Welcome to the online presence of the Butler Children's Literature Center, housed in Dominican's SOIS and generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation. Here, we run Butler Book Banter (B3), a book discussion group; host an annual lecture; and invite anyone interested in books for youth to visit us during our open hours (Fall 2019 hours: Monday 12pm-6pm, Tuesday 3pm-6pm, Wednesday 12pm-6pm, Thursday 9am-12pm and 1pm-6pm) or contact us for an appointment.
We received some tremendous new books this week, including just-released Parker Looks Up, the story of young Parker Curry and Amy Sherald’s portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery.
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment Written by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry and illustrated by Brittany Jackson Published by Aladdin Available October 15, 2019
An ABC of Equality Written by Chana Ginelle Ewing and illustrated by Paulina Morgan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available now
A World Full of Spooky Stories: 50 Tales to Make Your Spine Tingle Written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Madalina Adronic Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available now
My Kindergarten In 100 Words Illustrated by Sophie Beer Published by words & pictures Available now
The Map Challenge: A Book about Dyslexia (SEN Superpowers) Written by Tracy Packiam Alloway and illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo Published by QEB Publishing Available now
Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past & Present Written by Arabelle Sicardi and illustrated by Sarah Tanat-Jones Published by Wide Eyed Editions Available now
Mythologica: An Encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters and Mortals From Ancient Greece Written by Steve Kershaw and illustrated by Victoria Topping Published by Wide Eyed Editions Available now
The Rocking Book of Rocks: An Illustrated Guide to Everything Rocks, Gems, and Minerals Written by Amy Ball and Florence Bullough and illustrated by Anna Alanko Published by Wide Eyed Editions Available now
Permanent Record Written by Mary H. K. Choi Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Ages: 14+ Published: September 3, 2019
Nineteen-year-old Pablo Neruda Rind is a lot of things: snack food aficionado, NYU dropout, and deeply in debt. He’s working the night shift at a bodega when the stars align (or the pop stars align): superstar Leanna Smart comes in, picks out snacks, and sparks fly. Soon Pablo has two separate lives: the jet-setter life with Leanna and the one he’s avoiding back home. But you can only avoid debt collectors, parents, and roommates for so long.
Is this a love story? No. This is the story of a 19-year-old who simply cannot get it together. Pablo is whip-smart and talented and absolutely maddening. Why? Because author Mary H. K. Choi captures the haziness and frustration of almost-adulthood with perfect pitch. The romance between Pablo and Leanna isn’t that far-fetched on paper—her megastar life is paparazzi-ridden and exhausting, his life is debt-ridden and tiring. This romance lets them both disconnect from what drains them. The difference is that Leanna is committed to her popstar life, whereas Pablo wants to check out of his. Which he does. It is not an easy feat, because, for all its complications, Pablo’s life is filled with people who love him. Watching him blow off his little brother or screen his mom’s calls aren’t easy for the reader. But it is possible for Pablo because he’s got his own script: his single mom is wedded to her work, she won’t even take them to Korea to visit their family; his dad is no role model, a Princeton engineer who now dabbles in playwriting? Please. And his little brother? Well, if his little brother knew about Leanna Smart, he would understand. The thing is, Pablo’s family and friends—heck, even his bosses at the bodega!—they do understand. But Pablo doesn’t hear it. At least, he doesn’t hear it, until finally, finally he does.
This is an excellent read for
anyone who doesn’t know what they want to be when they grow up.
Are you interested in becoming part of a diverse and engaged youth-services-focused library community?
This $15,000 scholarshipwill be awarded to a student seeking to earn an MLIS with a planned focus on service to children and young adults.
The Butler Children’s Literature Center is proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship to support diversity in library service to young people.
Preference for the Butler Youth Services Scholarship will be given to graduates of a Dominican University undergraduate program who are from a background underrepresented in the field of library science. This competitive award will consider need, merit, academic excellence, and leadership qualities as part of the applicant selection process.
Butler Scholars Will:
complete the master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University’s SOIS program within two calendar years of continuing enrollment
work closely with academic advisors on course selections with the goal of completing a Certificate in Youth Services or school library licensure as part of their degree
participate in a variety of Butler Center activities including the annual Butler Lecture, Book Sale, and continuing education events
produce a relevant project or complete an independent study using BCLC resources to be presented at a BCLC event and/or a state or national professional conference