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Archives for January 2015

Check out DKfindout!

Greetings from ALA Midwinter where Dorling Kindersley launched a beta version of DKfindout!, a new interactive site that makes the publisher’s already highly exciting visual content even more exciting! Designed for children ages seven through eleven (but truly fun for all!), the content spans science, math, English, history, geography, the human body and more with […]

Announcing our Winner and Honor Voting: A two-for-one post!

Comments were made, votes were tallied, numbers were crunched, and we’ve got a winner–no runoff this year; we’re calling it. As always, there’s a ton of really interesting information in the data so we’ll have in-depth analysis in a separate post after the honor voting results are in. For now, let’s talk Pyrite! Your 2015 Pyrite […]

Free PD for TLs (an infographic)

There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find. For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well.  I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s […]

Dark Horses

For our final review of the season, squashed in at the 11th hour, we bring you a quick and dirty final roundup to shed a little bit of love on some books that we never got to discuss at length but that we still think deserve a little attention. Bombay Blues, Tanuja Desai Hidier Scholastic/Push, […]

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SPONSORED: Jane Casey’s “Jess Tennant” Series Raises the Bar on Teen Detective YA

Jess Tennant thought leaving London for a small seaside town up the coast would prove relaxing. But she was wrong. This accidental detective ends up solving the mystery of her cousin’s death and takes on other mysteries, always with a bit of sass and spunk, pulling readers right into her world. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #223

Saturday morning cartoons may be a thing of the past, but Wile E. Coyote’s struggle remains eternal! This month, Looney Tunes #223 brings us inside the headquarters of Acme Products, Inc., as Wile applies for a job—as a product tester. The comic is out this coming Wednesday, February 4, in comics shops, but we have […]

Black Storytime, Flourishing at Multnomah (OR) County Library

Should libraries offer programs geared to one culture? After I spoke with Kirby McCurtis, who started a thriving Black Storytime program at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, it was clear that the answer is “yes.”

Calling All Environmentalists | SLJ Spotlight

Four nonfiction titles take an innovative approach to ecology.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival & Battle of the Kids Books

Today we are all arriving in Chicago for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, soon to listen in to the Notable Book discussions, browse the exhibits for next year’s contenders, and await the announcement of the awards on Monday morning.  We will wrap up our discussion on that final post next week, and then go into hibernation […]

This Week’s Comics: Power Puff Ares

Gaming comics are really becoming a thing, as seen on this week’s list of new releases. Archie Comics has a slew of Sonics, with Boom, Universe, and a trade collecting the story “The Chase.” Also out is the eighth volume trade of Mega Man, and Skylanders finishes its first mini-series from IDW. The List: ARCHIE […]

Friday Finds – January 30, 2015

This Week at TLT INTERVIEW+GIVEAWAY from YA Author Trisha Leaver (interview by Cuyler Creech) – still open for another few hours! Sunday Reflections: A Road Trip, A Book Festival and a Teachable Moment The #SVYALit Hangout on Hazing: January 28, 2015 Middle Grade Monday – Weeding in the Age of Online Subscriptions Book review: Cut […]

Two Takes on Environmental Destruction

Today, we review two books that examine the environmental destruction of small towns, and the ensuing fallout in the community at large. In Rene Steinke’s Friendswood, the eponymous town has been the victim of chemical leaks from a nearby oil refinery. Most of the town seems ready to move on once the EPA has cleared […]

2015 Calendar

Planning. It takes, well, planning. What kind of displays do I want to do? What kinds of programming? Here are some upcoming events that I am using to help me plan. I am a big movie junkie so I like to do tie-ins when I can, even if it is just a genre display. And […]

Mocks Amuck

Each year I like to keep track of all the Mock Caldecotts, Mock Newberys, Mock Siberts, etc. that I can find.  It’s not easy.  At this point in time it’s not as if ALA or SLJ has created a centralized site where folks can plug in their Mock results for all the world to see […]

2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards Adds Three New Categories

The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader have announced the addition of three new categories to the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards.

Pyrite Vote Commencing!

We’ve revisited our top 11 Pyrite Nominees, and those of you headed to MidWinter are likely already en route (or snowed in, which I hope isn’t too many of you), and all that means (insert drumroll) it’s voting time! The plan: We’ll use the comments for voting, with polls to close Friday at midnight or […]

Two Books Challenged Again in Highland Park Schools in Texas

Renewed book challenges to The Working Poor: Invisible in America and The Art of Racing in the Rain stir up sides as the Highland Park (TX) Independent School District’s board gears up to vote on revisions to the district’s book policy.

Review: Rocket Raccoon #1-4

Guardians of the Galaxy was the surprise movie hit of last summer, introducing fans to a new group of superheroes that included a talking raccoon and a walking tree. Marvel Comics finally did the smart thing and gave Rocket Raccoon and Groot their own series in the Marvel Cineverse continuity. They also put the book […]

Screencasting Tools for Tech Support | Cool Tools

These video and screencasting resources will help you create videos that provide technical assistance.

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Ancient Civilizations Up Close | Touch and Go

Two recently released apps from Kids Discover featuring colorful visuals, 360-degree views of artifacts, and birds-eye perspectives of sites, offer students journeys back in time to ancient civilizations.