10 Books to teach kids & teens about empathy

The many pleasures of reading are a joy to those that enjoy losing yourself in a book and finding a window into another person’s life. As a school librarian, I also see the wisdom of using books to teach empathy to children and teens. Reading about a perspective that is outside of your everyday life encourages you to be curious, ask questions and seek information about this new world. Books build empathy, “the more effort we make trying to figure out a character’s intentions, emotions or thoughts, the greater the odds that our empathy muscles are stretched as well,” said Dr. Michelle Borba. The following books provide readers an opportunity to exercise those "empathy muscles" that Dr. Borb

My Printz Award Committee winners 2018

My experience on the Printz Committee was a phenomenal experience in reading for excellence in Young Adult literature. I had a wonderful professional development learning with my fellow librarians and evaluating excellence in literature. This is a process I began 15 years ago when I worked in children’s publishing and working part time at the New York Public Library. I have long considered being a librarian my calling and working with like-minded professionals. I am phenomenally fulfilled by our list of Printz Award winners! #2018Printzaward #Printz #MeganFinkBrevard #MeganBrevard #ALAyouthmediaawards

9 Fabulous new favorite books

My Printz committee experience gave me the opportunity to read FABULOUS YA books over the past year!! Here are nine of my favorites: Invictus by Ryan Gaudin Adventuresome, sci-fi story taking place in a world where traveling through time is the government’s job to make sure no one can change history. A boy named Far is born outside of time and this causes certain events to unravel. Far and his friends must race to find out what is hunting them and unraveling historic events from Ancient Rome to the Titanic. Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline A story of a Dystopian world where Native Americans/Canadians in futuristic setting are running from the government who is stealing their bone marrow.

I read over 54 books in 12 months for a Young Adult Book Award Committee

I am a member of a the Printz 2018 national book award committee and we read over 52 books in 52 weeks. I can imagine the reaction, why? As a school librarian and a life-long enthusiastic reader, I have loved books since I was a little kid. After working in the publishing field in New York, I found a part-time job as a public librarian assistant. Working in a library became my driving force to get my Masters degree in Library Science. I moved to North Carolina and graduated from UNC Greensboro. Fast forward through almost thirteen years of work at an independent school in Charlotte, and I am reading to vote for the best young adult book in the United States. As a member of this national bo

Thrills of the 2018 Printz Committee

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the 2018 Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult literature. The announcement today heralded the best books of the year. My utmost respect is given for my fellow librarians and our work on the 2018 Printz . Likewise the plethora of talents of our winners—Laini Taylor, Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas, Deborah Heiligman, and Nina Lacour. (photo credit to—Megan Brevard) #Printz #printzaward #AngieThomas #JasonReynolds #LainiTaylor #YALSA #2018Printzaward #StrangetheDreamer #HateUGive #LongWayDown #WeAreOkay #VincentandTheo #MeganBrevard

Kristen Hannah’s The Great Alone highlights women’s rights, domestic violence in Alaska

This compelling story of perseverance in a 1970’s Alaskan wilderness portrays a mother & daughter who are determined to survive both the harsh environment and the abusive husband/father. Hannah wrote a wonderful ode to Alaska and she has the personal experience to give insight into a climate many of us can only imagine. This women’s tale of grit and determination kept me reading even when the prose became cliche and the dialogue was cringe-worthy sometimes. I like the first half of the book the best, learning about how Leni and her mother survived harsh Alaskan winters in 1970s and the even more devastating abuse of Leni’s father. Spoilers ahead: The characters are a bit flat, compared to T

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