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Archives for August 2014

Link Du Jour: Horn Book Superlatives

The new school year is upon us, and The Horn Book took a moment to highlight the cutest, weirdest, most dysfunctional and more of recent children’s lit. It’s the 2013-14 Yearbook Superlatives. Click the image below to read.

Go West, New Librarian; Teens Making a Difference Giveaway; Pet Poetry Contest | SLJTeen News

Opportunities abound for new librarians, teen change-seekers, and pet loving poets. Check out our latest roundup of teen services news bites.

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4

We’re big fans of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani’s Tiny Titans books, and we were delighted when they came back for another round with this mini-series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse, in which the wee superheroes search for a new home base. Here’s an advance look at Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4, […]

The Rationale: Some New Books and Why I Bought Them

I bought some books for my school library recently – let’s talk about them. Minecraft: Combat Handbook There is nothing, I repeat NOTHING hotter than Minecraft in my school library. We would get daily requests for Minecraft books until this series came to save the day. This is the third book in the series and […]

This Week’s Comics: Clockwork Cats

It’s a three day weekend! Relish the time off with some of the titles out this week! BOOM! Studios releases the third issue of the fun-filled series Bee and Puppycat. Dynamite Entertainment debuts the first issue of their new series Bob’s Burgers, based on the prime-time cartoon series, Toon Books gets mythical with Theseus and […]

Teens Review ‘Mary’, ‘Of Monsters and Madness’, and More

Is creepy back in vogue? Our teen reviewers have turned up titles with an eerie element: the ghost of Bloody Mary, an addict set on revenge, and a riff on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

UK Laureate Malorie Blackman will not Be Silenced

When Malorie Blackman found herself at the center of a racial firestorm, following an interview in which she addressed the lack of diversity in children’s books, she found strength from fellow writers and in her convictions.

Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from

            Attention fans of history, historical images, book art, and archives in general: Georgetown University scholar, Yahoo fellow and developer Kalev Leetaru is currently working to create a searchable database of 12 million copyright-free images, from 600 million library book pages. The recently launched Flickr-based Internet Archive Book Images currently […]

Playing With the Narrative | SLJ Spotlight

These teen fiction titles stretch the limits with twists on the traditional narrative.

Kill My Mother: A New Graphic Novel From Jules Feiffer

A brief account of my acquaintance with the work of Jules Feiffer: I first became aware of Jules Feiffer through his phenomenal, and phenomenally funny, picture book Bark, George (1999). I didn’t know anything about the book or the author–I think my wife brought it home to read to the kids–but I immediately fell in […]

Review of the Day: Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

Bad Bye, Good Bye By Deborah Underwood Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-92852-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now As a mother who recently spent the better part of twenty hours in a car with a three-year-old and a three-month-old baby, I feel a special kinship with parents who have also engaged in the ultimate endurance […]

Arapahoe High School Unveils New Library and Park

Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado, rebuilds its library and gets a new outdoor commons, after a tragic high school shooting last December.

‘Tactile Picture Books’ Creates 3-D Print Titles for Blind Children

A new project out of the University of Colorado is harnessing 3-D printing technology to make picture books accessible to visually impaired children.

Teen Book Buzz Fall 2014

Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
From family strife during the Vietnam era to an alternative Victorian London, our sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2014 Teen Book Buzz! Join representatives from Harlequin Teen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Llewellyn, and Egmont as they tell us about books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! Register Now!

Throwback Thursday: A Sendak Photobomb

For our 60th anniversary, SLJ’s dipped into the archive. To kick off our contribution to #tbt, we offer this image of a young Maurice Sendak and a mischievous staffer.

Zombillenium Vol. 2: Human Resources

Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins NBM Publishing, 2014 ISBN 978-1-56163-850-5 $14.95 When you build a horror-themed amusement park in a region where there’s double digit unemployment and you only hire the monstrous living dead (and one witch) as your employees, there’s bound to be some friction with the […]

Book Trailer Premiere – Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino

Today I am pleased as punch to premiere the brand spankin’ new book trailer for Dan Yaccarino’s middel grade novel debut Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom (say that five times fast – I dare you).  The video captures humor, pathos, and angry mushrooms.  In other words, everything that makes life worth living. Enjoy

A Birthday Book Giveaway: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Chances are, you know about Watch. Connect. Read.-er and Picasso of Twitter John Schumacher. Chances are, you’re better off for knowing him. I know I am. Well, today is his birthday and it seems to me the best way to celebrate is by giving away a book. As luck would have it, John shares his date […]

Beloit College Mindset List

Yesterday, Beloit College released its Annual College Mindset List. Ever since 1998, the list has helped us understand exactly where the current freshman (2018) class is coming from.  (You can check out the webcast here.) The initial purpose of the list was to alert aging faculty to beware of hardening of the references–that the students […]

Portrait of an Author: SLJ Chats with Jandy Nelson About ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’

Former literary agent Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun is told not only in alternating narratives but also in alternating time lines. SLJ caught up with the author to talk about her unique writing process, love of magical realism, and casting wishlist for the optioned film version.