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…

Graphic Novel Review: Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross

Superheroes are ubiquitous in our world.  Walk down the toy aisle of Target or Walmart and you’ll see a cornucopia of meta-human action figures and baubles of every imaginable type.  Disney’s purchase of the Marvel catalog of characters and its release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe reestablished the comic book world for a new generation…

Beyond the Book: The Life and Lies of Laura Ingalls Wilder

My family’s love affair with Laura Ingalls Wilder runs deep.  Not only did my mother read the series as a school girl in the 1950s, she also read them to me in the mid 1970s.  The production of the Little House on the Prairie television series sent us into a frizzy.  Shoot, I was even…

The Peril of School Librarians in the Age of “Fake News”

It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the political creep into our personal and professional lives.  When I became an elementary librarian, I thought I could avoid politically sensitive topics because most of those issues are not age appropriate for my little folks.  To be clear, I never bring up politically sensitive topics in my…

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…