May 23, 2015

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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

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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

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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.

Dig Into the Past and Soar to the Stars: Diverse Genre Fiction for Teens


Representing a sampling of favorite YA genres, these stand-out, hot-off-the-press novels have been penned by authors of varied ethnic backgrounds and/or feature protagonists who are as wonderfully diverse as the books’ teen audiences.

A Spoonful of Sugar: History Lessons from Riveting Novels │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go


These works of historical fiction from Junior Library Guild expertly blend fact and storytelling, tackling figures such as magician Chung Ling Soo and events such as Operation Pied Piper.

Folding Your Own: A Minicomics Primer for Librarians

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What are minicomics? “Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson sheds some light on the independently created format, shares tips on how librarians can acquire minicomics for the collection, and suggests ways they can encourage creativity in teens.

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The title of Amanda Filipacchi‘s latest novel says it all. So many teens are so very conscious of appearances, I can only imagine that this book will incite discussion. The cover and title alone are likely to inspire certain readers to pick it up. It also fulfills that frequent request for funny books (the humor […]

Playing with the Alphabet, “Metamorphabet” | Touch and Go

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Only two months out of the gate and ‘Metamorphabet,’ a new app created and developed by Patrick Smith and Vectorpark, has received accolades, including recognition by the 2015 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award Committee. Take a peek at the trailer and you’ll see why.

Humans, Machines, and In-betweens | Focus On


A assortment of serious and fanciful books about robotics technology, how it has developed, and where it is going. Meant to amuse and inspire future scientists and engineers, these selections inform readers that the possibilities are limitless and that these cutting-edge creations are here to stay .

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Two Speculative Fiction Genre Blends

Two Speculative Fiction Genre Blends

Two books with huge teen appeal today, both by authors comfortable writing in multiple speculative fiction genres. First, a fantasy novel by Daryl Gregory. You may have heard of Afterparty, last year’s science fiction novel that created quite a buzz and ended up on a few Best lists. I read Raising Stony Mayhall back in […]