TBR Pile: July 2017

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Image credit: The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion, 2017).

It feels like it has been ages since I’ve posted one of these roundups. I’ll admit I didn’t spend as much time at ALA previewing titles as I did attending sessions. And I’ve been really distracted by the recent news that a new Maurice Sendak picture book was discovered and will be released next year. Fall 2018 can’t come soon enough… So, tell me, what are YOU excited about this month?

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TBR Pile: May 2017

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Image credit: Green Green by Marie & Baldev Lamba, ill. Sonia Sánchez (FSG, 2017).

Hooray for May! Apparently it’s a big month for Mo Willems—new board book, new collection, new “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading” book. But Jerry Pinkney is also back with a retelling of one of my absolute favorite fairytales. And then there are all of these other exciting new titles! Who needs pretty flowers when there are all these pretty new books to smell? (I can think of one or two that might even get eaten…)

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Promoting Diversity & Equity Through Children’s Literature

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Image credit: Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illus. Lauren Tobia (Candlewick, 2015).

I co-facilitated a training last Saturday called “Promoting Diversity and Equity Through Children’s Literature.” Representatives from Child Care Resource Network, SMART, and SOESD Early Childhood Services (where I was stationed as an AmeriCorps volunteer 2015-2016) developed this training last June. This was our second time presenting it in Medford, OR. I can’t share everything we talked about, but I’m happy to share my part—which mostly consisted of booktalking some of my favorite diverse reads for the 0-6 audience.

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TBR Pile: Apr 2017

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Image credit: Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, ill. Laura McGee Kvasnosky & Kate Harvey McGee (Candlewick, 2017).

It’s April Fools! But this isn’t a joke, folks. I actually met my own deadline this time. Here are the April releases I just can’t wait to get my hands on… when I have time for free reading, that is. Eventually, I’d love to post reviews of these books. We’ll see what the future holds. Yip-yip a dibby, dibby do-wop a dooooooooo!

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