By Tara Dairman
Moving 1,000 miles was not the way I anticipated kicking off 2017, but hey, not much about the last year has been predictable. So when my husband received a new job offer in January, we found ourselves relocating from Colorado to Austin, Texas, in a few short weeks.
Austin has a well-established kidlit community, and I was lucky to have a few friends here already. But still,
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By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Jenn Bishop is the first-time author of The Distance To Home (Knopf, 2016). From the promotional copy:
Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.
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KS William Allen White Award winner Chris Grabenstein with 6-8 graders
By Gayleen Rabakukk
In updating the Awards for Children’s and YA Literature By State for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s author website, I discovered several programs and librarians taking unique or creative approaches to build interest in the books.
Here’s a closer look at a few of those programs:
Emporia State University hosts a Read-In and Sleepover for students to meet the winners of the William Allen White Award (named in honor of the Kansas newspaper editor whose autobiography won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947.)
About 80 students meet the winning authors,
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By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Shari Schwarz is the first-time author of Treasure at Lure Lake
(Cedar Fort, 2016). From the promotional copy:
An epic adventure—that’s all Bryce wants this summer.
So when he stumbles upon a treasure map connected to an old family secret, Bryce is determined to follow the map, even if it means risking his life and lying to his grandpa while they’re on their wilderness backpacking trip.
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By Amy Bearce
One thing I learned while earning my Masters of Library Science and my school librarian certificate is that if you try to censor a book, librarians will Take. You. Down.
“Don’t make me get my gloves out.” (Boxing Glove by Janusz Gawron via freeimages.com.)
Censorship and First Amendment rights are hot-button issues for librarians. Prior to my degree, I had no idea,
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