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Gene Luen Yang Named 5th National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature

Gene Luen Yang Named 5th National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature

Yang“The position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children.”

Library of Congress National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

The new Ambassador for the next two years is Gene Luen Yang. The theme for his two year term as ambassador will be “”Reading Without Walls”

Ambassadors:

  1. 2016-2017 Gene Luen Yang
  2. 2014-2015 Kate DiCamillo
  3. 2012-2013 Walter Dean Myers
  4. 2010-2011 Katherine Patterson
  5. 2009-2010 Jon Scieszka

Websites:

Books:

The Promise, Part 1 The Promise, Part 2 The Promise, Part 3 The Search, Part 1
The Search, Part 2 The Search, Part 3 The Rift, Part 1 The Rift, Part 2
The Rift, Part 3 The Rift Smoke and Shadow Secret Coders

Information Provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Happy 100th Birthday, Jean Fritz!

Happy 100th Birthday, Jean Fritz!

 

Jaen Fritz PhotoBorn on November 16, 1915, Jean Fritz has written over 30 books for children since her first book, Bunny Hopwell’s First Spring was published in 1954.  Fritz is probably best known for her Newbery Honor book “Homesick” and for many, many entertaining biographies.

History isn’t boring, once you get to know the people,” says children’s author Jean Fritz. “In my writing, I give people their place.” From National Endowment for the Humanities: Jean Fritz

I’ll tell kids something funny, and they’ll all look at their teacher, to see if it’s OK to laugh. You can almost hear them thinking, `This is history. Is it supposed to be funny?” From: Christian Science Monitor: Author Jean Fritz Shares History’s Facts – and Funny Moments

One of the most interesting things I read about her is this:

In her books about real people of the past, Jean Fritz never makes up dialogue. Instead, she draws on the real letters, diaries, and journals of those people, using only words that they actually wrote or spoke. This practice can make writing scenes and conversations difficult, but Fritz feels it keeps her writing true to the people involved.” From Meet the Author Jean Fritz

Prize winning children’s author Jean Fritz takes takes the viewer along for a research trip at the Hasting’s Public Library:

What an interesting lady! Want to know more?:

Websites:

 

Books:

homesick You Want Women to Vote Lizzie Stanton Alexander Hamilton the Outsider The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Whos Saying What in Jamestown Thomas Savage

Streaming Video:

Watch Jean Fritz’s books:

Whos That Stepping on Plymouth Rock Will You Sign Here John Hancock

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Indiana Fever!

Indiana Fever!

Fever to Finals

Swish!

Congratulations to our Indiana Fever

who have advanced to the WMBA Finals

October 9th and 10th!

Get in the spirit of the game with the story “Swish!”
about two girls’ teams, the Cardinals and the Blue
Jays, who play a close and intense game of basketball.

Fever Celebrate

Websites:

Books:

Basketball Bells Girls Basketball Hoop Queens WMBA Mega Stars

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Author Brian Selznick Sept. 23rd

Author Brian Selznick Sept. 23rd

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This event is at Central Library. Free tickets are available at Central Library beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Limited advanced tickets with a purchase of a Brian Selznick book are available at Kids Ink Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois St. Questions? Call Central Library 275-4100.

Websites:

Brian Selznick Biography

Books by Brian Selznick:

Marvels Wonderstruck Hugo Cabret Boy of a Thousand Faces

More Books written and/or illustrated by Brian Selznick.

 

 

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