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Mem Fox Pens Letter of Gratitude to Fans in the U.S.

“Thanks galore!” is the message author Mem Fox has for the many American librarians who sent her words of support after she was detained at LAX in February.

TPiB: Soldering with teens: just like hot glue, but metal

Before I did it, soldering seemed like some kind of Super Advanced Tech Stuff that was way out of my league for teen programming. The only soldering I’d done was using a wide tipped soldering iron in stained glass work which, a friend observed, was more like using a bulldozer than the garden trowel required […]

This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg & Wendy Wan-Long Shang | SLJ Review

ROSENBERG, Madelyn & Wendy Wan-Long Shang. This Is Just a Test. 256p. Scholastic. Jun. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338037722.

Gr 4-8 –It’s 1983, and David’s got worries: his impending bar mitzvah, his constantly competing Chinese and Jewish grandmothers, the cute girl who makes him nervous, and his popular new friend, who dislikes David’s longtime best friend—plus, it’s the height of the Cold War, and nuclear annihilation could hit at any second. David’s lightly anxious tone; the progressively funny handful […]

Exclusive: First Second Announces ‘The Last Pick’ by Jason Walz

We’ve got big news today: We’re delighted to bear the tidings of a new graphic novel from First Second: The Last Pick, by Eisner-nominated creator Jason Walz. And we have a couple of preview pages to whet your appetite. Here are the details: The Last Pick By Jason Walz Published by First Second in Fall […]

Dan Santat Should Be in Charge of Starbucks (Among Other Things)

On the occasion of his latest book, Rodzilla (written by Rob Sanders) coming out earlier this month, Dan Santat kindly took a few of my questions about unicorn fraps, cardboard humans, the Caldecott Medal, and bad picture book ideas. As rare as… a unicorn. The color-changing, flavor-changing #UnicornFrappuccino—here for a limited time at participating stores.?? […]

Query: Is 2017 a Stronger Than Usual Year for Children’s Nonfiction?

Once at NYPL I asked Marc Aronson to do a Children’s Literary Salon on the topic of the history of children’s nonfiction. It was eye-opening. It was extraordinary. It was not recorded for posterity so unless he does it again sometime (hint hint, Marc, hint hint) we have nothing to refer to aside from his […]

Becoming Bach

Becoming Bach Written and illustrated by Tom Leonard Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN #978-1-62672-286-6   Grades K and up   Book Review   “New sounds, happy sounds, quiet sounds, yellow sounds, red sounds, blue sounds. All the sounds in my head.” In Becoming Bach, a picture book biography written and illustrated by Tom […]

SLJ’s May 2017 Popular Picks

A bevy of titles sure to circulate: profiles of queer figures through history, Steve Light’s latest, and more.

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Digital Citizenship Education in Nine Steps | Take the Lead

A Texas school district’s strategic design plan includes a digital citizenship program to accompany a 1:1 rollout.

News for Padlet fans and newbies

If you’re like me, Padlet has been a go-to tool for brainstorming, back channeling, collaborating, collecting ideas and media and even for portfolio building–well, forever. Over the past few weeks one of our favorite platforms added some features that make it an even more powerful teaching and learning tool. 1. Formats  In addition to Wall, […]

Shana Corey and R. Gregory Christie on JFK’s “Big Speech”

A new book on our 35th president offers a fascinating portrait of a man who wrote about courage but hesitated when it came to taking a “bold” stand on civil rights.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel | SLJ Review

ISRAEL, Julie. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. 352p. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. May. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780735228177.

Gr 9 Up –It has been 65 days since Camie died in a car accident. Her sister, Juniper, has been coping with the aftermath of the event. She can’t find happiness and struggles with former relationships. Juniper then discovers a mysterious letter from her late sister addressed to “You” and begins a mission to learn who the intended recipient is. While on the […]

Restart by Gordon Korman | SLJ Review

KORMAN, Gordon. Restart. 256p. Scholastic. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338053777. POP

Gr 3-6 –What would it be like to forget your whole life, your family, your friends, and even who you are? After falling off his roof, 13-year-old Chase Ambrose learns the hard way that reinventing himself can be pretty hard, especially when his past is not what he wants for his future. Before his fall, Chase was a jock, captain of the football team, following in his […]

Pokemon: Games vs TV vs Comics

Last summer, Pokemon Go took not just the US but the world by storm. This casual game took what everyone knew about Pokemon—catching the creatures—and made that into a cellphone app that anyone could use. But there is more to Pokemon than just “catching them all.” Pokemon is a franchise that spans video games, TV […]

SLJ Debuts “Higher Ground” Column on College, Career Readiness

School Library Journal has launched “Higher Ground,” a new monthly column covering all aspects of college and career readiness.

In the College and Career Information Gap, Libraries Could Make the Difference | Higher Ground

Students and others seeking guidance on college and career are hard-pressed to find good information. Libraries can play a crucial role in helping people connect with their future.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Fall 2017 Showcase and Giveaway

Beyond the people I work with and the people this blog has led me to get to know, by far the best aspect of blogging for TLT is the constant influx of books. All of the books I get end up going back out the door in some fashion—to teen readers I know, to classroom […]

Top 10 Circulated Chapter Books of 2017

Last week we reviewed the 10 most popular picture books in our school library this year. But that was last week! Which chapter books are tops? T8. The BFG by Roald Dahl I’m going to go ahead and call this the Feature Film Effect. The movie released last summer generated interest, and I could feel […]

Top 10 Circulated Chapter Books of 2017

Last week we reviewed the 10 most popular picture books in our school library this year. But that was last week! Which chapter books are tops? T8. The BFG by Roald Dahl I’m going to go ahead and call this the Feature Film Effect. The movie released last summer generated interest, and I could feel […]

MakerSpace Mondays: Making Wonder Woman Bracers/Cuffs

This weekend the Wonder Woman movie is finally here! And June 3rd, Saturday, has been declared Wonder Woman day in libraries: DC Celebrates Wonder Woman Day with Massive Global Event. We will be celebrating on Saturday at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) by making Wonder Woman cuffs/bracers. Supplies needed: Used/empty […]