Archive for July, 2011

Mare’s War

Posted in curriculum, further reading, ya lit on July 14, 2011 by Anita

Black History Fact of the Day: Beyonce Knowles, an award-winning singer, songwriter and actress, holds the record for the longest run on the Billboard Hot 100’s No. 1 spot in 2003 with the songs “Crazy in Love” (8 weeks) and “Baby Boy” (9 weeks).

A blend of historical fiction and road trip novel, Mare’s War is a great summer read. I have to admit I especially love the new cover (bottom).


“Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less than perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American Battalion of the Women’s Army Corps. Now she is driving her granddaughters—two willful teenagers in their own rite—on a cross-country road trip. The girls are initially skeptical of Mare’s flippy wigs and stilletos, but they soon find themselves entranced by the story she has to tell, and readers will be too.

Told in alternating chapters, half of which follow Mare through her experiences as a WAC and half of which follow Mare and her granddaughters on the road in the present day, this novel introduces readers to a larger-than-life character and a fascinating chapter in African American history.”

— goodreads

We think women in the military is a new thing, but in fact they played a huge role during World War II.

African Americans were there, too.

Black and White Airmen: Their True History

But perhaps one of the groups whose roles are least explored is that of African American Women.  The Women’s Memorial site actually offers a Brief History of Black Women in the Military, including some info on their roles in WW2.  Other sites contain resource lists and some great photos, but information seems to be a little scarce.

 It’s great to see some YA lit exploring the role African American women have played in history.  Mare’s War is only one example.  Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith explores the role of an African American female pilot during WW2 who has to “pass” as white if she wants the chance to fly.


Lookingfor more?

Goodreads has some great lists:

YA Holocaust and WW2 Novels


Civil Rights Books for Children


And don’t miss more from these authors and about African Americans in American History

Tanita Davis’s Blog

Sherri Smith’s Blog

Bio’s Black History Month Resources includes videos, timelines, biographies, and a Black History Fact of the Day.


ebook for School Librarians

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2011 by Anita

From Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project


We are delighted to accept submissions for a collection of crowdsourced short
essays on the future of school libraries from multiple perspectives, to
bepublished in e-book format to coincide with Treasure Mountain and AASL in
October 2011. We believe this e-book is a way for librarians to take the lead as
content creators and publishers with custom, community-significant content for
patrons. We imagine e-readers as publishing platforms for us, not

Whether you’re an ardent supporter or see the proverbial handwriting on the
wall, what do you see as the next 10 or 20 years of school libraries? This book
will also tackle an “elephant in the room” question: with the nation’s education
systems in an economic depression and many school librarians being pink-slipped,
what is the future of school libraries? How might they be reinvented to remain
deeply significant – for student learning? Should they? What past practices will
we need to jettison? What stalwart beliefs must we hold tightly?

We’re posing a set of essential questions that will encourage you — and us! —
to think deeply about the future of school libraries in the areas of:

  • Gaming
  • 21st-Century Learners
  • Who and When Do We Teach?
  • Reading
  • Emerging and Multiple Literacies
  • Networks and Organizations
  • The Physical Library
  • The Virtual Library
  • Collaboration
  • Collection Development
  • Librarian Coursework and Professional Development

You can learn more about our project, the topics we
are exploring, and how to submit by visiting the links on the Submissions
The Submission Guidelines document will let you know more
about the length, style, and topics.

Thank you for your interest in our experiment – we hope you will join us!
Please visit the project page by clicking here.


Kristin Fontichiaro

Buffy Hamilton

How To Be Bad ebook CHEAP!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2011 by Anita

How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle: NOOK Book Cover

How To Be Bad

By E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski & Lauren Myracle

Limited Time: How to Be Bad is only $1.99 in eBook format from BNITunes, and Books-a-Million.

Waiting On Wednesday: Born Wicked

Posted in further reading, ya lit on July 12, 2011 by Anita

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,that spotlights upcoming releases I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m waiting on…

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Born Wicked

The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1

by Jessica Spotswood

To be released February 7th, 2012

“Cate Cahill and her sisters are considered eccentric bluestockings—a little odd, a little unfashionable, and far too educated for their own good. The truth is more complicated; they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it could mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before their mother died, she entrusted Cate with keeping them safe and keeping everyone, including their father, in the dark about their powers. When her father employs a governess and Cate begins to receive notes from her missing, presumed-mad godmother, her task becomes much more difficult. As Cate searches for answers in banned books and rebellious new friends, she must juggle unwanted proposals, tea parties, and an illicit attraction to the new gardener.  Cate will do anything to protect her sisters, but at what cost to herself?”


Author Jessics Spotswood has her own blog, and includes a book list of what she’s reading.  Her goal?   To read 100 books in 2011.  She’s hit 35 so far, and I’m guessing the titles with hearts next to them are her favorites.  She tweets, too, of course.

Can’t wait for Born Wicked to do some witchy reading?

Try some of these while you’re waiting.

Witch Child (Witch Child, #1)                                   Blue is for Nightmares (Blue is for Nightmares, #1)

More books on witches & wiccans

And, of course, don’t forget my favorite movie…

Practical Magic Poster