Author Archives: rlgibson

Lithuania

What do you know about Lithuania? I certainly didn’t know much before reading Ruta Sepetys’ books. I knew it was one of the Baltic states, taken over by the Soviet Union in the early years of World War II and kept … Continue reading

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The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

That’s the subtitle of Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s 2010 book They Called Themselves the KKK, one of the many books that has been on my mind lately. I remember hearing the author speak that year about her research for the book … Continue reading

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Spring Trends, 2016

Recently I had the opportunity to speak to two classes of education students at Otterbein University about most anticipated new books and trends in publishing for grades 4-6 and teens. It was a challenging and fun way to review the … Continue reading

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Caldecott Musings . . . 2016

  It’s that time of year . . . so many “best of” lists are out and the excitement is building toward the announcement of the Caldecott Medal, named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is … Continue reading

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Into the Woods we go! Picture This 2015

This year’s Picture This program (an annual summer program on the art of children’s books) focuses on fairy tales. We began with Nick Sharratt’s The Foggy Foggy Forest, which allows children to guess what fairy tale characters are in the … Continue reading

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Eleventh birthday morning means owls are arriving!

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The Final Chapter: seventh and final meeting of the Harry Potter Reading Club

The seventh and final meeting of the Harry Potter reading club is tonight! at Westerville Public Library

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(via 15 Insanely Useful Diagrams For Book Lovers) Princess Bride for the win!

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Rockin’ the library for Earth Day 2015

All about rocks for Earth Day wonderworks/STEAM storytime @westervillelibrary

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Here was a real mystery. What are the Deathly Hallows? Why had Dumbledore never mentioned them? What did the title even mean?

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