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The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide

The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide, by Rebecca Nvuk, Published by American Library Association in 2015, 196 pp.


Reviewed by Lori Smith

Posted on 9 January, 2017 9:46 am

What to Read When

What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read With Your Child and All the Best Times to Read Them

“What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read With Your Child and All the Best Times to Read Them” by Pam Allyn.
Published by Avery Trade, 2009. 336 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 2 November, 2016 1:13 pm

Less is More: a Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections

Less is More: a Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections

“Less is More: a Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections,” by Donna J. Baumbach and Linda L. Miller.
Published by the American Library Association, 2006. 194 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 8 September, 2016 8:39 am

Library: An Unquiet History

Library: An Unquiet History

“Library: An Unquiet History,” by Mathew Battles.
Published by the W.W. Norton & Co., 2003. 227 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 29 April, 2016 10:59 am

Wild Things

Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature

“Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature,” by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta.
Published by Candlewick Press, 2014. 272 pages.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 4 March, 2016 4:31 pm

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr.
Published by W.W. Norton & Co, 2010. 280 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 30 October, 2015 1:59 pm

Libraries in the Ancient World

Libraries in the Ancient World

“Libraries in the Ancient World” by Lionel Casson.
Published by Yale University Press, 2001. 177 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 8 September, 2015 12:11 pm

Gutenberg’s Apprentice

Gutenberg's Apprentice

Gutenberg’s Apprentice, by Alix Christie.
Published by HarperCollins in 2014. 401 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 30 April, 2015 4:01 pm

The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss

The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss: a Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel

“The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss: a Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel” by Charles D. Cohen.
Random House, 2004.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 26 February, 2015 1:12 pm

The Public Library

The Public Library

The Public Library: a Photographic Essay, by Robert Dawson.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2014. 192 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 5 January, 2015 1:03 pm

School Libraries Matter

School Libraries Matter

School Libraries Matter. Mirah J. Dow, Editor. 2013, 173 pages.


Reviewed by Lori Smith

Posted on 29 October, 2014 4:05 pm

Bookwomen: Creating an Empire in Children’s Book Publishing, 1919-1939

Bookwomen: Creating an Empire in Children's Book Publishing, 1919-1939

“Bookwomen: Creating an Empire in Children’s Book Publishing, 1919-1939,” by Jacalyn Eddy.
Published by University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. 211 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 4 September, 2014 2:12 pm

Why Read?

Why Read?

“Why Read?” by Mark Edmundson.
Published by Bloomsbury Press, 2004. 143 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:57 am

Book Business

Book Business

“Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future” by Jason Epstein.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2002. 204 pages.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:56 am

Reading Magic

Reading Magic

“Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever” by Mem Fox.
Illustrated by Judy Horacek.
Published by Harcourt, Inc., 2001. 156 pages.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:55 am

Education Myths

Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About our Schools - And Why It Isn't So

“Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About our Schools – And Why It Isn’t So.” By Jay P. Greene.
Published by Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005. 267 pages.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:53 am

Waiting for “Superman”

Waiting for "Superman"

“Waiting for Superman” directed by Davis Guggenheim.
Paramount Vantage, 2010


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:51 am

Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature

Oxford Companion

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature, 2nd Edition, edited by Daniel Hahn. Published by Oxford University Press in 2015. 704 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:49 am

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching And Learning

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, by Sharroky Hollie, Forward by Eugenia Mora-Flores Published by Shell Education in 2012. 216 pages.


Reviewed by Lori Smith

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:45 am

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books

“From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books” by Kathleen T. Horning.
Published by HarperCollins, 1997. 240 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:42 am

Cataloging Correctly for Kids

Cataloging Correctly For Kids

“Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools.” Fourth Edition. Sheila S. Intner, Joanna F. Fountain and Jane E. Gilchrist, editors.
Published by the American Library Association, 2006. 136 p.


Reviewed by Jenessa Farnsworth

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:33 am

Picturing the World

Picturing the World

“Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children,” by Kathleen T. Isaacs.
Published by ALA Editions, 2012. 216 pages.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:30 am

Library 2020

Library 2020

Library 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library edited by Joseph Janes, The Scarecrow Press Inc., 2013. 161 pages. What will the libraries of the year 2020 be like? Will the work of librarians be much different? What types of services will library patrons expect from their libraries? These are the types of questions tackled…


Reviewed by Harry Gaylord

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:28 am

The One World Schoolhouse

The One World Schoolhouse

“The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined” by Salman Khan.
Published by Hachette Book Group, 2012. 259 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:25 am

Among Schoolchildren

Among Schoolchildren

“Among Schoolchildren” by Tracy Kidder.
Published by Houghton Mifflin in 1989. 331 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:23 am

Reading Picture Books with Children

Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, by Megan Dowd Lambert. Published by Charlesbridge in 2015. 176 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:20 am

Dear Genius: the Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

Dear Genius

“Dear Genius: the Letters of Ursula Nordstrom.” Collected and edited by Leonard S. Marcus.
Published by HarperCollins, 1998. 406 pp.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:16 am

Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy

Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy

“Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy” compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus.
Candlewick Press, 2009. 224 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:15 am

Listening for Madeleine

Listening for Madeleine

“Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madleine L’Engle in Many Voices” by Leonard S. Marcus.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. 384 pages.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 11:01 am

Show Me a Story!

Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators

“Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators,” by Leonard S. Marcus.
Published by Candlewick Press, 2012, 293 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:59 am

Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures

Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures

“Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures,” by Jane McCloskey.
Published by Smith/Kerr Associates, 2011. 256 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:50 am

Teacher Man

Teacher Man

“Teacher Man” by Frank McCourt.
Published by Scribner, 2005. 258 pages.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:39 am

Reading in the Wild

Reading in the Wild

“Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits” by Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley.
Published by Jossey-Bass, 2013. 304 pages.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:32 am

Paper: An Elegy

Paper: An Elegy

Paper: an Elegy, by Ian Sansom. Published by William Morrow in 2012. 230 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:28 am

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

“Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser.
Published by Basic Books, 2008. 375 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:26 am

Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade

Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade

“Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade” by Linda Perlstein.
Published by Henry Holt, 2007. 302 pages.


Reviewed by Lori Smith

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:24 am

The Death & Life of the Great American School System

The Death & Life of the Great American School System: How Testing & Choice are Undermining Education

“The Death & Life of the Great American School System: How Testing & Choice are Undermining Education” by Diane Ravitch.
Published by Basic Books, 2010. 334 pp.


Reviewed by Lori Smith

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:23 am

The Language Police

The Language Police

“The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn” by Diane Ravitch.
Published by Knopf, 2003. 272 pages.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:20 am

The Prize

The Prize

The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?, by Dale Russakoff, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015, 246 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:19 am

Battling Corruption in America’s Public Schools

Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools

“Battling Corruption in America’s Public Schools” by Lydia G. Segal.
Published by Northeastern University Press, 2004. 257 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:16 am

Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac

Children's Book-a-Day Almanac

“Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac” by Anita Silvey.
Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 400 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:09 am

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book

“Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book” Edited by Anita Silvey.
Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2009. 240 pages.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:07 am

The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators

The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators

“The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators” edited by Anita Silvey.
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2002. 542 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:03 am

The Story of Charlotte’s Web

The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic

“The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic” by Michael Sims.
Published by Walker Books, 2011. 320 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 10:00 am

High Tech Heretic

High Tech Heretic

“High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Don’t Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections by a Computer Contrarian,” by Clifford Stoll.
Published by Doubleday, 1999.214 p.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 9:51 am

The Everything Store

The Everything Store

“The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by Brad Stone.
Published by Little, Brown in 2013. 372 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 9:47 am

A Family of Readers

A Family of Readers

“A Family of Readers.”
Edited by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano.
Published by Candlewick Press, 2010. 368 pp.


Reviewed by Ellen Myrick

Posted on 15 July, 2014 9:34 am

How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

“How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough.
Houghton Miffin, 2012, 197 pages.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 9:19 am

Twenty-first-century Kids, Twenty-first-century Librarians

Twenty-first-century Kids, Twenty-first-century Librarians

“Twenty-first-century Kids, Twenty-first-century Librarians” by Virginia A. Walter.
Published by American Library Association, 2010. 104 pp.


Reviewed by Bob Sibert

Posted on 15 July, 2014 9:15 am

Irrepressible Reformer

Irrepressible Reformer

“Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey” by Wayne A. Wiegand.
Published by the American Library Association, 1996. 403 pp.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 9:05 am

Pioneer Girl

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill (Editor). Published by South Dakota Historical Society Press in 2014. 472 pages.


Reviewed by BTSB Staff

Posted on 15 July, 2014 9:03 am