Curious about how to get your start in book reviewing? Looking to sharpen your current skills? Join professional reviewers Janice Del Negro (Associate Professor, Dominican University SOIS) and Hal Patnott (Library Assistant, Oak Park Public Library) for a discussion on the history of reviewing and current trends in the field, as well as the resources and skills required for professional reviewing of youth literature.
Who: Open to all teachers, librarians, students, and book-lovers (or any combination thereof)
What: Tips, tricks, lively discussion, and snacks– of course
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 11am–1pm
Where: Butler Children’s Literature Center, Crown Library 214
Please RSVP to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or whichever social media post you’re reading right now.
Hope to see you then!
The Remember Balloons
Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
Simon and Schuster, August 2018
James has a handful of colorful balloons, reminders of his most important days. His parents and grandfather have even more balloons. His dog has one! Each bright balloon holds a special memory—birthdays, weddings, fishing trips—a lifetime of extraordinary moments. As Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, Mom and Dad help James understand memory loss and how he can help keep Grandpa’s stories alive.
A gentle metaphor for aging, memory loss, and dementia to help young readers process what’s happening to a loved one. Oliveros doesn’t shy away from the anxiety, confusion, and anger in James’ reactions; validating those feelings in young and old alike. The black and white pencil drawings of this close-knit, mixed-race family provide an understated counterpoint to the vibrant balloons and the memories within. The subtly in both text and art work well to together in handling such an emotional topic and put the focus on the joy of remembering shared experiences.
Unfortunately, tonight’s (9/6/18) Butler Book Banter has been cancelled. We will still be open for our regular hours (12-4 pm).
Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.
Do you shop at your local farmers market? Support local arts organizations? How about adding “Read local authors” to the list?
Join us on Thursday, Sept 20th when we host Evanston author Sarah Aronson for a chat about local authors and creative ways to incorporate their books into your programming.
Made in Illinois: New Books by Illinois Authors and How to Use Them in the Classroom (and Library)
When: Thursday, September 20th– program starts at 6:15pm
Where: Butler Children’s Literature Center– Crown Library Room 214
RSVP: By September 17th to email@example.com
You can find out more about Sarah, her books, and her love of exclamation points at www.saraharonson.com
The Fall 2018 hours for Butler Children’s Literature Center are as follows:
Monday: 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 4pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 4pm
Thursday: 12pm – 4pm
These hours will go into effect starting Monday, August 27. We are also available by appointment (email firstname.lastname@example.org). Stop by to see our ever-growing collection!
The Dollar Kids
Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Illustrations by Ryan Andrews
Candlewick (August, 2018)
When his family wins the chance to buy a house for just $1, twelve-year-old Lowen sees it as a chance to hit the reset button — Mum can open her own restaurant, Dad can follow his dream of working in a clinic in an underserved community, his brother Clem can finally be the star athlete, and his sister Anneth — well, she’ll need convincing. And sensitive, artistic Lowen can work through his grief over the death of a friend and guilt over believing he caused it. But moving to a small town isn’t easy on any of them, leading everyone to question whether the Dollar House program was such a good idea after all. Dubbed the “Dollar Kids” by hostile new neighbors skeptical of the program and “whether it’s a help or drain on the town” (p. 328), Lowen and the other new kids in town struggle to make a place for themselves, rehab houses, and rebuild community.
The idea of home, be it a building, a community, a family, or a feeling creates a strong backbone for this plot, helping to pull the reader through the slightly slow start to the one year the book covers. By mid-book, the pace picks up in both action and time (the progress noted with each new chapter). While slightly awkward, the change of pacing mirrors the changes Lowen experiences as he processes his grief and settles into life in Millville. Scenes from Lowen’s comic book drawing layer in additional elements of his grieving process, questions of faith, and ultimately his healing.
Diversity (of age, gender, and cultures) among the characters in this story provide a varied range of coping mechanisms for dealing with uncertainty, insecurity, and change by both the new families settling in and Millville residents dealing with the decline of their small, but proud town. The inclusion of parents and other community members as active players in the story is a refreshing change from books that often leave you wondering “What happened to all the adults?” and provides a subtle reminder that communities need all types of diversity to thrive.
It’s nearly back to school time—yikes! In honor of all the teachers, librarians, parents, and oh yes, KIDS preparing for the first day of school we will be reading with that theme in mind for the first Butler Book Banter of the academic year on Thursday, September 6th.
So whether you’re looking for friendship, perseverance, and heart in your stories or mean girls, homework overload, and scaredy ninjas (oh my!), we’ve got the book for you!
Young Adult: People Like Us by Dana Mele (Putnam, February 2018)
Middle Grade: Class Action by Steven B. Frank (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2018)
Picture Book: The Secrets of Ninja School by Deb Pilutti (Henry Holt, March 2018)
There are always a bus-load of school themed books this time of year, so if you have a new favorite that’s not on our list, bring it for show and tell.
Please note, we’re making some small adjustments to planning this semester by shifting the meeting time to snacks at 6:30 p.m. and discussion from 7-8 p.m. Also, drop us an RSVP note at email@example.com or comment to whichever social media post you happen to be reading.
See you in September,