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Discussion Booklist - Top Ten Humorous Picture Books

by Diane Colson on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 03:41 pm

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

FEATURE.  First published July, 2017 (Booklist).

From the dryly witty to the sidesplittingly hilarious, these funny picture books, reviewed in Booklist between July 2016 and June 2017, provide a bundle of laughs for all.

Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds. Illus. by Peter Brown. Aug. 2017. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781442402980). K–Gr. 3.

Jasper Rabbit doesn’t realize that his prized new undies glow, until the bedroom lights go out. His dismay quickly changes to terror after he stuffs them in the laundry hamper—and, horror of horrors, wakes up wearing them again.

Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis. Illus. by the author. 2016. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763665302). PreS–Gr. 2.

A few bugs discover a green shoot sprouting from the ground and, in their own gibberish language, discuss. Visual cues in splendid folk-style illustrations allow readers to draw meaning from the hilariously nonsensical dialogue.

How to Be a HeroBy Florence Parry Heide. Illus. by Chuck Groenink. 2016. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452127101). PreS–Gr. 1.

Fairy-tale-obsessed Gideon keeps a constant eye out for his chance to be a hero. Readers will chuckle watching the caped boy, who’s so focused that he misses glaringly obvious opportunities to help.

The Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsBy Drew Daywalt. Illus. by Adam Rex. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062438898). PreS–Gr. 1.

This madcap origin story presents Rock, Paper, and Scissors as three mighty warriors. The earnest gravity of the fighters’ quests pairs with the melodramatic tone to produce a brand of purely absurd, sidesplitting humor.

Lexie the Word Wrangler. By Rebecca Van Slyke. Illus. by Jessie Hartland. 2017. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780399169571). K–Gr. 3.

Lexie ties words together and herds them into sentences. But a missing d turns Lexie’s bandana into a banana: a word rustler is on the loose! Droll and playful wordplay will impress teachers and readers alike.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion. By Alex T. Smith. Illus. by the author. 2016. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780545914383). K–Gr. 2.

Little Red marches off through the African bush to deliver medicine to her aunt—but who’s that behind her? Warm colors, fantastic comic timing, and a twist ending infuse this updated tale with humor.

Nanette’s Baguette. By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. 2016. Hyperion, $17.99 (9781484722862). PreS–K.

Nanette, a young frog, is sent to pick up a baguette but ends up devouring it. Full of regret, Nanette contemplates moving to Tibet, but, luckily, Mom understands. Delicious wordplay and delightful illustrations convey energy, emotion, and hilarity.

Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author. 2016. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781626722408). PreS–Gr. 1.

Little luchador Niño faces off against his little sisters, and they fight dirty. They tattle, screech, and scream—until Niño cleverly traps them and calms them with a book. English-Spanish text and hilarious pictures depict the spectacular battle.

TriangleBy Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen. 2017. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763696030). PreS–Gr. 1.

Triangle is up to no good: a prank on his friend Square. Square fails to see the humor and chases the tricky Triangle back to his triangle-shaped house, where the tables are hilariously turned.

A Well-Mannered Young WolfBy Jean Leroy. Illus. by Matthieu Maudet. 2016. Eerdmans, $16 (9780802854797). PreS–Gr. 2.

A young wolf catches a rabbit and politely offers a last wish—only to have the rabbit break his promise to stay put. This understatedly humorous tale of politeness gone awry even sports a twist ending.

 

She isn't focusing on a young adult audience, although several of the books she mentions work well with that age group. 

What is missing here? What are the books that you have used with tweens and teens to make them laugh? Or...which of the books listed above are already on your go-to list?

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Discussion ALA Connect will be unavailable 8/11 - 8/31

by Diane Colson on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 08:14 am

Hello all,

You may have already seen this, but since we use this space, I thought it better to over-share than assume you already know!

Hello all,

You may have already seen this, but since we use this space, I thought it better to over-share than assume you already know!

Effective August 10th, ALA Connect, the online space where official ALA groups work together, will be available in read-only format in order to prepare it to move to a new, more robust platform – Higher Logic.  Work done in Connect up until August 9th will automatically be moved to the new platform.  Between August 11 and August 31st, you will not be able to add any content to your group’s space in ALA Connect.  For alternatives to ALA Connect as a work space during this time, please consult YALSA’s Chair Manual.

 Please communicate with your group members the changes that are coming to ALA Connect effective August 10th and let them know the new platform is scheduled to launch on August 31st.

 Also, please review and share the information below and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  The URL for the new platform is the same as the current ALA Connect, http://connect.ala.org.  I’ll be back in touch in late August  to let you know more details about the new platform.  Thanks for all that you do for YALSA and have a great rest of your summer!

 Thank you,

Letitia

 

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Discussion PB YA at Annual

by Diane Colson on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Hello!

We had a small but lovely gathering at the Annual Conference in Chicago last weekend. I wanted to fill you in.

There were eight attendees, including myself. Only two of us were already part of this interest group. The others were just...interested! A few of the participants were middle school media specialists, while the others worked in public libraries. 

Hello!

We had a small but lovely gathering at the Annual Conference in Chicago last weekend. I wanted to fill you in.

There were eight attendees, including myself. Only two of us were already part of this interest group. The others were just...interested! A few of the participants were middle school media specialists, while the others worked in public libraries. 

One of the media specialists is Karen Sterling. She works extensively with picture books in her middle school. Karen had so many great ideas that I'm going to interview her for the Hub, so look for that. Another participant, Jessica Ormonde, was inspired by her ideas on "Picture Books That You Wouldn't Read in Elementary School." She's going to see about getting a list together and a blog post for Hub. Jessica is also our newest member to this interest group - so welcome, Jessica!

Another librarian, Karen Moore, works in a public library. She does book clubs using picture books. I believe her patrons are younger, however. But someone else mentioned that when they do themed high school book clubs, they use picture books to introduce the topic. 

I'm going to put up another post here that has an attachment with Book Links' recent "Picture Book Mysteries" list. And I'll follow that with a post looking for suggestions of wordless picture books, so we can create a list using our collective expertise. 

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Discussion Meeting at Annual!

by Diane Colson on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 01:28 pm

Hello all,

So sorry to have neglected our fledgling group! I'll try to be more attentive. For those of you attending Annual, we do have a meeting time and place for our interest group. 

Saturday, June 24
10:30 - 11:30 am
Hilton Chicago Conference Room 4K

Hello all,

So sorry to have neglected our fledgling group! I'll try to be more attentive. For those of you attending Annual, we do have a meeting time and place for our interest group. 

Saturday, June 24
10:30 - 11:30 am
Hilton Chicago Conference Room 4K

Ideally, we'd plan an activity for that time. For example, we could have a speaker or a presentation relevant to our PBYA interest group. If anyone has a good topic and/or would like to present to the group, let us know! Otherwise we can do a face-to-face connect and discuss ways to best utilize this interest group opportunity. 

Diane

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Discussion Introductions and how this group can help you

by Diane Colson on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Hello everyone,

Let's have a round of introductions so that we can kick start some group cohesion. Also, please share either a favorite picture book that you like to use with tweens/teens, or an idea for a booklist.

Hello everyone,

Let's have a round of introductions so that we can kick start some group cohesion. Also, please share either a favorite picture book that you like to use with tweens/teens, or an idea for a booklist.

I'll start. I've been a YALSA member since 1999, and have had the privilege to serve on a number of selection and award committees, as well as some process committees. The high point of my career was an appointment as chair of the 2015 Printz Committee. (I'll Give You the Sun won the award that year.) I currently serve on the YALSA Board of Directors. My day job is as the librarian at a tiny career college.

I used to love using picture books as part of my booktalks to middle and high school students. That is no longer part of my life. But I wanted to get involved when Becky O'Neil expressed an interest. So thank you, Becky!

So what's your story?

Diane

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Online Doc Picture-Book Refugee and Immigration Stories from Booklist Magazine

by Diane Colson on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 11:38 am

Core Collection: Picture-Book Refugee and Immigration Stories

by Sarah Hunter

Core Collection: Picture-Book Refugee and Immigration Stories

by Sarah Hunter

The world is a complicated place, sometimes even a terrifying one, and although the impulse to protect children from the ugly parts of the world is natural, the prevalence of news reports and photojournalism means it’s unlikely they’ll be in the dark for long. As kids encounter immigrants and refugees in the news, their neighborhoods, or their classrooms and inevitably begin to ask questions, a picture book can be a perfect way to start a conversation. And for children who may have experienced similar events first hand, a picture book might offer some much-needed comfort or solidarity. Taking various approaches to the material, from artistically ambiguous to movingly candid, the following titles—picture book in format but aimed at a range of ages—tell stories of contemporary immigrants and refugees seeking out a place to safely call home. They might not answer all the questions, but they’ll certainly get kids thinking.

Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival. By Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Tuan Ho. Illus. by Brian Deines. 2016. Pajama, $18.95 (9781772780055). Gr. 3–5.

In this picture book for somewhat older readers, Ho narrates the story of his perilous escape from postwar Vietnam, in 1981, describing his pain at leaving behind loved ones and relief upon being rescued by an American aircraft carrier after six days adrift on the ocean. The text is terse and unembellished, leaving the rich images to capture the emotional events. Photographs of the family bookend the story and remind readers of the events’ reality.

Four Feet, Two Sandals. By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed. Illus. by Doug Chayka. 2007. Eerdmans, $17 (9780802852960). Gr. 1–3.

In a refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Lina, 10, finds one sandal that fits her perfectly, but Feroza is wearing the other one. They eventually decide to each wear both sandals on alternate days and become friends, but they must part when Lina and her mother get to go to America. With evocative paintings and a moving tale of sharing and hope, this is the personal drama behind the daily news. Williams and Mohammed offer a similarly moving story about a Sudanese refugee adjusting to life in America in My Name Is Sangoel (2009).

The Journey. By Francesca Sanna. Illus. by the author. 2016. Flying Eye, $17.95 (9781909263994). K–Gr. 2.

In a bright palette and playful visual style belying the serious subject matter, Sanna tells the story of a mother and her two children fleeing an unnamed, war-torn country to seek safety in a land of high mountains and friendly creatures. The straightforward text and fairy-tale-style artwork make this heartbreaking, scary, yet hopeful story beautifully captivating.

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation. By Edwidge Danticat. Illus. by Leslie Staub. 2015. Dial, $17.99 (9780525428091). K–Gr. 3.

Saya’s mother is in a detention center because she doesn’t have the right “papers.” Although Saya can visit her, she wants Mama home. Staub’s warm, swirling illustrations depict Saya’s mother comfortingly floating above her as she recalls her mother’s fanciful stories and comes up with an inspiring solution. Danticat’s endnotes remind readers that this is a story based in reality.

Migrant. By José Manual Mateo. Illus. by Javier Martínez Pedro. 2014. Abrams, $17.95 (9781419709579). Gr. 2–5.

In this accordion-fold picture book, appropriate for middle-graders, Mateo and Pedro present a single, extended childlike drawing packed with minute details, which move from crowded village life through a harrowing train journey to a modern cityscape, all the while accompanied by the story of a young, undocumented boy migrating to Los Angeles. This striking, empathetic look at a difficult issue is presented in both English and Spanish.

My Shoes and I. By René Colato Laínez. Illus. by Fabrico Vanden Broeck. 2010. Boyds Mills, $16.95 (9781590783856). Gr. 2–4.

Mario’s mother sends him a new pair of shoes for his walk from El Salvador to the U.S., where he will join her. The shoes grow filthy, develop holes, and wear down, but Mario and his father finally ford a river and join his mother in the U.S. The grainy illustrations portray the story, pitched for middle-graders, from a variety of perspectives but focus on the shoes, as a symbol of Mario’s journey.

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds. By Jorge Argueta. Illus. by Alfonso Ruano. Tr. by Elisa Amado. 2016. Groundwood, $18.95 (9781554988495). Gr. 5–9.

Argueta’s collection of carefully crafted, first-person, bilingual poems centers around the experiences of unaccompanied minors from Central America making the dangerous trek to the U.S. in search of their families and a safer life. Together with Ruano’s expressive paintings, Argueta’s poems, ideal for all older middle-school audiences, offer a unique and much-needed perspective on the reasons driving young people to immigrate to the U.S.

A Song for Cambodia. By Michelle Lord. Illus. by Shino Arihara. 2008. Lee & Low, $16.95 (9781600601392). Gr. 3–5.

This picture-book biography for middle-grade readers traces the childhood of Arn Chorn, who survived a Khmer Rouge work camp by learning to play a traditional Cambodian instrument. After many terrors, he’s eventually brought to America and adopted, and though he adjusts to his new country, his music keeps him connected to his homeland. Arihara’s realistic paintings, which steer clear of graphic violence, enliven Lord’s text.

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey. By Margriet Ruurs. Illus. by Nizar Ali Badr. 2016. Orca, $20 (9781459814905). Gr. 3–6.

The story of fictional Rama’s life in Syria before war forced her family to flee is an all too common one. First their lives are curtailed by political oppression, then violent warfare. Written in English and Arabic, the verses of Rama’s poetry teem with tangible detail, but it’s the illustrations—tableaux composed of rocks and pebbles—that will most fascinate middle-school readers.

Teacup. By Rebecca Young. Illus. by Matt Ottley. 2016. Dial, $17.99 (9780735227774). PreS–Gr. 2.

With a bundle of belongings, including a teacup containing earth from his homeland, a boy sets sail alone. As time passes, the cup sprouts an apple tree, which sustains him until he finds a place to land. Though the journey sometimes seems like a metaphor for growing up, the stunning illustrations contain subtle hints about turmoil in the boy’s homeland, suggesting connections to immigration stories as well.

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land. By John Coy. 2016. Carolrhoda, $19.99 (9781467780544). PreS–Gr. 2.

Wing Young Huie’s moving photos capture immigrant families in a variety of modern contexts, while Coy’s words emphasize common experiences of newcomers to this U.S. The powerful message of the words and pictures together reminds readers that immigrants are not just brand-new transplants in their neighborhoods; in some cases, they are the progenitors of many American families.

A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World. By Christine Ieronimo. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. 2014. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9780802723079). Gr. 4–6.

This hauntingly bittersweet tale, good for middle-graders, imagines the heartbreak of a mother and daughter forced apart by hunger and poverty. Eva longs for her biological mother, Emaye, but feels real security with her adoptive family in America. Velasquez’s light-infused illustrations capture the quiet dignity of Emaye’s grief and Eva’s tentative acceptance and perfectly complement the tender tone of the text.

Two White Rabbits. By Jairo Buitrago. Illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Tr. by Elisa Amado. 2015. Groundwood, $18.95 (9781554987412). K–Gr. 2.

The slow pace of this immigration story (also available in a Spanish edition) matches the steady tread of a girl and her father as they embark on a journey of immigration on foot, by raft, and atop trains, moving day and night through deserts and fields. The multimedia illustrations use saturated earth tones to render these anonymous people beautifully real. Though they have no names or a place to call home, there is no doubt that they count.

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Discussion Welcome to the Picture Books for Young Adults Interest Group

by Diane Colson on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 11:33 am

Official welcome! You should all be able to access our space on ALA Connect. Let me know if you have any problems.

Diane

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