jandy I’ll Give You the Sun
Neri, G Knockout Games
Oliver, Lauren Panic
Paige, Danielle Dorothy Must Die
Philbrick, Rodman Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
Pratt, Non Trouble
Quintero, Isabel Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
Reinhardt, Dana We Are the Goldens
Reynolds, Jason When I Was the Greatest
Rutkoski, Marie The Winner’s Curse
Sedgwick, Marcus She Is Not Invisible
Sharpe, Tess Far From You
Shepherd, Megan Her Dark Curiosity
Shinoda, Anna Learning Not to Drown
Smith, Andrew Grasshopper Jungle
Smith, Lindsay Sekret
Strasser, Todd No Place
Taylor, Laini Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Templeman, McCormick The Glass Casket
Tripp, Ben The Accidental Highwayman
Venkatraman, Padma A Time to Dance
Vlahos, Len The Scar Boys
Waller, Sharon Biggs A Mad, Wicked Folly
Walton, Leslye The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Westerfeld, Scott Afterworlds
Whaley, John Corey Noggin
White, Kiersten & Jim Di Bartolo In the Shadows
Wiles, Deborah Revolution
Wolitzer, Meg Belzhar
Wood, Fiona Wildlife
Winters, Cat The Cure for Dreaming

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