Hi there! For 2019, we’re trying something new on our blog. On the first Friday of every month, I’m going to post 5 things that have caught my attention and share them with you. I’ve (very creatively) titled this series 5 on Friday. It might be my 5 favorite books for storytime, 5 books that are being adapted into movies this years, or like this week’s theme: 5 kidlit-related articles I’ve come across.
- Read Brightly has some excellent suggestions for encouraging kids of all ages to read more: read it here!
- School Library Journal discusses the difficulty in cataloging #ownvoices books here. There’s plenty of food for thought here – I had never even considered adding the tag to the catalog where patrons could find it, but Elizabeth Bird makes a good case for it and explains why it is both useful and tricky.
- 7-year-old Nicholas Buamah recently had his book Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day added to the Library of Congress! Described as “an animated book that helps elementary-aged school children build their vocabularies,” it’s also available for sale at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. What an accomplishment! You can read more about Nicholas and his book here.
- If you like spooky books, odds are you’ve already read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and both of the sequels. I loved the stories as a kid, but it was the art that really gave me the creeps. I wasn’t the only one, since not only is Guillermo del Toro making it into a movie this year, but a new tribute anthology is being published by HarperCollins early this year!! Edited by Jonathan Maberry and featuring numerous awesome horror writers, I’m so excited to see what they come up with.
- Learning how to regulate their emotions is tough for little ones, and when they are unable to express themselves they may resort to chomping down on their nearest and dearest. Most picture books I’ve seen about biting are pretty straightforward and not very fun, but now thanks to Lisa Wheeler and Ryan T. Higgins we have a couple really good ones that kiddos will also enjoy.
And that’s a wrap! Check back in next month, same bat-time, same bat-channel for the next 5 on Friday!