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Friday Finds – December 9, 2014

Friday Finds – December 9, 2014

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: “I Saved Myself” Middle Grade Monday – The Fight for Diversity What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this winter Teens and Poverty, an updated book list It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye, a reflection on library life at a branch library Teen Issues: Teen Homelessness and NO PARKING AT THE END […]

This Week’s Comics: Equestria Girls Anna and Froga

This Week’s Comics: Equestria Girls Anna and Froga

As the end of the year draws near, so does the end of some of the new releases on this week’s list. Dynamite Entertainment finishes their series based on the Bob’s Burgers cartoon. BOOM! Studios ends two of their property titles. The Adventure Time spin-off Banana Guard Academy comes to a close as does the […]

Teens and Poverty, an updated book list

Teens and Poverty, an updated book list

As part of our ongoing series discussing the issue of teens and poverty, I thought it was time that we updated our book list. Although it may seem that a high number of YA titles present us with a lot of incredibly rich teens, often attending boarding schools (see, for example, We Were Liars by […]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2015)

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2015)

Oh, it’s a big one.  A big honking preview, this is.  Yes indeed, folks, Harper Collins is in town and they’ve a mess of good looking books just aching to arrive on your shelves.  Now the last time I attending a preview for HC I was massively pregnant with back pain to match.  This time […]

2015 Caldecott Medal Predictions

2015 Caldecott Medal Predictions

The last time I made Caldecott predictions, I went 2 for 5. Any time I can get more than one, I’m happy. But I refuse to stop until I am able to pick them all. You can therefore count on me doing Caldecott predictions every year. And if you’re into this stuff, you need to […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 5-1

Top 20 Books of 2014: 5-1

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee [Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. The opportunity to “read” and pore over a wordless picture book with a group of students is one of the best parts of […]

12 Blogs of 2014: Robot Test Kitchen

12 Blogs of 2014: Robot Test Kitchen

I can’t tell you how much I love The Robot Test Kitchen. Mainly because I blog there and it would be a little too self-promotion-y for me, but also because the experience of getting that project up and running is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me professionally. So instead I’ll tell […]

Pyrite Time, Once Again

Pyrite Time, Once Again

Here at Someday, we have a tradition (this is year three) of a Mock Printz which, in a fit of serious humor,* we styled the Pyrite Printz. (Get it? Because Pyrite is like gold but not? Also, alliterative.) As always, we are still (still!) reviewing serious contenders and reading away madly to catch up with […]

Lists!

Lists!

It’s mid-December and that means there are lots of lists coming out. Last year, I made an exhaustive spreadsheet of all of the major journals’ best-of lists to show you what made multiple lists and which ones we’d reviewed. This year, I’m . . . not going to do that. Instead, just a few thoughts. […]

Revolution Redux

Revolution Redux

First of all, you should know that I am simply not the audience for this book.  I find the plot too slow and the characters uninteresting, and the whole thing was kind of a slog to get through–and I always feel that way about Deborah Wiles’s books.  For me, the history in this story was […]

My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic)

My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic)

Here’s an expanded version of my annual Top 10 Tech Trends, along with my infographic summary. Announced in July, the American Association of School Libraries (AASL)’s new mission statement says it clearly:. The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. And the trends we see this year emphasize significant opportunities […]

Review: Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries

Review: Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries

Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries By Anouk Ricard Drawn & Quarterly, $15 For the third consecutive year, Drawn & Quarterly presents a beautiful, hardcover collection of comics strips and stories by French animator Anouk Ricard, featuring her small group of colorful characters. These are, of course, the title characters Anna, a little girl […]

Fuse #8 TV: The Grolier Exhibit and Author Jennifer Niven!

Fuse #8 TV: The Grolier Exhibit and Author Jennifer Niven!

I think I’m beginning to get the hang of this! Yes, we’ve yet another Fuse #8 TV episode today and this time we’ve worked out some of the kinks. No more with the herky jerky videos at the start! Instead, I take you on a lovely little tour of the current Grolier exhibit of children’s […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 10-6

Top 20 Books of 2014: 10-6

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier [Graphix (Scholastic) | Grades 3-6] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Raina Telgemeier is to today’s middle school readers what Elvis was to teens in 1956. Her fans are loyal, passionate, and proud of the number of times they’ve read […]

How It Went Down

How It Went Down, Kekla Magoon Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), October 2014 Reviewed from final copy For many, the second half of 2014 will be remembered as the time when police violence against black communities sparked outrage, protest, and calls for change. This is a timely and sorrowful moment for How It Went Down to arrive […]

12 Blogs of 2014: YA Highway

12 Blogs of 2014: YA Highway

Welcome to blog number 11 of our 12 Blogs of 2014! If you missed some of the series, make sure you go back and check them all out. Lots of great blogs to read and smart people to follow on Twitter. Be sure to check out the end of this post for a list of […]

Teen Issues: Teen Homelessness and NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss

Teen Issues: Teen Homelessness and NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss

In November of this year the results of a new study were released that indicate that the U.S. had achieved a disreputable goal: In the year 2013 1 in 30 youth were homeless at some point. That’s 2.5 million children experiencing homelessness. This was an unprecedented level of homelessness for our youth, a shamefully high […]

Review: Sweet Rein Volume 1-3

Review: Sweet Rein Volume 1-3

Kurumi Sagara is sad about spending Christmas alone. While taking a walk, she bumps into a boy and a rein appears to connect them. The boy, Kaito, says that he is a magical reindeer who obeys her every command and that she is his Santa Claus. She doesn’t believe him—until he changes into a reindeer […]

Announcing NYPL’s 2014 100 Books for Reading Sharing List!

Announcing NYPL’s 2014 100 Books for Reading Sharing List!

You know, folks, there are lists and then there are LISTS.  And I’m not saying one is any better than another.  Of course not.  But when we look at lists of children’s books there’s only one that truly has my heart.  Coming in at 103 years old this year, NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. With its combination of suspense and broad humor, Shh! We Have a Plan plays like the best Chuck Jones Merrie Melodies cartoon that never happened. You can practically […]