WELCOME

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).

BOOKS WE HAVE DISCUSSED

Illustration by Nancy Hayashi

March 2007--The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

April 2007--The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, and John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith.

May 2007--Small Steps, Louis Sachar's sequel to Holes, and The Cats of Kasinski Square by Karen Hesse

June 2007--Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein

September 2007--The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales, and the picture book, Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson

October 2007--Hattie Big Sky, a 2007 Newbery Honor Book by Kirby Larsen and The Gruffalo, a picture book by Julia Donaldson

November 2007--The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

December 2007--Firegirl by Tony Abbot, and The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis

January 2008--The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007 National Book Award Young Adult winner) and Why War is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker.

March 2008-- Invisible Enemies by Jeanette Farrell, and for the picture book we will be discussing Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

April 2008-- Escape!: the story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

June 5, 2008 – Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz and The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages.

August 14, 2008 –  Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Newbery Award winner) and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee

September 18, 2008 – Minders of Make Believe by Leonard Marcus

October 23, 2008 – Freddy the Politician by Walter Brooks, and for our picture book: A Woman for President: the Story of Victoria Woodhull by Kathleen Krull

December 11,m 2008 – Copper Sun by Sharon Draper and for our picture book, Badger's Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza.

January 15, 2009 – Freak Show by James St. James and for our picture book, Hula Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono

March 5, 2009 – What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell, and for our picture book: Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City, by Janet Schulman and Meilo So.

April 2, 2009 –  Paper Towns by John Green and for our picture book, Brave Potatoes by Toby Speed.

May 7, 2009 – Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and Twenty-one Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince.

June 4, 2009 – I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier and “favorites” by Kevin Henkes.

August 27, 2009 – Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson and We Are the Ship: Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

October 8, 2009  -- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Joyce Sidman and
Red Sings from Treetops by Jacqueline Kelly

November 5, 2009 –  Pure by Terra Elan McVoy and Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

January 7, 2010 – The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors by Chris Barton and Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman

February 4, 2010 – The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt and Tar Beach
by Faith Ringgold

March 11, 2010 – Cosmic & Wallace’s Lists by Barbara Bottner

April, 2010 – (no meeting)

May 20, 2010 – Dreamland  by Sarah Dressen and Strange Mr. Satie by M.T. Anderson

July 8, 2010 – I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President  by Josh Lieb, The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, and Olivia by Ian Falconer

August 5, 2010 – Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle

September 16, 2010 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and Wump World by Bill Peet

October 21, 2010 – Countdown by Debbie Wiles, and I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd and I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges (we will be comparing them)

December 9, 2010 – When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, and for picture books, we will all be sharing our favorite holiday books.

January 13, 2011 – One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia and The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

February 17, 2011 – The Dreamer: a Novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Chowder  by Peter Brown

March 31, 2011 – The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson and Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Kahn

May 5, 2011 – Rules by Cynthia Lord and Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

June 9, 2011 – Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen and Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill

July 7, 2011 – Warp Speed by Lisa See and Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton

August 11, 2011 – One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin (for the picture book, we will be sharing favorites)

September 8, 2011 – Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool and 13 Words by Lemony Snicket

October 6, 2011 – Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg and Me, Frida by Amy Novesky + Frida by Jonah Winter (a comparison)

November 3, 2011 – Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Jennifer Choldenko and
Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse

December 8, 2011 – Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen and Eats, Shoots and Leaves (the picture book) by Lynne Truss

January 26, 2012 – If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illus. by Kadir Nelson.

March 15, 2012 – Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

April 12, 2012 – An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo and Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

May 10, 2012 – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

June 28, 2012 -- Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos and Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet

July 26, 2012 – Julie of the Wolves  by Jean Craighead George and Drawing from Memory by Allan Say

September 20, 2012 – The Dog Tag Summer  by Elizabeth Partridge and
    Applesauce Summer by Eden Ross Lipson

November 1, 2012 – Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai and The
     Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

December 6, 2012 – Son by Lois Lowry and Zen Shorts by John Muth

January 17, 2013 -- Wonder by R.J. Palacio and  On the Night You Were Born byNancy Tillman

February 21, 2013 -- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Noah and His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris

March 28, 2013 --  WORTH by A. La Faye and OLD ROBERT AND THE SEA-SILLY CATS by Barbara Jooss.

May 9, 2013 -- THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate  and BIG MEAN MIKE by Michelle Knudsen

June 27, 2013 -- ICEFALL by Matthew Kirby and INFINITY AND ME by Kate Hosford

August 8, 2013 --ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell and IF I BUILT A CAR by Chris Van Dusen

September 19, 2013 -- THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray and ART AND MAX by David Wiesner. 

October 24, 2013 -- LIZARD MUSIC by Daniel Pinkwater. and BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL by Philip C. Stead.

December 5, 2013 -- BREAKING STALIN'S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin and THE CHRISTMAS CROCODILE by Bonnie Becker.

January 9, 2014 -- THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt and DOLL BONES by Holly Black.

February 13, 2014 -- 
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, by Jeanette Winter
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya, by Donna Jo Napoli, illust. by Kadir Nelson
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai, by Claire A. Nivola
Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton, illustrataed by Sonia Lynn Sadler

March 20, 2014 --
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohat
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

April 24, 2014--
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller  


June 26, 2014
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
Elizabeti's Doll by S. A. Bodeen. 


July 31, 2014
This Song will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.
The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins.

September 4, 2014
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

October 9, 2014
The Streak: How Joe Di Maggio Became America's Hero by Barb Rosenstock. 
Freedom Summer: the 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin

December 11, 2014
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Locomotive by Brian Floca

January 15, 2015
 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
 The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

March 5,  2015
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
The Scarebird by Sid Fleischman
Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

April 2, 2015
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Paula Bunyan by Phyllis Root

May 28, 2015
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
 A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Dessert by Emily Jenkins

July 2, 2015 
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (2008)
I Feel Five (2014) 

August 6, 2015
Echo-A Novel by Pam Munoz Ryan
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty 

September 3, 2015
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
One plastic bag : Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

October 28, 2015
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonitiuh

December 10, 2015
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Bryant; illus. by Melissa Sweet

January 21, 2016
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

February 25, 2016
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Last Stop of Market Street by Matt de la Pena

March 31, 2016
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

April 28, 2016
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
H.O.R.S.E. by Christopher Myers

May 26, 2016
Found by Salina Yoon
Pax by Sarah Pennypacker 

June 30, 2016
Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko
Wild Horse Scientists by Kay Frydenborg 

August 4, 2016
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

September 8, 2016
President Squid by Aaron Reynolds
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children

October 13, 2016
Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
Paperboy by Vince Vawter

November 10, 2016
The Book Itch Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (2015).
The Case of the Case of the Mistaken Identity
by Mac Barnett (2010).


December 15, 2016
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (2016)

January 19, 2017
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov

March 2, 2017
Booked by Kwame Alexander
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window, by Jeff Gottesfeld, illus. by Peter McCarty 

April 27, 2017
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet 

June 8, 2017
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Bang by Barry Lyga 

July 13, 2017
Time for (Earth) School, Dewey Dew by Leslie Staub
Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman

August 17, 2017
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illus. by John Muth
The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers

September 28, 2017
Nanette's Baguette by Mo Willems (2016)
Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm (2017)

November 2, 2017
My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski's Class by Jeanne Birdsall (2016)
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

December 13, 2017
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin (2017)
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (2016)
 

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