Hello, AASL!

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 6.00.17 AMEllen and Mary are in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, at the annual conference of the American Association of School Librarians. The conference, as AASL ones are, is packed with rich options for continuing development and opportunities for that ever helpful networking need we have to inspire improvements we can make in school libraries, and kids’ lives, locally.

The Publisher Spotlight booth (which is number 441) in the exhibits hall has books from a variety of our publishers, including Gecko, Pajama Press, Karadi Tales, Diamond, No Starch, Udon, Enchanted Lion Books, and Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. We’re also showing more from Workman, Eerdmans, DK, Holiday House, TOON Books, Arte Publico,  and Norton. We’ve got a big prize basket for a raffle and a couple of author signings scheduled, too.

In addition to all these good things, we can talk with you about a couple new services and initiatives related to multi-modal literacy. Mary Burkey is on hand to discuss Sound Learning, the Audio Publishers Association’s literacy project. And we have EPIC! in the booth so we can show you how this new e-reouce for books and audiobooks for kids works.

Have a good conference, tweet often, and we’ll retweet you! #aasl15 @pubspotlight

 

Talking Traditions … and Noteworthy Children’s Holiday Books

Midwinter holidays offer children’s book authors, illustrators, and publishers many opportunities to share wonderful traditions from around the world. This year, KidLitTV shared a dozen or so new and traditionally favorite stories in their first Holiday Special (which, host Rocco Staino promises, will itself become a tradition). First up was Floris Books’ delightful new The Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits (author Ulf Stark, illustrator Eva Eriksson; translated by Susan Beard), itself a smorgasbord of traditions to discover and repeat.

 

First, what’s a tomte? Floris Publishing is Scottish. But, the tomte is…Swedish. Tomtes, Floris explains in their own blog, are akin to little gnomes and make their homes in the woods and in Scandinavian mythology.

Yuletide traditions are abundant in both Scandinavian and British cultures. One such tradition that has made its way into many North American homes is that of the Advent calendar. And, in a nod to that anticipatory time-keeping, this picture book is told in 25 short chapters. Now there’s another tradition in the making: a chapter a night from December 1.

 

Thanks  Floris, for sharing this delightful holiday story, and thank you Luann Toth (managing Editor of School Library Journal  Reviews), for sharing it with KidLitTV fans!