Librarian Booktalks

Book advice and insights from Librarians


On my blog I have an ongoing feature where I interview children's librarians across the country for their insights and perspective on children's books. I repost those interviews here for easy access.


100 Best Children's Books of 2011 -Elizabeth Bird (New York Public Library Youth Materials Specialist, Newbery Committee (2007), School Library Journal blogger, Kirkus & New York Times reviewer, The Horn Book contributing author, and children’s author)

Caldecott 2012 review & insights - Deanna Romriell (Caldecott Committee (2012), Manager of Salt Lake City Public Library's Children’s Dept., Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU) former president, and reviewer of audio books for School Library Journal)

Connecting with Teen Readers and Non-Readers - Allison Tran (Teen services librarian in Orange County, California, children's and YA book reviewer for the blog Reading Everywhere, and co-host of the Authors are ROCKSTARS! podcast)

Cultivating Strong Reading Communities at Schools - Cathy Potter (K-5 school librarian, School Library Journal app reviewer, Southern Maine Library District's Board of Directors, 2011 CYBILS nonfiction picture book judge, Chickadee Award committee member, and co-founder for www.nonfictiondetectives.com.)

Everything is Reading - Travis Jonker (elementary school librarian, 100 Scope Notes founder, reviewer and blogger for School Library Journal, former judge for CYBILS Awards, and member of the 2014 Caldecott committee.)

Getting children to read & book recommendations - Carla Morris (ALA Theodore Geisel Committee chair (2013), Caldecott Committee (2004), Provo City Library Children's Service Manager, and  children's author)

Getting great books in the hands of children & Newbery experiences - Elizabeth Bird  (New York Public Library Youth Materials Specialist, Newbery Committee (2007), School Library Journal blogger, Kirkus & New York Times reviewer, The Horn Book contributing author, and children’s author.)

Importance of reading aloud to children - Lisa Von Drasek (Literature specialist, educator and Children’s Librarian at Bank Street College of Education, as well as ALSC board member and active member of ALA)

Instilling a love of reading & book recommendations - Deanna Romriell  (Caldecott Committee (2012), Manager of Salt Lake City Public Library's Children’s Dept., Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU) former president, and reviewer of audio books for School Library Journal)

The Right Children's Book Might be a Graphic Novel - Eva Volin  (Supervising Children's Librarian for the Alameda Free Library, 2012 ALSC's Notable Children's Books committee. 2009-2010 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee chair, 2011 Michael L. Printz Award committee, and 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards judge.)





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