November 19, 2017

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Archives for December 2016

Tales from Mother Russia

We’re back from a few days of rest, travel, and so much family, with yet another double post — always, as the year draws to a close, the double posts, because the good books just keep piling up. Today’s books in many ways have nothing in common — one historical fiction, absolutely realistic despite some […]

To Recap: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Just for fun, here are the 10 most popular posts of the year all together in one place: #10. The Geisel Award Infographic #9. Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016 #8. The Most Annoying Board Book Ever #7. Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016 #6. The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List #5. Everything You Need to Know […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #77

Scooby and the gang head for a relaxing day at the beach, but ghost pirates get them started on their next investigation. And then Fred and Daphne brave the sharks to go surfing. It’s all happening in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #77, out in comic shops next Wednesday—but we’ll get you started right here, with […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 31 – The Best Picture Books of 2016

And that, as they say, is that.  A noble experiment runs its natural course.  For those of you who followed along every day, I thank you.  It’s been a thrill, an exhausting exhausting thrill, to bring you a different list of great 2016 books every day in December.  Now we find ourselves on the cusp […]

How does a book Win? Part 1: Nominations

I’m going to end this year with a post that gets a little bit into process.  I know this will be review for a lot of you, but it’s nice to talk about and a reminder is always good!  So, how does a winner get picked?  And what about honor books?  What has the committee […]

A Library Director Pays Tribute to Paige Ellisor | My Library Story

It’s been more than 35 years, but the impact of an older gentleman with a knack for connecting kids with the right book is still alive.

Friday Finds: December 30, 2016

This Week at TLT Uppercase Unboxing #3 Carrie Fisher: Rebel Princess, The Library and Me Video Games Weekly: Best Console Games for Teens in 2016 MakerSpace: Paper Circuits, an inexpensive way to introduce electronics with almost instant gratification Around the Web Why Are Americans Less Charitable Than They Used to Be? We Learned A Lot […]

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d by Mary Losure | SLJ Review

LOSURE, Mary. Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. 176p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. reprods. Candlewick. Feb. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763670634.

Gr 6-8 –Losure brings a world-renowned scientist to life. Isaac Newton’s story, from his tough formative years through the end of his life, is ably told and peppered with a mix of Old English and scientific terms. Fascinating details, such as experiments with mercury that involved him tasting the poisonous element, humanize him and will keep […]

This Week’s Comics: Lumberjanes Team-Up

Meet the new year with some of this week’s new releases. BOOM! Studios releases the penultimate trade of Bravest Warriors with volume 8. Joe Books has the first volume of Darkwing Duck Comics from the recent reboot, and Tokyopop lets loose the second volume of Disney Manga Stitch. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT Princeless Raven […]

This Week’s Comics: Lumberjanes Team-Up

Meet the new year with some of this week’s new releases. BOOM! Studios releases the penultimate trade of Bravest Warriors with volume 8. Joe Books has the first volume of Darkwing Duck Comics from the recent reboot, and Tokyopop lets loose the second volume of Disney Manga Stitch. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT Princeless Raven […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 30 – Wonderful 2016 Children’s Novels

No excuses!  These are just the books that I read in 2016 that I thought knocked it out of the park.  These aren’t the “best of the year”.  These are just the books that were particularly good and that somehow crossed my radar.  I read a lot more than what you’ll see here, but I […]

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #1

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016

In Memoriam 2016

Take a look back at the children’s literature heroes we lost in 2016.

MakerSpace: Paper Circuits, an inexpensive way to introduce electronics with almost instant gratification

As the end of the year approached, I became acutely aware of the fact that we have a one month period between December and January when we can’t really make any purchases because we have to balance the books. So my goal was simple: fill in supplies and find a couple of new activities that […]

Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet by Jonah Winter | SLJ Review

WINTER, Jonah. Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet. illus. by C.F. Payne. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101933527.

Gr 2-5 –The cover image of a steely-eyed Mickey Mantle, bat aloft over his shoulder, sets the stage for an intimate look at the Hall of Famer. Mantle (1931–95) shattered records but struggled throughout his life to live up to expectations. (“Where Mickey came from, you had to be strong—tough, too.”) Mantle battled childhood injuries and illness, but […]

Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac | SLJ Audio Review

BRUCHAC, Joseph. Talking Leaves. 4 CDs. 4:35 hrs. Listening Library. Aug. 2016. $35. ISBN 9780451485717. digital download.

Gr 4-7 –Many of the people in 13-year-old Uwohali’s Cherokee village are whispering about his father, Sequoyah. Sequoyah has just returned from a six-year stay in Arkansas, and he spends all his time writing strange symbols on paper and scratching marks in the dirt. People whisper that Sequoyah must be crazy, and they fear his strange marks are a form of witchcraft. […]

Exclusive Preview: Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #5

Betty and Veronica take the spotlight in Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #5, which goes on sale January 4. Check out our preview with samples from stories from the early Archie (with the buck teeth) to the present day. Enjoy!

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 29 – 2016 Reprinted Children’s Novels

Back on December 9th I wrote a piece on those reprinted picture books I was happiest to encounter in 2016.  Now I’ll say a word or two about the reprinted novels of this year.  Naturally, if you look at the output from the publisher New York Review Books you’ll find a lovely array of titles.  […]

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #2

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2016

Juana & Lucas

  JUANA & LUCAS is pure delight.  I’m really excited to be able to discuss a heavily illustrated early chapter book that has lovely art, but certainly also has text worth consideration.  We didn’t find a graphic novel this year that we felt belonged on our shortlist, so for me this is the closest we get […]