Author Archives: Maddie

About Maddie

I am in my final semester at the University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science, and interested in librarianship in youth services.

History, Family, and Race: Three Great Reads

I read three Coretta Scott King Award honor books this week:  picture book The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, graphic novel Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and illustrated by Randy DuBurke, and chapter book Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes.  Despite covering vastly different subjects, each book describes a major event in history through the eyes of a young person with astounding results.  Continue reading


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Created by (you)th

As I read through the many winners of the Scholastic Writing Awards, I found myself smiling, laughing, and even crying at the honest writing done by teens across the country.  It looks like this year’s winners even include some Iowans, woo!

Here is more about the award from Scholastic’s Website:

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is run by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. a not-for-profit organization that supports young artists and writers. Each year, the Awards provide the opportunity for more than 250,000 teenagers in grades 7-12 to earn regional and national honors. Graduating high school seniors who submit portfolios of their work have the opportunity to compete for more than $1.5 million in scholarships from colleges and universities across the country. Continue reading

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The past few weeks I’ve read some pretty depressing award-winning books written for children.  While I say this not to discount the authors who created beautiful stories that deserve any and all recognition coming their way, I wonder how this affects young readers.  It also brings up many of the discussion questions for this week, which I hope to explore in a podcast at a later date.  Slavery, the Holocaust, and dystopias are the topics taking over my reading list lately.  It has left me asking, “Why are award books so serious?”  Continue reading

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Pink and Say Book Trailer

Pink and Say written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco won the The Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature award in 1994.


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The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry is a hilarious parody of “old-fashioned” children’s stories in which the Willoughby siblings have some very tongue in cheek adventures.  This book appeared on this year’s Iowa Children’s Choice Awards and Lowry has received many awards and honors for her contribution to children’s and YA literature, including the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.  She will deliver this award lecture at the St. Louis County Library on April 15, 2011. Continue reading

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Our First Book Trailer

Me, Frida written by Amy Novesky and Illustrated by David Diaz

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The Pull of the Ocean

Written by by Jean-Claude Mourlevat, The Pull of the Ocean was translated from French by Y. Maudet and won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award in 2007.  This reimagined fairy-tale based on Tom Thumb tells the story of tiny, silent ten-year-old Yann and his three sets of twin brothers and their escape from their abusive parents. Continue reading

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