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Sunday Reflections: Doing the Heavy Lifting at the Library, Working with a Hurting Public to Find Healing

I am sitting at the Reference desk when a patron walks up and asks me for help. She was displaced after Hurricane Katrina and needs some information. She knows she was adopted and now has a name and some basic information about who her biological mother was. Can you help me track her down she […]

The Latest from Lisa Loeb | April 2017 ClefNotes

Twenty reviews of new children’s music

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Notes on April 2017

In April . . . . . . I learned I can see the future of interior design.  And maybe you can too? I have the pictures to prove it. . . . I tried to trick you. Good ol’ April Fools. . . . we checked out new books from past award winners. there […]

Quick News Roundup

We had a quiet week here at Good Comics for Kids because your Fearless Editor was at C2E2 in Chicago, rounding up the latest comics news. Here are a couple of articles to check out: A roundup of kids’ comics news, including info on IDW’s new Star Trek Adventures comics, a new all-ages comic from […]

School Library Tech Budgets Rise | SLJ 2017 Technology Survey

School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.

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Interview with YA Fiction Author Christina June

June divides her time between writing young adult contemporary fiction and working as a school counselor in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner | SLJ Review

RENNER, Benjamin. The Big Bad Fox. tr. from French by Joe Johnson. illus. by Benjamin Renner. 192p. First Second. Jun. 2017. pap. $15.99. ISBN 9781626723313.

Gr 3-6 –The proverbial fox may be a menace to the henhouse—but not the hero of this work. The titular character lacks gumption, guile, or cunning, and the chickens send him running each time he ventures into the farmyard. Taking pity on the fox, the wolf proposes playing the long game: stealing eggs and […]

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson | SLJ Review

ANDERSON, Jodi Lynn. Midnight at the Electric. 272p. HarperCollins/­HarperTeen. Jun. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062393548.

Gr 9 Up –Adri’s, Catherine’s, and Lenore’s lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written […]

What’s Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle & others | SLJ Review

CARLE, Eric & others. What’s Your Favorite Color? illus. by Eric Carle & others. 40p. Holt. May 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780805096149.

PreS-Gr 2 –Carle and 14 other picture book artists share their favorite colors through memories, poems, and child-friendly snippets in this collection of testimonials. Despite the emphasis on the visuals, text and illustrations in each spread are equally strong. From Philip C. Stead’s gentle ode to the many shades of green to Jill McElmurry’s tactile imagining of […]

This Week’s Comics: Nameless Kid

Girls rule the new releases again this week. BOOM! Studios starts the fourth year of Lumberjanes with the start of a new story line that new readers can jump in on. IDW Publishing releases a new series of Real Science Adventures featuring the Flying She-Devils, while Tokyopop releases the final volume of Kilala Princess, which […]

Friday Finds: April 28, 2017

This Week at TLT MakerSpace: 5 Low or No Tech Activities for a Teen MakerSpace Middle School Monday: Fangirling from Afar National School Climate Survey results about LGBTQ students’ experiences in school #SJYALit: Ten Young Adult Novels for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a guest post by Clara Kensie Thinking about 13 Reasons Why: Teens, Mental […]

Wordless Picture Books: A List

So I was at the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators this weekend.  It turns out, this is the largest regional chapter in the States.  And viewing the 700+ attendees myself firsthand I can certainly believe it.  Many thanks, then, to Josh Funk, Sera Rivers, & Marilyn Salerno for […]

If You Like No Monkeys, No Chocolate-You Might Like Science Vs

Colby: At my daughter’s 7:30 AM doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago I read Melissa Stewart’s beautiful Nerdy Book Club post about expository writing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting a series on this blog linking books for kids to podcasts. I think one of Melissa’s books is the perfect book to kick […]

If You Like No Monkeys, No Chocolate-You Might Like Science Vs

Colby: At my daughter’s 7:30 AM doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago I read Melissa Stewart’s beautiful Nerdy Book Club post about expository writing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting a series on this blog linking books for kids to podcasts. I think one of Melissa’s books is the perfect book to kick […]

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Today, April 27th, 2017 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Here’s my poem (from the book Presidential Misadventures by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Dan E. Burr) For further celebration, the song Poem in Your Pocket by Emily Arrow is a must-listen:

MI District Adopts “Mixed Reality” Technology for Students

Students at Utica Community Schools are exploring interactive 3-D models using zSpace, which blends augmented and virtual reality technology. With a model of a functioning heart, for example, they can move it around and look inside.

Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb | SLJ Audio Review

WEBB, Holly. Return to the Secret Garden. 4 CDs. 5:13 hrs. Dreamscape. Dec. 2016. $29.99 ISBN 9781520064765. digital download.

Gr 3-6 – Emmie and the other orphans of the Craven Home for Orphaned Children are being evacuated from London to Misselthwaite Manor on the eve of World War II. The chaos of displacement mirrors Emmie’s loneliness and frustration. This powerful historical setting is the backdrop for Webb’s lovely sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden. As Emmie […]

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | SLJ Review

CROWLEY, Cath. Words in Deep Blue. 288p. Knopf. Jun. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101937648.

Gr 9 Up –An astonishingly realistic look at loss, grief, love, and the importance of words. Rachel Sweetie’s world changed forever the day her little brother Cal drowned. In the eight months since, she’s failed to graduate from school and alienated most of her friends. Rachel’s family seems to think returning to live with her aunt in their old hometown will help. She’s up for […]

Recently in Book Mail

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. The following are the books that have arrived here in the past few weeks. I will be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months on TLT. See something […]

The State of Photographic Illustration in 2017

Does photographic illustration get its due? Not from Caldecott. Well, it gets it from me! I am always fascinated to see how the medium is used in works of fiction. Here are all the 2017 examples I could find of photography in fiction picture books. If you have another one, let’s hear it in the […]