Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
REMINDER : We are now closing the agenda TWO WEEKS before the meeting. Therefore, March 9 at midnight is the last day to nominate titles for the March 24 meeting. At the March meeting, all titles will be on the agenda that were published in January and February.
What do midges, maggots, lizards, fungi, and monkeys have to do with a favorite chocolate bar? Ink and warm watercolor images featuring bookworms watching and commenting on the action reveal that without them, chocolate could not exist.
Omar arrives from Brooklyn and declares Claudia will succumb to his charms. Interested only in protesting the loss of arts and library funding, she ignores him. Alternate chapters expose their slowly changing opinions of each other.
Ghosts invisible to adults plague England. Young Lucy is the newest member of Lockwood & Co, a ghost-hunting agency desperate for clients after a disastrous job involving the ghost of a murdered girl. Now, they must take on a high-risk job that could save their firm but also take their lives. Excellent world-building and narration help build suspense and keep the story moving.
Photographs and first-person accounts accompany this compelling narrative about the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Additional stories depict the ways Japanese Americans helped win the war and the enduring effects of internment on contemporary society.
The value of George Ohr’s “art pottery,” as unconventional as he, became recognized fifty years after his death. Vivid narration, photographs, and quotes form Potter’s autobiographical article (1901) present an engaging, well-researched look at an artist and his legacy.
Bright, stylized illustrations show young Jamaican Clive’s passion for music. He moved to New York’s Bronx and transformed into DJ Kool Herc by using two turntables to play hip-hop breaks for adoring street dancers, thereby creating a new American music form.
Ghosts know Sam Toop as a “Talker,” and since he hears them, they ask his help with Unfinished Business. Toop discovers terrible wrongs in some of London’s haunted houses, and the ghosts themselves have to help him help them.
Short free-verse chapters capture Gabby’s anguish with her parents’ separation, her new school, and wanting an understanding friend. Her daydreaming damages study, but a thoughtful teacher’s guidance reveals to her the beauty of words and wonders in writing.