Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Golden Compass defended by ALA

ALA President Loriene Roy responds to attempts to remove
"The Golden Compass" from library shelves

CHICAGO - The following is a statement issued by American Library Association President Loriene Roy regarding efforts to remove "The Golden Compass" from libraries and schools.

"This week, the movie, ‘The Golden Compass,’ based on the first book in Philip Pullman's fantasy trilogy entitled ‘His Dark Materials,’ will debut in theatres across the United States. The movie has triggered a boycott campaign sponsored by conservative religious organizations that believe the movie and the books are an attack on Christianity and the Catholic Church. The groups are urging parents not to see the movie or purchase the books.

"The call to boycott the filmed version of ‘The Golden Compass’ has inspired a parallel effort to remove the novel and its companion volumes from libraries and schools. Much like efforts to ban the Harry Potter books, fear and misinformation are driving the effort to deprive students and library users access to Pullman's critically praised books, which are recommended by both religious and secular critics.

"It is one thing to disagree with the content of a book or the viewpoint of an author; it is quite another thing to block access to that material because of that disagreement. Removing a book from a school or library because the author is an atheist, or because a religious group disagrees with the book's viewpoint, is censorship that runs counter to our most cherished freedoms and our history as a nation that celebrates and protects religious diversity.

"We encourage librarians, teachers and parents to resist the call to censorship. Censorship results in the opposite of true education and learning. Young people will only develop the skills they need to analyze information and make choices among a wide variety of competing sources if they are permitted to read books and explore ideas under the guidance of caring adults.

"We realize, of course, that not every book is for everyone. Parents know their children best and should guide their children’s reading. If parents think a particular book is not suitable for their child, they should guide their child to other books. But they should not impose their beliefs on other people’s children.

"By resisting the call to censor and boycott ‘The Golden Compass,’ we send the message to young people that in this country they have the right to choose what they will read and that they will be expected to develop the ability to think critically about what they read, rather than allowing others to do their thinking for them."

Note: Always check that your school or public library has a Materials Selectiion Policy when faced with censorship issues. Follow the procedures outlined in the policy. See this link for more information http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/challengesupport/dealing/dealingconcerns.htm

Monday, December 03, 2007

Essay Contest for 11-14 year olds

The Contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.Essay Contest 2007/8 GuidelinesAwards
First Prize -$300.00 bookstore gift certificate
Second Prize -$200.00 bookstore gift certificate
Third Prize -$100.00 bookstore gift certificate

Entrant must be 11-14 years old and have permission of parent or legal guardian.

Essay Topic
The essay must answer the question, " What Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Say is the Main Problem Facing Young People Today and How Would He Deal with It?"

Judging Criteria
The essays will be read and ranked by a minimum of 3 judges using the following criteria:
1) thoughtfulness, 2) vocabulary and style, 3) grammar, punctuation, and spelling,
4) clarity, and 5) neatness

Essay Format
The essay must be between 250 and 500 words.
Typewritten and double spaced.
Entrant’s name should not appear on essay.

Submission of Materials
Please submit three copies of the essay, and a cover sheet that includes the entrant’s full name, complete address, phone number, and the parent’s or guardian’s name and signature granting the child permission to enter the contest. If the essay is submitted as part of a school assignment, the name of the school and the name of the teacher who assigned the essay and should be included.
All entries become the property of LaMar Educational Enterprises, LLC.

Contest Postmark Deadline
Entries must be postmarked on or before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16th, 2008.

Essays of entrants who do not meet or adhere to the contest guidelines will not be considered.

Mail Essay and Cover Sheet To:
C/o LaMar Educational Enterprises, LLC.
41 Watchung Plaza, #192
Montclair, NJ 07042

Notification Date
Winners will be notified by February 12th, 2008

For More Information
Contact Dr. Ansley W. LaMar at 973 485 6591 (out of town call toll free 1 877-254-1287).

NEWARK Schools Job Fair-12/13/07


Check this out:


WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 3007
3:00 PM-- 6:00 PM

321 Bergen Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Seeking candidates in the following disciplines:

Bilingual Education--Elementary/Secondary
Educational Media Specialist--Elementary/Secondary
Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant
Physical Education--Elementary/Secondary
School Psychologist
Special Education--Elementary/Secopndary
Speech Language Specialist

More information available on the website:


Monday, November 26, 2007

NBC News Series looks at gender, race, education


New York, N.Y. -- Throughout the week of November 26, "NBC News With Brian Williams" will take a look at the issues facing African-American women across our nation in a new series "African-American Women: Where They Stand." The series will cover a wide-range of issues from their role in the *08 Presidential race, to the increased health-risks that they need to be concerned about.

Monday's installment will discuss African-American women*s progress in the education field. Nearly two-thirds of African-American undergraduates are women. At black colleges, the ratio of women to men is 7 to 1. And that is leading to a disparity in the number of African-American women who go on to own their own businesses. Rehema Ellis will talk to educators, students and businesswomen about why this disparity exists.

Tuesday-Relationships and Education
Tuesday, Ellis will look at relationships within the African-American female community. Many agree the gender disparity in education and business among African-Americans is having an effect on relationships that African American women have. Some even say the implications could redefine "Black America*s family and social structure." In the past fifty years, the percentage of African-American women between 25-54 who have never been married has doubled from 20% to 40%. (Compared to just 16% of white women who have never been married today). Ellis sits down with the members of a Chicago book club and talk about this difference and how it impacts them.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman will discuss the increases risks for breast cancer for African-American women on Wednesday. Mortality rates for African-American women are higher than any other racial or ethnic group for nearly every major cause of death, including breast cancer. Black women with breast cancer are nearly 30% more likely to die from it than white women.

Premenopausal black women are more than twice as likely to get a more aggressive form of the disease. And, not only are African-American women more likely to die from breast cancer, but they*re less likely to get life-saving treatments. Dr. Snyderman will profile one of the only oncologists in the world who specializes in the treatment of African-American women with breast cancer.

Thursday- Politics
On Thursday, Ron Allen will take viewers to South Carolina -- the first southern primary state -- and ask the question: Will race trump gender or gender trump race? In South Carolina, black women made up nearly 30 percent of all democratic primary voters in 2004. This year, polls show a significant number are undecided, torn between choosing the first African-American or first female Presidential candidate. Allen talks with the undecided, as well the state directors for the Clinton and Obama campaigns, who happen to be African-American women.

Friday- Miscellaneous
To close the series on Friday, Dr. Snyderman will raise the frightening statistic that African-American women are 85% more likely to get diabetes, a major complication for heart disease. And, like breast cancer, more black women die from heart disease than white women. Dr. Snyderman will profile a leading expert and a unique church-based outreach program in South Carolina that seeks to spread the word about heart disease risks to black women congregants.

Mara Schiavocampo, Digital Correspondent for "Nightly News," will address two hot topics in the African - American community: interracial dating and the impact of hip hop music on black women. Interracial dating is a growing trend in the African - American community. An Essence.com poll found that 81% of participants approved of black women dating non- black men. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report in 2000, 95,000 black women were married to white men. In 2005, that number increased to 134,000. Schiavocampo will talk to experts about the trend and discuss how this defines the "Black family" of the future.

Schiavocampo will convene a panel of leading black men and women from the hip-hop industry for an engaging discussion on whether hip hop lyrics and videos positively or negatively affect black women. The roundtable also will address how these portrayals are affecting relationships between black women and black men.

Comment: Many of these issues have been brought up and discussed before in the media. It will be interesting to see if there are any new perspectives to these issues. With statistics, it makes one wonder if they are disaggregated by income, geographical location and class, or are African-American women treated as a monolithic entity? Maybe there will be some "positive news" too.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Free Grade 6-12 Lesson Plans

The New York Times provides free Grade 6-12 Lesson Plans on this website

The plans are interdisciplinary and are keyed to different New York Times articles and resources.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Folklore Program at the Weiss Center-December 3rd

“ La Cucaracha Martina: The Evolution of a Beloved Character in Spanish Children's Literature”, Monday, December 3, 2007, 4:30-6:00 pm.

Dr. Grisel Lopez-Diaz, professor of Modern Languages at New Jersey City University will explore the evolution of La Cucharacha Martina in this portion of the Weiss Center’s Fall 2007 Author/Literature Series.

La Cucaracha Martina is a popular character in Spanish children’s literature. The stories originated in Spanish oral traditions and later moved to a written literary form throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Dr. Lopez-Diaz will also cover the romance of Cucaracha Martina with Ratón Pérez, another famous character of Spanish traditional folklore since the 19th century. The cultural, social, and historical influences that are present in the numerous variations of this folktale will be covered. This presentation will be in English with examples in Spanish.

Dr. Lopez-Diaz will speak about the educational aspects of the folktale for bilingual, world languages, and elementary teachers. The event will take place in Grossnickle Auditorium (G-144) on the New Jersey City University campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard. Parking is available in the university lots on Culver and on West Side Avenue.
Educators desiring Continuing Education credit may contact the Center (201-200-2220, weisscenter@njcu.edu and pay a fee of $15.00. The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $5.00 (per Individual /per Family group) for all center events


The Senate education committee will not take up reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act until early next year, the Associated Press reported on Nov. 2. Committee chairman Sen.Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and ranking minority member Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) said that more time was needed to prepare a Senate bill. The news agency reported that the House also might delay consideration of a bill; so far, the House Education and Labor Committee has released a draft discussion of reauthorization but no bill has been introduced.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Online nursery rhyme coloring mini-books

The State Library of Louisiana has produced a series of 24 one-page Printable Nursery Rhyme Mini Books for children to color and keep.

Each mini book requires one sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper and just 2 folds.
Please print them out and give them to children, parents, and teachers in after-school programs.

All 24 mini books can be found as a PDF on the State Library's web site here: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/ALL%2024%20NRNS%20Mini%20Books.pdf
(It is a very big file!)

Mini books by individual title are here:

Please see the State Library of Louisiana's other nursery rhyme resources at:

There's an index to nursery rhyme related activities in resource books, a nursery rhyme product directory and web sites with nursery rhyme activities.

The early childhood home page is at:


Thursday, October 25, 2007

See Inside the Minds of College Freshmen

Check out Beloit College's Mindset List

As described on their website:
The Mindset List is not a chronological listing of things that happened in the year that the entering first-year students were born.

Our effort is to identify a worldview of 18 year-olds in the fall of 2007. We take a risk in some cases of making generalizations, particularly given that our students at Beloit College for instance come from every state and scores of nations.

The "Class of 2011" refers to students entering college this year. They are generally 18 which suggests they were born in 1989.

The list identifies the experiences and event horizons of students as they commence higher education and is not meant to reflect on their preparatory education.

You may also want to check out this viral video http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=119

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Little Toot is 100 years old

It is the centenary of Hardie Gramtky, author of Little Toot (Juv.G745L).

In addition to activities connected to the book, there is a contest for children to enter. Alert your librarian!
See here for more information:http://www.littletoot.org/

Monday, October 15, 2007

NCLB call-in this week! Call now


AFT leaders and activists are invited to participate in a congressional call-in week, Oct. 15-19, on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). After living under NCLB for the past five and a half years, we all know that substantial changes must be made to this law. NCLB can be fixed only if your representative and senators hear directly from you.

Please call 866/327-8670 during that week to be connected to your members of Congress. Share your experiences of how NCLB is not working and urge your representative and senators to take the time to get this law right. The process should be driven by the product, not the clock. Urge your members of Congress to fix adequate yearly progress (AYP) so that it truly reflects how schools are performing; to oppose measures that will lead to more teaching to the test; and to oppose "pay to the test" provisions that mandate the use of test scores to evaluate teachers for determining salary or incentives. When you call, an operator will ask you to identify your representative and senators.

To find the names of your members of Congress, visit http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/PpzZZL61Rqit/members. For more information on the AFT's campaign to fix NCLB, go to http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/P7zZZL61Rqi5/fixnclb.

Jim Trelease speaks in Princeton- - 10/25/07

Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook, will give his last New Jersey lectures (he’s retiring in January) at the Performing Arts Center at Princeton High School (151 Moore Street Princeton 08540) on Thursday, October 25 at 3:30 p.m. (for educators) and at 7:30 p.m. ( for parents). The auditorium seats 700 so everyone is welcome.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

African Burial Ground Monument opens in NYC

Grand Opening of the African Burial
Ground National Monument memorial
Duane Street between Broadway &
African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street)

Friday, October 5, 2007
1 p.m. – Opens to public

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Greet the Torch
Battery Park
Drummers and a mass choir greet the ceremonial torch as it arrives from the Statue of Liberty.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Candlelight Procession Battery Park to Foley Square
Honor the Africans who helped build the city of New York by marching in a candlelight procession from Battery Park to the African Burial Ground National Monument. Performances to follow at Foley Square.

Saturday, October 6, 2007
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
International Tribute Concert Foley Square
Performers from Africa and the African Diaspora celebrate the ancestors of the African Burial Ground. For more information on dedicationevents call 212-491-2012.

October 8-12, 2007
Youth Week
Educational programs for youth. For class or group reservations,the African Burial Ground National Monument at 212-637-2019.

*All events are free and open to the About the African Burial Ground National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/afbg)
The African Burial Ground National Monument is the first National Monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. It is the newest National Monument in New York City, joining the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and Castle Clinton.

African Burial Ground National Monument
National Park Service
290 Broadway, First Floor
New York, NY 10007

Monday, October 01, 2007


September 29–October 6, 2007
Free People Read Freely ®
For more information see http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm

The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2006" reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:

"And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;

"Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;

"Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;

"The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

"Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;

"Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;

"The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain


THEY ARE ON DISPLAY ON THE 1st Floor of the Library!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

What's New in Science Fiction and Fantasy Booklist

Susan Fichtelberg, Children's Librarian of the Woodbridge Public Library and author of Encountering Enchantment:A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens, has updated her online booklist, What's New in Science Fiction and Fantasy List for Children and Teens. Go to her website http://www.encounteringenchantment.com and click on the link " What's New in SF& F" at the top of the page.

You can see Susan at the AASL Conference in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 26 and the NCTE Conference, November 18 in New York City.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Educator Workshop 9/22/07

The Adelaide L. Sanford Institute for Research, Development
and the Education of Students of African Descent in partnership with Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration; the Black Brooklyn Empowerment Convention; and the Coalition of Black Male Principals


Creating a Culture of Success for Students of African Ancestry

Saturday, September 22, 2007
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Medgar Evers College • Brooklyn, NY

This conference will prove to be one of the most important academic events in our community.

On-site registration begins at 8:00 am.
Workshops are limited.
Register early to gain admission to the workshops of your choice.

For more information,
please visit our website at

or email

or call 718.270.4814

Thursday, September 06, 2007

K-12 Teacher's Workshop on Africa

2007 ASA Teacher's Workshop
"Africa in the K-12 School Curriculum"
Friday, October 19, 2007
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028

The African Studies Association, in cooperation the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, is proud to present a day-long professional development
workshop for K-12 educators and librarians in the New York metropolitan

The ASA 2007 Teachers Workshop has two goals:

Equip K-12 educators with practical strategies and resources for
applying knowledge about Africa to teaching on Africa in their schools and
Provide a forum for networking and community building among NY area
scholars and educators working in the field of African Studies.

What Do Teachers Receive?

Choices from a dozen standards-based workshops for educators on Africa
given by leading experts.

Morning refreshments and a box lunch

Curricular materials specific to the workshop sessions they attended.

List of web sites that provide lesson plans for different grade levels.

Follow up advice through network of New York area Africa educators.

An opportunity to dialog with Africa experts from around the world in
small groups.


8:30-9:00 am - Morning Reception at the MET Museum Petrie Court Cafe

9:00-9:20 am - Welcome and Orientation at the MET Museum Education Center

9:30-11:00 am - Session I*

11:00-11:40 am - Box Lunch @ MET Cafe

11:45 am -- 1:00 pm - ASA Children's Africana Book Award Ceremony with
award-winning authors

1:10-2:30 pm - Session II*

2:40-4:00 pm - Session III*

4: 00-5:00 pm - "Live" West African Music -- Alhaji Papa Susso & Co. and Raffle Prizes

* Each session (Session I, II, III) will have four simultaneously running 80-minute seminars.

Some of the topics covered at the workshop include:

Human Rights in a Global Age: View from Africa
African Art at the Met Museum
Islam in Africa
Ghana at 50 Years
Changing Status of Women in Africa
African Literature
West African Music


1) Interested individuals are invited to submit an application and pay the
registration fee. ***Space is limited to 100 participants in total.


2) Early application period lasts from August 15 to September 14. Participation fees are $50 if paid by September 14.

3) Late participation fees from September 15 to October 1 are $65.

4) Applications must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2007.

***For more information, please call 732-445-6638

Lucky NYC students!

From the New York Times (Manhattan: Reading by J. K. Rowling
By JENNIFER MEDINA,Published: September 6, 2007):

The author J. K. Rowling will read to hundreds of New York City students at Carnegie Hall next month, the New York City schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, and Richard Robinson, the president of Scholastic, which publishes the Harry Potter books in the United States, announced yesterday. The city’s school administrators chose 40 schools to take part in the event on Oct. 19 on the basis of test scores, picking schools that had showed the most improvement in a single year on standardized reading test scores. Principals at each school will choose 40 students to hear Ms. Rowling read from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and answer questions about the series before signing books for each of the children. Scholastic will also donate 5,000 copies of the first Harry Potter book to the city schools.

(Pity the selection had to be on the basis of test scores.)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

New Look for Research!

Have you looked at the Congressman Frank J. Guarini's database listings lately?

Now there is one less step for research!

Instead of having to click "off campus" or "campus access" for your location, you can just click on the the name of the database that you need and the computer will do the rest-- either taking you straight to the database or asking for your Gothic ID!

Also check out the new Proquest Education Journals Database.

And that's not all!
Don't know where to start with your research?
Try the new E-Z Search
You can search as many databases as you want and Oscar too, all at the same time.
Try it out-- It's unbelievable!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

If you use WebCT, READ THIS!

Do you want to teach your students:
how to evaluate websites,
how to easily find books and journal articles in the Guarini Library,
how to get instant library research assistance?

Just click on the Information Literacy Tutorial Link in WEBCT. You will find direct connections to all the information you need.

Would you like to have specific databases linked to your WEBCT course site?

Email X. Fang at xfang@njcu.edu and a direct link will be provided for your website!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wild About Harry?

Here are important dates for Harry Potter fans:

July 11, 2007 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Find a theater near you and read reviews here

July 20, 2007- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Midnight parties!
Find a party near you here

Near New York City?
There will be an exclusive appearance by Jim Dale at its Midnight Magic Party at the Union Square Barnes & Noble (33 East 17th Street) in Manhattan on Friday, July 20th. Dale will host the party, and beginning at 10:30 PM, will discuss how he got the role of narrator on the Harry Potter audiobooks, how he creates his characters’ voices and he will read excerpts from previous Harry Potter books. He will then lead the magical countdown to midnight when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows goes on sale.

So what do you think of the movie?
What do you think of the book?

The Guarini Library's next book display will be -----HARRY POTTER books.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Summer Reads

Star-Ledger Summer Round-up of favorite picture books, books for middle school, and young adult
(Many of these books are in the Guarini Library or the Weiss Center!)

**** Received more than one recommendation by a librarian

Picture books favorites:

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three stories - Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
In this endearing picture book, a tail-wagging dachshund and a multicolored stuffed bear star in three tales about friendship.

Fabian Escapes - McCarty, Peter
Fabian and Hondo, the cat and dog introduced in the Caldecott Honor Book entitled Hondo and Fabian (2002), spend their days in species-appropriate pursuits. But in this book, as Hondo takes a nap, Fabian jumps out the window and finds adventure.

Grumpy Bird - Tankard, Jeremy
Bird wakes up feeling grumpy. Too grumpy to eat or play -- too grumpy even to fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," says Bird. He walks past Sheep, who offers to keep him company. He walks past Rabbit, who also could use a walk. Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox join in, too and it becomes an impromptu game of follow-the-leader.

The End - LaRochelle, David & Egielski, Richard
Turning the standard fairy-tale formula on its head, LaRochelle begins his story at the end. The endpapers depict a princess and a knight waving good-bye to a long line of intriguing characters who are marching away from the castle. The text begins, "And they all lived happily ever after. They lived happily ever after because…" and proceeds backward through a madcap chain of events.

The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story - Winter, Jeanette
A heartening story, this attractive picture book tells of a red-tailed hawk that makes a place for itself on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Vera Wang, Queen of Fashion; Amazing Chinese American (Biographies of Amazing Asian Americans) - Louie, Ai-Ling & Peng, Cathy
Biography of Vera Wang for young readers.

Wind Flyers - Johnson, Angela & Long, Loren
A child recounts his great-great uncle's lifelong passion for flying-which began at age five with a leap from the roof of a chicken coop and climaxed with wartime flights as one of the Tuskegee Airmen.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, - Sherry, Kevin
A lighthearted, clever story presented in an oversize, colorful package. A bright blue giant squid cruises through the ocean, proudly noting that he is bigger than all the creatures he encounters. >From shrimp to shark, he repeats his refrain, I'm bigger than…, sounding remarkably similar to a three-year-old cheerfully cataloging his world. Briefly dismayed when swallowed by a voracious whale (who has also swallowed up everyone else whole including the shark), the squid rallies by noting, I'm the biggest thing in this whale!

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend – Watt, Melanie
In his latest adventure, Scaredy Squirrel sets out to make The Perfect Friend. And once he's spotted a perfectly safe candidate (with no teeth), Scaredy's ready. Armed with a name tag, mittens, a mirror and a lemon, he's prepared to make The Perfect First Impression.

Stick – Breen, Steve
Stick is a young frog with a very long tongue and a hunger for adventure. One day he zaps a dragonfly, his tongue sticks to the insect, and he's carried off along the Mississippi River and into New Orleans.

Home Now – Beake, Lesley
Sieta, a young African girl, is having a difficult time accepting her "home now" with her aunt in a busy town. She longs for the life she knew with her loving parents in a friendly village. During a school trip to the elephant park, she forms a special bond with a baby elephant—also an orphan.

Pictures From Our Vacation – Perkins, Lynne Rae
Mom, Dad, son, and daughter, who narrates, have high hopes about a trip to the old family farm. But the drive is long and boring, and when they arrive, Dad sees happy memories, while everyone else sees old furniture and dust. It's downhill from there.

Henry’s Freedom Box – Levine, Ellen
Inspired by an actual 1830s lithograph, this beautifully crafted picture book briefly relates the story of Henry "Box" Brown's daring escape from slavery. Torn from his mother as a child, and then forcibly separated from his wife and children as an adult, a heartsick and desperate Brown conspired with abolitionists and successfully traveled north to Philadelphia in a packing crate.

Not a Box – Portis, Antoinette
In bold, unornamented line drawings of a rabbit and a box, the author-illustrator offers a paean to the time-honored imaginative play of young children who can turn a cardboard box into whatever their creativity can conjure. (Published in Dec. 2006).

Lightship – Floca, Brian
Lightships--floating lighthouses--were retired in 1983, but they live on in Floca's handsome picture book, which uses simple words and repeated phrases to emphasize the vessels' purpose and uniqueness as well as their day-to-day operation.

The Tinderbox – Anderson, Hans Christian, Stephen Mitchell & Bagram Ibatoulline
Mitchell and Ibatoulline follow The Nightingale (2002) with another beautifully illustrated version of a Hans Christian Andersen story.

Middle School:

On the Wings of Heroes – Peck, Richard
This period piece is full of a delicious mixture of humor, warmth and local color as it describes America during WWII through the eyes of a Midwestern boy, Davy Bowman.

Reaching for Sun – Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn
Josie, a girl with cerebral palsy, lives on the shrinking farmland owned by her family for generations and now being sold to developers.

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree – Tarshis, Lauren *****
Supremely logical Emma-Jean has little in common with her seventh-grade classmates, and she observes their often-tumultuous social interactions with a detached, scientific curiosity. But when kindly Colleen seeks her advice in dealing with the school's resident mean girl, Emma-Jean is moved to apply her analytical mind--and a bit of desktop forgery--to aid her classmate.

The Game – Jones, Diana Wynne
What if just outside of Earth's known atmosphere there sat another layer that was actually a different dimension?

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) – Riordan, Rick
Percy Jackson is now 14, a bit older and wiser, yet still entangled with the Fates. His good friend, if oft-time rival, Annabeth (daughter of Athena) is missing, as is Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Joined by best buddy Grover-the-goat-boy and an argumentative array of accomplices, Percy sets off to fulfill, and hopefully foil, the foreboding prophecy of the Oracle.

The Princess and the Hound - Harrison, Mette Ivie
Animal magic, persecution and romance in a very different take on Beauty and the Beast.

Dragon Slippers - George, Jessica Day
A young girl, sacrificed to dragons becomes friends with them instead, which leads to their gift to her -- blue slippers instead of gold. Only these slippers are made of dragon skin, giving her control over all the dragons. Unfortunately, she doesn't know this until it's almost too late to save her country from invasion.

True Talents – Lubar, David
The boys are back. The boys from Hidden Talents with special talents ranging from telekinesis to fire-starting. And they're in more trouble than ever. Because this time the government is after them.

Dragon's Keep – Carey, Janet Lee
A medieval fantasy featuring a princess who has to hide the fact that she has a dragon talon instead of a ring finger. But she can't hide it from the dragons that still live in her island kingdom. (Gr. 7+)

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret: A Novel In Words And Pictures - Selznick, Brian *****
Extraordinary combination of text and pictures. Relates the story of a young orphan in hiding who cares for the clocks in the Paris train station in 1931. In hiding until his encounter with a toymaker brings him to the attention of the toymaker's daughter and out in the open. (Gr. 4-9)

The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization – Pinkwater, Daniel
In typical Pinkwater fashion, this is a look back at the 1940s as well as an action adventure involving a young boy who moves to Hollywood with his family, meets a shaman, acquires a very special carved turtle and winds up saving the world. (Gr. 5-8)

The Hound of Rowan. The Tapestry. Book One – Neff, Henry H.
After twelve-year-old Max sees his destiny in a tapestry, he winds up at Rowan Academy. There he is trained in "mystics and combat," to prepare him for the battle with an ancient enemy who is kidnapping children with powers like Max. (Gr. 3-7)

Peak – Smith, Roland
Peak goes from climbing the outside of skyscrapers in NYC to an attempt to be the youngest climber ever to reach the summit of Everest. With him are the mountain climbing father he hasn't seen for years and the grandson of the famous Sherpa guide who saved his father's life. (Gr. 7-10)

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Stewart, Trenton Lee *****
Two boys and two girls, three of which are orphans and one a runaway, are recruited by Mr. Benedict to infiltrate The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and save the world. (Gr. 5-9)

Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales – Shusterman, Neal
A collection of delightfully creepy tales that run the gamut from nightmares, ghosts, deadly dentists and boat tours on the River Styx to a game where tag means death, literally. Lots of appeal, for middle school boys in particular. (Gr. 5-8)

Harlem Summer – Myers, Walter Dean
Sixteen-year-old musician Mark Purvis longs to break into the jazz scene of 1925 Harlem, but when he becomes embroiled in a bootlegging scheme with real-life jazzman Fats Waller, he has to find a way to pay off an angry mob boss for losing the liquor (Historical fic.). (Gr. 6 – 9)

Young Adult:

Wicked Lovely – Marr, Melissa
Fans of Twilight are going to enjoy this treatment of the world of faerie and the teenage girl who is being considered for the role of Summer Queen. The fate of the world depends on her accepting it. (YA)

Tantalize – Smith, Cynthia Lettich
Quincie has a werewolf boyfriend and a restaurant with a new vampire motif. She also has a new chef for the restaurant whose red eyes and fangs are real and who is much too interested in Quincie. (YA)

Nobody's Princess – Friesner, Esther
This is the childhood of Helen of Sparta, but this Helen is like a Tamora Pierce Shero. She learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy and has one adventure after another in the Mediterranean world as she accompanies her engaged sister to Mykenae for her marriage to the Prince and heir to the throne. (YA)

Wildwood Dancing – Marillier, Juliet
This retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses features the five daughters of a wealthy merchant who live in a castle in Transylvania and have found the portal to the faerie realm. True love, vampires, a witch and a telepathic frog also have a role to play in their adventures. (Gr. 8+)

The Swan Maiden – Tomlinson, Heather
The Swan Maiden, inspired by French fairy tales and the magical countryside of Provence, features the third sister whose mother did everything she could, including hiding her daughter's swan skin, to try to keep her from her destiny. (YA)

The Alchemyst: The Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Scott, Michael
The well-worn theme of saving the world from the forces of evil gets a fresh look here as he incorporates ancient myth and legend and sets it firmly, pitch-perfect, in present-day California. At the emotional center of the tale are contemporary 15-year-old twins, Josh and Sophie, who, it turns out, are potentially powerful magicians. (YA)

Being – Brooks, Kevin
A lonely teen, Robert Smith finds himself involved in events totally out of his control. A foster kid with a stomachache, he arrives at the hospital alone for a routine endoscopy. Not fully anesthetized, he hears the doctors claim that his insides aren't human. Unidentified men with guns swarm in, Robert bolts, and finds himself on the front page of the newspaper accused of stabbing one of the doctors. (YA)

While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles) – Marsden, John
Fans of 16-year-old Ellie Linton, gutsy guerrilla fighter from Marsden's Tomorrow series, will be overjoyed that she's back in an exciting series of her own. One afternoon while hiking with her adopted, profoundly deaf brother, Gavin, and old pal Homer, they hear gunfire coming from her property. What they find when they arrive home forever changes their lives. (YA)

Weiss Center announces summer hours!

The M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature announces its summer opening hours! The Center's mission is to encourage and support youth literature and literacy in an urban environment.

The Center will be open Mondays - Thursdays 8am - 5:15pm
It is located in Grossnickle Hall, Room 103 on the New Jersey City University Campus, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597

Visitors to the center can examine the latest children's and young adult books, can exchange views, and discuss literature and literacy. We would appreciate visitors submitting a review for the materials examined. These reviews may be published in the Center's periodical, the Weiss Word.

Class visits to the center MUST be reserved with Sheila Kirven by contacting her either at 201-200-3471 or via email at skirven@njcu.edu. Please include information about the number of students, the lesson objective and the assessment tool that will be used. We will soon have an online class visit request form on our website.

For more information see the center website
http://web.njcu.edu/programs/mjwc/ or call 201-200-2220.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Need a booklist?

You can generate booklists of award-winning books by using the Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature


Browse the articles on the Great Schools website

You will find articles and booklists arranged by grade:

Check OSCAR (http://sirsiprod.njcu.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/49) the library catalog to find and check out these books!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

An Opportunity for Young Writers and Illustrators ages 6-12!

Call for Submissions
Become a Published Young Author or Illustrator!

Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork by children ages 6-12. We are looking for creative works about the following themes:

The Ocean
Fairy Tales & Fantasy

Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! is scheduled to debut with a January/February 2008 print issue. Please visit http://www.launchpadmag.com to review our submission guidelines!

Printable handouts:

Email submissions and queries to: editor@launchpadmag.com
Or mail to:
Launch Pad
P.O. Box 80578
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

College Bound Honor Students Alert!-6/23/07

Kevin C. Hudson
Director of College Admission & Advising The Wight Foundation, Inc.

1. Are you an Honor student?

2. Are you focused on attending college?

3. Do schools like Princeton, Harvard, MIT, TCNJ, Stanford, Vassar, CalTech, Williams and Yale seem out of your reach?

4. Do you wonder how you will be admitted to a college of your choice?

5. Do you wonder how you and your family will be able to afford college?

The Wight Foundation Education Fair provides an opportunity for students and families from urban Essex County and surrounding New Jersey communities and counties to learn about the college admission process for highly selective colleges and universities.

Admission and Financial Aid professionals will provide insight into the process and answer all of those questions you wanted to know about highly selective admissions.


1. Honor Students in the Classes of 2008, 2009, 2010.

2. Parents/Guardians of Honor Students in the Class of 2008, 2009, 2010.

3. All Class of 2008, 2009, 2010 Wight Foundation Scholars & Parents/Guardians.

4. Community College Honor Students.

5. Counselors, Mentors, Administrators of HS Honor Students.

The schedule and a brief sample listing of schools
are below:

Saturday, June 23, 2007 8:30 am ET - 3:00 pm ETNewark, NJ


8:30am - 9:30am

Opening Remarks


"Demystifying the College Application and Admission Process"
10:00am to 11:15am

"Understanding College Financial Aid"
11:30am to 12:45pm

College Fair
1:00pm to 3:00pm


Princeton University
Bates College
Barnard College
Bowdoin College
University of Pennsylvania
Boston College
University of Chicago
Dartmouth College
Bryn Mawr College
The College of New Jersey
Oberlin College
Wellesley College

and many more...


Essex County College (ECC)is located at 303 University Avenue in Newark, NJ. Participants should enter the Market Street/Martin Luther King Boulevard entrance for the event. NJ Transit provides multiple options to access ECC via bus or connections through the Newark Light Rail.


Contact: Kevin C. Hudson, Director of College Admission & Advising for The Wight Foundation at kchudson@wightfoundation.org


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Science Teachers- Save the Date-9/25/07

New Jersey Center for the Book
Stellar Science Spectacular – Promoting Science Literacy


Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Location: Jennifer A. Chalsty Center at the Newly reopened Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park, Jersey City

9:15 – 10:00 Registration and coffee

10:15 – 11:00 Welcome and Keynote Address
Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Gustav Friedrich, Dean of the Rutgers
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies;

Welcome to LSC; Renee Swartz, Chair of NJ Center for the Book;
and Keynote Speaker, Lucille Davy, NJ Commissioner of Education

11:00 – 3:00 Vendor Exhibits (eight publishers)
11:00 – 4:00 ON SITE – ALL DAY: Rutgers Science Explorer Program
A 40-foot bus, run by Rutgers University’s Math & Science Learning Center, offering
on demonstrations of science experiments. Director: Dr. Kathleen Scott (Grade 6-8)

11:15 – 12:15 Workshops – Session A
1. Carol Shields, Stevens Institute of Technology, CIESE – Hands-on activity from
“Catching the Wind” an Engineering is Elementary module from the Museum of Science,
Boston (Grades 2-5)

2. Dan Smith, Director of the Abbott Partnership Program, Liberty Science Center – Using Liberty Science Center as a teaching tool and resource.
In this session we will conduct a brief overview of each new exhibit and the Jennifer A. Chalsty Center and how they can aid you in teaching your students. (Grades K-8)

3. Jessica Trujillo, New Brunswick Free Public Library – recipient of the IDEAS grant through NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute to bring science to our kids: the grant process, reasons why libraries should offer science activities, and some of the resources used. (Grades K-5)

4. Susan Fichtelberg, Bonnie Kunzel, and Sharon Rawlins– Just the Facts:
Science Books for the Curriculum (Grades K-12)

5. Pat Morris, Executive Director, NJ Connection – Science Web Sites (Grades K–12)

12:15 – 1:30 Luncheon
Dr. Gustav Friedrich, Dean of SCILS, master of ceremonies
remarks by Congressman Rush Holt; presentation of Miss Rumphius Award,
and the opportunity to browse vendors exhibits and the Teacher Learning Lab.

1:30 – 2:30 Workshops – Session B

1. Carol Shields, Stevens Institute of Technology– Learn about free online collaborative projects sponsored by CIESE (Grades 1-5)

2. Dan Smith, Director of the Abbott Partnership Program, Liberty Science Center –
Using Liberty Science Center as a teaching tool and resource. In this session we will conduct a brief overview of each new exhibit and the Jennifer A. Chalsty Center and how they can aid you in teaching your students. (Grades K-8)

3. Sally M. Walker, author of Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, winner of the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, Informational Book Award for the most distinguished informational book for Children
– a workshop on how she researches her material and a book talk on current science books.(Grade K-8)

4. Presentation of five plays from Experiment on This! – The Science Comedies
– the appreciation of SCIENCE through the use of comedy.
Discussion with playwright Luigi Jannuzzi, director and actors. (Grade K-12)

5. Jessica Trujillo, New Brunswick Free Public Library – recipient of the IDEAS grant through NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute to bring science to our kids:the grant process, reasons why libraries should offer science activities,
and some of the resources used. (Grades 6-8)

2:45 Drawings for door prizes

NOTE: Early Bird Registrations postmarked by June 30, 2007, includes free IMAX admission and eligibility for a drawing for a laptop computer.
Other prizes include a basket of science books from Baker & Taylor and Barnes & Noble gift cards

3:00 IMAX Theater (free to participants registering by June 30;
($7.50 admission for all others)

3:00 Tours of LSC

Up to six professional development hours will be awarded for full day attendance.
Registration Fee - $25.00 (includes parking, lunch, admission to LSC)
Early Bird Registrations postmarked by June 30, 2007, will receive free IMAX admission and will be eligible for a drawing for a laptop computer.

Registration closes September 7, 2007.

Print out and complete the registration form and enclose a $25 check made payable to:
New Jersey Center for the Book

Mail to:
New Jersey Center for the Book
Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan,NJ 07726
Questions? Contact: Phyllis Anker, phyllisanker@gmail.com,
(609) 448 4129
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Name: ________________________________________E-mail Address:________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________


School or Library Name: _______________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

[Note: Please fill this in. Not a pre-registration, but an indicator for us to duplicate some workshops.

Workshop Preferences: Session A: _______________________ Session B:_____________________ ]

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Harry Potter Fans Alert! May 24th Deadline

Newark Public Library Is Only One In NJ To Host Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour

Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company has announced the schedule for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour whose only stop in New Jersey will be at The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, Saturday, June 9 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Knight Bus, based on the unique triple-decker bus described in the Harry Potter books, will depart from New York City on June 1 and over a seven week period travel to 37 libraries across the country. It will wind up back at Scholastic headquarters to kick off the seventh and final book in the series at 12:01 a.m. on July 21.

At The Newark Library, as at each location where the vehicle stops, a select number of fans will have the chance to board the Knight Bus to make a video sharing their thoughts and feelings about why they love the Harry Potter books. Select video clips from each location will be uploaded for viewing on www.scholastic.com/harrypotter Each person will receive a unique user name and password so that they can view their video online.

The lucky fans will be randomly selected from entry forms that are available at all library locations (main and branches) and on the Web site, www.npl.org Completed forms may be dropped off at any Newark Public Library location or mail to: Michelle Cappetta, Harry Potter Knight Bus, Newark Public Library, PO Box 630, Newark, NJ 07101. Entries must be received by Thursday, May 24, 2007.

Winners will be notified by telephone by May 30, 2007. Official Knight Bus wrist bracelets will be distributed to the lucky fans. Only those with a bracelet may enter the Knight Bus. Any age may participate, but those under the age of 18 must have a signed parent/guardian permission form on June 9, 2007.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Science teachers Alert: Women in Science site

The National Academy of Sciences have launched I was Wondering a new interactive site to highlight the achievements of women scientists.

Visitors to the site can travel along a timeline, build a robot and play games.

Try it out at http://www.iwaswondering.org/

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

KEAN University Education Job Fair-5/16/07

CAS* Building
First Floor
100 Morris AvenueUnion, New Jersey 07083

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2007 3:00--6:30 PM
*(CAS--Center for Academic Success)
More than 30 school districts--urban, suburban,private, vocational schools--will be in attendance!
Bring plenty of resumes.


You can post your resume on:http://www.Collegecentral.com

Sponsored by Career Development and Advancement Office
CAS Building #123 --
908-737-0320 FAX 908-737-0325

NOT ALLOWED AT THIS JOB FAIR: sneakers, hats,backpacks, pets and children.

Please pass this email on to colleagues, friends,family, students and teachers searching for employment!

YA Authors Abound This Saturday in Princeton

On Saturday May 5, 2007 from 12-5 in the Albert E. Hinds Community Plaza (next to the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ ) popular young adult authors such as Eireann Corrigan, E. R. Frank, K. L. Going, David Lubar, Wendy Mass, Ann Rinaldi, Ned Vizzini and many others will read from their work, and sign copies of their books.
This is a rain or shine event.

More information is at http://www.princetonlibrary.org/teens/books/TeenBookBash.html

Friday, April 13, 2007

National Library Week April 15- April is School Media Library Month

April is School Media Library Month
Research shows that the highest achieving students attend schools with well-stocked and staffed school library media centers.

April 15-21 is National Library Week

April 15th
"Step Up to the Plate @ your library"
Kids and young adults between the ages 9 to 18 years of age are invited to go to their library from April 15 to September 1, 2007, pick out a baseball book and submit an essay on how their favorite character inspired them. One grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2007. More information on "Step Up to the Plate @ your library," at www.ala.org/baseball.

April 19
Teen Literature Day,
Libraries all across the country will host programs and celebrations to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens. Programs will showcase award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians' expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials.

Monday, April 09, 2007

You've Heard of YouTube now there is TeacherTube!

YouTube has entranced us and sometimes provided anything but educational moments, but now there is TeacherTube

Check out its videos on Literature Circles, Math Activities and using technology in schools!

Here is a description from the site:

After beta testing for almost two months, TeacherTube officially launched on March 6, 2007. Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

TeacherTube was the idea of Jason Smith, a 14-year veteran educator. Jason has been a teacher, coach, campus administrator and district administrator in public schools. He asked the question, "Why can't teachers, students, and schools utilize the power of the read/write web for learning?" To overcome barriers, he decided to just create a site and get started trying to help. He turned to his brother, Adam, who is a younger, digital native, with technical skills. Adam used his skills to develop the site and found a web host. Soon, Jason's wife, Jodie, joined the team to start populating the site with videos and help improve the communication. She too has 14 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, campus technology integrator, and district curriculum coordinator.

Looking for Good Educational Videos, DVD's Audio ?

This website contains reviews of media on educational topics


You can search by subject, recommendation, and type of media.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

PBS Program on Deaf History and Deaf Education on TV tonight!

Something of interest for those concerned with special education!

The PBS film documentary "Through Deaf Eyes" will be shown today, Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 ET (Please check local listings) http://www.pbs.org/weta/throughdeafeyes/

Filmmakers say this documentary is the first comprehensive film on deaf history. Karen Kenton, the film's executive producer, said "We wanted to broaden people's concept of what is normal." "There's (not just) one way of being deaf." The film tells a variety of stories and touches some of the most fundamental issues, facing the deaf community, including how technology contributed to social change for deaf people and the arguments on how deaf children should be educated.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Banned Book #1 Bestseller

The Newbery Medal Honor book, "The Power of Lucky" which has garnered criticism because it contained the word "scrotum", is now listed as #1 in the Sunday New York Times Book Children's Review Best Sellers List. Several school and public libraries were reported as not having the book in their collections due to the controversy over the presence of the word "scrotum" in the text

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Fire Safety

In the last few weeks, there have been several tragic fires in the news. It is a good time to remind students and their families of the importance of fires safety.

The Education Services Collection has some useful educational materials:

Let's have fun with fire safety
Text 614.84 .L651

Learn not to burn curriculum : a firesafety education program of the National Fire Protection Association for school children
CMC TH9120 .N35 1987

The Smoke detectives [videorecording]
CMC TH9503 .S66 1990

Friday, March 02, 2007

Newbery Medal Book banned!

The Newbery Medal Honor book, "The Power of Lucky" was the subject of a page one article in the February 18, 2007 edition of the Sunday New York Times. The book has caused an uproar because it's 10 year old main character is fascinated by the word "scrotum".

The article reports that a handful of school libraries in the West, South and Northeast will not be stocking it . The American Library Association has issued a statement supporting the book and the rights of families to choose reading for their members. "Decisions about what materials are suitable for particular children should be made by the people who know them best - their parents or guardians. "

Librarians may seem to be nineteenth century "Miss Grundy's" in issues such as this, but I would also consider that this is not wholly about censorship. School libraries should have a Materials Selection Policy which incorporates a procedure for challenges of materials. If the procedure is followed without incident and publicity, all goes well. Unfortunately often times, challenges are followed by a great amount of controversy and publicity. This can translate into a very real lack of support for library budgets that are on the election ballot, and or the dismissal of librarians or teachers.

Sadly, in the real world , most people will not choose controversy or loss of employment in the preservation of intellectual freedom.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Need a Booklist? We Have Them!

Booklists are available in the Juvenile and Curriculum Collection sections on the third floor of the library. Topics of interest include: Global Literature for Elementary and secondary grades, Fairy Tales, Holiday Books, Concept Books and GLBT books. There are also booklists for educators on Student Teaching, Science Instruction, Education of Black Males and Health Education.

There is also a binder of book lists on topics of educational and children's and young adult literature topics at the Reference Desk on the first floor.

If you would like to get a complete list of the available bibliographies, leave a comment and it will be posted on the blog!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Borrow a Big Book!

(These are on the lowest shelves of the Juvenile Collection under the appropriate classification)

Brown, Ruth A Dark Dark Tale Juv.B879d
Dolan, Ellen M. Henny Penny Juv.D659h
Duyff, Roberta L. Big Bug Book of Exercise Juv. 613.7.D988b
Kaplan, Carol B Wicker’s Wishes Juv. K17w
Kittens Juv.372.4.R622 1989
McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings Juv. M127m 1991
Murphy, Jill What Next, Baby Bear Juv. M978w
Noble, Trinka Hakes Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash Juv.N747d 1991
Wells, Rosemary Hazel’s Amazing Mother Juv.W455h

Thursday, January 25, 2007

One Book NJ Books are in the Guarini Library

The One Book New Jersey program is a fun and exciting program sponsored by the New Jersey Library Association with generous support from the New Jersey State Library. The goal of the program is to bring people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book. Although this program is modeled on other "One Book" programs throughout the country, New Jersey's program is rather unique.

It involves not just one community, but the whole state. It is in fact four books: an adult selection, a young adult selection, a book for older children and a read-to-me selection.

This year, 2007, is the fifth year of the program.

One Book NJ selected books this year are:

Adult: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
PS3515.U789 T638 1999

Young Adult: So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Juv. W526s

Middle Grade: Whales on Stilts! by M.T. Anderson
Juv. A535w

Read to Me:
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

ALA Award Books Announced!

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature
“The Higher Power of Lucky,” written by Susan Patron, is the 2007 Newbery Medal winner. The book is illustrated by Matt Phelan and published by Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson.
Three Newbery Honor Books were named: “Penny from Heaven,” written by Jennifer L. Holm and published by Random House; “Hattie Big Sky,” by Kirby Larson, published by Delacorte Press; and “Rules,” by Cynthia Lord, published by Scholastic.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
“Flotsam,” illustrated by David Wiesner, is the 2007 Caldecott Medal winner. The wordless book is published by Clarion.
Two Caldecott Honor Books were named: “Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet,” written and illustrated by David McLimans, and published by Walker, and “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom,” illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Hyperion/Jump at the Sun.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
“American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang is the 2007 Printz Award winner. The book is published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
Four Printz Honor Books were named: “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party” by M. T. Anderson, published by Candlewick; “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green, published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.; “Surrender” by Sonya Hartnett, published by Candlewick Press; and “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
“Copper Sun,” written by Sharon Draper, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
One King Author Honor Book was selected: “The Road to Paris” written by Nikki Grimes and published by G.P. Putnum’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
“Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom,” illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children.
Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “Jazz,” illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Walter Dean Myers and published by Holiday House, Inc.; and “Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes” illustrated by Benny Andrews, edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad, and published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
“Standing Against the Wind,” written by Traci L. Jones is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences
“The Deaf Musicians,” written by Pete Seeger and poet Paul DuBois Jacobs, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons wins the award for children ages 0 to 10. “Rules,” written by Cynthia Lord and published by Scholastic Press is the winner in the middle-school category (age 11-13). “Small Steps,” written by Louis Sachar and published by Delacorte Press, is the winner in the teen category (age 13-18).

Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book
“Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways,” written and illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.
Three Geisel Honor Books were named: “Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride,” written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen and published by Candlewick Press; “Move Over, Rover!” written by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jane Dyer and published by Harcourt, Inc.; and “Not a Box,” written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis and published by HarperCollins.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
Lois Lowry, author of “The Giver,” is the 2007 Edwards Award winner. “The Giver” is published by Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin Company.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children
Author-illustrator James Marshall is the 2007 Wilder Award winner. Marshall was the author and illustrator of the “George and Martha” books, the “Fox” easy reader series, “The Cut-Ups” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children
“Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon,” written by Catherine Thimmesh, is the 2007 Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Houghton.
Three Sibert Honor Books were named: “Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement,” written by Ann Bausum and published by National Geographic; “Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea,” written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop and published by Houghton; and “To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel,” written by Siena Cherson Siegel, artwork by Mark Siegel and published by Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson (hardcover) and Simon & Schuster/Aladdin.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video
Author/illustrator Mo Willems and Weston Woods Studios, producers of “Knuffle Bunny,” are the 2007 Carnegie Medal winners. The DVD is based on Willems’ book “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” and is performed by Willems, his wife Cheryl and their daughter Trixie. It is directed and animated by MaGiK Studio, with music by Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the most outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States
Delacorte Press is the winner of the 2007 Batchelder Award for “The Pull of the Ocean.” Originally published in France in 1999 as “L’enfant Océan,” the book was written by Jean-Claude Mourlevat and translated by Y. Maudet.
Two Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: “The Killer’s Tears,” published by Delacorte Press, and “The Last Dragon,” published by Hyperion/Miramax.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

“The Book of Lost Things,” written by John Connolly and published by Simon & Schuster/Atria
“The Whistling Season,” written by Ivan Doig and published by Harcourt
“Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska,” written by Michael D’Orso and published by Bloomsbury
“Water for Elephants,” written by Sara Gruen and published by Algonquin
“Color of the Sea,” written by John Hamamura and published by Thomas Dunne
“The Floor of the Sky,” written by Pamela Carter Joern and published by the University of Nebraska
“The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” written by Michael Lewis and published by Norton
“Black Swan Green,” written by David Mitchell and published by Random House
“The World Made Straight,” written by Ron Rash and published by Henry Holt
“The Thirteenth Tale,” written by Diane Setterfield and published by Simon & Schuster/Atria

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture recognizing an individual of distinction in the field of children's literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site
David Macaulay will deliver the 2008 lecture. Macaulay’s work varies from the Caldecott Medal-winning “Black and White” to the satiric fiction of “Motel of the Mysteries.”
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA Web site at www.ala.org/mw07winners.