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Librarian Spotlight #2

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 16, 2012

Margaret Stawowy

Margaret Stawowy is the star librarian of our second On the Shelf installment. Stawowy is a “reluctant reader” specialist, non-fiction enthusiast, and she utilizes her  talents that life has provided, to inspire her library work and the children that enter the San Rafael Public Library. Read on and you’ll most likely discover a few books to match the reading flavor of the children in your life.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 13, 2012

Enter to win one of two autographed copies of  Jenny Lundquist’s book Seeing Cinderella.

Can Callie’s magic glasses help her see her way to leading lady, or is she destined to stay in the background forever, even with her super freaky magic glasses?

Giveaway begins September 13, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 11, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 9 and up

Paperback: 240 pages

He won’t read it.  He hates everything. #5

By David TeagueThe Children’s Book Review
Published: September 12, 2012

A drawing of a cartoon characterSchool has started.  Great news for some kids (a rare and exotic variety), bad news for some (more common), and mixed news for most.

Anyway, now that school rolling again, I drive the carpool van, and the other day, I ended up detouring past one of my city’s little wooden welcome signs, which proclaim our civic motto:  “Wecome to W–.  A Place to Be Somebody.”

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 11, 2012

Enter to win an autographed copy of  Ellis Weiner’s funny new book The Templeton Twins Have an Idea; illustrated by Jeremy Holmes.

“[T]he first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever, and funny (just like the twins), and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn’t?!).”

Giveaway begins September 11, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 9, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 232 pages

Solving the Problem of Problem-Solving

By Ellis Weiner, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 11, 2012

I’ve just finished writing the second Templeton Twins book, and it’s dawning on me that I am, apparently, interested in problem-solving.  Who knew?  But Book I and Book II spend a lot of time, not only having the Twins solve problems, but in walking them, and the reader, through the step-by-step process of either how they think about those problems, or how they literally solve them, or both.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 9, 2012

Enter to win a copy of Deborah Hopkinson’s biographical picture book Annie and Helen; illustrated by Raul Colon.

An original new book about two amazing women from history, Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.

Giveaway begins September 9, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 7, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 48 pages

By Deborah Hopkinson, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 9, 2012

Recently I had the opportunity at my day job (I’m vice president for advancement at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon) to take the popular “Strengths Finder” test.   My top strength turned out to be “Learner.”

I’d have to say that’s a fairly accurate description.  It also explains much about how I choose the subjects I write about in my nonfiction and historical fiction for young readers.  I have wide-ranging reading interests (I like to read with my story antennas up).  When I’m learning something new, I’m engaged, enthuse, and happy. And then there are those magical moments when I come across something extraordinary that makes me sit up and say, “Wow!  How come I never knew that before?”  Whenever this happens, there’s a good chance I want to write about it.

By Nicki RichesinThe Children’s Book Review
Published: September 7, 2012

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett strikes us as kind of a mad genius. He’s published many bestselling books, founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, and is on the board of directors for 826 LA. While wearing these many top hats, he’s infused his delightfully offbeat sense of humor back into the land of children’s literature. It’s a pleasure to share his thoughts on some of his favorite books, time travel, his picture book manifesto, his undisputed rivalry with Adam Rex, and that remarkable sleuth Harriet the Spy with our readers.

Nicki Richesin: You got your start in children’s book publishing with the help of Jon Scieszka as your mentor. Did he offer you any words of wisdom or professional advice when you began writing?