Thursday, July 3, 2014

Post-ALA Report

We're back in Maine after four busy days of publisher previews, dinners, meetings, presentations, awards ceremonies, and time in the exhibit hall scouting out new books at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas. It's a wonderful opportunity to find out about new books and to talk directly with publishers and authors about their work.

Here are some upcoming nonfiction titles we're looking forward to reviewing on the blog this year.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Publication Date: 8/28/14
Nancy Paulsen Books

Everybody Paints: The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family by Susan Goldman Rubin
On shelves now
Chronicle Books

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Publication Date: 7/8/14
Schwartz & Wade

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin
On shelves now
Holiday House

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business- and Won!
 by Emily Arnold McCully
Publication Date: 7/8/14
Clarion Books

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of a Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
Publication Date: 10/7/14
Clarion Books

Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder
 by Yona Zeldis McDonough and Jennifer Thermes
Publication Date: 9/16/14
Henry Holt and Co.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet
Publication Date: 9/15/14

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson
Publication Date: 10/14/14
Roaring Brook Press

Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner
Publication Date: 10/1/14
Calkins Creek Books

A Woman in the House (and Senate) by Ilene Cooper
On shelves now
Harry N. Abrams

While we were in Las Vegas we took part in a panel presentation, Common Core IRL: In Real Libraries, with our friends Mary Ann Scheuer from Great Kids Books and Alyson Beecher from Kid Lit Frenzy.

Our presentation focused on how to evaluate nonfiction and bring quality nonfiction books into the classroom to help students meet Common Core State Standards.

Here are the slides from our presentation.

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