Picture Book Review: Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

I’m a sucker for cute covers.  I mean, who isn’t?  It doesn’t matter if it’s a six year old kindergartener walking among the stacks in my library or if it’s a forty-four year old man (me!) walking through Barnes and Noble, readers are drawn to books initially due to the cover art.  I have a…

Picture Book Review: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Every six months or so I find a book to share with my students in every grade level, from the littlest kindergarteners to the biggest fifth graders.  It has to be a funny book with compelling characters, each with a unique voice.  A few months ago I came across The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors…

Kwame Alexander: The Voice of a Generation

My first encounter with Kwame Alexander was through his book Crossover.  When a title wins several awards including the Coretta Scott King Award and the Newberry Award I felt the need to pay attention.  I expected to find a novel about teenage angst set in a high school whose identity fit within the lined border of…

Three Awesome STEM Picture Books to Inspire Young Minds

I have grown to adore picture books over the last three years.  Not only do they give us beautiful, compact stories, they also put thoughtful works of art in the hands of children.  Except for science fiction works, it’s difficult to find books that fit the increasing emphasis of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and…

Picture Book Review: The Night Gardner by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

The beauty of picture book is that not only do you have a great story in your hands you also have a work of art.  Sometimes the art outshines the story while other times the pictures dwell in the shadows of an outstanding narrative.  The trick to long-lasting picture books that become permanent parts of…

Why Diversity Matters

A few months ago one of my kids came into the library asking me for books on basketball.  I led her to the 700s and showed her the books we had, paying particular attention to the new NBA set we bought last spring.  The young lady said, “No, that’s not it.  I want a book…

World Read Aloud Day- February 16, 2017

Read alouds are my absolute favorite.  Ask any of my kids what they love to do most in the media center and I guarantee you they’ll say it is listening to me read aloud.  I promise I’m not tooting my own horn.  All of us have strengths we bring to the table no matter our…

Finding Your Passion: The Genius of Peter and Paul Reynolds

We’ve all heard of books we think of as classics even if we’ve never read them.  Books like Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, and The  House of the Seven Gables come to mind. I consider myself a well-read person (I’m a librarian, after all!) but it is simply beyond my capacity to read EVERYTHING.  The Dot was…