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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

CSLF Features Illustrator Michael Slack


Children’s author and author Michael Slack has work featured in CSLA’s CafePress. He is best known for Monkey Truck and Elecopter. His visual style is playfully modernistic and features quirky characters in bold colors. He is a character designer whose works appear in books, posters, TV, and games. His work has been exhibited in the US and Europe, and his art has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and SBS Digital.  He lives in Lafayette, California, with his wife and daughter. He has been witnessed making monkey faces in the mirror, and he hopes to shake hands with a chimp sometime.  (image by Michael Slack).

Sunday, April 9, 2023

CSLF Recognizes Children’s Book Illustrators

This month CSLF is recognizing the award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books Brian Selznick. Brian grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and is the oldest of three children. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988 he got his start in children’s books at Eeyore’s Books for Children an independent bookseller on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This is where he learned all about books and put his artistic talents to use painting and designing window displays for the holidays and book events. He currently divides his time between San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

CSLF Recognizes Lark Pien

The California School Library Foundation is pleased to recognize the work of cartoonist, artist, and children’s book author/illustrator Lark Pien.

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Mini-Grant Awardees 2022

Mini-Grant Instruction

The CSLA Northern Region Board invited all current CSLA Northern Region members to apply for a Mini-Grant. These funds could be used for a variety of things including library projects, books, library student furniture, author visit, CSLA Conference registration, and more. Grants ranged up to $1000. Eight (8) total grants were awarded.  The expectations of Mini-Grant:

  1. Must relate back to students
  2. Must be used within the 2022-2023 school year
  3. May be asked to provide pictures of the project

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

CSLF Recognizes Bob Logan

    The California School Library Foundation is happy to highlight children’s author and illustrator, Bob Logan, this month.

     Bob grew up in Baltimore, MD. He used his artistic talents at a young age by selling his Star Wars drawings to kids who happily spent their milk money.  He then used this money to buy books at the Scholastic Book Fairs. Then at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, he studied animation. He has worked as a story artist on feature animations such as Madagascar, Open Season, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  He is also widely known for his books The Sea of Bath and Rocket Town, both of which have been favorites for children.

      Now living in Thousand Oaks, Ca with his family, Bob enjoys good coffee, sea shanties, a little gardening, sketching, and talking.

     You can see Bob’s sea captain illustration on items featured at the Library Advocacy Store.

Thank you very much, Bob, for your colorful work!

Katie Williams,
Retired Teacher Librarian
CSLF Board of Directors

Thursday, September 22, 2022

CSLF Highlights Kazu Kibuishi

The California School Library Foundation is happy to highlight the work of author/illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi. American graphic novel author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi is best known as the creator and editor of the comic anthology Flight and for creating the webcomic Copper and the Amulet series. You probably recognized his cover illustrations for the paperback 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

What to Read? What to Purchase? CDE Provides Recommendations

The California Department of Education (CDE) coordinates the development of the Recommended Literature List—now in an annual updated format and searchable database. The purpose of the list is to support students, teachers, and families in finding books that inform, entertain, and motivate students to become lifelong readers. It should be noted that the titles are suggestions selected by teams of educators and not all-inclusive. The annual list is a tool that can be used to: 

  • Encourage students to read quality literature in all curriculum areas
  • Aid families in selecting quality literature in a variety of formats and genres
  • Promote the latest in children’s and teen literature with a selection of diverse titles relevant to California readers
  • Provide a source list for updating school, classroom, and home libraries