February 28th, 2011

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Americapedia



AMERICAPEDIA: TAKING THE DUMB OUT OF FREEDOM (Walker, July 2011) kept me company at the doctor's office yesterday. Good thing since the wait was an hour and then there was another wait for lab tests to be done. Jodi Lynn Anderson (PEACHES), Daniel Ehrenraft (FRIEND IS NOT A VERB) and Andishe Nouraee have created nonfiction with bite and perhaps some bias. The volume combines lots of factual information about America with lots of word play and humorous asides and photos that play with language as well (A Facebook page for Jesus, Tom DeLay as puppet master at gerrymandering). While the label on the book says nonfiction, this is distinctly different from the run-of-the-mill nonfiction and much more reminiscent of The Daily Show's AMERICA, THE BOOK and Onion's ATLAS OF THE WORLD than a supplemental book for history and government classes. It is smart and funny and still manages to convey information teens should know (the difference between Sunni Shiite, for example). <94>

I would love to see this book actually used in classes to demonstrate to kids that there is much more to learn about America than what is in the history books (especially in Texas where last year our State Board of Education re-wrote history to suit their arch conservative ideology). Books like this and the other mentioned above and THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY by Adam Seltzer will, no doubt, lead to the creation of a new label. This is not nonfiction, but a hybridization of different aspects of nonfiction and humor (parody, satire, etc.). Anyone game for naming it?
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Why I Need my Library Contest

ALA President Roberta Stevens recently launched The Why I Need My Library video contest, which offers teens ages 13-18 the opportunity to win up to $3,000 for their public or school library. The contest seeks to engage young library advocates and asks them to create short, original videos on why they think libraries are needed now more than ever. Complete details about the contest can be found at http://bit.ly/f1jXVL The deadline for submitting videos is April 18th
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February Reading

February wss short, but I managed to stay on my pace for #bookaday. I did read loads of picture books this month and listened to several audiobooks as well in addition to the YA reading. Not too shabby.

FEBRUARY 2011 BOOKS READ


52. OTHER GOOSE
53. REQUIEM. POEMS OF THE TEREZIN GHETTO
54. I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE
55. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
56. FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB
57. CROAKY POKEY
58. HIDE AND SQUEAK
59. FAIRLY FAIRY TALES
60. I LIKE YOU THE BEST
61. I MUST HAVE BOBO
62. PICK A PUP
63. SPRING IS HERE
64. FORTUNE COOKIES
65. SQUARE CAT
66. MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS
67. EXCEPT IF
68. HUMMINGBIRDS
69. A WHOLE NEW ALPHABET
70. OKAY FOR NOW
71. ZEBRAFISH
72. MY READING LIFE
73. ANGRY YOUNG MAN
74. TRASH
75. ASTRONAUT ACADEMY
76. CRASH INTO ME
77. WILL YOU BE MINE?
78. HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
79. THE MULTIPLYING MENACE DIVIDES
80. CAMILLE’S TEAM
81. HENRY AND HALA BUILD A HAIKU
82. GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU
83. NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT
84. COMPLETE HISTORY OF WHY I HATE HER
85. GHOSTOPOLIS
86. A BALL FOR DAISY
87. THESE HANDS
88. APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS
89. WHO DO I HAVE TO MAKE MY BED?
90. PIGGIES IN THE KITCHEN
91. LAST SONG
92. YOUR BODY, BOOGERS AND ALL
93. KIT FEENY ON THE MOVE
94. EXPOSED
95. ZORA AND ME (AUDIO)
96. THE ROCK AND THE RIVER (AUDIO)
97. DELIRIUM (AUDIO)
98. AMERICAPEDIA
99. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON (audio)
100. BEFORE YOU CAME
101. CHICKENS RUN WILD
102. DEAR TABBY
103. WHITE RABBIT
104. BEDTIME FOR BEAR
105. PET FOR PETUNIA
106. GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE HARES
107. CAT SECRETS
108. INVISIBLE MAN
109. JUST BEING AUDREY