Weekly JACBA Newsletter

Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is filled with wonderful books! Link roundup below:

Lafayette Public Library announces community reading initiative


Along with local leaders and businesses, the Lafayette Reads Together project will focus on A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Under a partnership with Cox Communications, every seventh grade student in Lafayette Parish public schools will read the book and discuss it in class, according to the library system.

Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee

Baker: Author Linda Sue Park shares literary lessons with Weedsport students


Park spent the day within our district sharing her love of writing and discussing several of her books before welcoming visitors to the Weedsport Free Library for a book discussion there later in the day, as well.

Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee

Climate change is threatening the existence of the world’s most amazing bird


We know Moonbird’s age, explains nature writer Phillip Hoose [author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice] (who has written an eponymous book about him), because he was originally banded in 1995. And even then, he was an adult bird, meaning he was at least 2 years old. Since then, the same bird, with the same tag, is still being spotted, most recently in May 2014 in New Jersey. That would make Moonbird at least 21 years old, a true Methuselah for his species.

Read More | Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee

Children’s author tackles environment

His newest book, Eyes Wide Open, took shape after he began noticing dead bees in his California driveway. Award-winning children’s author Paul Fleischman began studying the environment, trying to figure out the best way to help young readers understand the complex connections between human actions and the systems that sustain the planet.

Since the book’s release last fall, he has been touring the country talking to student groups. USA TODAY’s Greg Toppo recently sat down with Fleischman to discuss Eyes Wide Open and more…

Read More | Paul Fleischman 1998 Awardee

Seven-event Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series launches Feb. 4

Celebrated poet Louise Gluck and The Giver author Lois Lowry will speak at Butler University as part of the spring 2015 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.

Read More | Lois Lowry 1990 Awardee

Richmond Christmas Mother Maya Smart imparts love of reading


Ask Maya Smart when she started reading, and she has a hard time finding an answer.

“I don’t remember not reading,” the 2014 Richmond Christmas Mother said Thursday at Chimborazo Elementary School, where she gave a book to each of the students to encourage them to become readers too.

At Chimborazo, she delivered 560 copies of Jacqueline Woodson books. Children from kindergarten to second grade received the picture book Each Kindness.

“Woodson,” Smart said, “is a wonderful author who delivers deeply affecting stories for young and young-adult readers. Every child needs to read her fresh, compelling voice, and I’m thrilled to be able to put her words in so many children’s hands, hearts and minds.”

Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee

The Lives They Lived: Remembering some of those we lost this year.


Walter Dean Myers

Once, when a child asked him what the hardest part about writing was, he said: “There are no hard parts. Its all work, and you have to put your mind and heart in it. Its work. Its all good.” There was no greater calling, he felt, than to do for others what “Sonny’s Blues” had done for him.

Books had given him both an identity and a way to affect the world, his son, Christopher Myers, told me recently. “He felt that he owed books a repayment,” he said. “All his books were about rendering the invisible visible.”

Read More | Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee

Shark Diving: When Fear Doesnt Get In The Way


A lot of people like animals. But Sy Montgomery really, really likes animals, and she doesn’t let fear of dangerous animals get in the way.

Now she journeys beneath the sea to see great white sharks.

“Danger girl: What I learned about fear, sex, desire and dread from the peculiar pleasures of diving with great white sharks” by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery has written books for adults and children, swum with piranhas and electric eels in the Amazon, and been hunted by a swimming tiger in India. Her next book, The Soul of an Octopus, is out in May 2015.

Read More | Sy Montgomery 2013 Awardee

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