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add to the good in the world – gs

This year’s Children’s Literature Hawaiʻi (CLH) conference was fantastic! As I mentioned in an earlier post, Graham Salisbury and Steve Jenkins were featured guests. Activities kicked off downtown at the Tenney Theatre with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) offering dynamic performances based on Salisbury’s Calvin Coconut series and a medley of Jenkin’s work. This was a fun event for all ages, which was followed by a lively Q & A.

During his keynote on the first day of the conference, Salisbury discussed his work and offered some words of wisdom to those of us working with young people – including the title of this post. He also encouraged us to embrace our passion and write about what we want to know. Finally, he reminded us that writing is a wonderful activity for developing understanding, whether we publish or not.

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Graham Salisbury meets with students in the Books and Media for Children course

Jenkins’ keynote the second morning was beautiful, literally beautiful. He shared many creations from his books including some unpublished works, talked about visual literacy and discussed his passion for making science accessible.

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Steve Jenkins starts off day two.

In addition to the opening and the keynotes, 25 sessions featuring diverse content were offered – everything from writing poetry to illustrating nature to dystopian books to the Nēnē Award. My favorite session was A5 – Deaf Poe, Ed Chevy Interpreting Poe in ASL.

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Ed Chevy, Storyteller Extraordinaire

Chevy is a talented storyteller who recounted Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher. In addition to his magnificent performance, which was translated into spoken English by Kevin Roddy, Chevy discussed his process of preparation including visualizing, imagining the context and characters, and learning about the author. He also talked about incorporating facial expression, body language, and signs harmoniously to make stories come alive.

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Sunday Morning Meetings

Last year, I was invited to serve on the Children’s Literature Hawaiʻi (CLH) Conference Steering Committee. This dynamic and dedicated team includes academics, artists, authors, librarians, teachers, and other community leaders. We gather regularly to discuss myriad details involved in planning the biennial conference. Given everyone’s busy schedules, in order to avoid conflicts, our group meets on Sunday mornings.

CLH’s mission describes our core belief that, “literature should be a primary part of every child’s education.” As such, “CLH promotes opportunities to experience, interpret, and create children’s literature through activities such as reading, storytelling, art, drama, song, and scholarly discussion.

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Conference Logo by Steve Jenkins

Organizers and participants have been working to fulfill this mission since 1982. Our current conference theme is Imagining Worlds, Fictional & Real. Conference activities span three days in June . The main conference is held on Oʻahu at Chaminade University. This year, there is also a mini-conference on Maui. Events kick off on June 9 – including an evening festival at the Tenney Theatre, home of Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY). June 10-11 are full conference days featuring three strands of presentations:

  • Interpreting literature – reading children’s literature
  • Using literature – activities for home, school, and at the library
  • Creating literature – production and publishing

There are also special sessions for families and a teen track designed to encourage creativity among youth. The 2016 featured author is Graham Salisbury, whose works include Under the Blood Red Sun. The featured illustrator is Steve Jenkins, whose beautiful books bring science to life.

Registration for this not-to-be-missed conference is free – and will be available soon!

i am glad you are here

The American Association of School Librarians hosted the 17th National Conference, experience, education, evolution, in Columbus, OH from November 5-8. The gathering featured many informative sessions including a keynote by Caldecott Medal-winning author Brian Selznick on the power of stories. Selznick’s newest creation, The Marvels, shows how fiction is often better at telling the truth than facts.

The IdeaLab was another fantastic event showcasing effective practices. Computer monitors were set up for presentations on tables around a large room and participants browsed topics of interest.

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IdeaLab, AASL National Conference, Columbus, OH, November 5, 2015

I hosted a space at the IdeaLab on LGBTQ Inclusion @ Your Library. Several hundred librarians stopped by to discuss strategies for effective collection development, curriculum connections, programming, and special events. As with other library events, participants’ responses to the content were mixed. Most were approving of the ideas, many indicated they lacked experience with LGBTQ content, several expressed concerns about promoting access because of potential negative administrative and/or community response, and a few people said quietly, “I am glad you are here.” That was nice of them to say, but, it would be much better if they didn’t feel the need to speak quietly or if these conversations simply weren’t so problematic. All LGBTQ youth deserve school (and public) librarians who are fully prepared to support them with robust access and effective services.

alison bechdel @ queers & comics

alison bechdel @ queers & comics

CLAGS hosted Queers & Comics on may 7-8 to celebrate, explore and analyze queer cartoonists and their work. it offered lgbt cartoonists, comics writers and artists an opportunity to share information about their craft, to document the history and significance of queer comics, and to discuss how lgbt cartoonists navigate the comics industry.

watch alison bechdel’s fabulous keynote here & sing along!

 

incomplete list of best books

general best

Best – Boston Globe

Best – Economist

Best – Globe and Mail

Best – Houston Chronicle

Best – Huffington Post

Best – Independent

Best – Kansas City Star

Best – New York Times

Best – Publishers Weekly

Best – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Best – Seattle Times

Best – Washington Post

Best Compilation – Wall Street Journal

Best Items – BoingBoing

Best Stocking Filler – Guardian

Favorite – NPR On Point

Favorite – Newsweek

Favorite – Slate

Favorite – Star Tribune

Gift-Worthy – Star

Goodreads Choice

Great Reads – NPR

Holiday Book Gift Guide – Los Angeles Times

Notable – New York Times

Printers Row Picks

Top 100 in Print | Kindle – Amazon

Top Ten – Age

specific best

Australian Writers Pick Best – Canberra Times

Best Armchair Travel – Telegraph

Best Architecture | Art | Biographies | Fiction | Graphic Novels | Photography | Science | Sports  – Guardian

Best Audiobooks – Washington Post

Best Biographies – Independent

Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books – Brain Pickings

Best Bird – Guardian

Best Canadian – Canada Council for the Arts

Best Canadian – CBC

Best California-Based Cookbooks – LA Weekly

Best Cloud Computing – VoIP

Best Comics – AV Club

Best Comics – Paste

Best Cookbooks – NPR

Best Cookbooks – Telegraph

Best Crime and Thrillers – Guardian

Best Crime Fiction – Independent

Best Debuts – Independent

Best Education | Fiction | Graphic Novel | NonFiction | Poetry – Teaching for Change

Best Fiction – Christian Science Monitor

Best Food – Arizona Daily Star

Best Food – Atlantic

Best Food Part 1 – Mother Jones

Best Food – National Post

Best Graphic Novels – Salon

Best Graphic Novels – Washington Post

Best History – Telegraph

Best Independent Fiction and Poetry – Flavorwire

Best LGBT – Pridesource

Best Loo – Spectator

Best Media – Library Journal

Best Music Books – Guardian

Best Mysteries and Crime – Seattle Times

Best Nature Literature – Guardian

Best Nonfiction – Blomberg View

Best Non-Fiction by Black Authors – The Root

Best Novels – Paste

Best Paperbacks – Guardian

Best Photobooks – TIME

Best Photography and Art – Telegraph

Best Poetry – Guardian

Best Politics – Guardian

Best Romance – Washington Post

Best Science – New York Times

Best Science – Wired

Best SciFi/Fantasy – Washington Post

Best Short Stories – Guardian

Best Thrillers – Washington Post

Best Wine – New York Times

Holiday Books – Telegraph

Holiday Gift Book Recommendations – Chicago Botanic Garden

Libros Para Regalar – Galakia

Top Fiction by Latino Authors – LatinoAuthor

Top Queer and Feminist – Autostraddle

Writer Picks Part 1 and Part 2 – Guardian

young best 

Best Adult Books 4 Teens – School Library Journal

Best Children’s Books – Air and Space

Best Children’s Books – Brainpickings

Best Children’s Books – Guardian

Best Children’s Books – Spectator

Best Children’s Books – New Statesman

Best Children’s/YA – Irish Times

Best Comics | Picture Books | Middle Grade | High School | Non-Native Writers – American Indians in Children’s Literature

Best Elementary | YA – Teaching for Change

Best Kids’ Books – ABC

Best Kids’ Books – National Post

Best Picture Books – Huffington Post

Best Picture Books | Middle School | YA | Non Fiction – School Library Journal

Best YA – Mashable

Best YA – Telegraph

Best YA Novels – Bustle

Diverse Books for the Holidays – #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Great Reads – Canadian Children’s Book Center

Guide Book to Gift Books – Center for Children’s Books

Los Mejores Libros para Niños y Jóvenes – Banco del Libro

Notable Children’s Books – New York Times

Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator – School Library Journal 

how do you celebrate…?

Obamas go book shopping.

Obamas go book shopping. #SmallBusinessSaturday

 there is a also campaign to #giveabook and options to donate books.

need more best books?

check out largehearted boy’s big list and this post on award winners.

consider other sources too like Pinterest (e.g. Street Lit)

and your local library (e.g., CPL and NYPL)!

know other 2014 best books lists in the news?

leave a comment with the link.

last updated 1.1.15

a queer library alliance for young people: using books with LGBTQ content

On June 6, my friend and colleague Thaddeus Andracki and I spoke about queer issues and materials—especially in libraries and especially relating to local issues in Hawai‘i at the Children’s Literature Hawai‘i Seventeenth Biennial Conference at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Here’s the abstract describing the three areas we discussed:

We review options for selecting materials with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (GLBTQ) content to support personal and community goals. We look at challenges to providing access to queer materials. Finally, we consider possibilities to develop collections and programming with GLBTQ content aligned with emerging needs of children and young adults. Presenters will offer ideas and incorporate examples to encourage participants to share knowledge and engage in open discussion throughout the session.

We were very pleased with participant engagement. More details including slides are available at Tad’s blog.

rae and tad sharing some favorite reads at children’s literature hawai’i conference 2014

wild about reading @ your zoo

The inaugural Wild About Reading was a hoot! Authors, librarians, and storytellers spent the day reading tons of animal-themed books to children visiting the zoo. This lively event was hosted by Children’s Literature Hawaii, the Hawaii State Public Library System and the Honolulu Zoo Society.

Sue Cowing, Vicky Dworkin and Rae Montague at Wild About Reading

Learn more via Hawaii Public Radio.