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Notes on May 2015

In May… …we discovered the real ages of children’s literature characters. Since they wouldn’t produce their birth certificates, I took matters into my own hands. …we looked at 10 intriguing books for summer. It’s shaping up to be a great season. …we had a great day with Shea. Bob Shea visited my school and I […]

Preview: ‘Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard,’ vol. 3, #3

How about a little Mouse Guard to finish out the weekend? Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard is a series of short stories set in the universe of David Petersen’s longer Mouse Guard story, and he has assembled a number of talented creators to tell them. Here’s the blurb: The mice at the June Alley […]

Sunday Reflections: The Trouble with “Clean”

Every once in a while a conversation will start up on Twitter or the Yalsa-Bk list about “clean” books for teens, and I always bristle. Occasionally I tweet about it. Sometimes I see other tweet about it as well. But I stopped putting together “clean” book lists some time again, and there’s a simple reason […]

Press Release Fun: The Summer Camp You Deserve (Highlights!)

As I have in the past, I’ll be speaking at the Highlights Foundation roundabout July 16th, and it really is just the nicest place to be.  With that in mind, here’s a cute little infographic the folks made about their summer camp.  Come by, come by!

Redefining Normal: Books About Teens with Special Needs| Focus On

A collection of young adult titles that address physical, emotional, and psychological health and disabilities.

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#winning!

I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don’t-ask-don’t-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, their choices for the top prizes illustrate three great things about this particular […]

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Friday Finds – May 29, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How We Talk About the Victims of Sexual Abuse Matters Middle Grade Monday – Memorial Day Take 5 Book Review: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg Book Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton Career Conversations – What I learned when my teens wanted to host a program […]

James Patterson Launches Children’s Book Imprint

Jimmy Patterson books, part of Little, Brown, the bestselling author’s longterm publisher, will publish eight to 12 books annually.

Hinduism in YA Lit: A #FSYALit Guest Post by Shveta Thakrar

As part of the Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit (#FSYALit) Discussion, we are honored today to feature guest blogger and YA author Shveta Thakrar to discuss Hinduism in YA Literature. One thing that frustrates me is seeing the word religious come to be equated with “Christian.” Not only is this inaccurate, but it also erases […]

This Week’s Comics: Kid’s Universe

Kick off the start of the summer season with some of this week’s new releases. BOOM! Studios has a new Bravest Warriors one-shot, Tales from the Holo John. Yes, it is what you think it is. DC Comics has the second volume of Batman Adventures, collecting 10 issues from the Batman The Animated Series inspired […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015

Previously: Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015 Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore… 10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel Usually books that come out during […]

Wild Rabbits, Owl Power, and Humans, Too | DVD Reviews

This month features the rerelease of the 1978 animated film of Richard Adams’s novel Watership Down and an up-close examination of the owl’s superpowers. Human behavior is scrutinized, too, in the-times-they-are-a-changin’ documentary The Sixties.

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Selznick, Myracle, and Others Appear in Scholastic Fall 2015 Online Preview

For Scholastic’s recent online preview, the publisher produced four videos in which editors and authors tell viewers about over 20 of Scholastic’s upcoming picture books, graphic novels, middle grade, and teen titles.

Authors at the Fourth Annual SLJ/AAP Librarian Dinner | BEA 2015

Matt de la Peña, Kevin Henkes, Mike Curato, Jeff Anderson, Candace Fleming, Adam Silvera, and Eric Rohmann were featured speakers at the dinner, moderated by Betsy Bird.

Take 10: A Geek Pride Day Book List

Did you know that May 25th was Geek Pride Day? Me neither. Geek Pride Day is a cultural holiday created to celebrate and promote all things geek, nerd, and science fiction. “The date was chosen as to commemorate the 1977 release of Star Wars,but shares the same date as two other similar fan ‘holidays’: Towel Day, for fans of The […]

Long Ago and Far Away | Graphic Nonfiction

These titles use sequential art to transport readers to different worlds, allowing them a glimpse into the life of Harriet Tubman with Nathan Hale’s The Underground Abductor and a look at the Middle East during the 1940s and 1950s with Leila Abdelrazaq’s Baddawi.

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Typhoid Mary, the Danish Resistance, and an Enchanting Memoir from Margarita Engle | Middle to HS Nonfiction

This month’s middle and high school nonfiction includes the true story of Typhoid Mary, insights into the story of a group of Danish teenagers who fought against the Nazis when the rest of their country gave in, and a moving memoir from Margarita Engle.

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Be a Changemaker Workshops

Sometime last year I got a call from Kirsten Cappy at Curious City asking if I wanted to help her write a series of workshops supporting a book called Be a Changemaker by Laurie Ann Thompson. If you aren’t familiar with Curious City, it’s a site where you can find a variety of book based […]

Cover Reveal: Oh No Astro! By Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard

I’ve been following the work of Matt Roeser since 2010 when he was posting book cover redesigns on his tumblr. Since then he’s gotten a gig at Candlewick Press and will make his authorial debut with the picture book Oh No Astro! illustrated by Brad Woodard, which arrives in spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Mr. Roeser […]

Day of Dialog 2015: Putting the Chaotic Past Into Some Kind of Order

Book Expo’s a funny beastie. For years it existed for the booksellers of America.  Librarians?  Sure, they could go but we weren’t exactly encouraged to attend.  We had our ALA Conferences and that was nice and well and good. But times, they change.  The internet appeared. The bloggers congealed (I’m trying to find a better […]