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April 15, 2014

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Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Here’s a look at the third volume in Viz/Perfect Square’s adaptation of the Ben 10 Omniverse animated series. Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox, sets Ben and Rook up against someone from their past “whose very existence could mean the end of the world as we know it.” The story, written by Joel Enos and drawn [...]

Review of the Day: Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Boys of Blur By N.D. Wilson Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-449-81673-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 8th. I like a kid’s book with ambition. It’s all well and good to write one about magic candy shops or goofy uncles or simpering unicorns or what have you. The world is big and [...]

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcements, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are. I urge you to nominate yourself.

ALA Most Frequently Challenged Books 2013

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2013

It was Bookshelves of Doom who alerted me to the just-released list of the most challenged books of 2013. Here are the top five: 1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence 2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, [...]

Where the Dystopian Craze meets Literary Fiction

Where the Dystopian Craze meets Literary Fiction

Adult Books for Teens examines the latest by Chang-Rae Lee: On Such a Full Sea.

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 As an athlete, Charlie Brown may be best known for never being able to connect with the football that Lucy always snatches away from him mid-kick, but football was of only one of the sports he was doomed to fail at. He didn’t have much [...]

Children’s Literature Online at a Glance: A Look Back at Friends Long Gone

Children’s Literature Online at a Glance: A Look Back at Friends Long Gone

So I was listening to an episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour the other day.  If you happen to unfamiliar with the show it’s just your basic pop culture based podcast where they dissect the trends and news of the day so you don’t have to.  In a recent episode called ‘Captain America’ And The [...]

Let’s Have a Book Drive!

Let’s Have a Book Drive!

Here’s the scenario: Something has happened. A library (public or school) is destroyed or damaged, by fire, flood, wind, locust. “I know,” says a well-meaning person. “Let’s have a book drive!” And the books are gathered and sent to the library, so the kids have something. And the people who sent the books — whether [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

Gravity By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Pres (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437173 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 29, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Pet peeve time. Often when people talk about low-level nonfiction, they don’t mean really low. Sorry K-1 crowd. Although the field is getting better all the [...]

Don’t miss Google’s new site info card! (and more from Mary Ellen Bates’ search refresh

At the recent CIL Conference in DC, I attended librarian/consultant Mary Ellen Bates’ Super Searcher Tips session and I came away with a number of juicy new strategies. Super Searcher Tips – Computers in Libraries from Mary Ellen Bates I’ll start with the most important of these discoveries for the K12 gang. Google’s new site [...]

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

Have you ever searched “Where the Wild Things Are” on YouTube? All kinds of unusual stuff. This one stuck with me – a claymation version of the children’s classic. Be sure to stick around for the wild rumpus.

A Look at Minor League Baseball from John Feinstein

A Look at Minor League Baseball from John Feinstein

We’re two weeks into the baseball season, the Giants are in first place in the National League West, and all is right with the world.  That must mean it’s time to start reading some baseball books, specifically John Feinstein’s Where Nobody Knows Your Name. Feinstein is a prolific sports writer, with nonfiction works on golf, [...]

What’s a children’s librarian to do?

What’s a children’s librarian to do?

Twice in the past week I’ve been asked to opine publicly about the future of books and libraries for children, first at the NYLA conference in White Plains and then at the investiture of Eileen Abels as the new dean of the Simmons GSLIS. I had far fewer answers than questions, which I present to […]

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One Star Review Guess Who? (#18)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#18)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? When I saw young women in my age reading [title], there was one thing I felt. The culture is lost, the folk tale is lost. The meaning of folk tales is lost. The generation who is in my age [...]

This Week’s Comics: Rio at Dark

This Week’s Comics: Rio at Dark

Get hopping with the new comics and graphic novels out this week. Marvel releases a trade of their all ages series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., based on the TV series. Papercutz lets loose with new volumes of Annoying Orange and Disney Fairies, and just for gamers, Scholastic has a handbook for the video [...]

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors.

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

James Kochalka’s latest graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, is deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. The story of a goofy spaceman on a crazy mission (accompanied by his talking backpack), it is longer than Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher graphic novels, which just allows more craziness to pile up as the story [...]

Review of the Day: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-63912-5 Ages 4 and up On shelves April 29th When I was a young teen my favorite book was Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Steeped in Bradbury’s nostalgia for his youth, I was in the throes of adolescence, probably on [...]

Flashback March 2006

Flashback March 2006

A look back to what I reviewed in March 2006: Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley. From my review: “Patty Ho is half-Taiwanese, half white. She was born in the United States, but she feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere. At home, there is her ultra-strict mother and overachieving going-to-Harvard [...]

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

The latest roundup by Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production.