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Archives for September 2015

Nader Qaimari on Ebook Integration, User Experience, and other aspects of the Digital Shift

Library Journal spoke to Nader Qaimari, Senior Vice President of Content Solutions and Services, Follett, about libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, services, that they need—and to one another.

The Thing About Debuts

It’s easy to keep track of authors from whom we expect excellence; harder to stay on top of debut authors.  A pitfall of debut writing can be when it serves as a “warm-up”: a good writer, with a good idea, works that idea into a novel that…works, though sometimes the idea can feel more present than the […]

New Venue and YA Authors Galore at Seventh Annual Texas Teen Book Festival

Saturday, September 26 marked the seventh annual Texas Teen Book Festival, and an all-ages crowd of nearly 4,000 people swarmed the St. Edward’s University campus in Austin, TX, to celebrate young adult literature.

Fast Learning at the 2015 SLJ Summit

A teen technology “Mover & Shaker” and Sabrina Urquhart of the Bezos Foundation were among the Fast Learning presenters at SLJ’s 2015 Leadership Summit. Attendee Andy Plemmons covered the rapid fire session.

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Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story— but far, far more monsters.

Carle Honors Gala Celebrates Oxenbury, Porter, Bertin, and Cotsen Library

The 10th annual Eric Carle Honors Benefit Gala on September 24, celebrating children’s book champions and including an art auction, was dedicated to the memory of Carle Museum cofounder Barbara Carle.

Beyond the Pluto Problem

Perusing Debbie’s Reese’s  provocative (to me, anyway!) and useful site American Indians in Children’s Literature, I came across a comment she made referencing and linking to the Texas State Library’s guide to weeding, CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries (link goes to a pdf). Last revised in 2012 by my most respected colleague and […]

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Book Review: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy (reviewed by Teen Reviewer Lexi)

“If you hunt for monsters you’ll find them” Summary: Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case […]

Need Sources for Spanish Books for Kids? Look No Further | Libro por Libro

Guest columnist Alexandra Gomez rounds up distributors offering Spanish-language and bilingual materials with highlights from their recent titles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Study to Explore Link Between Book Challenges and Diverse Books

Is there a correlation between the Common Core recommended reading lists and challenges to diverse books? Emily Knox, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is planning a related study.

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier | SLJ Review

BRALLIER, Max. The Last Kids on Earth. illus. by Douglas Holgate. 240p. ebook available. Viking. Oct. 2015. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9780670016617.
Gr 3-6–An apocalyptic monster attack has destroyed the town of Wakefield, leaving gigantic, slime-filled creatures in its wake. It appears that the entire population has been turned into zombies, except for 13-year-old Jack Sullivan. Jack is an abandoned foster kid trying to survive the catastrophe while living in a tricked-out tree house. In his daily fight for survival, which includes […]

Video Game Weekly: Terraria

This week, I planned to review Super Mario Maker for the Wii U (which I am extremely excited about), but my copy has yet to arrive in my mailbox! So, I am reviewing an older game that I have played for over 100 hours (believe it or not, this is pretty normal for hardcore gamers). […]

You know nothing, Mim Malone: Mosquitoland

Mosquitoland, David Arnold Viking, March 2015 Reviewed from final copy There are major spoilers ahead so if you don’t want to know major plot points for Mosquitoland proceed with caution. At a certain point in one’s reading life, first person narration immediately triggers suspicion of an unreliable narrator. It’s not a terrible starting point because […]

Morning Notes: A Grown-Up Wrote It Edition

 NO GOOD VERY BAD BOOK In the New York Times, cartoonist Grant Snider brings us The Very Bad Picture Book. Click here to read. THE SPORTIEST OF SPORTY I haven’t mentioned one of these lists in a while, but Booklist keeps on releasing Top 10 lists to keep an eye on, like this one: the […]

Middle-Grade Madness recapped

Shoshana has written up an excellent recap of last night’s goings-on at the Cambridge Public Library. I’ll just add my thanks to the panelists, who were all engaged, enthusiastic, and nice to me and each other. (Jeanne Birdsall brought along a belt for me to use if things got out of hand, but luckily I […]

The post Middle-Grade Madness recapped appeared first on The Horn Book.

These *Are* the Books You’re Looking For | A “Star Wars” Roundup

Just in time for Star Wars Reads Day on October 10, librarian Christopher Lassen selects a variety of new “Star Wars” titles guaranteed to awaken the Force in readers in this galaxy or any other.

The Challenge: Extending the Conversation About Censorship | Editorial

With the arrival of Banned Books Week, it’s important to look for ways to dive deeper than “banning is bad” to prepare our kids to address intellectual freedom issues in an informed and principled way.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Brooklyn Book Festival Fosters Creativity Among Young Readers and Writers

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival featured an entire day devoted to children’s author and illustrator events, as well as excellent panels featuring top YA authors.

Alice in Wonderland: A Very Important Date | Focus On

The 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale warrants a collection of all things Alice to delight and inform readers of all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Princeton Children’s Book Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Sees Record Book Sales

Rocco Staino reports on this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Fesitval and chats with authors, illustrators, and librarians.