Author: Anne Price

Fullness of Humanity: Native Americans in Youth Literature

November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. I am a youth services librarian in an area that is predominately Native American. I began in this position six months ago, and since then, I have had to take a hard look at the representation of Native Americans in children’s books and media. The American Indian Library Association gives out youth literature awards biennially to honor books that “present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.” I was really drawn to this way of looking at literature, because what I want for...

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Reading to the Rhythm: Poetry and Reluctant Readers

April is National Poetry Month in both the U.S. and Canada. First organized by the Academy of American Poets, the first National Poetry Month was celebrated in 1996, making 2016 the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Booksellers, teachers and librarians all have different ways of celebrating National Poetry Month. For example, in 2015, I ran a Newspaper Blackout Poetry workshop for teens inspired by Austin Kleon’s work. However, this year I’m trying to use National Poetry Month as a platform to engage reluctant readers. Educators have found that poetry is a great motivator for classroom work. Rhyme and rhythm are great...

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Windows and Mirrors: Youth Media Awards and Diversity in Library Collections

I have a confession to make as a youth services librarian: I generally don’t put a lot of stock in ALA’s Youth Media Awards. The Youth Media Awards cover several areas and niches in children’s and young adult publishing, but the primary ones are the Michael C. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, The John Newbery Medal given to a distinguished work of American literature of children, and The Caldecott Medal given to a distinguished American picture book for children. The nominees and winners of these awards are decided on by a committee of librarians. Librarians from...

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Music Videos that Shaped Me: P!nk’s “Stupid Girls”

“Stupid Girls” by P!nk was something of an anthem to my high school self. At the time, I had a hard luck case of special snowflake syndrome. My identity was formed in direct opposition to traditional femininity and the current trends among my peer group. “Stupid Girls” reinforced a lot of my internalized misogyny. Lyrically, the song sends some problematic messages, and when coupled with the visual of the video, reinforced my teenaged notions that it was us vs. them when it came to being girls and women. The video itself is very clearly a product of its time,...

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Time Travel Experiments of a Psychomathematician: Arcadia by Iain Pears

Arcadia by Iain Pears was released in the UK in September 2015 and has now had its North American release on February 9th 2016. The novel takes place over a series of timelines and from a variety of perspectives, so much so that there is an Arcadia iOS and Android App to help readers deep track of the various plot lines. I particularly enjoy novels written from multiple perspectives, and Arcadia did not disappoint. The “trunk” of the narrative tree takes place in the 1960s in Oxford, England. From there it branches into a three alternative futures. Each of the those timelines...

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