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Archives for July 2015

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony

SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

The Keeper by Darragh | SLJ Review

Martin, Darragh. The Keeper. 280p. glossary. Little Island. Jul. 2015. pap. $15.99. ISBN 9781908195845.

Gr 7 Up–Twelve-year-old Oisin Keane has grown up in the suburbs of Dublin without the slightest clue that he coexists with the ancient magic of the land. He and his youthful looking Granny Keane are the only members of the family with green eyes. Celtic folklore and legends attribute magical powers to those with green eyes, because green is said to be the color of Fairies’ eyes. […]

Harris Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning, Ratings

A recent Harris poll on attitudes about book banning and school libraries revealed that out of the 2,244 U.S. adults surveyed in March 2015, the percentage who felt that certain books should be banned increased by more than half since the last similar study conducted in 2011.

Friday Finds – July 31, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy, or why today I will choose to put on a bathing suit and make a memory with my daughters This is how I came to write a short story about my “first time” in the upcoming anthology The V Word edited by Amber Keyser […]

Game Design-Based Lessons can Help Shrink the Digital Divide, Says Study

Daily technology-based lessons, specifically those around game design that are taken for school credit, can help bridge the digital divide among students—particularly that between boys and girls, according to a new study.

“Comics Connector” Finds Comics Professionals for School Visits

Launched by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Comics Connector features a growing list of comics professionals state by state, as well as in Canada, along with their contact information.

ABDO Launches Database Series for Pre-K–2

Abdo Zoom, a database covering 160 animal species for Pre-K–2 learners, will debut in August.

Canciones y Cuentos: Songs and Rhymes for Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

Lullabies, nursery rhymes, clapping songs, and lap bounces sung en español are ideal ways to introduce all children to the beauty and sheer joy of song. Tim Wadham recommends titles and songs for bilingual and Spanish-language storytimes.

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Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy | SLJ Review

Duffy, Chris, ed. Fable Comics. 124p. First Second. Sept. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781626721074.

Gr 3 Up–This title rounds off the successful Nursery Rhyme Comics (2011) and Fairy Tale Comics (2013, both First Second) collections, which contain short tales adapted by popular cartoonists. The majority of the fables in this installment are from Aesop, but there is also a sampling of selections from countries including Angola and India and famous writers such as Ambrose Bierce. Fables lend themselves well to graphic […]

This Week’s Comics: Help Us Chi!

Put some excitement into these lazy summer days with some of this week’s new releases. Doctor Who returns in a few weeks! Catch up with the 12th Doctor and Clara with the Titan Comics series. IDW Publishing releases the next volume in their adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated show, and Bongo Comics […]

This Bird Has Flown

Bram Stoker had this to say about Chicago: It, “neither fears the devil nor troubles its head about him and all his works.”  So in light of my recent move, and in celebration of this (my first day), I offer the following to you: Goodbye Library (With profuse apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, who would […]

The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski | SLJ Review

Zagarenski, Pamela. The Whisper. illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. 40p. HMH. Oct. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544416864.

Gr 1-3–A sweet-faced girl in a red hood borrows a special book from her teacher. As she runs home, oblivious to what is happening, the words escape. While a fox nets the jumbled letters, readers can discern “once upon a time,” “wizard,” “bears,” etc. At home, the child is disappointed, thinking the book lacks a story. Then she hears the whisper: “You can imagine the […]

A Diverse Book List for the Under-Five Set

From “Different Families” to “Different Expectations,” a selection of titles for the sub five-year-old set that showcase “different” in a positive, broad, or subtle way, curated by SLJ First Steps columnist Lisa G. Kropp.

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Eisner Grant-Winning Library Will Use Graphic Novels to Explore Community

Valerie Acklin, teen services librarian at the Bellmore (NY) Memorial Library, will launch a program exploring local community experience through graphic novels—and will have patrons of all ages create their own comics.

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz | SLJ Review

Schmatz, Pat. Lizard Radio. 288p. ebook available. Candlewick. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763676353.

Gr 8 Up–All great heroes begin with mythical origins. Fifteen-year-old Kavali is no exception. When she was a baby, she was abandoned on a sidewalk, swaddled in a T-shirt with a lizard printed on the front. Since then, she has questioned her true identity. Is she a boy or a girl? A lizard or a human? This work is set in the not-too-distant future, in which the […]

NYC School Tech Summit: Green Screens, Digital Tools, and, Above All, Innovation

During the jam-packed event on July 29, nearly 2,000 educators, principals, and superintendents from across New York City’s five boroughs were encouraged to rethink their teaching with new practices and digital tools this fall—and beyond.

Simmons College Homecoming: The Summer Children’s Literature Institute

This past week, I attended Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature‘s Homecoming: An Institute. I went to Simmons for graduate school and haven’t been to an institute since 2005. The institute happens every other summer. They invite a load of great voices from the children’s book world and this year’s lineup was […]

Links: Comic-Con Roundup and More

Another year’s Comic-Con International has come and gone, and it was a great year for children’s and YA comics. There was a ton of programming, including special programs for librarians at the San Diego Public Library, and a number of kids/YA creators won Eisner Awards in general categories. Here’s my roundup of all the news […]

Review: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree By Ellen Potter Illustrated by Qin Leng Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780553499230 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out August 4, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know what’s normal? Being weird. Kids know this. But as we grow older we do our best to shed anything that […]

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.