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2012 ALA Award winners!

Caldecott Winner   Newbery Winner   Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner   Sibert Medal Winner
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A Ball for Daisy   Dead End in Norvelt   Tales for Very Picky Eaters   Ballons over Broadway 

The American Library Association recently announced the winners of the children’s book awards.  The Curriculum Library has many of them, and more are on order.  For a list of the awards, look here.

Multicultural Books 1925-1985

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The Five Chinese
Arrow to the Sun The Clown of God
The Indian
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Here is a list of some of the older multicultural books in the Curriculum Library.  Older books need to be considered with care, since some of them may express values no longer appropriate to teach to children today.  This list may be useful to students in Edu 119, Human Relations.  Also note the list “20 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know.”

20 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know

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I Love My Hair!
Halmoni and the
Tar Beach

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has compiled a list of important multicultural books.

Here is a list of the ones available in the Curriculum Library.  These will be especially useful for students in Edu 119, Human Relations.

Multicultural Books–Appropriate or Inappropriate?

Students in the Human Relations class, Edu 119, often ask library staff about finding multicultural books that are either appropriate or inappropriate for classroom use.  You will find many, many multicultural books for children in the Curriculum Library but it is up to each student to decide whether they are appropriate or not, using the criteria your instructor gives you.  Some of the points you may want to consider are:

When was the book written?  Is a contemporary book likely to be more culturally sensitive than one written 20 years ago?

Is the author part of the ethnic group featured in the book?  If that information is not available in the notes or bookflaps, do a Google search to find out more about the author.  If the author is not part of that ethnic group, has he or she done extensive research?  Are there sources listed?

Are the illustrations stereotypical or dated?

Is the language respectful or condescending?    Is negative language necessary for the development of plot or characters?

Are the characters stereotyped or individualized?  Some examples of stereotypes are: the noble savage, the lazy Mexican sleeping under a cactus, the loving black mammy. 

Here are some lists which may help you decide: “Multicultural Books 1925-1985,” “20 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know,” and “Multicultural Picture Books.”  The last one includes comments from reviews.  Print copies of these lists are available in the Curriculum Library.

Titles from: “A Sampler of Books to Invite Careful Listening”

The Curriculum Library owns several books listed in the booklist entitled “A Sampler of Books to Invite Careful Listening.”  They are listed below with the call numbers:

Dyer, Jane.  Animal Crackers; A Delectable Collection of Poems.  CL 808.81 Dye71a 1996

Fleming, Denise. Barnyard Banter.  CLX f PS 3556 L438b 2008

Greenfield, Eloise.  Honey I Love. CL 811 Gre46h 1986

Hoberman, Mary Ann.  One of Each.  CL Pic Hob47o 1997

Mahy, Margaret.  17 Kings and 42 Elephants.  CL Pic Mah95 1987

Riley, Linnea.  Mouse Mess.  CL Pic Ril49m 1997

Other books of poetry may also meet the criteria of  using language in a unique and original way, with an emphasis on word play or figures of speech.  Examples of poems in both Spanish and English are:

Argueta, Jorge.  Sopa de Frijoles: Bean Soup.  CL 811.54 Arg 84s 2009

Alarcon, Francisco.  From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems.  CL 811.54 Ala73r 1998

Alarcon, Francisco.  Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems.  CL 811.54 Ala73l 1997


2011 ALA Awards announced!

Caldecott Winner   Newbery Winner   Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
  Siebert Medel Winner
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee   Moon Over Manifest   We Are in a Book!   Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot.

The eagerly-awaited ALA awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were announced last January.  Cara Stone, our library intern, has written about the most significant award-winning books, which are now on order for the Curriculum Library.  Click here for her article:

Review of _Remember Little Bighorn_

Walker, Paul Robert.  Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories.  Washington: National Geographic, 2006   CL 972.8 Wal54r 2006



My review: This absorbing history of the Battle of Little Bighorn includes details of the background and circumstances of the battle as well as the aftermath.  Accounts by many survivors on both sides help Walker to present a balanced account.  He makes plain, though he does not emphasize, that the real driving force behind the fight for the Black Hills was “the news that set America on fire” (p. 11) —  white miners’ excitement over and  greed for gold. The firsthand accounts are vivid and moving and give a real sense of the violence of the battle and the agony of both the soldiers, under George Custer and Marcus Reno, and the Indians, under Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.  There is a foreword by John Doerner, Chief Historian for Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.  Contemporary drawings by Indian survivors and by George Catlin give a sense of action and immediacy that contrasts with the rather stiff photographs of the period.   There is also an extremely helpful topographical map that gives the probable movements of both Army and Indian groups. Indexed.  Selected sources include, among others: Fox, Richard Allan. Archaeology, History, and Custer’s Last Battle.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993. 

Greene, Jerome A., ed.  Lakota and Cheyenne.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1994.

Hardoff, Richard G., comp. and ed.  Indian Views of the Custer Fight.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2005.

The Lexile number is 1170, so this book, although in picture book format, is best for middle and even high school. As a high school junior, my son wrote a report on Crazy Horse, and had difficulty finding sources in his school library or the public library where I was the director at the time.  Too bad this excellent book was not available to him—it’s only 27 years too late!

Edu 119 Native American Films

Here is a list of films about Native Americans that are appropriate for use in Education 119,  Human Relations.  Films that are on the shelf may be taken out of the library, but [lease keep in mind that reserve films  are available for in-library use only.  You may view reserve films in the media room, L207, or with headphones at a public computer.  Ask at the Circulation Desk, providing Ms. Brandel’s name and the title of the film you wish to check out.

You may watch reserve films in the Media Viewing Room (Library 207), or on any library computer if you provide your own headphones.   Library laptops, available for in-library use, will also play DVDs. Either provide your own headphones or watch in a study room.

Here’s the list:

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, 2007;  Columbus Didn’t Discover Us, 1992;  Moccasin Flats, 1992;  When Your Hand Are Tied, 2006 ;  I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind, 2007;  Walking with Grandfather Grey Wolf and Little Mouse Sister, 2006,  In the White Man’s Image 2007;  Geronimo and the Apache Resistance, 2007;   Our Spirits Don’t Speak English Boarding School, 2008;   Wacipi Powwow, VHS; The Shadow of Hate, VHS; A Time for Justice, VHS.

Please comment on what you think of these films.  Are they interesting, useful or informative?

Top 100 Children’s Novels

Interested in knowing what hundreds of blog readers consider the 100 Best Novels for Children?  Betsy Bird at Fuse#8 Productions is posting the results of a recent nationwide poll.  So far she has posted the results for books 91-100, 86-90,  81-85, and 76-80.  There are lots of readers’ comments,  excerpts from reviews and even some video trailers.  More will be coming soon.  Here are the links:





I hope these lists will inspire you to follow up and read some of the winners.  See if you see your favorites!  I encourage you to comment on the winners.


Newbery and Caldecott awards: 2010

Caldecott Winner   Newbery Winner   Michael Printz Winner  
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The Lion & the Mouse   When You Reach Me   Going Bovine
The American Library Association announced their awards for the best children’s books published in 2009.  The University of Dubuque Curriculum Library has the latest Caldecott and Newbery medal books and the Michael Printz winner for best young adult book.  Following is a list of the major winners, including the books that are currently on order (as of February 1, 2010).