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   February 1, 2015          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on    Multicultural    Literature
Trailblazing Journalists
Top 10 Multicultural    Nonfiction
Top 10 Multicultural    Reference Sources
Top 10 Multicultural    Nonfiction for Youth
Top 10 Multicultural    Fiction for Youth
Talking with Lorenzo Pace
Promoting Diversity at    Your Library
Top 10 Multicultural    Fiction on Audio
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At Leisure with Joyce    Saricks: Catching the    Wave


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Great Reads: A Dark    Harvest for Kansas Day
Great Reads: What Do You    Resolve to Read this    Year?
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The Harder They Come
By T. C. Boyle

T. C. Boyle’s love and mastery of language are matched by a vehement imagination and a profound fascination with the glory and ruthlessness of nature and the paradoxes of humankind. How can a species be at once so brainy and so destructive?

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top10-multicultural-fiction_youth Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth: 2015
By Ilene Cooper

These multicultural fiction titles, reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2014, and January 2015, look at people from different backgrounds, but their struggles are often universal.

A Dance like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream. By Kristy Dempsey. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. 2014. Philomel, $16.99 (9780399252846). K–Gr. 3.

Great Reads: A Dark Harvest for Kansas Day
By Joyce Saricks

great-readsCold Blood and Dark Places? I’ve a Feeling We’re in Kansas

As Kansas natives, my husband and I have been known to befuddle our neighbors with Kansas Day parties that include crossword puzzles and Kansas-based Jeopardy games with clues about notable Kansans such as Langston Hughes, Buster Keaton, Zasu Pitts, Milton Stone (Doc on Gunsmoke), President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart, Phog Allen, Bill Kurtis, Gordon Parks, Alan Mulally, and more.

column_voices-in-my-head Voices in My Head: Sound Learning
By Mary Burkey

There’s a seismic shift in how today’s students experience literature. Digital technologies allow kids and teens to enjoy content in a variety of formats, seamlessly transitioning from print on paper, to text on tablet, to audiobooks on cell phones. Educators are embracing the opportunities for engagement that this shift allows, and Common Core Standards include the interpretation of oral information presented in diverse media formats.

He Reads He Reads: Chicago
By David Wright

A Chicago State of Mind

As a West Coast kid with East Coast pretensions, I spent far too long flying over Chicago on the way to someplace else, until a library conference finally drew me into the city’s clasp. Yet through books, I think I’ve always intuited my own version of Chicago as a place that stood in the same relation to America as America does to the world.

she reads She Reads: Chicago
By Kaite Mediatore Stover

For all their clichéd Windy City skirt-tugging, a special breed of women thrives in Chicago. She’s gutsy, resourceful, romantic, articulate, and all with a generous dose of midwestern sass. She takes the sleek sophistication of the East Coast and dolls it up with some glitter. She’s bemused by the beach-paced West Coast and stirs up freshwater waves just because she can. Everyone knows she’s windy, but she’s no blowhard.

Carte Blanche Carte Blanche: The Best of the Best?
By Michael Cart

For many years I’ve been in the habit of devoting my January column to an annotated list of my picks of the best books of the preceding year. Alas, it’s a habit I must break this year because I’m serving as chair of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee, and its rules forbid me from writing about any titles that might be under consideration (I had the same problem in 2006 when I chaired the Printz Award Committee). So what will I write about instead?

column_at-leisure At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Promoting the Best
By Joyce Saricks

In this issue, Booklist publishes its best-of-the-year lists with Editors’ Choice and Top of the List selections. What a bonanza of great titles for collection development, displays, promoting to readers, and our own unending to-read lists! (And don’t miss the DVD list in Booklist’s Video Review newsletter this month.) Without reservation, these lists make a great resource for readers’ advisors.

column_back-page The Back Page: Best Personal Reading, 2014
By Bill Ott

It’s time again to gather our favorite personal reading from 2014. The line between reading (or listening) for pleasure and for work can be difficult to draw for a Booklist staffer, so we invoke these ground rules: our selections must not be books we reviewed, and they can’t have been released in the past year. This year’s list is notable for a melancholy reason: it includes the final contribution from Gillian Engberg, former Books for Youth editor.

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