Encourage Reading from the Start: Essays, Articles, and Interviews from the Field

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A past-president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and longtime spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults, for several decades Scales has been a tireless champion for children’s reading in all its richness and diversity. This collection gathers her most popular editorials, feature articles, and author interviews from the pages of Book Links magazine. Filled with stimulating ideas for school and public librarians, this book

  • spotlights compelling editorial columns that cover the core values of ALA, including democracy, privacy, and diversity;
  • includes interviews with popular authors such as Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Graham Salisbury, Elana K. Arnold, Angela Cerrito, and many others; and
  • features essays on reading trends and classroom discussion topics, with annotated bibliographies.

These interesting and engaging pieces will inspire all those who work with young readers.


How Reading Shapes Us

  • Playing House    
  • Talking with Elana K. Arnold
  • Somewhere in the Darkness
  • Gotcha Day
  • Talking with Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Let’s Read Short Shorts
  • Sidetracked by Books
  • Reading Turquoise
  • Ambassador of the World

What History Tells Us

  • Moving Day
  • How Do We Say Thank You, Jean Fritz?
  • Jean Fritz’s You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
  • Talking with Gennifer Choldenko
  • It’s Not My War
  • Talking with Graham Salisbury
  • They Laughed
  • Talking with Angela Cerrito
  • No One Wanted Us
  • Talking with Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Loving v. Virginia and Interracial Families
  • Trouble, Folks

Where Science Leads Us

  • The Man in the Moon
  • My Mother Was Rosie the Riveter
  • Talking with Steve Sheinkin
  • Architecture and Construction
  • On the Street Where I Lived
  • Families Coping with Mental Illness

When Art Inspires Us

  • A Lesson from Frank
  • E. L. Konigsburg’s The Second Mrs. Giaconda: An Update
  • “Pointe” the Way
  • Times a-Changin’

How Freedom to Read Defines Us

  • It’s About Conversation
  • Studying the First Amendment
  • Because of Alice: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice Books
  • Talking with Dori Hillestad Butler
  • Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass
  • It’s September


Pat R. Scales

Pat R. Scales is a 1966 graduate of the University of Montevallo (AL), and received a MLS from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in 1972. She served as librarian at Greenville Middle School for 26 years and was the first Director of Library Services at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. She taught children’s and young adult literature for 27 years at Furman University, and has taught special topics courses at the University of Texas, Louisiana State University, Drexel University, and University of South Carolina. She is a past President of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and has served as chair of the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Award Committees. Scales has been actively involved with ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for a number of years, and served two terms as chair. She is a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, serves on the Council of Advisers of the National Coalition Against Censorship, and acts as a spokesperson for first amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults. Her books include Teaching Banned Books: Twelve Guides for Young Readers, Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library, Books Under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books, Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books, and Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal. She writes a bimonthly column, “Scales on Censorship,” for School Library Journal, curriculum guides on children’s and young adult books for a number of publishers, and is a regular contributor to Book Links magazine.

"The collection as a whole provides an effective overview of the importance of engaging and empowering young readers with quality literature, and gives educators and librarians alike a passionate, practical starting point for doing so.”
— School Library Journal