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Archives for May 2014

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches 80 Percent for the First Time

The high school graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 80 percent in the United States—the highest in the history of the country and a one percentage point gain over last year, the National Center for Education Statistics reports.

Link Du Jour: 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Announced!

Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced.

Microsoft demoes Skype Translator

Imagine in the very near future, technology allowing  humans to bridge geographic and language boundaries to connect mind to mind and heart to heart in ways never before possible.  Gurdeep Pall This blew my mind.  Please watch this video and consider the possibilities. Earlier this week, at the the Re/Code Conference, Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft Vice President of Skype and […]

Video: “Do You Write About Race?” | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Authors address the topic of the day in this 12-minute clip from the “Diversity in Middle Grade Fiction” panel at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, held in New York on May 28, 2014.

How Wordless Picture Books Empower Children | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Wordless picture books allow children to project their own imaginations upon a story and “own it,” as author/illustrator Bob Staake, along with Aaron Becker, Raul Colón, and Molly Idle discussed during a lively panel at School Library Journal’s 2014 Day of Dialog.

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #219

Here’s a throwback to classic Saturday morning cartoons: An exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #219, which is due out from DC Comics on June 4. It’s a Road Runner story that honors the classic tropes in a new way, with Wile E. Coyote going to hear a motivational speaker who seems to be speaking directly […]

Fusenews: The Bear grumbleth “mum mum”

Honestly, I don’t quite know why I even bother doing Fusenews posts on Saturdays.  As you might suspect, my readership dips considerably when the weekends hit, but an old Fusenews post is like a week old fish.  Time does it no favors.  As such, I shall cut through my seething envy of everyone at BookExpo […]

Two New Titles About the Freedom Summer | SLJ Spotlight

A key moment in the civil rights movement—the Freedom Summer of 1964—is explored in two new works.

Authors Dig into the Unreliable Narrator | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

“There’s something about characters who lie. That charisma can carry you through [a story].” At SLJ’s Day of Dialog, on May 28, authors Meg Wolitzer, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. Lockhart, and Barry Lyga engaged in a panel “Unreliable YA Narrators.”

edshelf: it’s a directory, it’s a review portal, it’s a community, it’s a curation tool . . .

Look, up in the cloud!  It’s a directory.  It’s a review portal.  It’s a community. It’s a launchpad. It’s a curation tool.  It’s a playlist creator.  It’s an easy source of icons and QR codes. I’ve been using edshelf for some time now and it’s kinda become one of my superheroes for curating apps and […]

Seen & Heard | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Check out scenes from SLJ’s exuberant “Day of Dialog” event (May 28) where librarians, authors, and publishers came together at McGraw-Hill headquarters in New York City.

The Week’s Comics: Samurai Jack’s Hazardous Tales

While Mother Nature can’t make up its mind, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something to read on this week’s list. Archie Comics starts another crossover with Mega Man meeting Mega Man X in the latest Mega Man. IDW Publishing delves into Celestia’s origin in the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and […]

A New Take on Sleeping Beauty (No, Not *That* One)

You all know how much I love fairy tales. Indeed, it almost physically hurt me to assign Elizabeth Blackwell’s While Beauty Slept to another reviewer, but I just didn’t have time in my reading schedule to get to it. Now that I’ve read our review, I’m going to make time. Blackwell’s entry-point is a character […]

Notes on May 2014

In May… …I previewed the summer season. There’s a batch of good-looking books coming out in the next three months, folks. …we witnessed the birth of a ninja mini trend. Ninjas appear to be giving whales a run for their money in children’s lit trend department. …a pretzel rotisserie appeared in my staff lounge. This […]

Round Up | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

On May 28, school and youth services librarians joined authors/illustrators and publishers to kick off Book Expo America by gathering at the McGraw-Hill building in New York City for SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog. Catch up on the day’s happenings here.

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How Diverse are Comics and Graphic Novels?

Diverse characters are on the rise in comics and graphic novels. But superhero comics remain predominantly white and male.

Not so far away

Off to New York tomorrow for a little 70s nostalgia (Richard is such a good sport), some modern dance (I am such a good sport),  love and murder, and, oh yes, the announcement of the 2014 winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. I’ll be revealing the fated few at 1:00PM on Saturday at a press […]

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Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews

Selected interviews and appearances by Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28, 2014.

Links: ‘Sisters’ poised for success; Ben Hatke talks ‘Zita’

Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, which is due out later this year, is slated for an initial print run of 200,000 copies. As Zainab Akhtar points out, Telgemeier’s Smile has over 1 million copies in print. You can see a preview of it here. Ben Hatke, talks about Zita the Spacegirl and its influences and antecedents. Five-year-old […]