“Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy” by Karen Foxlee
Karl submits “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson for the CYA Podcast Picture Book Canon. Have a favorite picture book you want to see in the PB Canon? Submit your own entry, find out how here, http://yalitlovers.oklibshare.org/picture-book-canon/.
We review “West of the Moon” by Margi Preus and various other books we’ve read and recommend.
A post of links to new and exciting Children and Young Adult books coming out in 2015 and one video that was a long time in coming…
John Green’s “Paper Towns” is due in theaters this summer. Green fans will be happy to know his first book and Printz winner, “Looking for Alaska” is currently filming, http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/28/entertainment/feat-looking-for-alaska-thr/
Check out Rainbow Book List Committee’s 2015 Rainbow List, http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/1161 I’m happy to see two debut Oklahoma authors, Arin Andrews (“Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen”), and Katie Rain Hill (“Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition”) make the list.
Books, Teens and Magazines has a two-part blog post on YA Books Around the World. Part one focuses on Europe: https://booksteensandmagazines.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/ya-books-around-the-world-part-1-europe/ and part two focuses on the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, https://booksteensandmagazines.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/ya-books-around-the-world-part-2-north-and-south-america-africa-asia-and-the-middle-east/
Epic Reads posted on the “Brief History of Young Adult Books” http://www.epicreads.com/blog/a-brief-history-of-young-adult-books/ and in 2013 so did CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/living/young-adult-fiction-evolution/
Huffington Post has a preview list of 2015 picture books to look forward to this year, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/minhle/2015-picture-book-preview_b_6675276.html?ir=Education&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000023
YA Author Malorie Blackman (“Noughts and Crosses “) is hosting an online teen book festival March 5th. Teens can go to Google Hangout, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to listen and talk to Rainbow Rowell (“Fangirl”, “Eleanor and Park”), Marcus Sedgwick (“The Ghosts of Heaven”), and E. Lockhart (“We Were Liars”), http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31530528
Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community is hosted their 3rd annual nonfiction picture book event. Even though the 2015 event has passed (it was February 19), you can still have your own. Suggested titles are listed on the blog post, http://reflectandrefine.blogspot.com/2015/02/nonfiction-picture-book-event-reading.html
Kelly Jensen over at Stacked has her list of 2015 YA book cover trends. Part 1: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2014/12/2015-ya-book-cover-trends-part-i.html and part two: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2014/12/2015-ya-book-cover-trends-part-ii.html
Get ready to repurchase Harry Potter. Jim Kay has illustrated the entire series with Sorcerer’s Stone to be release October 6. I think the new illustrations look fantastic, http://www.fastcompany.com/3040896/the-recommender/harry-potters-world-like-youve-never-seen-it-before-illustrated?partner=rss
It’s almost March Madness time. Get your readers ready by having these books available, http://www.slj.com/2015/02/collection-development/march-madness-great-books-about-basketball/#_
Huffington Post has 10 YA books they are most looking forward to reading this year, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/16/best-new-ya-books_n_6472920.html?ir=Books&utm_hp_ref=books
PBS NewsHour will host a Facebook Chat on the benefits of reading aloud on World Read Aloud Day March 4. Founding director of LitWorld Pam Allyn along with the national medical director of Reach Out and Read and vice president of Scholastic’s kids and parents websites Maggie McGuire will answer questions. The chat is set for this Wednesday, March 4, on Facebook, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST) on the PBS NewHour Facebook page, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/facebook-chat-world-read-aloud-day/
Last March Oklahoma librarians attended the Science Summer Reading Workshops. At the workshops attendees were split into groups and each made Lego animation videos. A year later, after a little trouble of format compatibility with Youtube and a very busy schedule the final compilation is available for viewing. So go watch what everyone did, http://youtu.be/cNYJsPD3qDw
I am currently reading Jewell Parker Rhodes new book “Bayou Magic.” Maddy, the youngest of five girls has her turn to spend with Grandmere in the swamps of Louisiana. Even though she’s scared of being away from home through her time with her grandmother and Bear, a fun-seeking new friend, Maddy learns about her family history, the land, and the people of the bayou. Recommended for upper elementary reader, http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/886381687 (PS You should have some Cajun food on hand, this book will make you hungry for jambalaya.)
Our favorite books that we read in 2014:
Karl – “Saga” volumes 1 – 3, “Anne of Green Gables”, “1492 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus”, “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children”, and “Mr. Penumber’s 24 Hour Book Store.”
Cathie Sue – “Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue”, “Game of Thrones series.”
Adrienne – “Great Greene Heist.”
What fictional world would do you wish you could live?
Karl – “Dark is Rising” by Susan Cooper
Cathie Sue – “Game of Thrones” the last chapter of the last book
Adrienne – “Harry Potter” by J. K. Rowling
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We are so much better than kissing a horse. Less whiskers. Our indi reviews.
Karl – “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann
Jenny – “Wild Things” by Clay Carmichael
Adrienne – Rory Gilmore’s reading list
The podcast groups was asked by retired librarian now current YA author Patrick Jones what we thought the next big thing will be for young adult literature. Well, we had a lot to say. Take a listen or watch the video. It’s all good stuff!