January 16, 2018

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Archives for January 2018

The Book of Dust

This isn’t necessarily a big book in Printz speculation terms, but it’s a big book in the kidlit field; lots of excited librarians, lots of buzzing adults, lots of stars, lots of sales. Which means it’s the kind of book the RealCommittee is likely to look at, and it’s also the kind of book that […]

Penguin Young Readers 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 […]

Penguin Young Readers 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 […]

Watch the Youth Media Awards LIVE

It’s an annual tradition. The unveiling of my favorite modified creative commons licensed image of all time. The occasion? The upcoming Youth Media Awards webcast. The image has become as well-known (and honored) as the awards themselves. So . . . You can watch the announcements of the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, and many more from the […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2018: Final Prediction Edition

I was all prepped to begin today by saying that the entire reason I’m doing this post in January is because the ALA Youth Media Awards are slated to go live in February this year . . . but then I looked at last year’s Final Prediction Edition and saw that it was posted on […]

Orbis Pictus Honor Book: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee Illustrated by Man One Published by Readers to Eaters, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-9836615-9-7 Grades 2 and Up Book Review On the very first page of this innovative and immensely relevant picture book biography, readers are presented with a “Ramen […]

Tangled Planet by Kate Blair | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Ursa is among the first colonists to arrive on Beta Earth, a planet that is being bioengineered for human life.

Heavy Medal Finalist: I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

Short List Title:  I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING AND OTHER NONSENSE FOR MISCHIEVOUS KIDS AND IMMATURE GROWN-UPS (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) I often distrust the age-designation “For All Ages” on recommended book lists. For, no doubt, each book must have a target audience: by the author’s choices […]

“Olympians” Author George O’Connor Shares His Tricks of the Trade

George O’Connor speaks with SLJ about Hermes: Tales of the Trickster, the latest in his beloved “Olympians” series and an SLJ Popular Pick.

Martin Rising by Andrea Davis Pinkney | SLJ Review

Gr 4 Up –A powerful celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., set against the last few months of his life and written in verse.

YA A to Z: Bullying by Michelle Biwer

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied in 2015. Notably, those statistics skyrocket for LGBTQ students. In 2013, 70.8% of LGBTQ students were verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and 54.5% were bullied due to their gender expression (National School Climate Survey, 2015). […]

YA A to Z: Bullying by Michelle Biwer

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied in 2015. Notably, those statistics skyrocket for LGBTQ students. In 2013, 70.8% of LGBTQ students were verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and 54.5% were bullied due to their gender expression (National School Climate Survey, 2015). […]

Cover Reveal: Ekua Holmes Book Jacket for The Stuff of Stars

There comes a time when agreeing to post the occasional book jacket on your blog pays off huge dividends. Not monetarily, of course, but from the perspective of quality. When I was asked if I’d have any objection to premiering the cover of the latest Marion Dane Bauer book with art but none other than […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#2) The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright

Over the last few podcasts I’ve introduced Kate to a great many “classic” picture books. But what about cult classic picture books? Don’t they deserve love as well? When I decided to initiate Kate in the ways of The Lonely Doll, I wasn’t entirely certain how she would act. Would she take to it like […]

So, You’ve Just Tweeted That Nobody Uses Public Libraries Anymore . . .

Hi There, So, you have just tweeted that nobody uses public libraries anymore and we don’t need to fund them, but I’m going to stop you right there. First of all, I’m going to assume that what you really mean is that you don’t use your public library anymore so because you don’t, you assume […]

Debut Author Kamilla Benko Talks Unicorns, Editing, and Her Middle Grade Novel

COLBY: Debut author Kamilla Benko visted my classroom last fall when she was on a pre-publication tour for her book The Unicorn Quest. My students and I had a blast reading, writing, and creating with her. During lunch, I broke out my audio recorder, and interviewed her for this episode of The Yarn! I hope […]

The Walters

The Walter Award has been announced, along with two honor books, and all three are books we’ve already talked about in terms of Printz contention —  although we only support one of them strongly. Of course, the Walter is a different award, with a different purpose, but the committee is looking for “outstanding books” so it’s fascinating to […]

The January Edition of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES

On Friday I sent out the January installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. This edition contains recent recommended reads, a story about fixing a book, and a classic soon to be back on shelves. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Long List Title:  PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE ( (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) PRINCESS CORA received three starred reviews and made one “Best Books of 2017” list (PW).  It’s been mentioned here on Heavy Medal, but not extensively.  I’m certainly glad to have […]