Category Archives: Children’s Books

Gene Luen Yang: National Storyteller

If we were to conjure a favorite high school teacher, one who’s smart, funny, innovative, caring, honest, and ever so talented, Gene Luen Yang would fit to a T. So personable a speaker, he can reach you through his website … Continue reading

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Ralph Steadman: Evocative Frenzy

I am unceasingly inspired by the artistic wizardry of Ralph Steadman, particularly his knack for evocative frenzy. Though clearly an expert draughtsman, he’s made a career out of twisting conventional imagery with a demented cartoon sensibility. What appears at first … Continue reading

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Children’s Literature Saves Lives

After the raucousness of politics last fall, I overheard a woman say that she had been binge watching Hallmark Channel love stories. I could certainly relate as I retreated for weeks on end to exclusively reading children’s fiction, where issues … Continue reading

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Immigration and the Refugee Experience Presented in Comics for Kids and Young Adults

Comics can be an effective gateway toward empathy and understanding. Both fiction and non-fiction comics can help the reader visualize and develop context for a wide variety of human experience. Here are a few comics which may help younger readers … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter At The Library

Today across the city, many Seattle Public School teachers and staff are wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts and stickers, holding rallies before school, and teaching lessons on Black history and institutionalized racism in a district-wide action, #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool. Here is more … Continue reading

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Through Reading – With Kids!

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th – October 15th, honors the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with ancestry in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Children’s librarians from the Central Library’s Children’s Center have compiled a list … Continue reading

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Welcome to Awards Season

Can you feel it in the air? Have you seen the announcements? Literary awards season* is upon us again! On September 9th, the shortlist for the Man Booker prize was announced. On September 15th, the National Book Foundation finished announcing the … Continue reading

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