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Archives for June 2014

The Wonders of Science in Elementary Nonfiction │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

From dung beetles that eat on the job to farmers who search leaves by hand every day, facts gleaned in the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have your patrons glued to the beautifully illustrated picture books.

AASL’s picks for apps and websites

On Saturday, two hard-working AASL committees presented juried lists of resources. While I try my best to keep up with this stuff, these two darn committees just filled my summer with new explorations. I take that back.  They’ve actually significantly narrowed the field by pointing to the learning tools most worthy of exploring and integrating […]

Scenes from the American Library Association Annual Meeting | ALA 2014

Views from the floor of the American Library Association Annual Meeting, from the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet to the Ultimate Picture Book Sketch Off.

Kid Lit Authors Share the Love During ALA Speed Dating Event | ALA Annual 2014

Ding! With the peal of a bell, 21 children’s and YA authors started chatting eagerly to tables of librarians during a ‘speed dating’ event at the ALA Annual Conference.

Banned Books Week Announces Comics Focus | ALA 2014

The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Las Vegas this week set the stage for Banned Books Week, scheduled for September 21-27, 2014. This year, Banned Books Week will shine light on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. On the show floor, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which provides legal support and expertise to readers, authors, and librarians, debuted a new handbook offering rundowns of commonly challenged comic titles, myths about banned books, and ideas for programming around Banned Books Week.

Neil Gaiman at Carnegie Hall: Finding “Truth” in Caves and Comics

Thousands turned up for author Neil Gaiman’s performance at Carnegie Hall on June 27. The evening was touted as a “multimedia storytelling event” and showcased the prolific author’s premiere U.S. reading of The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains and Hansel and Gretel accompanied by visuals and a live score.

A Nightmare that Walks like a Girl

Is Melanie a monster or a prodigy? The title of this post refers to the first of our thrilling reads of the day, The Girl with all the Gifts, in which one character, Sergeant Parks, thinks of Melanie as “the nightmare-that-walks-like-a-girl.” He’d rather deal with blood-thirsty zombies than with something that walks and talks like […]

‘Freaky Friday’ Author Mary Rodgers Dies at 83

Mary Rodgers, author of the classic Freaky Friday and composer, died on June 26 at age 83 following a long illness.

Books on Film: Kate DiCamillo on NBC

I’m back in the Mitten State after watching Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca collect their Newbery and Caldecott Medals in Las Vegas during the ALA Annual Conference. Good timing, then, for nbcnews.com to run this story about Ms. Dicamillo’s perseverance on the rejection-filled road to publication. A must watch.

Papercutz Raving About Rabbids

While scrolling through my twitter feed, I came across a tweet from Papercutz. It was a cross post from Tumblr, reblogging a tumble from author Eric M. Esquivel, announcing he would be launching of a new graphic novel series with Papercutz featuring Rabbids. What are Rabbids you may ask? If you don’t have tweens or […]

Video Sunday: MIT’s Faculty Lounge and Other Mysteries

No time to dilly-dally, people! We’ve most of our peers and betters living it up in Las Vegas. Let’s soothe our sorrows of not attending ourselves in some lovely videos then, eh whot? First off, you may have known that there was a recent Boston Children’s Book Trivia Night. But did you know there was […]

Exclusive Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #2

The Tiny Titans are back! DC’s beloved all-ages series, by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, took a hiatus for a while and then returned last month with a new six-issue series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse; Caleb reviewed the first issue here. Now we have an exclusive preview of Tiny Titans: Return to the […]

This Week’s Comics: Emily’s Amazing World

Prepare for a summer packed with fun with this week’s new releases. Archie Comics releases a digest collection of the friends from Riverdale enjoying their summer break with Archie Comics Spectacular Summer Daze. IDW Publishing begins their major crossover event with the first issue of Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War, and Vertical releases the […]

Tenacious Teens | SLJ Spotlight

Four new titles about formidable teens making a change.

SYNC Offers Free Audiobooks All Summer Long

June’s “Audiobook Month” is just ending, and what better way to extend it than to participate in SYNC’s free audiobook program for teens? Now in its fourth year, this program offers young adults the opportunity to download two free audiobook every week from May 15 to August 13.

Fusenews: Laser Mazes. Need I Say More?

As I write this there are countless souls right now in Las Vegas attending the American Library Association Annual Conference.  I watch your tweets with envy, my friends.  Would that I were there.  Some of the first timers have asked me what they shouldn’t miss, but since I haven’t seen the official schedule of events […]

‘Annie on My Mind’ Author Nancy Garden Dies at Age 76

Award-winning author Nancy Garden, best known for the classic—and sometimes controversial—novel Annie on My Mind, one of the first YA titles to depict a lesbian relationship, died of a heart attack June 23 at age 76.

Nashville Public Library Reinvents Its Summer Reading Model, Sees Early Success

Children’s librarian Lindsey Patrick recounts how Nashville Public Library redesigned its summer reading program into a flexible model that addressed the drop in participants and transformed the usual stress of summer into an exciting challenge for patrons and staff.

Your Guide to Brand New & Upcoming Titles | ALA 2014 Galley Guide

Your galley guide for ALA Annual 2014. Perfect for those attending the conference looking to snag their next great read, and for any librarian interested in a sneak peek of upcoming Fall 2014 titles.

Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge

For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela’s Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to […]