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October 1, 2014

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Fall Favorites?

Fall Favorites?

We’re certainly not done talking about Spring and Summer titles, but as it’s now October, it’s time to get cracking: which are your fall release favorites? We’ve heard from fans of BROWN GIRL DREAMING, RAIN REIGN, EGG & SPOON…. This becomes the hard part of the season, as we try to read ahead and keep [...]

The Undertaking of Lily Chen

The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Danica Novgorodoff First Second, March 2014 Reviewed from final copy I almost didn’t write this review. Not for a lack of quality in Danica Novgorodoff’s graphic novel–it has quality bursting out of the pages. No, I almost abandoned this one because of that pesky eligibility question. It’s an issue I [...]

Interview: Kat Kan on Graphic Novels in School Libraries

Interview: Kat Kan on Graphic Novels in School Libraries

Kat Kan needs no introduction, but I’ll give her one anyway. Kat is a pioneer in our field, having worked with graphic novels and libraries since 1983. She has worked in both school and public libraries and is currently the librarian for St. John Catholic School in Panama City, Florida. She writes the “Graphically Speaking” [...]

Press Release Fun: The Children’s Literary Salon – Native Fiction and the Editorial Process

Press Release Fun: The Children’s Literary Salon – Native Fiction and the Editorial Process

Folks, you know me. Half the time I forget to even mention these swell little events that happen, absolutely free I might add, in my library.  But this Saturday’s panel . . . well, it’s special.  It’s sort of a once in a lifetime panel.  You’re not going to see this kind of thing pretty [...]

An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed.

An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed.

Dear self-published author: I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your book refused possible review coverage by the Horn Book simply because it is self-published. But here is why that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. If we met at a party or something, I, and I think my colleagues at the […]

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Review: Library Wars: Love and War Volume 5-9

Review: Library Wars: Love and War Volume 5-9

It is the not too distant future, and libraries have armed themselves to protect books and other media from the federal government’s Media Betterment Committee. Iku Kasahara has settled into her job on the Library Task Force, but the MBC and other forces haven’t given up their battle to stop libraries from keeping speech, all [...]

Trendwatch: Tweet Tweet. Year of the Bird.

Trendwatch: Tweet Tweet.  Year of the Bird.

I don’t do all that many trendwatch posts on this site, if only because it’s impossible to keep track of them all.  One minute you’re seeing tons of picture books involving whales.  Another minute you’re noticing more than one book about encouraging your pet to become atheist (see this and this).  If you do notice [...]

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

We’ve all seen book previews based on publisher, but how about a preview based on location? The Crusty Nibs are a collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell Here are some of the Nibs, [...]

Crowdsourcing what’s next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015

Crowdsourcing what’s next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015

For the past several years I’ve been identifying and writing about tech trends for the coming year and considering how they will impact the work of the teacher librarian. The time has come again, but this time around I would like to crowd-source the effort.  Shannon Miller and I are pulling our own ideas together [...]

Interview: Jessica Lee on Running a Graphic Novel Book Club

Interview: Jessica Lee on Running a Graphic Novel Book Club

As part of the research for the SLJ article “Teaching with Graphic Novels,” I interviewed a number of educators and librarians, and since most people only got a brief quote, I’m running the interviews in full at Good Comics for Kids. Today, Jessica Lee, teacher librarian at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California, talks about [...]

Asian Identity

Asian Identity

The Year She Left Us concerns the search for belonging and identity, both personal and cultural. Ari was abandoned in China as a baby, taken to an orphanage, then adopted by a Chinese American woman, Charlie, who raises her in San Francisco with the help of her sister and mother. Now Ari is 18 and [...]

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski Macmillan, March 2014 Reviewed from final copy Not gonna lie. I loved this book. I loved from the pretty dress cover — I know! But I’m a sucker — to the thoroughly unexpected world. I loved the lack of easy answers and the fact that there is more to come. [...]

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Draw! By Raúl Colón Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442494923 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bullish times for wordless picture books, eh? Whereas in the past it seemed there were illustrators who focused specifically on books without words (Barbara Lehman comes to mind), now more than ever it [...]

Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer

This is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, and we’ve already discussed one book depicts that time, REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles.  Like its predecessor, COUNTDOWN, it’s a work of fiction that borrows heavily from the conventions of nonfiction, namely the incorporation of numerous primary source materials, both textual and visual. There also happen to be [...]

Wanted: Your #Holdshelf

Wanted: Your #Holdshelf

#Holdshelf is a monthly round-up (hosted by Watch. Connect. Read. and yours truly) of the books kids are lining up to read in libraries around the country. So what does your #holdshelf hold? If you’re a librarian and you have a hold shelf, take a picture of that thing, email it to scopenotes at gmail [...]

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5

They’re back! Art Baltazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 brings back the cutest gaggle of DC characters ever in the latest episode of their ongoing quest to find a new home base. Here’s the 411: Just when all hope of finding a new treehouse is lost, the girls travel to Paradise [...]

Early Learning recap

Early Learning recap

SLJ has posted a report of Martha and my presentation in Ohio last week of what makes  for a good preschool book. Look for Kevin Henkes’ excellent speech from that event on our site on Monday.

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This Week’s Comics: Treehouse of Ponies

This Week’s Comics: Treehouse of Ponies

As the days get shorter, longer nights mean more time to read comics! BOOM! Studios has a double dose of fantastically feisty girls with new issues of Bee and Puppycat and Lumberjanes. DC Comics keeps up the superhero hijinks with a new issue of Batman ’66, and Fantagraphics releases the first in a new kid-friendly [...]

I Remember Beirut

I Remember Beirut

I Remember Beirut, Zeina Abirached Graphic Universe, August 2014 Reviewed from final copy I’m struggling to remain even semi-impartial here. This is a book that I loved reading. But when I put it on the list, I was pretty sure I was doing it because of personal reasons, not so much because I was ready [...]

Fusenews: Properly vicious

There comes a time when I have so much news for a Fusenews that it paralyzes me and rather than write one up I just let my files accrue more and more schtoof until the vicious circle ends with a massive deletion.  Today some of this stuff will strike you as a bit out of [...]