Monthly Archives: March 2016

Babies and Schoolchildren


Trying a new storytime book can be tricky. There are some tried-and-true ones (we actually keep a list with that specific title on the staff computer), and then every so often I’ll come upon a new one and give it a whirl. Because how else will I know whether it works or not? Sometimes one you think will work for one age group will work best for another.


For my babies last Thursday, I pulled out two books I like quite a bit. I’ve used Ten Tiny Babies many a time. I love the colors, and I love the poem. It works nicely. But Nellie Belle, a new choice, had a soothing rhythm to it that I wanted to try with the babies. It wasn’t the best book I’d ever used, but it was sweet. Maybe I’d try it with the toddlers next time, and now at least I have a new resource in my rotation.

One aspect of children’s librarianship I wish I experienced more is school visits. I love having kids come in and teaching them “how to fish,” one might say. A few weeks ago I had a lovely group of 8th graders from a local private school, and then today I had a classful of 6th graders from that same school. Both groups were inquisitive, interested and interesting, and delightful to have around. I’m always more than happy to pull books for them, but I like teaching them how to research, to know these skills for the future.

This is going to be my last blog post with links, unless there’s something incredibly important to share; then I might toss in one or two. Otherwise, it takes up a lot of time to do, and no one ever reads them.

The top news, which my pals and I are very, very excited about. Sister A, in Baltimore, is most excited of all of us, and sent me a link about Dr. Hayden’s – yeah, that’s DR. HAYDEN TO YOU – most historic moments. Wahoo! From Friend D, why she’s a game-changer.

A sad goodbye to YA staple Louise Rennison.

Another major loss: Pat Conroy. I LOVED his books when I was in upper school.

I have many feelings about this. First, yay, a new American Girl doll, but second, how stereotypical. Not a fan.

Brie Larson is even more awesome now that I know this.

Quentin Blake and Beatrix Potter just don’t match! (I love spaghetti and I love chocolate, but not together!)

Of course they are, but too many are left off this list.

From Coworker J:

Ramona should have a place in every library.

From Friend D:

The International Man Booker longlist (in translation). “Didn’t we just do this?” asked Friend D. “Lord, yes,” I said.

I stand behind this theory; it makes a lot of sense.

“The wild things were Jewish relatives.” 

Bet it gets lonely there without a book.

Fonts are fascinating. Disagree? Watch the documentary “Helvetica.”

Because people still buy books.

I can’t anymore about Harper Lee.

It’s gonna be a trilogy!

Well, duh. 

A truly seminal book – for juveniles AND adults.

How can you fit in if you don’t see yourself in your favorite books?

They should be embarrassed.

How the Little House books happened, from L.I.W. herself.

My short answer? No, I wouldn’t. 

From Mama Bear:

It’s as if these people live on Mars.

Where are the classics? What a terrible list.

Gilbert Blythe and Fitzwilliam Darcy can fight over me anytime.

What unusual pen pals

From Sister A:

Books recommended by the adorable Mindy Kaling.

“There are shadows in your heart.” 

A great tribute to Sister A’s and my favorite book.

But here’s some Beatrix Potter news I can get behind…

In What’s Annabelle Reading, I’ve read a lot since my last post, and I’m sorry I haven’t updated in forever. I needed a book, quickly, and grabbed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? off of a cart in our workroom. Fascinating. So now I have the movie – yes, this is the adaptation – sitting at home from Netflix.

Then, after being #388 on the wait list, I finally read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. When I was young, my mother once said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” so I’m moving on to the next book.

I liked more than I thought I would The Swans of Fifth Avenue, knowing next to nothing about the intersecting stories of Babe Paley and Truman Capote. The author uses description very well, as did the author of my next book, Abroad. (The latter may put you in mind of the Amanda Knox case; read at your own risk.)

Dave Eggers’ cautionary tale The Circle was next, and I liked it quite a lot. It had been recommended to me by my Book-A-Day calendar. Thanks, calendar!

I went on a YA spree then, with Victoria Aveyard’s fantasy books Red Queen and its sequel, Glass Sword. It took me a while to get into the second book. The first one is being made into a movie by Elizabeth “Effie Trinket” Banks (yay).

Then I read The Royal We again. Shut up.

Finally, I picked up Mindy Kaling’s most recent book, Why Not Me, which I think was miles above her first one. Well done, Mindy.