March 20, 2017

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Quick Book Review: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

Basic Synopsis: A teen conceived through IVF goes in search of answers about her past and finds herself examining what it means to be a family. Karen’s Quick Thoughts: So this book was fun, heartwarming and enjoyable. It covered a topic I have never seen discussed in YA – kids conceived by donor sperm. 5 […]

Round 1, Match 6: Wet Cement vs When the Sea Turned to Silver

  JUDGE – JANE YOLEN Wet Cement by Bob Raczka Macmillan When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin Little Brown Bob Raczka’s concrete poetry collection West Cement begins with a pun (concrete/cement, get it?) and ends with a copyright notice that is itself a concrete piece, though not an actual poem. The spreads are constantly and […]

Exclusive: ‘Hanazuki’ Comic Is Coming from IDW

We have big news this morning: The comics publisher IDW is announcing a new series based on Habro’s web series Hanazuki. Just launched in January, Hanazuki is a cheery cartoon about a girl who lives on a moon and fights off a big black blob by using her emotions to grow trees. Her companions are […]

The Things Triangle Has Seen

Look at that face. Rather, look at those eyes. There’s no denying it, Triangle (by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen) has seen some things. Bad things: Good things: Disturbing things: Inexplicable things: Shocking things: Mind-bending things: I repeat: mind-bending things:

Review of the Day: The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, ill. Vanessa Brantley Newton

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist By Cynthia Levinson Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-0070-1 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Today I’d like to begin with a small talk about diversity. Not diversity of people necessarily, but diversity […]

Talking About Hats with Jon Klassen (Part 1)

Travis: Do you remember reading I Want My Hat Back for the first time? I bet you do. With a combination of unique execution and a daring ending it quickly became the “have you read this yet?” picture book of 2011. Its affect on the world of picture books is still being felt today. Two more hat-themed books would […]

Untethering the blocks: Building beyond walls and tables

Remember the scene in Singing in the Rain where Donald O’Connor magically dances on the walls?  Remember Fred Astaire’s famous ceiling dance in Royal Wedding?  Till now kids’ work with interlocking blocks has been bound to tables and floors and a few installations of LEGO walls. (See Diana Rendina’s epic instructions.) Till now blocks kinda […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #236

We’re starting off our Saturday with some romantic goofiness this week, with an exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #236, which combines vintage cartoon characters with an up-to-date concept, reality TV: Are you ready to open your heart and fall in love? All your favorites are, and they’re doing it on television as contestants on “Single […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #236

We’re starting off our Saturday with some romantic goofiness this week, with an exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #236, which combines vintage cartoon characters with an up-to-date concept, reality TV: Are you ready to open your heart and fall in love? All your favorites are, and they’re doing it on television as contestants on “Single […]

Support Libraries, Save the IMLS

Earlier this week, the newest proposed federal budget was introduced and it included massive cuts to many services (see link below for a complete look at the budget in the Washington Post). Included in those potential cuts would be a complete elimination of the IMLS, the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The IMLS provides […]

Spiral: Four Apps in One!

I recently discovered an incredibly versatile participation tool.  Spiral is a free suite of  four powerful apps that promote classroom engagement and collaboration.  It makes so much of what we already do so much easier and it is a must-have tool for 1:1 settings.  Students may login to lessons using Google, Facebook, Clever or Edmodo. […]

Endorsement: Lynn Rutan for Caldecott Committee

If you’re anything like me, when ALA election time comes around you vote for people you feel would successfully carry out the duties of their post. Often times these people end up being those you personally know and have confidence in. And then there are the situations when you aren’t familiar with any of the […]

Friday Finds: March 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Who Gets to Decide What it Means to be “Real”? The Intersection of #Ownvoices, Genre Fiction, and Empathy: Guest post by Shaila Patel Book Review: BRACED by Alyson Gerber Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence Book Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and […]

This Week’s Comics: One Trick Scout

Your friends will be green with envy as you spring into some of this week’s new releases. First Second releases the next volume in the Olympians series with the nature-loving goddess Artemis. Oni Press collects their balancing-of-nature series Mighty Zodiac while Viz Media returns to Hyrule for the third volume of the Legend of Zelda […]

Round 1, Match 5: Samurai Rising vs Some Writer!

JUDGE – TANYA LEE STONE Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner illustrated by Gareth Hinds Charlesbridge Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet Houghton Mifflin Harcourt   When I was 8, my Dad built me an L-shaped reading nook, which hung about three feet below a corner of our family-room ceiling. It was accessible only by ladder rungs narrow enough for […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]

Fusenews: Quoth Walter Cronkite – “Eloise has been kidnapped”

I’m quick and slick and blogging like a . . . like a . . . like a woman who can’t come up with a third rhyme!  Doggone it . . .   Look at this guy with this book doing his business like it ain’t no thing.  You go, man, go!   If you’ve […]

Book Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Publisher’s description From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for readers who love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic new teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said “could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.” Frances Janvier spends most […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA March 2017

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of […]