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What makes a great children's book? This question has been on my mind for the past three years as I've curated the children's award winners and honors display. As a prospective school librarian, part of my training is to acclimate myself to the world of children's and young adult publishing in order to help growing readers flourish. The award lists are crucial tools in this process. Some awards focus on writing, some on illustration, some on both. Many have cultural focus or a core idea that drives the selection process, but many are also selected and judged...
May 1 marks International Workers' Day, chosen in memory of the Haymarket Affair: a general strike petitioning for the eight hour day set in 1886, the ensuing police violence, and other workers' rallies that followed. With teachers of all levels going on strike around the nation and the world in a fight for fair treatment, this month comes as a reminder of what workers have won and what they have at stake in the future. The idea for this collection began when I came across a ch...
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The highest accolade that a piece of children's literature can receive is a chorus of voices shouting "Again! Again!" when the story is finished. Measuring what makes a book stick out to children isn't always easy, but awards panels try their best to strike a balance between books that are most likely to be read front and back, over and over, and books that are most likely to make a lasting impression for readers of all ages. This year, I have been given the honor of presenting the most recognized children's books of 2018. The materials on display come from long lines of winners and honorab...
If you are feeling inspired by the July/August Staff Picks, Dear Summer: Letters in Literature, here are some websites that facilitate and encourage letter writing. Postcrossing is an international project in which one exchanges postcards with strangers around the world. Sendsomething.net is a place...
[caption id="attachment_30247" align="alignright" width="225"] June 2018 staff picks[/caption] School design is a modern problem; modern in the sense that it originally developed in response to the industrial revolution, and the complexities of industrial society.  An ever-incre...
{{unknown}}     Co-Authored and Co-Curated By Anika Paris and Jasmine Sykes-Kunk Fifty years ago this month, Columbia University students, as well as some staff, faculty, committed activists,...
Staff Picks January/February 2018 Survivors, Settlers and Assimilators: Transforming Jewish Identities
{{unknown}}   As a new member of the Library Services team, I am very excited and proud to curate my first Staff Picks Collection, The Common Thread: Domestic Arts and Handcraft on the second floor of the Gottesma...
[caption id="attachment_28062" align="alignnone" width="300"] Colorful bookmarks paired with new, acclaimed children's books display information about the awards represented in our collection.[/caption] September is a month of new starts for many, especially those returning to school. What could b...