Outside Over There; OR Goblin Weddings, Changelings, and the Otherworld

I’d shelved the book numerous times as a Children’s Librarian. But it took Victor LaValle’s creepy New York modern fairy tale, The Changeling, to get me to open its pages and actually read it.  (It looks vaguely familiar; perhaps I had opened it when scouring the shelves for a book to read aloud for storytime … More Outside Over There; OR Goblin Weddings, Changelings, and the Otherworld

Here There Be Dragons [Book Review]

          Caroline McAlister’s John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien is a picture book biography for the whole family. McAlister takes the reader through Tolkien’s youth, war service, and career to and through his initial penning of those classic words, “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.” The cadence, pacing, and echoes … More Here There Be Dragons [Book Review]

A Tween and Teen Guide to Dystopian Societies

Mimi the Librarian’s Recommended Reading List In Georgia Briggs’ book Icon, twelve-year old Euphrosyne has been renamed Hillary by the anti-religious government in the new “Era of Tolerance.” Her family has been killed, on Pascha (Easter) night, and she goes to live with her grandparents. Her teachers, psychologist, and even her grandfather want her to … More A Tween and Teen Guide to Dystopian Societies

Righteous Among the Nations: The Muslims of Paris

Over sixty years later, there is so little documentation. This important story needs to be told, especially in these days of European terrorism, Islamofascism, and Islamophobia. “Jewish or Muslim,”–and so I’ve been told, also Christian–“the people of North Africa lived as neighbors and shared similar cultures. Through the centuries, they referred to each other as … More Righteous Among the Nations: The Muslims of Paris

Judgment-Free Zone

I saw this sign when I was out running errands:   Judgment-Free Zone. My heart got a little squishy. I have zero interest in joining a gym, but I reached out toward that advertisement with longing: I want to go to a judgment-free zone.                It reminded me of that time when as a children’s … More Judgment-Free Zone

Hear ye, Hear ye: Now Presenting John D. Batten

In honor of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, I am sharing the work of one of my favorite fairy tale illustrators: John D. Batten.                John Dickson Batten was an English illustrator and painter most known for collaborating with English fairy tale anthologist Joseph Jacobs. His illustrations populate Jacobs’ books: English Fairy Tales (1890), … More Hear ye, Hear ye: Now Presenting John D. Batten