WELCOME! Once a month, usually on a Thursday evening, a group of writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians meets in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles to discuss children's books. Usually we talk about one picture book and one middle grade or YA novel. After the meeting, Sandy Schuckett, a retired LAUSD librarian, summarizes our discussion. Here are her reports of our thoughts about the books we have read. We'd love to have your comments too!
Thanks to Nancy Hayashi for our wonderful title art! Our group has been meeting since 2007. It was organized under the auspices of the Children's Literature Council of Southern California (CLCSC).

Thursday, March 31, 2011

THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS by Katherine Paterson and BIG RED LOLLIPOP by Rukhsana Khan

We had a great meeting on March 31, enhanced by a delicious spread of delectable food! We pretty much all agreed that The Great Gilly Hopkins definitely stood up over time, having been published in 1978, and we further agreed that Katherine Paterson is a genius and a brilliant storyteller and character creator. We had various opinions on the picture book, Big Red Lollipop. We pretty much all loved the illustrations, and had varying opinions on the story. Some thought it was terrific, others - not so much. 
We also had a 'commercial' for the California Campaign for Strong School Libraries, complete with the modeling of gorgeous T-shirts designed by our own Caroline Arnold. To support this campaign, feel free to check out www.cafepress.com/csla where you can order neat items (t-shirts, note cards, mugs, posters, stickers, etc.) with designs by many well-known illustrators of children's books (Brian Selznick, Caroline Arnold, Aliki, Joe Cepeda, Marla Frazee, et al) to support the California Campaign for Strong School Libraries. These illustrators have created and donated their designs for this campaign. The message: "Strong school libraries build strong students and lifelong learners."