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Volume 1, Issue 4 November 2011

University of Kentucky School of L i b r a r y a n d I n f o r m a ti o n S c i e n c e

The McConnell Center for the Study of Youth Literature Check Out Feed by M.T. Anderson In a future world where internet connections feed directly into the consumer’s brain, thought is supplemented by advertising banners, and language has gone into a steep decline, a little love story unfolds. Titus, an average kid on a weekend trip to the moon, meets Violet, a brainy girl who has decided to try to fight the feed. Assaulted by a hacker who interrupts their connection, they struggle to understand what has happened to them – and to everyone around them. (Publisher’s Description).

If you enjoy Feed, you might also like these titles:  The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn  Delirium by Lauren Oliver  Human.4 by Mike A Lancaster  Little Brother by Cory Doctorow  Matched by Ally Condie  Uglies by Scott Westerfield  Unwind by Neil Shusterman M.T. Anderson is one of our featured presenters for the 2012 McConnell Conference. You can register for the McConnell Conference here.

Table of Contents ● Feed by M.T. Anderson ● National Adoption Month ● Events Reminder ● Book Review ● Adoption Bibliography ● On the Blog/In the Center ● About the Center

National Adoption Month November is National Adoption Month, a month each year dedicated to raising awareness about the adoption of children from foster care. According to the Administration for Children & Families, this year’s program targets adoption professionals, showing them ways to recruit and retain parents for children waiting for adoptive families. The theme for 2011 is Build Capacity to Make Lasting

Change, and the program is also focusing on recruiting families for preteen children from ages 8–12.

For more information and resources on National Adoption Month, check out the link below. You will also find a bibliography included in this The first major adoption awareness newsletter of suggested titles that deal program—Adoption Week— with adoption. happened in Massachusetts in 1976. In 1984, President Reagan Sources announced the first National Child Welfare Information Gateway. Adoption Week, and in 1995, (2011). National Adoption Month. President Clinton expanded the Retrieved from: http:// program to the whole month of November (Child Welfare index.cfm Information Gateway, 2011).

Upcoming Events Reminder February 1, 2012 Connecting with Characters Contest: Encourage your students to submit their letters and artwork for a chance to win a signed book by one of our Conference authors. Full rules/guidelines here: 

Check It Out: November is National Adoption Month

March 23rd–24th, 2012 McConnell Conference 2012: Celebrate great children’s literature and meet our featured presenters this spring! Registration is now open. Check here for more information: 

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont Before the Wright Brothers got wanted to make something that off the ground under their would go faster and farther, machine’s own power, and before something that Louis Blériot flew across would change the the English Channel is world. Three years his airplane, there was later, his airplane Albert Santos-Dumont’s beat Blériot’s with flying invention. a first flight of twenty-one The Fabulous Flying seconds, timed with Machines of Alberto the wristwatch Santos-Dumont relates invented for him by the tale of the first Louis Cartier. airplane to take off and land under its own Illustrated with power, invented by a bright pastels, kind, quirky gentleman in Paris chalks, and oils, The Fabulous named Alberto Santos-Dumont. Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont loved flying—he Santos-Dumont is a fascinating often took his personal dirigible story about an inventor that fell out to run errands!—but he into the cracks of history. An

author’s note describes how she first learned of Santos-Dumont, as well as the inventor’s later life, and a bibliography provides further reading. Though there are large blocks of text, the story reads easily and could be used as a storytime selection. Recommended for ages 6–9. The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith, illustrated by Eva Montanari, September 2011 from Abrams.

Adoption Bibliography Picture Books Bunting, E. (2001). Jin Woo. New York: Clarion. Carlson, N. (2004). My family is forever. New York: Viking. Caseley, J. (2004). Sisters. New York: Greenwillow Books. Cummings, M. (2006). Three names of me. New York: Albert Whitman and Company. Friedman, D. (2009). Star of the week: A story of love, adoption, and brownies with sprinkles. New York: HarperCollins. Friedrich, M. (2004). You're not my real mother. New York: Little, Brown. Kennedy, P. (2006). A sister for Matthew. Nashville, TN: Ideals Publication. Lewis, R. A. (2000). I love you like crazy cakes. Boston: Little, Brown. Lewis, R. A. (2007). Every year on your birthday. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.

Nelson. R. A. (2007). Breathe my Thomas, P.& Harker, L. (2003). My name. New York: Razorbill. new family – A first look at adoption. New York: Barron's Educational Series. Sheinmel, A. B. (2011). The lucky kind. New York: Knopf Books for Uhlig, S. (2000). Things little kids need Young Readers. to know. Philadelphia: Our Child Press. Triana, G. (2009). Riding the universe. Wynne-Jones, T. (2007). The boat in New York: HarperTeen. the tree. Asheville, NC: Front Street. Underdahl, S. T. (2007). The other Young, E. (2006). My Mei Mei. New sister. Woodbury, MN: Flux. York: Philomel.

Juvenile Fiction Atinsky, Steve. (2008). Trophy kid, or, How I was adopted by the rich and famous. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Cunningham, L. (2005). The midnight diary of Zoya Blume. New York: HarperCollins. Gerencher, S.J. Cody, V. (2008). Second chance: How adoption saved a boy with autism and his shelter dog. Scranton, PA: Tribute Books. Hicks, B. (2006). Get real. New York: Roaring Brook Press. Kent, R. (2007). Kimchi & calamari. New York: HarperCollins.

Lin, G. (2007). The red thread: An adoption fairy tale. New York: Albert Whitman and Company.

Rodowsky, C. F. (2007). Ben and the sudden too-big family. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

McCutcheon, J. (2001). Happy adoption day! Boston: Little, Brown.

Shafer, A. (2006). The mailbox. New York: Yearling.

Parr, T. (2007). We belong together: A book about adoption and families. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Peacock, C. A. (2000). Mommy far, mommy near: An adoption story. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. Stoeke, J. M. (2004). Waiting for May. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.

Young Adult Cooney, C. B. (2010). Three black swans. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Dalton, A. (2006). Invisible threads. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

For Parents Caughman, S. (2009). You can adopt: An adoptive families guide. New York: Ballantine Books. Eldridge, S. (2009). 20 things adoptive parents need to succeed. Buena Park, CA: Delta. Gray, D. D. (2012). Attaching in adoption: Practical tools for today’s parents. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Steck-Vaughn, J. R. (2000). Talking about adoption. Austin, TX: Powell Publishers.

Online Resources Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. (2011). Free Adoption Resources. Retrieved from: http:// Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. (2011). Adoptive services branch. Retrieved from: adoptionservices.htm US Department of Health & Human Services. (2011). Adoption. Retrieved from: adoption/

Hite, S. (2004). The king of Slippery Falls. New York: Scholastic Press.

On the Blog and In the Center On the Blog: For book reviews of new and upcoming youth literature, check out our blog Youth Lit Matters at: http://

Here are some of the new titles we received this past month!  An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo  Body of Water by Sarah Dooley  Bumble-Ardy by Marice Sendak  Desert Angel by Charlie Price  Fateful by Claudia Gray  Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson  Lights on the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli  Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb  Supernaturally by Kierstan White  The Money We’ll Save by Brock Cole  The Mystery of the Missing Everything by Ben H Winters  The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

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There is No Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye Variant by Robison Wells Wildwood by Colin Meloy

In the Center: Join us for the McConnell Center Reading Club where we meet and discuss new titles for children and young adults. See our Facebook page for details: groups/164302160289842/ We also have a new Youthlitmatters Group on Facebook. Check it out here: https:// groups/249490781731022/

About the Center A vital gathering place for books and ideas, the McConnell Center is committed to identifying excellent literature for children and adolescents and to bringing this literature to the attention of those adults who have an academic, professional, career, or personal interest in connecting young readers with books. We maintain two main, noncirculating collections: Our Current Collection includes all books sent to us for review by publishers during the current year. The Permanent Collection is several collections of books maintained in the Center as a resource for students and librarians. It includes the Basic

Collection, the Award-winning Collection (Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Morris, Pura Belpré, Sibert, and Orbis Pictus Awards), the Kentucky Collection (notable Kentucky authors and books about Kentucky), the Reference Collection, and the Periodical Collection. Starting Monday, August 22nd, our Fall 2011 hours will be Monday/Thursday 12–5pm and Tuesday/ Wednesday 9–2pm. Please visit our website for more information: CommInfoStudies/SLIS/mcconnellcenter/

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