June 2, 2015

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It’s Not All Death, Dystopia, and Disaster: YA Novels to Tickle the Funny Bone


Filled with memorable characters and laugh-out-loud moments, these entertaining tales of friendship, love, and self-discovery explore coming-of-age themes with spot-on insight and large doses of humor.

Take Wing | New Books About Birds


Use these fun-to-share offerings that utilize a variety of formats, illustrative styles, and narrative focuses to support a unit on birds, facilitate comparisons between different informational texts, and encourage imaginations to soar.

Redefining Normal: Books About Teens with Special Needs| Focus On


A collection of young adult titles that address physical, emotional, and psychological health and disabilities.

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Selznick, Myracle, and Others Appear in Scholastic Fall 2015 Online Preview


For Scholastic’s recent online preview, the publisher produced four videos in which editors and authors tell viewers about over 20 of Scholastic’s upcoming picture books, graphic novels, middle grade, and teen titles.

Read It, Make It, Eat It | Great Picture Books with Recipes

AAACora Cooks Pancit

Delicious picture books that feature appended recipes sure to delight readers and eaters alike.

A Tomie dePaola Title and Myriad Animals on Holiday House Fall List | Publishers Preview


Upcoming titles star book-loving dogs, cats, and other creatures; diPaola returns to Holiday House after a 20-year hiatus publishing elsewhere.

Hands-on Projects and Titles that Celebrate Maker and Latino Cultures | Libro por libro


Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.

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Mathical: A New Book Award Honors the Magic of Mathematics

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Last month a new prize was announced: Mathical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prize is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)—a non-profit that focuses on research and works to deepen appreciation of mathematics across all age levels—and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

SLJ’s Guide to 2015 BookExpo America ARCs and Galleys


Sign up for SLJ’s guide to advanced readers copies and author signings at BookExpo America 2015, May 27-29.

You Know that Book with the Blue Cover? │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Earmuffs for Everyone

You don’t have to work in the library for very long before someone asks for a book by its cover color. This week’s selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild feature a number of subjects, but all these picture books have one thing in common: a blue cover.

Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue


A selection of titles that support coding, robotics, tinkering, and more maker activities.

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Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

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Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry is an exception. Her latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight fans.

Bold New Worlds | Fantasy Titles for Middle Grade Readers, Spring 2015

Beastly dreadfuls

Three new middle grade titles offer exciting twists on familiar fantasy tropes and world-building.

It’s Natural: Science Picture Books for Storytime │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go


Sparking kids’ excitement in the natural world during STEAM-themed lessons or storytimes is easy when you choose from the following titles. Add an experiment, or visit the resources suggested, and kids will leave the library with a plethora of new knowledge about their world.

Evaluating Transgender Picture Books; Calling for Better Ones


A school librarian reviews some of the transgender-themed picture books out there—and challenges authors and publishers to produce ones that share the high literary quality of great books on any other topic.

Courtship, Corsages, and Kisses—It’s Prom!


One of the last big moments in many teens’ high school careers, the prom still reigns supreme in YA teen lit. Each of these recent titles gives this classic ritual a creative treatment, from an interstellar space adventure to a morbidly funny thriller.

It’s All About the Birds | Touch and Go


Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies in United States, generating enthusiasm across age groups and demographics. Digital references for these hobbyists are on the rise.

Takin’ It to the Streets | Ann Bausum on “Stonewall”


On a sweltering night in June 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in New York City’s West Village. It wasn’t the first time the bar was raided, but that night the scene erupted into a riot. The legacy of that event and those that followed is explored in Ann Bausum’s stunning new book, Stonewall.

Can You Keep a Secret? Suspense-Filled Middle Grade Novels│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go


Secrets are kept for any number of reasons: embarrassment, guilt, or even fear. The following selections chosen by the editors at Junior Library Guild deliver suspense through revelations to middle grade readers.

A Poem in Your Pocket | A New Book from Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas


On Poem in Your Pocket Day it seems appropriate to highlight this 2015 title by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas.