PB Canon: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson

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/.

Books, Books, and More Books

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/

Video
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

Reading
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.)

A Good Lie and Getting Caught: Indi Review

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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.”

Nothing Is Impossible: Indi Reviews

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In which we did nothing so that we could be impossible. Our indi reviews.

Karl – “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children” by Kristin Cronn-Mills
Jenny – “Get the Scoop on Animal Poop” by Dawn Cusick
Adrienne – Maze Runner movie review
Emma – “Shh! We Have a Plan” by Chris Haughton

Kiss the Horse: Indi Reviews

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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

Like Art: Indi Reviews

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Beauty, of course is in the eye of the beholder, and so are our Indi Reviews.

Karl – “Saga: Chapter One” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Cathie Sue – “Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!” by Richard Scarry
Jenny – “It Can’t Be True” publisher D.K. Publishing
Adrienne – Book Riot (website)