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Front Desk | Kelly Yang
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This is a full on yes book for me. I would recommend it to any middle schooler. I loved going to my parents‘ workplaces & had a full-on fantastical belief that I was ready for a career. Here‘s Mia doing just that—while challenging prejudice & learning she can gain skills against feedback that would indicate otherwise. This also could serve as an intro to some of the particular ways Chinese people have been discriminated against in the U.S.

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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Excellent Litsy Made Me book, so thanks to everyone who put this in my feed.
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As a younger teen, I would become totally absorbed in my mom‘s romance books. Reconnecting with that part of me, especially with a smart, modern story like this, seemed as though it could be healing. But, nope. My shriveled heart rejects that plan. Other stories are calling.

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Meet Tyrus Wong, a paper son & Disney illustrator whose work on Bambi influenced animation in important ways. Hard to read this book & not be a little upsety. The book depicts Wong's positive outlook & a kid could read it & be inspired. But capitalist America has not shared the bounty with equity.

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Coolies | Yin, Chris K. Soentpiet
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The word for the braided ponytail this character wears is queue! In this book, brothers work on the railroad at the turn of last century. The big brother teaches his young brother calligraphy. The younger brother eventually becomes the go-to person in his community to write letters home. Someone donated the softest Chinese paper to us, & so I'm thinking around an invitation for patrons to try their hand at writing Chinese characters with it.

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Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America | Helen Foster James, Virginia Shin-Mui Loh
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I'm exploring children's books in which characters are affected by the Chinese Exclusion Act (specifically paper sons/daughters) as I prep an exhibit around this book. We have all the original illustrations, so I hope to create an experience where patrons feel like they are walking into the book. We interviewed the illustrator, Wilson Ong, & I learned interesting tidbits about oil as a medium for illustration.

LMK if you have a recommendation.

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A Song Below Water: A Novel | Bethany C. Morrow
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Before I went on vacation (NOLA aquarium pictured), I edited a booklist of African mythology inspired mermaid tales. I was surprised that the post author found a dozen of these, so I thought I‘d read a few. This is a fun one in terms of the author‘s imagination.

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Ambivalence. How we love/hate our bodies! How we are empowered/dispowered while using our sexuality! How we lift all choices for women & judge women‘s choices! I don‘t even know how I feel about this book, but I read it fast on a slow train. Also, the modeling industry is still full of d*cks.
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Gifted by a friend.

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Persist | Elizabeth Warren
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Warren is so familiar to me. SO familiar. OKC, Norman, & Wewoka are also my top three Okla towns. I‘m playing catch-up with Litsy, so I‘m not sure what I thought about this book after I read it, but I definitely now understand why Warren feels like home.

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While we focus on books for children and adolescents, we work almost exclusively with adult patrons -- adults who apparently will stash an unfinished cookie.
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This book features stories & autobiographical accounts of southern African experiences with Apartheid. It was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults around 1990.

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I'm Hungry! / Tengo hambre! | Angela Dominguez
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This book is dedicated to the author's “family, dinosaur fans, and picky eaters.“ Also, look at the adorable “q“ this font posts. IDK why anyone, including a dinosaur, would turn up their nose at pan con mantequila. That's a big plot hole.

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We Are Better Together | Bill McKibben
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I hear that the best way to get through a catastrophe, such as an extreme heat event, is through community. Since I'm not a prepper, this appeals to me! lol. Share your volumes of toilet paper with me, & I'll share my solar-powered refrigerator with you.
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That's not the focus of this book. This book looks at community activities to make things better, not just survive. Plenty of racial representation, but not so much for the disability community.

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Any obsession I have with biographies of journalists aside, I am 💯 into the layered illustrations in this book. Check out the words on her dress!

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Itzel and the Ocelot | Rachel Katstaller
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What a joy seeing this book, which features a character with the same name as one of our teen program participants. I assume Itzel is familiar with this Salvadorian tale. Even so, who doesn't love seeing their name in media?

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Someone has a message for potential readers of this book.
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Also, this book is old. I did what any self-respecting book lover would do -- I took it to a student co-worker & commanded, “Smell this.“

AlaMich 🤣🤣 2mo
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Hopscotch Around the World | Mary D. Lankford
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When you're auditing one side of the bookshelf & see violence on the other side.

Smrloomis 😱 What happened??? 2mo
RebL @smrloomis IKR?! Our shelves are tight, & it's time to weed. When one of those hard cover books got squeezed onto that shelf, the paperback couldn't launch a proper resistance to being shoved backward. 2mo
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This story centers around a character's experience of emancipation & is accessible for early elementary-aged children. It's powerful in that the author & illustrator capture a variety of reactions to learning about emancipation. They've included plenty of factual data in the backmatter, including the illustrator's note from which I pulled this quote. #Juneteenth #PictureBook

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Plenty of information in this book makes it appropriate for upper elementary students, if you think people age-out of picturebooks. They don't. Pull this into a history class for high school students. They'd get it. I prefer the timeline in the backmatter of this book to most I've seen. #Juneteenth #PictureBook

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This is the other #PictureBook we're giving away to workshop participants this weekend. In an ESL class, children share their traditions around tea. As an author's note points out, readers won't see Irish or English students in this book even though they are heavy tea drinkers. Why not? There's no reason for an English speaker to be in an ESL class!

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Rainbow Hands | Mamta Nainy
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Although an adult may want to label this book LGBTQI+, I'm not sure that a child would. Regardless of gender identity or expression, kids like painting their nails & playing with color generally. In any event, I'm pretty sure everyone needs a Dadaji (grandfather) like the one in this book. We have a workshop this weekend and this is one of two books we're giving to participants. #PictureBooks

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The Old Man | Sarah V
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Readers won't find a happy resolution in this story about an unsheltered man who can't get warm or a good rest. It's a straightforward & honest story with muted illustrations. #PictureBooks

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Raymond | Yann Le Bec, Gwendal Le Bec
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Raymond lives the life I dreamed of as a cash-strapped youth. If I had resources, I'd have been the most basic. Now Raymond is looking for work/life balance. Not sure this is for the kiddos. I thought to post because this dog with the magazine and coffee felt like goals. Now, as I type this out, I'm taking the book kinda personal.

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Poo Bum | Stephanie Blake
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Posting because this green wolf is serving the side eye. This book is about the futility of eating children as a method for curbing potty mouth.

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Grown-ups Never Do That | Davide Cali, Benjamin Chaud
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The kids are watching!

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The Visitor | Antje Damm
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This is a yes for me. A reader can get lost in the illustrations, which get more colorful as the story progresses. But also, I like the story -- a frightened woman who lives alone is interrupted by a paper airplane and its maker. She both breaks and sets boundaries. #PictureBook

EvieBee Wow! This sounds great. Just ordered a copy. Thanks for the recommendation! 2mo
RebL @EvieBee Awesome 🙌 I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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What a comforting book about sadness! Maybe not this particular illustration. This more validates. Still, a book that validates, normalizes, and gives strategies for dealing with sadness -- so good. #PictureBooks

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You be Me, I'll be You | Pili Mandelbaum
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I am with Anna's mom on this one. It's time for these two to jump in the shower! Sensibilities may be more European than North American. #PictureBooks

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I was drawn to punk/grunge, but the scene seemed fueled by apathy. I spent enough time in that headspace. This book is a whole lotta Grohl geeking out, and I am here. for. it. Yes, some tough stories. We all have those. The best parts are the ones where he recognizes in the moment that he‘s living his dream. It‘s also cool that he creates that moment for others.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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We do live in a haunted age.
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I subscribed to AARP the second I turned 50.
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Super glad I got to go into this one without too much foreknowledge.

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Into the Heartless Wood | Joanna Ruth Meyer
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This is my second JRM book. Both were for youth programming & both solid fairytale retellings. This time around, she fielded questions about the human capacity for love & forgiveness. Meaty convos with potential spoilers. Great teen response.

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This is a Litsy Made Me Listen book & I‘m so glad I did! Check out the stress fractures on my mouthguard. I needed this book. I have zero east coast connections & this is not my generation, but it felt warm, familiar, welcoming & funny.

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This book gave me the memory feeling of when I first read of Like Water for Chocolate. The books are not comparable (except they are magical realism). I‘m talking about my mood reading them. I was transported to another time in my own life. It was an escape from the grind.

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The Plentiful Darkness | Heather Kassner
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Kassner plays with characters who incorrectly make assumptions about others & people who make bad choices but aren‘t bad people. Her writing is eerie without being scary. Middle grade students invited her to our final meeting of the year after we read The Plentiful Darkness. Would recommend her books & author visits.

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“Around and around went the frisbee. Around and around and around.”
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Found this while inventorying our books featuring characters with disabilities. It‘s not overly sentimental or explanatory. It‘s just a story about a kid with autism, his sister & a maybe new friend.

RebL “Sarah almost put her pink frisbee back into her backpack with the big brown Teddy. Instead, she held the pink frisbee out, to Rosie this time.” 3mo
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Music Is History | Questlove
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Part history, playlist & memoir—so much contained between these covers. It could be a textbook—a whole class! If life were different rn, I‘d reread this book from the beginning.
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As much as I enjoyed audio gardening & caught my first roma while listening, this book deserves the reader‘s full attention.

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The Bone Garden | Heather Kassner
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Creepy middle grade may be my jam. I was definitely into spooky books when I was in middle school, but not so much as an adult. Def do not like creepy books for adults (except maybe southern gothic).
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Kassner said at an author event this weekend at my work that her grandmother was a librarian, & Grimm‘s fairy tales featured big in childhood read alouds.

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This is a #BlameItOnLitsy read & I completely enjoyed it.
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I didn‘t enjoy having my tire stabbed six times resulting in a blow out on the way home from work on Friday. However, I‘m a pro with flats & had a donut on in less than 10 minutes. I was at the part where Johnathon calls Vincent into his work, so of course I kept listening.

Bookwormjillk Your tire was stabbed? Oh no! 3mo
RebL @Bookwormjillk I know! Rude. 3mo
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Noor and Bobby | Praline Gay-Para
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“Bobby, did I lose you, too?“ That “too“ gets you in the gut.
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Noor acts kindly and gives his time to animals in need even as he desperately searches to find Bobby, a newly abandoned dog. This #picturebook comes out Oct 2022 and is pitched as a friendship book. I am more touched by the humanity of our friend, Noor, to those who aren't yet friends.

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Translated from Swedish & set in Mexico City (or a busy city, dep on the mkt materials), this book about climate change implicates the US contribution to the environmental mess we're in. Ultimately, the story emphasizes the resiliency of life, if not human life. This is a digital ARC; I haven't seen the final. Brands mentioned include Trump Towers, several fast food businesses, Ikea, RoundUp, Live Strong type bands, iPhone & general carelessness.

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The youth participating in programs at my work talked to Mr. Sáenz, who is insightful with a breadth of experience, but I didn‘t quite finish this book. Having finished, I can say it‘s stronger than the first book.
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The teeny inconsistency captured here probably would have blown by me if I weren‘t listening while reading. Miranda‘s narration corrected the error & changed “house” to “room.”

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Today the youth I work with hosted a readathon. This is what I thought I might do. I was wrong. I did feel so productive afterwards that I completed my taxes. I hate the world less. Still some, but less.

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Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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Get the physical book with awesome art & the audiobook with awesome narrators. Stay through the credits.
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I appreciate they address both appropriation & sexism & the Siracha hummus wrap I ate while listening in the car.

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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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💯 would recommend. Deserves all the awards. #MGFantasy dystopia awesomeness. Should have a sequel or partner or... just more.

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How War Changed Rondo | Romana Romanyshyn, Andriy Lesiv
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I appreciate that the tagged book depicts how war can change an existence. There is damage. Damage to architecture, infrastructure, landscapes and people. The damage can be mended, but it doesn't go away. When I created this display in February, I hoped to find more books that did not include war as a theme. I sometimes struggle at work, but I never waiver in my gratitude for the mission of my organization. #Picturebooks #Ukraine

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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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As a divorced empty nester attempting to shed family pressure who used to over-appreciate my job, Joan felt compatible. Especially as she mostly stays in her apartment & I mostly never leave my house.
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I did leave my house to watch my daughter in an Ultimate tournament this weekend. She wore jersey #14--the same number I mostly wore as a strong-side winger in my rugby days.

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This is my 19 YO daughter moderating a panel with YA authors Lilliam Rivera, De Nichols, David Bowles & Kathleen Glasgow last week. I would recommend any of these authors‘ books, but I tagged Art of Protest because of the powerful experience students had in a workshop around this book after the panel discussion.

Texreader Good for her!!! Way to go! 5mo
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Books Not Bullets | Fred McNeill
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With apologies to Fred, I haven‘t read his poetry. However sitting down to watch the horrific news after a long workday one night last week, the evening light hit my water bottle just so. Post inspired by @WanderingBookaneer

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Open Book | Jessica Simpson
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Book & podcast rec: Open Book was ghost-written by Kevin Carr O‘Leary, who either has a hold on Jessica Simpson's voice or her songwriting ability translates to memoir. Though JS lays out much for the readers' benefit, she can talk around other's stories, which makes the podcast all the more juicy. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jessica-simpsons-open-book-with-ashley-nic...

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I can now say I spent time in Three Pines. I can‘t say that I finished the work that begun with this photo. I‘d recommend the book but not the plumbing problems.

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Huda F Are You? | Huda Fahmy
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Love a book that is both window & mirror (Rudine Sims Bishop)—at once relatable & perspective expanding. Is this discrimination really as bad as I think? (Paraphrasing)

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Whispering Alaska | Brendan Jones
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This middle-grade novel opens as twins move with their dad to live with family on a small Alaskan island after their mom passes away from COVID. Themes include environmentalism, grief, family dynamics & finding a voice. The first part of the book is pastoral, but builds to a grand end. If humankind stopped to listen, what would the living things on the planet tell us?

Bookwormjillk Sounds good. Just stacked it. 5mo
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