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Archives for September 2013

Star Wars Reads Day: A Growing Force for Literacy

Star Wars fans around the world—from the youngest padawan to the wisest Jedi—along with authors, artists, and costumed volunteers will be flocking to libraries and bookstores this Saturday, October 5, for the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day (SWRD), an event that harnesses the appeal of the popular franchise to celebrate literacy and reading. The day is being sponsored collaboratively by Star Wars creator Lucasfilm’s publishing partners: Abrams, Chronicle, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, DK, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman.

Darwin, Rosewater, Hosseini, and More | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal/School Library Journal staffers are experiencing beauty, genius, loss, love of mankind, love of New York, and learning how to be good undergraduate researchers. It’s what we’re reading in the last days of September 2013. Ian Chant, Associate News Editor, LJ I just finished Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Dell), […]

NYPL Unveils 100 Top Children’s Books of the Last 100 Years

The New York Public Library (NYPL) today unveiled its first-ever list of the top 100 kids books of the last 100 years, curated by librarians, called “100 Great Children’s Books.” Marking the occasion, children’s book creators Judy Blume and Eric Carle (who both appear on the list) participated in a panel discussion and read from their works.

Darwin, Rosewater, Hosseini, and More | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal/School Library Journal staffers are experiencing beauty, genius, loss, love of mankind, love of New York, and learning how to be good undergraduate researchers. It’s what we’re reading in the last days of September 2013. Ian Chant, Associate News Editor, LJ I just finished Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Dell), […]

Connected Educator Month: You know you are a connected TL when . . .

October is Connected Educator Month (#ce13). The CEM calendar is packed with opportunities for growth and, of course, connection. The Starter Kit, by Sheryl Nussbaum Beach and Powerful Learning Practice, in collaboration with the Connected Educators initiative, is packed with links and videos and takes a 31 days approach for this special month, giving you one simple way to […]

Community and Poverty

We review two books today, both set in very specific communities overshadowed by poverty and tragedy. Let’s start with Men We Reaped, a memoir by Jesmyn Ward. Ward’s fierce, poetic debut novel, Salvage the Bones, won the National Book Award and a 2012 Alex Award. It follows a pregnant teenage girl and her family through […]

Review: Desmond Pucket

AMP Comics for Kids adds another Hybrid novel to the ever growing list of comics and prose mishmash titles. On sale in just two weeks, this will be a popular pick for students waiting for the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid or simply looking for a Diary read-alike. Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic Mark […]

Pick of the Day: The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees

The worker bee and its vital role in the life cycle of the honeybee are interwoven with the threat that Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) poses to bees, plants, and humans.

Interview: Jean Schulz, Peanuts, and ALA

When the universe asks you if you would like to interview someone along the lines of Jean Schulz, wife of Peanuts creator Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the correct answer is somewhere along the lines of , “YES YES YES YES YES!”  And so it was that by some complete quirk of fate, I found myself speaking […]

Guest Post at Children’s Book Reviews

Want to know some of the upcoming books I’m looking forward to? Good! All you need to do is go over to my guest post at Children’s Books Review. OK, I’ll tell you one — my Frankenstein obsession continues! I’m looking forward to Stephanie Hemphill’s Hideous Love, about Mary Shelley. Let me know what you think […]

Notes on September 2013

In September… …we number-crunched the Newbery Medal. I broke out the calculator and learned a few things about John’s Bronze (just a new Newbery Medal nickname I’m trying out). So You Want to Win the Newbery (Part I) So You Want to Win the Newbery (Part II) What Are the Chances You’ll Win Another Newbery? […]

#Holdshelf Over There

In order to see what kids are lining up to read, The Bill Clinton of Children’s Literature (John Schumacher) and I host a monthly gallery of hold shelf pictures. This month the gallery (including my Jane Mount-inspired illustrated shelf) is over at John’s blog Watch. Connect. Read. Click here to hear on over and have […]

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan Alfred A. Knopf. August 2013 Reviewed from ARC Sometimes a book packs such an emotional whammy that every other aspect becomes irrelevant to 99.9% of the readers. Two Boys Kissing is seriously packing. Before I go any further, a disclaimer: I just read this for the first time last week. […]

Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

The exciting news this week was that I got to host a couple panels regarding Banned Books (it being the week of ‘em and all).  The first was at the Brooklyn Book Festival with David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block, and Lauren Myracle.  I then cannibalized my own questions and used them in this, a Google+ […]

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Kathi Appelt’s newest is another National Book Award Finalist that I think makes for interesting Newbery possibilities.  While very different in mood and characters than her Newbery Honor THE UNDERNEATH, I find the same sense of pacing here: leisurely and wandering between different viewpoints.  The storyteller’s voice is strong and becomes a character in itself, […]

Preview: Peanuts #12

BOOM! Studios has been publishing new Peanuts comics, which isn’t as odd as it sounds—back when the creator of Peanuts, Charles Schulz, was still alive, there was a monthly comic that was done by other people. So there’s precedent for this. Here’s the blurb for Peanuts #12, which came out this past week: Taking on […]

Penguin Drops Side Loading Requirement for Kindle Lending

In a quick reversal of its position on Kindle lending, Penguin on September 26 loosened the terms of its renewed agreement with OverDrive, announced only the day before. The publisher has agreed to allow library patrons to download ebook titles wirelessly via OverDrive’s “Get for Kindle” function instead of, as initially announced, first downloading titles to a computer, and then side-loading those titles to their Kindle classic or Paperwhite using a USB cord.

YA Author Explains Why We Need National Bullying Prevention Month

Young adult author Patty Blount was inspired to write her debut novel Send after her son was bullied, and was then accused of being a bully himself. Blount has come to realize that “perception is the root of most bullying.”

Pop-Up Libraries Blossom in Philadelphia and Beyond

The books come by the hundreds almost daily. Boxes dropped off from yoga clubs, suburban book drives, and schools to be handed out at the Mighty Writers Street Libraries—pop-up libraries recently launched in Philadelphia to offer books to the city’s students and parents who watch as their access to titles diminish.

Teens Review Keith Urban, NIN, and ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ | Music and Games

Both Keith Urban and Nine Inch Nails are stretching their musical wings in new releases. On ​Fuse, listeners will hear more than a classic country sound from Urban. ​Hesitation Marks​ doesn’t include a single scream from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. ​Splinter Cell Blacklist​ relies on its classic formula—”seek and destroy while staying out of sight.”