April 29, 2016

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Friday Finds: April 30, 2016

Want to win an ARC of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater? Comment on this post for a chance to win. Last week’s winner is Bailey! Please email me your address at robinreads@bellsouth.net. This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Teens Don’t Read Anymore Book Review: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, reviewed […]

A letter of support

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In some areas, school districts recognize our value and are struggling to find the best qualified, well-prepared professionals to fill multiple positions. I get letters and see postings seeking excellent candidates nearly every day.  In other areas, library programs are being cut because […]

MakerSpace: How do you evaluate this new service?

Although many libraries have had Maker Spaces for a while now and are doing them quite successfully, our Teen MakerSpace is new to us at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). What we wanted (and needed) was to create a way to keep track of who is using the space when […]

This Week’s Comics: MicroAngel

Feeling under the weather? Pick out some of this week’s new releases for a visual pick-me-up! Dark Horse Comics releases a richly illustrated tale of adventure and heroism in Last Dragon. Graphix drops Cleopatra in Space Volume 3 Secret of the Time Tablets, and IDW gives a popular 80s icon another chance with Strawberry Shortcake […]

#Holdshelf Gallery: April 2016

To the librarians who submitted photos and videos of the hold shelves in their lives: thank you. We we have below is a document of the books that kids are excited about at this moment in time. Here’s mine: Cristy K: #holdshelf speed view https://t.co/LlnzxxwVzh — Laura Given (@LibLaura5) April 28, 2016 When the #holdshelf […]

Review of the Day: One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree By Daniel Bernstrom Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-235485-3 Ages 3-6 On shelves May 3rd Like any children’s librarian, I like to assess each picture book that crosses by my eyeballs for readaloud potential. While every picture book (even […]

Take 5: Memoirs on writing to hand to aspiring teen authors

“How do you become an author?” We’ve heard teens ask that question every time they meet an author – published, famous, or neither. And we’ve all heard the answer too: read. Read everything. Read more. No, even more than that. Reading is essential. But more than novels, teens who are firmly dedicated to the writing life […]

Links: Jeff Smith Announces New ‘Bone’ Graphic Novel

Jeff Smith announced yesterday that a new Bone story, Bone: Coda, will be released in July: 25 years after the first black & white issue of the self-published comic book BONE appeared on comic shop shelves, and over a decade since the concluding chapter comes a new (and completely superfluous!) adventure featuring the Bone cousins! […]

Recently in Book Mail + a Giveaway

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months. Head on over to the Rafflecopter to be entered to win one package of three books from this list! You can also enter by retweeting this post or following me (@CiteSomething) on Twitter! US entries only, […]

Review: Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

Tell Me a Tattoo Story By Alison McGhee Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452119373 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’m going to begin this review with an admission I never thought I would make at the beginning of a picture book review: I don’t have […]

Book Review: Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Publisher’s description A beautiful and offbeat novel from Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book This One Summer. Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be […]

Video Games Weekly: Ratchet and Clank

I have to confess right off the bat that I have never played a Ratchet and Clank game before.  Somehow, this game never appeared on my radar!  Therefore, my review and opinions are formulated on this game alone, and may not be the only review you want to read. I highly recommend reading Wired, Kotaku, […]

Fusenews: I wouldn’t waste my time riding a bike

Hokey dokey.  Too much stuff here to cover very well, but try we shall.  Hold on to your hats, folks!  It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.   First off, you know how I was talking the other day about constructing the ideal educator website of children’s literature resources?  Well, this might have to be one […]

Post It Note Reviews, by The Teen

It’s time for another installment of The Teen’s Post It Note Reviews. This post is Penguin heavy because I took her to a Penguin Teen panel and she decided she really liked the sound of the books after hearing the authors talk about them so she read a couple. It also includes one ARC of […]

Book Review: Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

Publisher’s description Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other’s lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a […]

Review: ‘Archie,’ vol. 1

Back in August the Good Comics for Kids crowd discussed the release of the “New Archie,” a new series from Archie Comics. Recently, I noticed that the first six issues had been published as a trade paperback, and since I’m not a fan of single-issue comics (I hate waiting so long between issues to get […]

Calling Shelves One and All! Join the #HOLDSHELF Gallery

What do you say we sneak one in before the school year is a wrap? The photo roundup of hold shelves across the country is back. This time, the gallery will go up on this here website on Friday. Here’s how to get in on the action: Locate a shelf used as a waiting area for books […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

It’s back!  I’ve been doing my thing, buying lovely adult titles for my library system, and time and again I’ve run across ideas or names that fall squarely in the children’s book realm.  Here then are some real beauties. Things you just might not know about otherwise. I know and like Elisha Cooper but I’m […]

Middle School Monday – Series that Hit the Spot

There is a certain type of book that just fits middle school readers. If you work with this age group, you know what I’m talking about. While most of my sixth grade students will still gladly pick up middle grade novels, many of them as well as most of my seventh and eighth grade students […]

Book Review: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith (368 pages) About the Book In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change […]