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Archives for June 2016

Sign On! Children’s Authors at ALA 2016

Look at which children’s book honorees editorial director Rebecca T. Miller spotted signing autographs and greeting fans at ALA.

Checking in

It’s the halfway point of the season, and we’re done sowing our wild oats reading non-2016 and/or non-YA books. We thought maybe if we showed you ours, you’d show us yours? So here’s where we are with our reading. What have you been reading? (And if you went to ALA, we were #ALAleftbehind, so we need […]

Pictures of the Week | 2016 ALA Annual

School Library Journal‘s Luann Toth’s first stop in Orlando, FL, at ALA Annual was the Disney-Hyperion booth.

Future Ready Schools Announces Project To Recognize School Librarians as Leaders in Learning Transformation

Future Ready Librarians aims to further position librarians as the forerunners in the digital transformation of learning.

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras | SLJ DVD Review

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras. 24 min. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2016. $38.99. ISBN 9781520011424. 

Gr 1-6 –Based on Duncan Tonatiuh’s award-winning picture book, this is the history of what is known about artist and political commentator José Guadalupe Posada, also known as Don Lupe or simply as Posada. Born in the mid-1800s, Posada is best known for his humorous and often politically pointed drawings of calaveras—representations of skeletons shown doing the ordinary tasks of […]

Links: Taking Stock of Papercutz

When Papercutz launched, 11 years ago, graphic novels for children were a much smaller category than they are now. At Publishers Weekly, I talked to Terry Nantier and Jim Salicrup, who saw the manga boom and the potential audience for graphic novels. They borrowed the format and look of manga, and they started out selling […]

MakerSpace: Button Maker Challenges

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), we have found that one of the most popular activities among our teens is making buttons. We run into a lot of our teens around town that look like this: But we started to notice that teens were just coming in, printing of a […]

Photos: Two Days of ALA (Part 1)

What just happened? I’m back in Michigan after a wonderful and speedy trip to Orlando for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Quick, yes, but I still managed to take a few photos along the way. For more ALA Annual-ness, check out these posts: Fuse #8 Production: Reflections on a Banquet | Oh, What a Time it […]

Review of the Day: Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life By Ashley Bryan Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1481456906 Ages 9 and up On shelves September 13th Who gives voice to the voiceless? What are your credentials when you do so? When I was a teen I used to […]

Chronicle Fall 2016 Preview Shows Off Unique Approaches for All Ages

The publisher recently shared the anticipation of their next season releases with a gaggle of giddy librarians and booksellers—and a few furry friends.

Greetings! and Farewell | Consider the Source

School Library Journal‘s longtime columnist discusses his current and future projects as he bids farewell to our readers.

Take a Bite Out of Summer Reading with Shark Week–Themed Titles

What could possibly make the end of the school year even better…shark week! Here are a few nonfiction titles straight from SLJ archives sure to please novices and experts alike.

Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | July 2016

A new offering from Rick Riordan, a truly stellar adventure from Philip Reeve, and a sensitively told coming-of-age story from Beth Vrabel.

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YA Xpress Reviews | July 2016

This month’s YA Xpress Reviews take readers everywhere from Paris to Azad Kashmir.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | July 2016

The heartrending journey of three elephants, ballpark recipes, and atlases and fact books galore.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | July 2016

Wrestling, fantasy, and princesses all take center stage in this new chapter book series.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | July 2016

A creative take on potty-training, a delightfully illustrated pourquoi tale, and a bevy of selections for dads and kids to share together.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | July 2016

Manga by the score, the adventures of two sisters, and the exploits of Batgirl.

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All We Have Left by Wendy Mills | SLJ Review

Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. 368p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619633438. 

Gr 7 Up –This beautifully written coming-of-age story traces the lives of two girls whose worlds intersect on September 11, 2001. Chapters alternate between the present-day story of Jesse, whose brother died on that fateful day, and an emotional account of Muslim teen Alia’s experience inside one of the beleaguered Twin Towers. The wounds are so deep that Jesse’s family […]

Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists from a Public Librarian (and a Mom)