June 2013, Volume 12, Issue 6

Dear Reader,

     Do you look forward to June? I have wondered if it is the most anticipated month; there just seems to be a looking ahead attitude in June, along with a sense of freedom. Those of us in the northern hemisphere enjoy the summer solstice, the day with the most sunlight hours.

     Come June, we hear the chant, "No more teachers, no more books," but we can't let 'no more books' happen-for our youth or ourselves. Our June themed reading lists offer lots of great titles to further literacy and learning over the summer months. Enjoy some time in the Caribbean; explore family history and relationships; stretch imaginations with our superhero selections. I guarantee there's something on these lists that your reader(s) will find appealing! This month's article in our Common Core series offers insight and suggestions on how summertime can foster literacy and knowledge for the young.

     Margarita Engle's new book The Lightning Dreamer is a perfect fit for our Caribbean mindset. You won't want to miss her blog post about the writing of this book. Thanks to Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month for allowing us to share this interesting piece with you. A selective bibliography, with reviews of course, of some of Margarita's award-winning books set in the Caribbean follow the blog post.

     CLCD, version 2.0, launched earlier this month! We are receiving mostly positive feedback, as well as queries about using some of the new features. It's been exciting to use version 2.0; I particularly appreciate the ability to create and save reading lists right in the database. I used that new feature creating this month's themed lists and the Engle bibliography. I also love our new screen display that allows me to move back and forth between book detail screens without having to back out to the search display screen-what a timesaver! The breadth and depth of CLCD remains the same, but using it has a new feel. I hope you are finding the database to be a better resource then ever. We are diligently working through feedback and already tweaking things to be even better.

     We'll be at Booth 2619 at ALA in Chicago later this month; please do stop by to say hello, give us your thoughts on Version 2.0, and maybe win a ticket to join some of the CLCD team at the Newbery Caldecott Banquet. Hope to see you in Chicago!

Peg Glisson

Newsletter Editor

Themed Features

The Caribbean and Caribbean-Americans

June is Caribbean-American Month. Grab a cool drink when reading one of these!


Superheroes and super heroines are fictional characters renowned for their courageous and noble deeds. Join them in their fight for truth and justice!

Family History

Enjoy these books exploring family relationships and history, and then try some genealogy with your family.

App of the Month

Youngsters are racking up the titles and hours with summer reading efforts. MeMe Tales, available for iPhone and iPad, offers a variety of children's stories and picture books (including audio) for every child at every reading stage. This free app provides a free book every week; others may be purchased as well. Badges and stickers are awarded to readers as they finish books, and readers earn a book-related game each time they finish a book. Email notifications may be sent to parents each time their reader completes a book, making it easy to keep track of their progress.

Author Features

Margarita Engle

Cuban-American author Margarita Engle is the recipient of the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino. Her books have won many awards, among them the Pura Belpré Award for Writing, Newbery Honor, Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Book for Older Children and the Americas Award. Her most recent book, The Lightning Dreamer, was published in March of this year. She recently blogged about writing The Lightning Dreamer on Kidlit Celebrates Women's History (http://kidlitwhm.blogspot.com/) and has kindly granted permission for us to reproduce it in this month's newsletter.

Quote of the Month

“"After our online catalog, CLCD is the number one resource I use when trying to identify a book for a patron who doesn't remember the title. Time and time again I have hit the jackpot by doing keyword searches within a publication date range. CLCD has enabled me to bring childhood memories back to life for more than a few patrons!"

Holly Jin
Youth Services
Skokie Public Library, Illinois

Search Tip of the Month

Author or Illustrator Feature Links

This new icon will indicate that the featured author or illustrator has a link to a feature done by Children's Literature or to the author/illustrator's personal web site. That's more than 250,000 links to author/illustrator web references and features! Just click wherever this icon appears and you will be able to access specific information about authors and illustrators and the work they produce for children.

Recent News

  • Chicago, Here We Come!

    You'll find CLCD at Booth 2619 on the Exhibits Floor at McCormick Place. We'll be demonstrating our Version 2.0 product and look forward to discussing this major overhaul with you. We also want to hear your feedback on our Common Core series of articles and learn what other topics you'd like us to tackle. We're looking forward to seeing you.

  • Newbery Caldecott Banquet Raffle

    Want to go to the Banquet on June 30, but don't have a ticket? You'll definitely want to come by our Booth at ALA Exhibits (2619) to enter the raffle for a seat at CLCD's table.

  • Seeking Feature Article Proposals

    CLCD is looking for a few good writers! Thoughtful ones, too! If you have an idea for a feature article or an author piece, contact Peg Glisson to discuss contributing to the CLCD Monthly Newsletter.


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