Friday, June 1, 2012

June is Audiobook Month! Listen free..

2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week from Listening Library 

Listening Library is proud to team up with AudioFile Magazine to support SYNC. Beginning this month, SYNC offers FREE audiobook downloads of Young Adult audiobooks and Summer Reading Classics!

Watch for Listening Library's IRISES by Francisco X. Stork available June 21 – June 27 and THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud available June 28 – July 4.

To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit www.AudiobookSync. or text syncya to 25827.

NPR Books Confesses Love for Teen Reads




May 30, 2012; Washington, D.C. – A good novel doesnt just transcend the boundaries of its target market – it knows nothing about target markets. NPR Books takes this to heart with the launch of its annual Summer Books package, focusing this year’s theme on the coming-of-age stories that open our eyes to a world beyond childhood and stick for a lifetime. NPR Books will spotlight Young Adult literature with a new series and its annual listeners’ poll in addition to round-ups of critics’ picks and exclusive excerpts from this season’s most anticipated reads.

The centerpiece of Summer Books is “PG-13: Risky Reads,” a new series exploring the ageless themes and no-holds barred style that makes the Young Adult genre eternally inspiring. In first-person submissions, acclaimed authors including Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper), Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone), Lois Lowry (The Giver) and Jesmyn Ward (2011 National Book Award for Fiction, Salvage the Bones) remember the books they may have read before they were quite ready – a child peeking into the world of adults. The series began on All Things Considered with the nightmarish nail-bitter I Am the Cheese, which made a then-12-year-old Ben Marcus worry. Listeners can also visit the This Is NPR blog to read similar narratives submitted by NPR staff. Local stations and broadcast times are available at

In June, NPR Books will begin compiling readers’ nominations for the best YA literature of all time. Listeners can vote for their favorite formative novel and find further inspiration at The Top 100 list will be released in August.

Summer Books 2012 will again offer its extremely popular package of themed critics’ lists compiled by NPR favorites such as Susan Stamberg, Lynn Neary and Maureen Corrigan, as well as acclaimed literary names like romance author Eloisa James (Pleasures trilogy) and novelist Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles). Other notable compilations include critic Heller McAlpin’s list of “Seriously Funny” reads to distract that fidgety beach buddy, NPR bookworm Nancy Pearl’s “Under the Radar” list of inconspicuous gems, and librarian Lee Butler’s summer reading assignments for those avid YA fans. These recommendations – for literary fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, humor and more – will make even avid NPR listeners turn down the radio and pick up a book. Listeners can also find exclusive text and audio excerpts from some of this year’s best reads at

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Last month, I signed up for the Marine Corp Marathon and I've started training. Everyday as I run through my neighborhood, this little bunny runs across my path. At first, I thought it was a fluke, since I live in a large subdivision with lots of concrete. But, each day, this little guy is still there, so now I look forward to seeing him. Today, I took my phone and snapped his picture. Cute, huh?

A couple of months ago I posted my thoughts on SHARE: the guilt that comes with feeling that you Should Have Already Read Everything.

One of the big ways I find time to read is auidobooks. I am a big fan of audiobooks for lots of reasons.
  • First, they are excellently performed. Have you listened to an auidobook for children/YA lately? I just finished listening to Rotters, written by Daniel Kraus and performed by Kirby Heyborne, which won the 2012 Odyssey Award and is brilliant! Last year, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex and performed by Bahni Turpin won the award and it, too, was brilliant. Some are performed by movie stars such as the Curse Workers series performed by Jesse Eisenberg and others are performed by the author such as Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
  • Audiobooks often include an interview with the author at the end. This is a special treat! John Green discussed his writing process in an interview at the end of The Fault in Our Stars and Libba Bray, who also performed Beauty Queens (which is amazing!) discusses her thoughts on the concept of beauty in our society.
  • Audiobooks are portable. I have an audiobook in my car, on my phone and on my iPod at all times. I have a two hour round trip drive to and from the university. It's not something most people would look forward to --- unless, you're listening to a fantastic book and you can't wait to get in the car to hear more! I listen on long car trips and on vacation, too. But, I also listen when I'm gong to the grocery store or other places not so far from home. Twenty minutes here and fifteen minutes there adds up and before I know it, I've finished a book. I also listen to audiobooks on my iPod when I run. I know that for some people, it would be hard to concentrate while sucking air and sweating profusely, but it doesn't bother me at all. However, I have been known to have tears running down my face or to burst out laughing as I'm running, too.
  • Audiobooks are abundant and accessible. There are a lot of children's and YA books available in audio format. I check them out from the library, order them through interlibrary loan, and download them from Audible. There are other sources as well.
If you haven't given audiobooks a try, I urge you to consider the  possibilities of how they can help you SHARE the joy of reading!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PD: Caldecott Uncovered

This is the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal! In honor of this special occasion, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is offering a free webinar:
Caldecott Uncovered: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Caldecott Medal 
Instructor: Rita Auerbach, past Caldecott Committee chair
Tuesday, May 8, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time; Thursday, July 12, at 6:00 p.m. Central Time 
This webinar will be offered completely free to members and nonmembers both. Don’t miss it! Space is limited; reserve your seat now.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Children's Book Week and Children's Choice Books

Exactly one month from today, Children's Book Week will begin!

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week celebrates books for young people and the joy of reading from coast to coast!

  •  Check out the line-up of Official Book Week events! Over 40 cities are hosting author and illustrator events during Book Week (May 7-13, 2012), with additional venues to come!
  • Each year, the Children's Book Council enlists illustrators to design a commemorative Children's Book Week Poster and Bookmark. Download the 2012 Book Week bookmark by Lane Smith and order your 2012 Poster by David Wiesner!
  • Children's Choice Book Awards Gala! In 2008, the Children's Book Council created the Children's Choice Book Awards, the only national child-chosen book awards program, giving young readers a powerful voice in their own reading choices. Each year, the award winners are announced live at the highly-anticipated Children's Choice Book Awards Gala during Book Week (May 7, 2012)!
It's not too late to still have a voice in which books are awarded as Children's Choice Books. See which books make the list of finalists in K-2, 3-4, 5-6 and teens categories, then vote for your favorites. You can vote as an individual or you can post a group vote for your class.

You can also add a really cool widget to your blog or website with the CCBs finalists.

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National book Festival Dates for 2012 Announced!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bookmobile Blues

Bookmobile: From NPR story
Do you remember the bookmobile? I do. Last year (in this post), I recounted the story of how I loved the library when I was growing up in Louisville, KY. It wasn't long, however, that my mother moved us to a very small town far away from the gorgeous library I loved. The library in the small town was a long way from where we lived and we didn't have a car and there was no public transportation. Not to fear---the bookmobile came by every week! I loved the bookmobile. I remember climbing the steps, smelling the books that filled the tight space, and looking through the small collection to make my selection each week. 

Needless to say, the story that appeared yesterday on NPR, The Final Chapter for a Trusty Bookmobile?, brought back all of those memories. Especially since there is a bookmobile that has been abandoned close to my house as well.

I think of the bookmobile as the modern day version of librarian's on horseback, as depicted in Heather Henson's That Book Woman. One way or another, librarian's have found a way to get books in the hands of those who need them. According to the article, a bookmobile cost around $90,000 and with shrinking library budgets, it's easy to see why they are not being repaired or purchased. Yet, there are still a lot of people, especially children, who will not have access to books without the bookmobile.

I put my faith in librarians. I know somehow, some way, they will figure it out. They always have!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pottermore Shop: HP eBooks!

From Publishers Weekly, 3/27:

As of Tuesday, March 27, all seven Harry Potter novels are now available in electronic form via the Pottermore shop, the exclusive retailer for Harry Potter e-books and digital audio books. A component of the long-delayed Pottermore site, the shop is initially selling U.S. and U.K. English editions, with French, Italian, German and Spanish editions to follow in the coming weeks, and additional languages coming later. OverDrive announced this morning that as of March 29 at 9 a.m. U.S. EDT, the e-books will be made available for checkout. A 10% discount on all the titles has been extended through April 30.

Every e-book purchased may be downloaded for personal use on a range of devices and platforms, including personal computers, e-readers, tablets and mobile phones. Compatible formats include the Nook, Sony’s Reader, Google Play, and Kindle; Kindle users may purchase via a dedicated Pottermore page on Amazon, which will direct them to the shop in order to purchase. Harry Potter e-books are DRM-free, but digitally watermarked in order to identify the purchaser and discourage unauthorized sharing. 

The full Pottermore site has ended beta testing and is expected to launch in early April. The site will showcase new writing by J.K. Rowling and include extensive interactive content.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Upcoming web seminar

Please make plans to attend the upcoming web seminar presented by Dr. Candace Kuby, on Sunday, April 1, 7:00 p.m./EST-USA: Her talk, “Tensions from Analyzing Children’s Images of Racial Bus Segration: Searching for Tools” is a part of Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR) 2011-2012 series of free web seminars ( On the night of Dr. Kuby’s web seminar, paste this URL into your browser within 60 minutes of its start:
Dr. Kuby is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, with scholarly interests focused on early literacy, critical inquiry and multimodal literacies. Situated in data collected from a teacher/research study with 5 and 6 year-old children in a summer enrichment program in the South, this seminar addresses the tensions of analyzing multimodal images.  The focus of the web seminar is not so much the empirical study of the images, but reflectively on the tensions of analysis. 

All web seminars are free of charge, and certainly offer opportunity to engage in interesting conversations.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Workshop: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice

 I just found out about an amazing workshop: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to work with excellent children's authors and editors while learning about developing your own authentic voice. Below is more information on how to reserve your place in the program!

 Call for Applicants: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice
April 26-29, 2012
A program from the Highlights Foundation

Our children live in a world of diverse voices and experiences. They deserve to live in a book that authentically represents their world.
Join award-winning authors Donna Jo Napoli and Mitali Perkins, as well as editors Alvina Ling and Stacy Whitman, and special guest Kathryn Erskine for an intensive four-day workshop. Your mentors will work with you to discover your true cultural voice through impeccable research, imagination, empathy, and experience. Our goal is to gather a community of open-minded children’s book authors who wish to think deeply about questions such as:
              Who has the right to write multiculturally?
              How do we bring humility to our research?
              What audience are we writing for?

If you are interested in being a part of this amazing opportunity, please fill out the application and submit it, with your responses to the essay questions, in addition to your writing sample. Applications for our scholarships are available by e-mailing Jo Lloyd at, or calling, toll-free, (877) 512-8365.