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Banned Books Week and the Banned Books Buffet

By Katherine Keller on September 20, 2017 5:15 PM | Permalink

The idea behind Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) is to remind everyone that censorship is not a thing of a puritanical or prudish past. Unfortunately, books (and other creative works) are still banned, challenged, and removed from the shelves or from curriculums.

Thanks to the work of anti-censorship advocates, raids and arrests at stores, newspapers, and publishers on the grounds of obscenity are exceedingly rare these days. Currently, most attempts to remove books (and other creative works) take place in schools and libraries. This means that teachers and library staff are on the front lines of protecting your First Amendment freedoms.

Gayle A. Zeiter Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference 2017

By Amanda Melilli on February 13, 2017 8:58 AM | Permalink

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Come and engage in a day filled with amazing, award, winning authors at the Gayle A. Zeiter Children's & Young Adult Literature Conference!
Annually, UNLV's College of Education is pleased to host the Gayle A. Zeiter Conference. The mission of the Zeiter conference is to engage teachers, librarians, budding authors and illustrators, university faculty and students of all ages, in a day of exploration and engagement with renowned Children's and Young Adult authors. This years attendees will have the opportunity to hear Ellen Hopkins, Alexander London and Judy Schachner share their work. Break out sessions will also be offered with various opportunities to learn ways to share and teach with children's and young adult literature, explore diverse topics in literature and learn more about becoming an author/illustrator.




The Creeping Shadow

By Amanda Melilli on January 3, 2017 2:11 PM | Permalink

Jonathan Stroud

Disney-Hyperion, 2016. 464 pages.

Middle School: 7-8; High School: 9-12
CML Juvenile Fiction: JuvFic Stroud

In book four of the Lockwood & Co. series, Lucy is making a name for herself as a highly skilled freelance agent with a speciality for hearing supernatural phenomenon.  It’s not the same as tracking down and exterminating ghosts with Lockwood, but at least she is given the freedom to use her skills without fear of endangering her friends.  When Lockwood hires her for a job uniquely suited to her talents, Lucy assumes it will be a one time deal, but soon, she finds herself working side by side with Lockwood & Co. as they track down powerful blackmarket relics and uncover a paranormal conspiracy with deadly consequences.


By Katherine Keller on October 21, 2016 3:44 PM | Permalink

Mindee Arnett

Mindee Arnett, 2015. 413 pages.

Sci Fi
​High School: 9-12
TDRL Juvenile Fiction: JuvFic Arnett


By Katherine Keller on September 12, 2015 3:11 PM | Permalink

Andrew Smith

Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2013. 439 pages.

Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
High School: 9-12
CML Juvenile Fiction: JuvFic Smith

Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive

By Katherine Keller on September 4, 2015 10:47 AM | Permalink

Ann Love and Jane Drake

Tundra Books, 2013. 122 pages.

Middle School: 7-8
Juvenile Non-Fiction: RA653.5 .L68 2013

Drake and Love take us from the dawn of recorded history through the present date.  On this journey we learn that pandemic disease is a horrible scourge that has caused immense suffering, countless deaths, and in some cases, radically altered the course of history. That said, the ability of our ancestors' immune systems to overcome these diseases, plus the knowledge about germs, sanitation, and good public health practices that we've learned over the course of history are the reasons that we are alive today and are partly why this is an age of unprecedented prosperity.