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Archives for February 2015

Adult Books 4 Teens: Titles to Galvanize a Call for Social Justice

The following are nonfiction titles reviewed on the “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog that feature young people whose lives are adversely affected by racism, gender discrimination, or violence.

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Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?

I received a book in the mail the other day called WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?, and I’ve never really read a book like it. It’s published by 826michigan, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting students (ages 6 to 18) with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9

It’s Saturday morning, time for some comics! Today we have an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9, in which the Mystery, Inc., kids meet up with none other than Superman himself! Here’s the 411: Superman needs help from Scooby and the gang – so they speed to Metropolis and the horribly haunted Daily Planet offices. […]

Aliens, Mean Girls, and “Speak” Readalikes | What’s Hot in YA

From Michael Buckley’s alien-infested YA debut to poigant exlorations on sexual violence and mental illness, the following titles for teens will keep young people coming back for more.

Friday Finds – February 27, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Skin I’m Not Comfortable In, looking back and looking forward at a life with an eating disorder Book Review: Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle Medication, Depression, and I Was Here Middle Grade Monday – Shannon Hale What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter […]

Growing Up in a Cult | SLJ Spotlight

Four titles that deflty tackle the unusual, unsettling topic of teens growing up in cultlike envinronments.

This Week’s Comics: Scooby-Love

Add some collections from the new comics out this week. IDW Publishing releases the second volume of My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship, which collects the spinoff titles Micro Series and Friends Forever in one handy book. Image Comics releases the full Howtoon [Re]Ignition, and Papercutz adds to their collection of new WWE Slam City […]

FSYALit: Catholicism in YA, a guest post by Katie Behrens

Today as part of our Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit Project, guest Katie Behrens is discussing Catholicism in YA literature. When I was confirmed in the Catholic Church at the age of 16, I really meant it. I knew there was a lot about the faith that I didn’t know and maybe some stuff […]

Bring It Back! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity: Adios, Oscar

Let’s try something a little new.  I’m only human.  I like to rant and rail about various children’s books being lamentably out-of-print as much as the next guy.  But I also acknowledge that in the current publishing state in which we live it is simply not possible to keep all books in print. That said, […]

Lists, Letters, and More: YA Books with Characters Who Write

National Words Matter Week is March 1-7, so it’s the perfect time to set up a display of books featuring characters who write. What are they writing? Well, everything!   The characters in these books write lists, letters, zines, diaries, poetry, even obituaries. As a teen who was obsessed with writing (those are just some […]

March 2 Is Seuss Day | Touch and Go

Oceanhouse Media is the place to go if you are looking for a Dr. Seuss title in digital. To date they have published dozens of Seuss and “Dr. Seuss Learning Library” titles for iOS, Android, and other devices. Celebrate the beloved author’s birthday on March 2 with a few apps.

Librarians and the Changing Job Market | Consider the Source

A recent news article offered a fascinating graphic on American jobs that pay $40–80,000 a year, highlighting whether these jobs have grown or declined between the years 1980–2012. Where does librarianship fit into the picture?

The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates

Considering that it is based on a police case from almost 30 years ago, it is astonishing how much currency Joyce Carol Oates’s new novel has. A black teen is found beaten and apparently raped, naming only “white cops” as the perpetrators before lapsing into silence. The ensuing polarized reactions on the parts of the […]

Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”

A preview of our March issue.

Review: Peanuts #25

Peanuts #25 Written by Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott Art by Scott and Braddock Boom Studios; $3.99 This particular issue of BOOM! Studios’ ongoing Peanuts comic book, which tells original stories featuring the late Charles Schulz’s immortal comic strip characters, is a sort of confluence of anniversaries. The Peanuts comic strip is celebrating its 65th […]

2015 Brackets with Judges Revealed!

So now that we have announced all our awesome judges, here are their assignments. Wish them luck!

The Official CBC Bookmark Reveal

WHAT TIME IS IT, AMERICA!!!????!!! If you answered that it was time for Children’s Book Week, you’d almost be right.  Actually, Children’s Book Week (now in its 96th year) isn’t until May 4th – 10th.  In preparation, I have a bit of a treat planned.  On Sunday, May 26th at 2:00 p.m. the following program […]

Heroic Reads: Supporting Collaborative Summer Library Programs | Focus On

A sensational collection of titles to use with the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” This dynamic roundup includes selections for early elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers alike.

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Serving Full T.I.L.T. : Empathy, remembering what it’s like to be a teen and how it helps us be better teen services librarians

In the summer before I began my Junior year of high school my family moved. Again. That’s what happens when you are a military family. But even though you know it’s going to happen, it doesn’t make it suck any less. A few weeks into the new semester at a new school I received a […]

March Madness & Hoop Dreams | Great Books about Basketball

Looking for titles to satisfy patrons who’ve caught March Madness fever? Searching for the next book to hand fans of The Crossover? From stats to free verse to early basketball history, this list’s got game.