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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Nation-wide Twitter Chat about Summer Library Programs THURSDAY

Here's one way to get a sense of all the great things that the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) provides to their members--you can check out this Twitter chat whether you are a member of ALSC or not, and whether or not you even have a Twitter account!

Join ALSC members and anyone interested in participating in a monthly Twitter chat. On Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8pm CST (that's us), ALSC will be hosting a one-hour chat on the topic of summer reading. You can follow the chat by using the hashtag #alscchat. The event will be moderated by the ALSC Children & Technology Committee. This event is free and open to anyone including those without a Twitter account. You can follow along at: https://twitter.com/search?q=alscchat  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Why Children's Books Matter

Some fun stuff out there recently about kids' books!

Here's a recent article at the Atlantic website about an exhibit at the New York Public Library, curated by Leonard Marcus, a children's book historian.  It makes me want to go to New York City!  The display is called "The ABC of It:  Why Children's Books Matter," and it includes first editions of some classic titles, discussion of the evolution of children's literature, and more (including the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals--we're not talking Disney, here!)

Then, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, the folks at Teaching Books created a 6-minute video montage of words of winning artists, in-studio interviews with Kevin Henkes, Leo and Dianne Dillon, and David Weisner, and first-edition covers of all the winning titles.  It is a lovely tribute for those of us who GEEK CHILDREN'S LITERATURE!