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Book Roundup: Professional Development and Children’s Books

I don’t know about you, but I have a special “books” tag in my Goodreads: Books about books. A handful of these are books that have gotten me thinking more seriously about librarianship serving the very young, and I share those with you here in hopes that, over at our Facebook page, you will share some more titles to keep me and our colleagues reading and learning. From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books, by KT Horning This guide to reviewing is invaluable if your work includes annotating, evaluating, or reviewing children’s books. The specific titles go out of date quickly--make sure to look for the 2010 edition, and obviously even that is several years out of date--b

Immigrant Voices in Picture Books

Ten percent of Coloradans, and 16% of Denver residents, are foreign-born (American Community Survey). Over one-third (36%) of Denver’s children are immigrants or have at least one immigrant parent (Kids Count Data Center). And 130,000 people in the Denver metro area, a full 37% of Denver’s immigrants, are undocumented (Pew Research Center). With immigration constantly in the news and policy changes affecting so many in our communities, parents, educators, and librarians may be looking for resources to talk with young children about immigration. Below are some titles that deal compassionately with the issues of family separation, detention and deportation, and the experiences of unaccompanied

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