November 20, 2017

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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

She’s no household name, though Verna Aardema has been behind some of the most memorable books in the field of children’s literature. And yet, we could easily have a lot of debate about authenticity and appropriation as it relates to her books. Her best known to this day, I would argue, would have to be […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

She’s no household name, though Verna Aardema has been behind some of the most memorable books in the field of children’s literature. And yet, we could easily have a lot of debate about authenticity and appropriation as it relates to her books. Her best known to this day, I would argue, would have to be […]

The Glorious Ineligibles

Being on the Newbery Committee means devoting almost all your reading time (and time to do other things in the past) to the year’s output of American Children’s Books. I know that my husband definitely felt the impact of being a Newbery Committee Spouse. Evenings that were family times — watching TV together or playing […]

AASL National Standards: A few essentials to get started!

As a member of the AASL National Standards Implementation Taskforce, I was honored to take part in the rollout in Phoenix. Whether you were in Phoenix or were #NOTATAASL, you will need to get your arms around the Standards and share them with your colleagues or stakeholders, I’d like to highlight a few of my personal […]

Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Double Digest’ #258

It’s holiday time in Riverdale, and in this week’s preview of Betty & Veronica Double Digest #258, the Archie gang gets a visit from Noelle Claus, the daughter of the Big Guy himself! We’ve got a preview of that for you this morning, followed by a slice of a classic story illustrated by Dan DeCarlo. […]

Preview: Looney Tunes #240

Let’s kick off the weekend with a few old-timey yuks from Looney Tunes #240. Do kids these days still watch gangster movies? Even if they don’t, the tropes are probably familiar from cartoons. Here’s the birds-eye lowdown on this caper: Fresh off their latest caper, Rocky and Mugsy hole up in their secret hideout…when the […]

Friday Finds: November 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Diwali Exploration by Michelle Biwer Book Review: Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer Book Review: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings Book Review: Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza Doing a YA Diversity Audit: Answering some follow up questions, including “What about the […]

5 Highly Anticipated Titles from YA Authors | SLJ Spotlight

They’re finally here! Five new titles that teens have been waiting for.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Hi, MAME!

It’s an honor to present some of my favorite books of 2017 at the Michigan Association of Media in Education (MAME) annual conference today.
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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Maya Aziz should be on top of the world. She got accepted into film school at NYU, and the cute boy she has been spending time with seems to be into her. The only problem is, she’s been hiding all of this from her loving but very traditional Indian American parents.

This Week’s Comics: Red’s Raven

There is so much to give thanks for on this week’s list of new releases! Action Lab Entertainment releases the second volume of Hero Cats’ lone crusader, Midnight Over Stellar City. Boom! Studios finishes its giant robot series Mech Cadet Yu with issue #4, while Joe Book celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first Disney […]

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Before we get into Vincent and Theo, I want to acknowledge that the National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday evening and the winner for Young People’s Literature was Robin Benway’s Far From the Tree. I’ll be covering that one later in the season and I’ve been intrigued since before it was longlisted for the NBA. I’m adopted and […]

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Robin Benway Wins 2017 National Book Award

Benway took home the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her YA novel “Far From the Tree.”

Let’s Go to the Farm! by Caryl Hart | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –Bee and Billy are two children who meet at a farm. They both enjoy an exciting trip as they meet farm animals, witness an egg hatching, and play with friends.

Review: Graveyard Shakes

Released in time for Halloween, Graveyard Shakes was an excellent choice to help get the spook on. But though Halloween is gone for another year, horror is always in high demand in my library! Graveyard Shakes By Laura Terry. Graphix. 2017. ISBN 9780545889544 PBK, $12.99. 204pp. Grades 4 and up Sisters Katia and Victoria both […]

Taking The Yarn to #NCTE17

Colby: I’m excited to head to the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference today. It is one of my favorite conferences. I’ll spend the next four days attending sessions, connecting with educators, visiting with old friends, making new friends, and interview book creators for The Yarn. Travis and I try to do all […]

Language and Length in The Glass Town Game

In THE GLASS TOWN GAME, four Bronte siblings (yes, those Brontes) travel to a magical world filled with characters and settings from the their own imaginative games.  I went back and forth on this book several times while I read it, and it shows in my thoughts below: The language is eloquent, imaginative, clever, often […]

Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Now that I work in an elementary library, I’m reading a lot more titles for younger readers. Rather than review all of them like I usually do, especially as many are older, I’m going to steal Karen’s Post-it note review idea and share the titles with you that way. It’s been super interesting to me […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#62)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? a good book actually, i just didnt like the name. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]