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About Alexis O'Neill
Alexis O'Neill is the author of picture books that deal with friendships and people in both fiction and nonfiction. Her book, THE RECESS QUEEN (Scholastic) has been nominated for eleven state readers' choice awards and has won in two states. This book about a playground bully has also been translated into Chinese (how do you say, "lollapaloosh" in Chinese?), Korean (how do you say, "kitz and kajammer" in Korean?) and French (oo-la-la!).
In addition to earning starred reviews, her first picture book, LOUD EMILY (Simon & Schuster) was included on the list of "Yankee Magazine 100 Classic New England Children's Books."This honor was especially meaningful to her as she was born in Boston & raised in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Now that she lives in California, she is excited that her book, ESTELA'S SWAP (Lee & Low), about an intergenerational friendship at a California swap meet, has struck a chord with dedicated readers.
Fueled by a love of history, she also has three picture books for older readers books about important figures in history: THE KITE THAT BRIDGED TWO NATIONS: HOMAN WALSH AND THE FIRST NIAGARA SUSPENSION BRIDGE (Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills Press) is based on the dramatic, true story of how a boy, using his kite, laid the first line for the first suspension bridge over the Niagara River in 1848; JACOB RIIS'S CAMERA: BRINGING LIGHT TO TENEMENT CHILDREN (Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane) about a Danish immigrant in 19th century who used flash photography to change untenable living conditions for families in NYC tenements; and THE EFFICIENT, INVENTIVE (OFTEN ANNOYING MELVIL DEWEY) (Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane)about the creator of the Dewey Decimal Classification System that revolutionized libraries all over the world.
Alexis has also written for a variety of magazines including Cricket, Spider, Cobblestone, Calliope, Faces, and Writer's Digest. She teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and has been a leader in SCBWI in Central/Coastal California. She has a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.S and Ph.D. from Syracuse University and was sent to the University of London on a Rotary International Fellowship. Among her adventures, she was named Miss Kitchen of Swiftcurrent Inn at Glacier National Park, won a spot in the last Girl Scout Roundup in Idaho, and has led multiple theater trips to Ireland. She loves photography, swimming, theater, the Erie Canal, American history, cats, and her husband, David.
An expert presenter, Alexis l-o-v-e-s meeting kids all over the country through school visits, showing them how to read and write with their whole body.
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When Melvil Dewey realized every library organized their books differently, he wondered if he could invent a system all libraries could use to organize them efficiently. A rat-a-tat speaker, Melvil was a persistent (and noisy) advocate for free public libraries. And while he made enemies along the way as he pushed for changes--like his battle to establish the first library school with women as students, through it all he was EFFICIENT, INVENTIVE, and often ANNOYING as he made big changes in the world of public libraries--changes still found in the libraries of today!
From TI 9781684371983 HC.
Jacob Riis was familiar with poverty. He did his best to combat it in his hometown of Ribe, Denmark, and he experienced it when he immigrated to the United States in 1870. Jobs for immigrants were hard to get and keep, and Jacob often found himself penniless, sleeping on the streets or in filthy homeless shelters. When he became a journalist, Jacob couldn't stop seeing the poverty in the city around him. He began to photograph overcrowded tenement buildings and their impoverished residents, using newly developed flash powder to illuminate the constantly dark rooms to expose the unacceptable conditions. His photographs inspired the people of New York to take action. Gary Kelley's detailed illustrations perfectly accompany Alexis O'Neill's engaging text in this STEAM title for young readers.
"Please do whisper," says Mother.
Emily doesn't mean to be loud. But whenever she says anything in her Emily voice, windows crack, plates shatter, and the neighbors can't believe their ears. Emily tries and tries but she just can't be quiet. It seems like there's nowhere she fits in...until the day she sees a ship with a sign that says:
LOUD HELP NEEDED.
Nobody's louder than Emily! So she sets sail for an adventure on the high seas, looking for a place where she can be herself. Loud Emily.
Climb aboard for a memorable tall tale of ships, whales, and a little girl with a very BIG voice.
“Liam McLafferty’s Choice” – No lad in all of Ireland made worse choices than Liam McLafftery of Rosmuck. “Seamus Kenny’s Well” – What happens when a cheating stranger and an innocent cow end up in a bottomless well? “The Selkie’s Song” – Can Donal and his children ever find peace when their selkie wife and mother returns to the sea?