Children Young Adult

What’s In My Ear? #FridayListens

What’s In My Ear?


What have I been listening to lately?

Dumplin by Julie Murphy


Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool


Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King


What have you been listening to?


Got Kids? Submit a 90 Second Newbery Award Film!



The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. We are now entering our sixth year!

We feature the best submissions at annual special-event screenings in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland, Tacoma, Rochester, San Antonio and other cities—co-hosted by founder James Kennedy (author of the young-adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish) and other award-winning children’s authors. Here’s the schedule for this year’s screenings(want to bring the 90-Second Newbery to your town? Contact me at [email protected]).

If you like creative kids and books then the 90 Second Newbery Award Film Festival is for you! Take your fave Newbery Award winner and make a film out of it. That’s it! Make it as kooky, quirky, or creative as you want and send it to my BESTIE James (tell him Pammy Pam says Hi) and you could see yourself on the big screen.

Seriously, these are the BEST DANG films I’ve ever seen! We had the fortune to view a few at KidLitCon in Wichita and I want to tell you the folks never heard such laughter. Like Frog and Toad as puppets? Heelarious!

I need to borrow a kid so I can be in a film…

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Diversity Reading Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter J for Jacqueline Woodson #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is


Breaking the rule (I know it’s my own but whatever)

and featuring

Jacqueline Woodson

If you haven’t heard me FAN GIRL all over Woodson then you haven’t been around long enough! I can’t get enough of her work. SHE IS AMAZING and should be QUEEN of the Bad Girls Book Club. At a time when few women of color were being published for young people (or being published at all) JW was there.







Book Lover’s Paradise

This weekend I had the pleasure of helping my favorite book store, Trappe Book Center, pack up and move to their new location!  As a book club member, we were allowed to volunteer to help, which I think is pretty neat.

I was especially thrilled to find out that I was needed in the NEW location to help unpack and alphabetize.  I found this to be a good use of my time, I got to nose around the new digs, AND (bonus) I got to spend some time with a club member’s little boy as he helped me unpack and put things in ABC order! YAY me!

So starting tomorrow I will be found at the new If you get a chance stop by and see me them.

They are located at

Providence Town Center
220 Plaza Drive
suite B-3
Collegeville, PA 19426

First cuppa joe is on ME

Independent booksellers are THE BEST!!!

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Newbery Award Winner 2011

The 2011 Newbery Awards were announced this week and I’m excited to see what they are (and of course, get my hands on them).  Here’s what the ALSC had to say:

The 2011 Newbery Medal winner is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

The town of Manifest is based on Frontenac, Kan., the home of debut author Clare Vanderpool’s maternal grandparents. Vanderpool was inspired to write about what the idea of “home” might look like to a girl who had grown up riding the rails. She lives in Wichita with her husband and four children.

“Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey.

2011 Honor Books

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Children’s Books, a div. of Random House, Inc.

Sassy eleven-year-old Turtle finds her life turned on end when she is sent to live with her aunt in Depression-era Key West. With vivid details, witty dialogue and outrageous escapades, Jennifer Holm successfully explores the meaning of family and home… and lost treasures found.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams.

Shipwrecks, whaling, a search for home and a delightful exploration of cultures create a swashbuckling adventure. This historical novel is based on the true story of Manjiro (later John Mung), the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds, becomes a samurai.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Welcoming her readers into the “wild, enchanted park” that is the night, Joyce Sidman has elegantly crafted twelve poems rich in content and varied in format. Companion prose pieces about nocturnal flora and fauna are as tuneful and graceful as the poems. This collection is “a feast of sound and spark.”

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

The voices of sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern sing in three-part harmony in this wonderfully nuanced, humorous novel set in 1968 Oakland, Calif. One crazy summer, the three girls find adventure when they are sent to meet their estranged poet-mother Cecile, who prints flyers for the Black Panthers.

Surely you noticed the multicultural vibe, here non?

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you think!

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2011 80s & 90s Reading Challenge

I am excited to be participating in

YA of the 80s and 90s Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

The challenge is to only read books that were published in the 80s and 90s, which sounds great to me, since I was a teenager in the 80s and would love to re-visit some of my favorites.

Stop by her blog to sign up or check in with me to see how I’m doing, why dontcha?

First on my list (drum roll please…)

1. Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan (1985)

stay tuned…