January 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Archives for December 2017

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty-One – 2017 Picture Books

And just like that . . . *poof!* It’s gone! Not gone, exactly. The 31 Days, 31 Lists series may indeed continue next year. Just so long as the books or my eyesight holds out. In the meantime, it’s been a blast, guys. I appreciate that not a single one of you pointed out to […]

Our Top 10 Most Popular Episodes of 2017

Travis: It’s the last day of 2017, which seems like a good day to share our 10 most popular episodes of the year. Let’s count them down from 10 to 1: 10. Melissa Sweet – SOME WRITER! Unraveled: 9. Angie Thomas – THE HATE U GIVE Unraveled: 8. Margarita Engle – LION ISLAND Unraveled 7. […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty – 2017 Middle Grade Novels

Not a particularly complete list, or a very long one. Yet for 2017 these were the books that left a lasting impression on my little noggin. I read ’em. I liked ’em, every last one. I think they’re the bee’s knees. And I hope you like them too. Fiction for the masses! 2017 Middle Grade […]

This Week’s Comics: Super Janes

Greet the new year with some of the new releases from this week’s comics! Archie Comics sends the two famous girls from Riverdale to meet the famous Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau in Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #259. Boom! Studios rounds out the year with the final issue of Misfit City #8, […]

Friday Finds: December 29, 2017

This Week at TLT Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Spring 2018 Showcase and Giveaway Why That Book Isn’t in the Library; or, no starting your own small press isn’t always the answer to diversity Book Review: Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith Book Review: Meet Cute by various authors Around the Web Andre Wagner captured the brief […]

Customize Lesson Plans with StudySync

StudySync’s new resource helps educators create lesson plans that build students’ vocabulary, hone research skills, and much more.

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

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Gr 6 Up –Set in France, this work of historical fiction centers on Frances, a lowly dressmaker in a shop.

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #3

First Look: President Trump Releases Self-Published Children’s Biography

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Nine – 2017 Fiction Reprints

I think it takes a special kind of bravery on the part of the publisher to reprint a chapter book for children. Beloved works of fiction are funny beasts. You’ll have a distinct segment of the population that fondly remembers the title, but because are dealing with books they read in their youth, that memory […]

The Year in SLJ Covers | 2017

It’s been quite a year. Here’s how we covered it in School Library Journal.

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 7 Up –After the sudden death of her Aunt Magnolia, 18-year-old Jane is orphaned, directionless, and alone.

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Scott Ferdowsi cannot commit to anything. He has written a novel with only three chapters and he quits his summer internship after only one week.

Review: ‘Newsprints’

Newsprints By Ru Xu Graphix, $12.99 (softcover), $24.99 (hardcover) Ages 8-12 years, grade level 3-7 It’s a wonderful thing when someone’s first graphic novel is so jam-packed with big ideas realized so well on an individual character level. Blue is an orphan newsboy who’s found an adoptive family of those who work for the paper. […]

Book Review: Meet Cute by various authors

Publisher’s description Stories by: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is […]

Book Review: Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith

Publisher’s description Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across […]

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #4

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2017

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Eight – 2017 Nonfiction Chapter Books

Okay, folks. The rules are the same as yesterday. Books that have already appeared on previous lists won’t get a write-up. Newer inclusions that didn’t slot neatly onto another list will. And in some cases you’ll be wondering why a book that has a limited number of pages is on the “Chapter Books” list. If […]

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Emma Blue inherited a passion for gaming and video game development from her father.

Why That Book Isn’t in the Library; or, no starting your own small press isn’t always the answer to diversity

Earlier this week, The New York Times posted an article about sensitivity readers that prompted a heated discussion on Twitter. Because of the holidays I didn’t follow all of the conversations happening, though I did see that author Joyce Carol Oates suggested that historically marginalized authors start their own small presses and literary magazines to […]

How My Library Doubled Its Circulation

A librarian’s Reading Empathy Initiative cultivates student reading endurance in a distracted world. Here’s how.