Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: For the Love of Snail Mail

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.


Letter writing is one form of writing covered in the language curriculum. These picture books address the epistolary form in different ways—and might inspire some writing from holiday destinations this summer or to penpals. 

Postcards are the chosen form of communication in Flock of Shoes, by Sarah Tsiang, art by Qin Leng. Abby loves her sandals that “invited the wind to come kiss her toes,” but when they fly off her feet, mid-swing, and continue flying south, Abby is sad. She receives postcards from her sandals, proclaiming, “We miss you to the bottom of our soles.” Sarah is forced to transition to snow boots, which she eventually comes to love as much as sandals, until they, too, leave on a train in spring, and send her a postcard showing the Northern Lights.


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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Great Sequels (and Great Cats)

Our children's librarian columnist, Julie Booker, on very good kids' series where cats (and/or superheroes) figure large.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: On Books About Displacement

Julie Booker shares five stellar narratives which happen to share a theme of displacement.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Enviro Fiction Picks

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: On Real Women and Strong Girls

Julie Booker recommends books about real women and strong girls who’ve made an impact on the world.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On the Literary Quest

Our Children's Librarian Columnist on Books that (Literally) Take You Places. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian 800: On Poetry

"As a teacher, I tell my students: Write what you know. Maybe it’s time to add: Write what you yearn to know."

Notes from a Children's Librarian 398: On Storytelling

Our new Children's Librarian columnist Julie Booker shares the magic of the oral tale.

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