August 26, 2016

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Fallen London |Touch and Go

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The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.

Non-Nonfiction: Harry Potter and Hamilton | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers presents a bevy of titles that may technically be nonfiction but that are loaded with teen appeal, from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: The Revolution to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to an examination of the Dark Knight.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

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“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Hear No Evil | Listen In

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Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan consider whether listening to challenged books is a different experience than consuming in print

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No Jacket Required: Why the Industry is Talking About Kidproof Material

Bound to Saty Bound: Kidproof

Every librarian is familiar with the pain of replacing and repairing popular children’s books. With the average children’s book surviving a mere ten circulations—and with an average cost of $1.99 per circulation—one can see how already strained budgets get even tighter.

The problem is twofold: the wear and tear that children exact on books, and the material that publishers use to bind them.

Buckram, a material that’s been widely used for bookbinding since the early 20th century—it was a replacement for leather, which was scarce during the first World War—had inconsistencies. It needed to be more printable.

Page to Screen: Rowling Returns and “Children” Cut Loose

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In two high-profile releases, J.K. Rowling pens her first screenplay and director Tim Burton meets his match, Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine.

Demystifying an Election Year | From Special Interests to the Candidates

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If it is a challenge for adults to make sense of this year’s election season, how much more so is it for children and teens? These books will help.

Gold & Old: Sports and Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

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You’ll find something to entice your teen readers, whether they can’t tear themselves away from coverage of the Olympics are jonesing for an immersive historical read.

Lumino City | Touch and Go

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“Thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and intellectually challenging,” is the opinion of SLJ‘s reviewer Cindy Wall.

Writes & Wrongs | When Authorship and Adolescence Converge

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Several new YA titles explore the world where authorship and adolescence converge—dramatically.

Great Books for a Summer’s Eve

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A selection of books to initiate discussions of nature’s nocturnal mysteries, and inspire dream journeys.

Not Your Typical Adaptations | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Retellings, companions, and other titles that are based on famous works are here to stay. From a modern-day update of Pride and Prejudice to a choose-your-own adventure version of Romeo and Juliet, the following works bridge the gaps between old classics and our current understandings.

Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime | Libro por libro

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As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

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Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go

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Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.

Across the Boards: The Latest for the Smallest of Readers

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SLJ editors pick the best of the season’s board books.

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The Perils of Love | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Teens will appreciate this genre- and format-spanning assortment of tales about love gone wrong; included are Daniel Clowes’s romantic time-traveling adventure, a thriller about Mata Hari, and Rebecca Traister’s astute feminism perspective on marriage and relationships.

Grab Them with Graphic Novels

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Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Armchair Adventures | Travel the World in Books

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Stock your library shelves with this collection of profusely illustrated titles that will take readers from legendary routes traversed years ago to cities and countries around the globe.

RA for “Early Able, Eager Readers” | Professional Shelf

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Providing readers advisory services to young, voracious readers can be a challenge, especially when reading ability far exceeds age or grade level. Here’s help.

When an Ebook is the Best Book

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Five reasons why ebooks can be a better choice than print in your school library.