Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Here & There: July 27, 2010

Liz B’s blog A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy has moved. It is now a School Library Journal blog. Here is its new URL—http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/teacozy/

Liz said: “For the most part, it's same blog, still me, just at a new location. I will be concentrating more on young adult books, ages twelve and up, and less on picture books and books for younger readers.”
You can read her announcement here.

From MotherReader (7/20/2010):
By now, many of you have heard of the blog Ripple, where illustrators donate their art for donations to causes to help the wildlife in the Gulf Coast disaster. I’ve been following the project since the beginning, and am excited to report that it has raised over $8,500 in funds — most of it one $10 card at a time. I have five myself.

Read the rest of MotherReader’s Making Ripples post here.

More on the blog Ripple from School Library Journal: Children's Illustrators Help Save Gulf Oil Spill Wildlife Victims
By Debra Lau Whelan July 20, 2010

From Publishers Weekly: Fall 2010 Children's Announcements

From Publishers Weekly: Children's Books: Spring 2011 Sneak Previews

From School Library Journal: Booksellers Oppose MA Law That Extends Censorship On the Web
By SLJ Staff July 22, 2010


A coalition of booksellers and first amendment supporters is trying to block a new Massachusetts law that aims to protect kids from online predators, but also bans constitutionally protected speech, including topics like contraception and pregnancy, sexual health, literature, and art.

The lawsuit--filed by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and others--says the new law, signed in April by Governor Patrick and which went into effect last week, imposes severe restrictions on the distribution of constitutionally protected speech on the Internet.
The goal? To have the law declared unconstitutional and void--and to enjoin the state from enforcing it on the basis of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and the Constitution's Commerce Clause.

Under the law, anyone who operates a website or communicates through a listserv can be held criminally liable for nudity or sexually related material if it's considered "harmful to minors." In short, it bans from the Internet anything that may be "harmful to minors," including materials that adults have a First Amendment right to view.

Those who break the law can be fined $10,000 or sentenced to up to five years in prison, or both. "[This] will certainly have a chilling effect on booksellers with websites that describe their books available online or in a store," says Chris Finan, President of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE). "Most bookstores are small businesses, and it is very likely that booksellers will try to avoid problems by engaging in selfcensorship."

On the Poetry Front

From BookPageMirror, mirror, on the wall: poetry books for one and all
Feature by Alice Cary

New Poetry Books for Young People 2005-2010
By Sylvia M. Vardell, Ph.D.

School News Spotlight: Sharing Children's Poetry 101
By Julie Corsaro
This interview with Sylvia Vardell originally appeared in the May 2010 edition of NoveList School News.

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