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The top books challenged in 2018 were targeted especially for #LGBTQIA content & dealing with painful issues such as teen suicide. (sighing)

The top books challenged in 2018 were targeted especially for #LGBTQIA content & dealing with painful issues such as teen suicide. (sighing) The top challenged books include GEORGE by Alex Gino (transgender); A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MARLON BUNDO by Jill Twiss (LGBTQIA); THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas (anti-cop, profanity, drug use – but I think the real reason is racism); THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher (teen suicide), THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie; DRAMA by Raina Telgemeir (LGBTQIA); THIS DAY IN JUNE by Gayle E Pitman (LGBTQIA); TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan (LGBTQIA). As always – don’t like a book? Don’t read it. But don’t prevent others who may need it, who might heal from it, from reading it.

Article from SLJ: https://bit.ly/2GaoK4N
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I had such a lovely time tonight at illustrator Aino Anto’s and writer Shelley A. Leedahl’s booklaunch

I had such a lovely time tonight at illustrator Aino Anto’s and writer Shelley A. Leedahl’s booklaunch for THE MOON WATCHED IT ALL, held at indie Toronto children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables. Shelley read the entire book to us while Aino showed us the illustrations, and it was such a powerful, moving book about loneliness and not fitting in, moving to finding each other and chosen family. It felt so good to be read to, the words and illustrations wrapping around us to create a vivid story world.

I got my copy signed by both, connected with #kidlit & #YAlit writer & illustrator friends, and of course Petal got a ton of love from people and gave it to them as well. It was a beautiful evening, and I am so proud of Aino and Shelley for their new book.

Pictured with me and Petal are illustrator Aino Anto (pics 1—4), Shelley Leedahl (pic 3); YAlit and kidlit writer Lena Coakley (pic 5), and Red Deer editor Peter Carver (pic 6), whose writing critique course I took for ten years before SCARS was published, giving me encouragement, community, and greater confidence in myself as a writer. (I should have taken more pictures; I saw so many good people I truly enjoy – but I forgot!) @aino_anto_illustration @mabelsfablesbookstore

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Look what just arrived! Talented illustrator Aino Anto’s THE MOON WATCHED IT ALL, written by Shelley Leedahl.

Look what just arrived! Talented illustrator Aino Anto’s @aino_anto_illustration THE MOON WATCHED IT ALL, written by Shelley Leedahl. It’s so exciting and it feels so good to see my friends’ books come out! #kidlit #picturebook

If you’re in Toronto she has a book launch at Mabel’s Fables this Wednesday.

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I am SO looking forward to reading THE MOON WATCHED IT ALL

I am SO looking forward to reading THE MOON WATCHED IT ALL written by Shelley A. Leedahl, illustrated by @aino_anto_illustration ! I have loved Aino’s gorgeous, beautifully rendered art for years, so I’m excited to read this book! I love picture books. They bring me such joy…. #ainoanto #shelleyaleedahl #themoonwatcheditall #picturebooks #kidlit #kidlitillustration #bookrecommendations #bookrecs #bookworm #booknerd Continue reading

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I saw Mary Poppins Returns yesterday and loved it!

I saw Mary Poppins Returns yesterday with some friends. I loved the original so much with Julie Andrews and have seen it so many times that I was a little bit worried about whether this sequel would be good. But it was beautiful and magical, and so well acted and written. And I loved the appearances by 91-year-old Angela Lansbury as the balloon woman and 91-year-old Dick Van Dyke as the old banker. Emily Blunt was absolutely wonderful as Mary Poppins, with a slightly different take, slightly sterner and brassier but still kind and magical, tender and playful, and it was clear she was enjoying it. Lin-Manuel Miranda was lovely as Jack, a lamplighter who brings light, hope, dance, and song and knows Mary Poppins and the magic is real, and Meryl Streep as Mary Poppins’ cousin Topsy Turvey was so much fun. So were grown up Jane and Michael Banks who did an incredible job, and the three new Banks children were fantastic. Everyone who sang did so beautifully. There were so many positive messages and so much good feeling mixed in with some grief and sadness, and wonder and joy. The movie was a delight.

I was glad to see it was updated with some people of colour including a kind banker, and glad that Jane had a strong-woman role.
I wish Mary Poppins had used a bit more magic and obvious direction – to me she’s the star – but I love that she helped the family rediscover play and joy and being a child. In a time with so much negativity, this movie was uplifting and refreshing.
Highly recommended!

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Petal and I are all dressed up and ready to go see one of my favourite #kidlit and #YAlit authors Wendy Orr

Petal and I are all dressed up and ready to go see one of my favourite #kidlit & #YAlit authors Wendy Orr at her book launch for SWALLOW’S DANCE. Yes, that @wendy_orr_author , who wrote PEELING THE ONION, DRAGONFLY, and NIM’S ISLAND which was made into a movie with Jodie Foster, and many more books.

Toronto booklovers, the launch is today at 2pm at Queen Books (914 Queen St. East). #wendyorr #swallowsdance #peelingtheonion #nimsisland #mgwriter
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Today Is International Literacy Day. Why Literacy Is Important and How You Can Help.

The world is limited for people who can’t read. Imagine not being able to read signs, medication labels, job applications, or a note from your child’s teacher, and not having the pleasure of reading a novel. Reading helped me survive … Continue reading

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J.K. Rowling has written a new short story about Harry Potter–as an adult

Harry Potter fans get excited! J. K. Rowling has written a new 1500-word short story about Harry Potter in his thirties and his friends from the perspective of gossip columnist Rita Skeeter. This is the first time J K Rowling … Continue reading

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Judy Blume on NPR

Listen to Judy Blume talk about writing for children, censorship, and keeping books relevant for new generations of readers.

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Top US city that ordered the most children’s books?

Alexandria, VA, according to Amazon. Check out the link for other stats and top read US cities.

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