Monday, February 23, 2015

HVLA Winter Meeting

Good Morning Everyone! This is a reminder that this Thursday, February 26th, 2015 is our HVLA Winter Meeting at:

Williamsburg Northside School
299 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This meeting will be from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. 

We will be running roundtable discussions on LGBT Youth in the Library by division.

We are also collecting a list of gender and sexuality titles for each division prior to the meeting.
You can share titles using this Google Form.

There will be a social hour immediately following our meeting at Biblio Brooklyn at 149 North 6th Street.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"The Danger of a Single Story" Young Adult Style

This is perhaps already familiar to some but I recently found a blog called A Year of Reading the World. I cannot recall how I stumbled upon this but I found it very interesting. In turn, I also watched a TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called The Danger of a Single Story from TEDglobal 2009.

I love reading books from various places because I believe this helps us become more well rounded, empathetic individuals who aren’t caught up by stereotypes or media representations. This also got me thinking about YA books. I read a lot of YA both because I enjoy it and because it is a necessary part of being a middle & upper school librarian. I make sure to include books from various and diverse perspectives trying to hit all major identifiers but at the same time how many books do I purchase that are actually from other countries by authors from these countries?

Yes, I have books depicting Asian American characters and books with African American characters. I also have books originally published from the UK, Canada, and Australia. How many books do I have originally published from Kenya or from Laos? How many of these books are written by Kenyan or Laotian authors? How many contemporary books for young adult populations are published from these places? Clearly the United States publishes quite a bit, especially with the recent surge in films based on Young Adult novels but does the rest of the world follow suit? Perhaps they do but because I mostly read reviews from North American magazines and blogs have I developed a Eurocentric or North-Amerocentric (is this a thing?) view of young adult literature? Obviously, teens can read international fiction marketed to adult populations but is that the same thing?

I will note though that since 2006 USBBY has provided an Annual Outstanding International Book list which has great international reads for all ages. It is definitely a good starting point and we are mindful of including these texts in our collection.

Well what are your thoughts? Do you think it is important to include young adult perspectives from around the world? Is it sufficient to include literature about being Asian American, Latin American, etc? Is it sufficient to provide adult titles with YA appeal? Would our students be interested in YA books published and written elsewhere? Would our faculty members?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Upcoming Literary Events in NYC

Catch the 5th Wave! An Evening with Rick Yancey at Books of Wonder
Tuesday, February 10th, 6pm-8pm

Unconventional Teen Romance at Books of Wonder
Thursday, February 12th, 6pm-8pm
Authors include:
Heather Demetrios - I’ll Meet you There
Jasmine Warga - My Heart and Other Black Holes
Corey Ann Haydu - Life by Committee
Christina Moracho - Althea & Oliver
Sarah McCarry - Dirty Wings

Launch Event for the History Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes at Books of Wonder
Tuesday, February 17th, 6pm-8pm

Launch Party for Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zach Ohora at Books of Wonder
Saturday, February 21st, 1pm-3pm

February Book Bonanaza 2 at Books of Wonder
Sunday, February 22nd, 1pm-3pm
Stephen Savage
Charise Mericle Harper
Julia Sarcone-Roach
Robyn Ng
Betsy Lewin

Down the Rabbit Hole and Beyond: Four Children’s Classics Revisited with Leonard S. Marcus at the 92nd Street Y
Wednesdays from February 11th - March 25th, 6:30pm-8:30pm ($400 registration)
Includes: Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan & The Secret Garden

A Celebration of Walter Dean Myers at Symphony Space
Sunday, March 8th, 5pm- 7pm
RSVP is required and can be found Here

YA Lit at the 92nd Street Y
New Twists on Old Fairytales
Tuesday, March 31, 7:30pm ($22)
Danielle Paige - Dorothy Must Die
Soman Chainani - The School for Good and Evil Series
Sara Benincasa - Agorafabulous!

Christopher Healy - The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw

How Shakespeare Works: A Free Night Course at Cooper Union: Great Hall
6:00pm Every Monday until May 11th
More information can be found here

Monday, February 2, 2015

Youth Media Awards!

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Youth Media Awards! This is one of the best days of the year! I was having a particularly unpleasant morning so it was nice to have this to look forward to.  I’m sure many of you who could watch watched or tried to stay updated. I watched until 9:30 when I had a class, alas. I am very excited about all the winners though I have to admit there were some surprises. This One Summer is a beautiful book but also a surprising Caldecott Honor. I found it interesting that there were only two Newbery honor books. Was personally hoping "The Night Gardener" would win an honor. It was Packer's 4th &5th Grade Mock Newbery favorite. I did however love that “I’ll Give You The Sun” won the Printz. It was one of my favorites. Anyway, for those who want an update in one place here they are! Feel free to leave any comments on your thoughts or add the awards I left out. I don’t have everything up but if you want it all you can find it here as well.

Alex Awards

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine
Confessions by Kanae Minato Translated by Stephen Snyder
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Schneider Family Book Awards

Best Young Childrens’s Book: A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz; Illustrated by Catia Chien
Best Middle Grades Book: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Best Teen Book: Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Stonewall Book Award
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Written & Illustrated by Susan Kuklin
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchio, Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Deborah D. Taylor

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Christian Robinson: Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell,
Frank Morrison for: Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown

Christopher Myers: Firebird by Misty Copeland

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

William C. Morris Award
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Randolph Caldecott Medal
Nana in the City illustrated by Lauren Castillo, written by Lauren Castillo
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPr√©, written by Barb Rosenstock
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

John Newbery Medal
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Michael L. Printz Award
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson