MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Upcoming Events for Children's Librarians
June 19-25 2003 ALA Conference, Toronto, Canada, www.ala.org
Thurs. July 10, 2003 ACL Meeting, 9am-3pm, Oakland PL
Thurs. Aug. 13, 2003 ACL Meeting, 9am-3pm, Oakland PL
NEWS AND NOTES
BAYA Program with Kathryn Reiss:
BAYA, the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians, will present their annual author
symposium on Tuesday, July 22, 2003, 11am, at the Mill Valley Public Library.
Guest speaker is author Kathryn Reiss (Paint by Magic, Time Windows, and others).
Teens admitted free; others $15. Go to www.baya.org for more information.
GLBT Teen Author Symposium:
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Teen Author Symposium will be held
on Sunday, July 13, 2003, 2:00-4:30pm at the San Francisco Main Library, 100
Larkin St. Speakers scheduled to attend include Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow
Boys, Sara Ryan, author of Empress of the World, and Marilyn Reynolds, author
of Love Rules. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.
Librarian Gail Sage Dies:
Sonoma County Librarian Gail Sage passed away last month. She was formerly
the head of service to children, and had chaired the Caldecott Committee.
The Center for Children's Books at the Graduate School of Library and Information
Science at the Univ. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, has established the Gryphon
Award for children's literature. The $1,000 prize will be given annually to
the author of a children's book, in English, for grades K-4, as a way to focus
attention on the need for transitional reading books. The first recipient
will be announced in Spring 2004.
Do It Yourself Library Programming Ideas
HARRY POTTER PARTY
Recently, Lin Look, of the Contra Costa County Public Library system, posted
this collection of "Do It Yourself" programming ideas, perfect for
a "Harry Potter" style library program, to the PUBYAC listserv.
With the fifth "Harry Potter" book due on June 21st, many libraries
are planning summer activities relating to the boy wizard. Here are some of
the suggestions Lin received from the listserv users:
1. "On the Kids Domain website I found a cute trio of
projects: a wizard pencil box and broom and wand pencils. I would be tempted
to do the pencils as brooms and use pens for the wands with colored ink. The
pencil box looks like a book - they gave it the title Caring for Enchanted Objects.
The brooms are just a tuft of raffia tied onto the end of a pencil with star
garland or another strip of raffia and the wand just had a tuft of star garland
on the end (to look like flying sparks). The pencil box was just wrapped in
construction paper or something a little stiffer so that it would stick out
a bit like a cover and lines were drawn on the edges to look like pages. How
about making one of those cup and ball games with your snitches? Depending on
how old your kids are you can make it hard or easy by changing the size of the
cup, it is really hard to catch the ball on a cup just about the same size as
your ball. If you have a hand shaped diecut you could even have the kids wrap
a pair of hands around the cup so it would look like the seeker had caught it."
2. "I ran a program called "Knit a Harry Potter Scarf" where
the kids/teens learned to knit & created the beginnings of a Gryffindor
maroon & gold scarf (they kept the supplies & completed the scarves
at home). It was fun!
3. "If you're still looking for craft ideas, I have one for you: Witches'
and Wizards' hats. If you have money to spend, you could buy plain-colored cone
party hats (try www.orientaltrading.com). If your budget is tight, you can make
the hats out of construction paper or cardstock. Have your young muggles decorate
the hats with crayons, markers, stickers, die cuts, etc. If you really want
to get fancy, you could attach curling ribbon to the top of each hat. Punch
holes in the sides and tie yarn or string through them to keep the hat on your
4. "Make a wand and eat it up? Each child takes a large pretzel rod onto
their paper plate. Cover the pretzel rod with canned icing of any flavor.
Shake different types of sprinkles onto the icing (moon, stars and other magical
shapes are available). Admire wand and then eat it before leaving table and
moving to another station. Please have water nearby for those who get thirsty.
You might also have another table serving "butter beer" which is apple
cider with caramel topping swirled into it."
5. "Sparkling snakes? Precut spirals using Ellison die, or find a spiral
snake pattern available in many paper craft books. You can cut them from oak
tag paper or fun foam. Each spiral snake needs to hang from a string through
a hole in the snake's head (the middle of the spiral). Markers may be used to
design the snake and put on an eye. Cover the top side of the snake with glue
wherever you would like
glitter to stick. Then place the snake into a box top (to control the mess)
and shake glitter onto the glued areas. Shake off the extra glitter and admire
your sparkling snake."
6. " Mystical masks? Precut masks out of oak tag paper or fun foam using
Ellison dies or patterns from a craft book. Have a variety of items available
to decorate the mask (feathers, sequins, markers, puff paint, etc.) Use glue
sticks to attach decorations and finish by attaching elastic cord for wearing
the mask if desired."
7. "What we did at our Harry Potter party is make little drawstring bags
to hold Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (known in the Muggle world as Jelly
Bellies). I purchased some fabric that was purple with gold stars and cut it
into circles (about the size of a dinner plate) with pinking shears. I then
made pairs of little slits about every three inches or so around the circle,
about an inch and a half from the edge. I also purchased stretchy gold cord
and precut it into 1-foot lengths. At the party, the kids threaded the cord
through the slits and drew it up into a drawstring bag, then tied the cord in
a bow. I had made up little packs of about 20 Jelly Bellies wrapped in Saran
Wrap and tied with curling ribbon and gave each of them one to put in their
bag. My daughter still has hers and keeps different things in it."
8. "You can make parchment paper for scrolls. Take a piece of paper (I
think they said preferably onion skinned but can't remember). Tear strips off
the edges to give it that jagged look, crumple it into a ball then smooth out.
Next, rub with a sponge that has been dipped in a coffee & water solution,
this will darken it. We then toasted them in a toaster oven, about 30 seconds
to a minute, with a supervisor doing the toasting and watching to make sure
they don't burn (if you are worried about fire hazard then you can always try
a hairdryer, although I don't know if it will give it that aged, brown crispiness!)
Finally, roll them into a scroll and tie with a ribbon. The kids loved them!
Also, you can make wizard hats. We made silk hats here by covering card stock
stapled into hat form with cheap silk that we sponged stars and moons on, but
for my son's B-Day we did a less time consuming version by buying black and
deep blue posterboard, prestapling them into hat cones, then decorating them
with metallic markers (really cool look!) and different colored and shaped foil
stars. Have fun."
9. "A couple of possibilities -- design Hagrid's hut. Take a brown paper
bag, stuff the inside with crumpled paper, and staple the top closed. Then let
the kids decorate it, similar to decorating a gingerbread house using paper
cutouts of windows, doors, spiders and other animals, etc."
10. "Create your own owl. I saw a craft in a book of medieval crafts for
kids that had a double-sided silhouette of a hawk that was cut out and folded
to stand upright. It could even perch since there was a hole for a finger to
fit through. We are going to design an owl shape that is similar and let the
kids color and fold their own owls."
SCBWI GOLDEN KITE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The Golden Kite Awards, given by the Society of Children's
Book Writers & Illustrators, announced their annual Golden Kite Awards this
Spring. The awards are given to works published in 2002.
Fiction: JaQra Placide for Fresh Girl, Random House.
Nonfiction: Elizabeth Partridge for This Land Was Made For You and Me: The Life
and Songs of Woody Guthrie, Viking.
Picture Book Text: Sarah Wilson for George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien,
Tricycle Press, illustrated by Chad Cameron.
Picture Book Illustration: Marla Frazee for Mrs. Biddlebox, HarperCollins, written
by Linda Smith.
Honor Fiction: Jessie Haas for Shaper, Greenwillow.
Honor Nonfiction: Beverly Gherman for Ansel Adams: America's Photographer, Little
Honor Picture Book Text: Sarah Wilson for Sophia the Alchemist's Dog, Atheneum.
Honor Picture Book Illustration: Ponder Goembel for Sailor Moo, Cow at Sea,
Disney Adventures Book Awards
Disney Adventures Magazine announced their fourth annual Book Awards, voted
on by the youth that read the magazine. The nominees are selected by a panel
of librarians, teachers, and the magazine's editor, and from those nominees
the readers send in their votes. The winners for 2003 are:
Best General Fiction: All-American Girl by Meg Cabot, HarperCollins.
Best Historical Fiction: The Winter People by Joseph Bruchac, Dial.
Best Humor: The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky Press.
Best Adventure: Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye, Putnam.
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, Philomel.
Best Mystery/Horror: Beware! R. L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories by
R.L. Stine, Scholastic.
Best Hands-on: The Only Coloring, Puzzle, Game, Dot-to-Dot Activity Book You'll
Ever Need! by the Editors of Klutz, Klutz Inc.
Best Entertainment/Biography: Disney: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Russell Schroeder,
Best Book of 2002: The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky.
Best Book of All Time: "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling.
Special Anniversary Editions of Old Favorites
Steig, William. Yellow & Pink. Illus. by William Steig. FSG, 1984, 2003,
$10.00, ISBN 0-374-38671-4.
On the surface, this story about two wooden dolls, one pink and one yellow,
seems to be over the heads of the picture book audience. Like characters in
"Waiting for Godot," the two dolls debate their existence - did
they evolve, or were they made by something bigger than themselves? But for
younger children, the story seems much simpler - how did I get here? This
20th anniversary release keeps the same format and palette: the simple pen
and ink, with pink and yellow highlights. Who is the audience for this book?
I'm still not sure, but libraries needing replacement copies will want to
Lobel, Arnold. The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose. Knopf,
1986, 2003, &19.95, ISBN 0-679-88736-9.
First issued under the title The Random House Book of Mother Goose, only the
title has been revised to celebrate the late author/illustrator, best know for
the "Frog and Toad" easy readers. More than 300 rhymes are illustrated
with Lobel's full color, energetic paintings. Often, the settings, costumes,
and characters look as if they live in Victorian England, which suits the rhymes.
A classic collection.
Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Illus. by James Ransome.
Knopf, 1993, $15.95. ISBN 0-679-82311-5.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, "Sweet Clara" is a young field hand
who gets transferred to the main house because of her skill as a seamstress.
She makes a map disguised as a patchwork quilt, that helps many slaves escape
to the North, including herself and Young Jack. Very popular with 5th grade
social studies teachers, this longer picture book for older readers smoothly
tells this true story. This anniversary edition is the same as the original,
no changes in text or illustration, but libraries may want to purchase it to
replace lost or worn copies of this popular title.
Carlson, Nancy. Loudmouth George and the Sixth-Grade Bully. Illus. by Nancy
Carlson. Carolrhoda, 1983, 2003, 15.95, ISBN 1-57505-218-0.
Although on the surface many of Carlson's brightly colored cartoon picture books
may seem didactic, her messages are subtle and enhanced by humor and realistic
situations. In this "Reading Rainbow" title, George is bullied by
a bear who steals his lunches. Harriet helps George deal with the problem, although
they don't get any adult to help them. The original size was approx. 8 inches
tall, this new version is a few inches bigger, so this is a great time to replace
lost copies. Although Carlson's life lessons aren't my first pick, many teachers
and parents find her books very useful.
McPhail, David. Sisters. Illus. by David McPhail. Harcourt, 1984, 2003, $9.95,
Still a small 6 inches tall, this charming picture book now features full color
watercolor wash on the original pen and ink drawings. Sisters have things in
common as well as differences, but they obviously love each other. McPhail's
small books, including Emma and Fix It!, always were popular in my library,
even without the full color watercolors. This is a nice addition.
Pilkey, Dav. The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog. Illus. by Dav
Pilkey. Harcourt, 2003, $15.00, ISBN 0-15-204708-5.
Originally done as five board books, this volume collects the stories into five
chapters. The hilarious, easy -to-read adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog
feature subtle, tongue in cheek humor that will appeal to babies, toddlers,
pre-readers, readers, and adults. Pilkey's cartoon color illustrations focus
the perspective on the dogs, often featuring the people just from the neck or
waist down; truly a dog's eye view of the world. A must for all libraries!
Henkes, Kevin. All Alone. Illus. by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, 2003, $15.89,
Henkes' first book is being reissued, and the first thing you may notice is
that the striking, loose, moody watercolor and pencil illustrations are nothing
like his signature cartoons, seen in Owen, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and
other books starring his mouse characters. All Alone is a mood piece about the
contentment of being alone, allowed to let one's thoughts take flight. Done
when Henkes was 19 years of age, this is a find debut and deserves to come back
Stolz, Mary. Emmett's Pig. Illus. by Garth Williams. HarperCollins, 1959, 2003,
$16.89, ISBN 0-06-028747-0.
Originally released as an easy reader, this new version of Emmett's Pig is now
formatted as a picture book, approx. 12 inched by 9 inches. It also now has
watercolor wash by Rosemary Wells, applied over Williams' original black-line
illustrations. This attention to detail keeps the charm and spirit of the original,
while opening the book up for a wider audience. This story of a city boy who
wants a pet pig still has resonance and meaning. The telling is modest but graceful,
and I can see this appealing to modern audiences.
Kerr, Judith. The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Illus. by Judith Kerr. HarperCollins,
1968, $16.89, ISBN 0-06-051781-6.
Best known for her children's novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Kerr's delightful
picture book is back in print. A girl and her "mummy" have tea with
a tiger who eats all the food in the house. A definitely British house, as the
text refers to biscuits (cookies), tins, Daddy's beer, and other subtle references.
Not a book with wide appeal, but fun.
Lionni, Leo. The Greentail Mouse. Illus. by Leo Lionni. Knopf, 1973, 2003, $15.95,
Long out of print, this 30th anniversary edition makes one of Lionni's many
mouse stories available again. The full-color picture book tells the story of
a mouse who describes Mardi Gras, and the other mice get masks and play until
they realize they are afraid of the masks' fierce teeth. The story, about "playing
nice," may seem a little heavy-handed to today's kids, use to violent TV
and video games, but libraries may want to purchase this to complete their collections.
San Leandro PL
Illustrated Folktales from Afghan Author
Many Bay Area librarians want to include more Afghan or Middle Eastern folktales
in our collections, to reflect our diverse families. Hoopoe Books for Children
has issued eight picture book folktales written by Adries Shah, and illustrated
by a variety of San Francisco artists. The titles I examined included The
Farmer's Wife, The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water, The Magic Horse, The
Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal, The Silly Chicken, Neem the
Half-Boy, and The Boy Without A Name.
Most of these folktales are brief enough to appeal to a preschool storytime
audience, with attractive illustrations and strong plots. Even though these
all have a "message," because they are adapted from Sufi Muslim
teaching stories, they don't seem heavy handed. In fact, some are funny and
will have a very wide appeal. In "The Lion Who Saw Himself In The Water,"
the lion learns not to be afraid of his reflection.
Because several Bay Area artists are used, the books have a variety in appearance
that keeps them from looking "cookie cutter." Each story is matched
to an illustrator whose style suits the plot. A great success is "The
Farmer's Wife," illustrated with deep cartoon color illustrations by
Rose Mary Santiago. This cumulative story features the wife in traditional
Muslim dress and head covering. Storytime listeners will enjoy the humor,
repetition, and plot similar to "The Old Woman and the Pig."
These picture book folktales don't include source notes, except to mention
that Shah "collected such Sufi teaching stories from oral and written
sources," and adapted them for Western audiences. "The Magic Horse"
was the longest story, and the one that seemed to have the least child appeal
, about two brothers with very different interests.
The publisher's website, www.hoopoekids.com, has full order information, reviews,
and other helpful information. There are also teacher/parent manuals for using
the books in a classroom. Most of the books are available in hardback and
paperback. Check their websites for prices, ordering information, etc.
San Leandro PL
Popup & Flap Books
Melling, David. Five Little Monkeys: Best-Loved Action Rhymes. Illus. by David
Melling. Dutton, 2002, $14.99, ISBN 0-525-46788-2.
Ten fingerplays are exhibited here, each with a sliding figure. For example,
in "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," the cardboard spider can slide down the
waterspout. Each rhyme includes a diagram of how to do the finger shapes. This
could be fun for storytime! Other rhymes included in this collection are "Wheels
on the Bus," "Mulberry Bush," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat,"
"Five Little Ducks," "I'm A Little Teapot," and "Pat-A-Cake."
Faulkner, Keith. The Tallest Shortest Longest Greenest Brownest Animal in the
Jungle. Illus. by Rory Tyger. Dutton, 2002, $11.99, ISBN 0-525-46868-4.
Various jungle animals debate who is the biggest, longest, etc. in this brief,
humorous story that features flaps opening to show the animals. This will be
lots of fun at storytime, with its colorful cartoon illustrations and the one-up-manship
of the animals. The flaps are as sturdy as those in Eric Hill's "Spot"
books, so this may hold up to library circulation.
Thomson, Emma. Felicity Wishes: Friendship and Fairy School. Illus. by Emma
Thomson. Viking, 2002, $14.99, ISBN 0-670-03593-9.
Each of the girls at Fairy school have a calling: Polly wants to be a Tooth
Fairy, Holly wants to be a Christmas Fairy, but Felicity doesn't know what kind
of Fairy she wants to be. She helps all her friends achieve their goals, and
realizes she is destined to be a Friendship Fairy. Little envelopes open, flaps
unfold, and small paper pieces keep this from being a library book, but it will
make a nice gift book for a 5-7 year old girl. The story is very strong, and
could be reconfigured as a traditionally formatted book by the publishers for
Steer, Dugald. Time for a Tale. Illus. by Elisabeth Moseng.
Dutton, 2002, $15.99, ISBN 0-525-46950-8.
To avoid being eaten, a Goose retells some classic folktales to Fox, making
Fox the hero of each. The stories are set onto the page as a mini-book, each
12 pages in length. The small 3 inch square mini-books may hold up to circulation,
but the story itself isn't very interesting. It misses being another "Jolly
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