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September 18, 2014

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On the Road

On the Road

All We Had is a road trip novel that follows a mother and daughter from Los Angeles to the East Coast. In Lucky Us, a family moves from Ohio to Hollywood, then back East to New York. There are two main appeal elements in these road novels. All We Had exemplifies the first–grappling to survive and [...]

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Volume 1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Volume 1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment

Papercutz takes the Power Rangers back to their origins, to the first series that started it all. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers members Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trina and Zack return in all new adventures to stop the evil deeds of the sorceress Rita Repulsa and her loyal minions with the help of the heroic sage Zordon [...]

Endangered Series #3: American Girl

Endangered Series #3: American Girl

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t [...]

How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry, Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper Dial Books, January 2014 Reviewed from final copy Marilyn Nelson, author of the 2006 Printz honor book A Wreath for Emmett Till, is responsible for what may be this year’s most unique contender, pairing two genres only occasionally spotted in the YA world — memoir [...]

Links | From ‘Everstar’ to ‘Lumberjanes’

Links | From ‘Everstar’ to ‘Lumberjanes’

Everstar is a new webcomic on Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site that features an 11-year-old girl who travels through space on her own spaceship. Thrillbent editor/curator Mark Waid talks about the comic here, and Steve Morris recently interviewed the creators, Becky Tinker and Joie Brown, at his site The Spire. Steve Morris gets Faith Erin Hicks, [...]

NBA Longlist

NBA Longlist

This is old news, but worth sharing.  For those of you who may have missed it last year, the National Book Award began announcing a longlist of 10 books before announcing the shortlist and eventual winner.  The reason being to shine the spotlight on even more worthy books.  The NBA typically skews older with 2/3 [...]

E is for Esoteric: 2014 Alphabet Books Get Creative

E is for Esoteric: 2014 Alphabet Books Get Creative

What is it about the alphabet that gives artists the license to get weird?  Historically, the alphabet book is one of the earliest American children’s book forms.  You know.  “In Adam’s fall, we sinned all.”  That kind of thing.  I’m certain someone has already written, or is in the process of writing, the full-blooded history [...]

Morning Notes: Walk Two Goodnight Moons Edition

Morning Notes: Walk Two Goodnight Moons Edition

THE LIST BEFORE THE LIST The long lists for The National Book Award have been announced, including the category we care about – Young People’s Literature. Hmm, let’s see here – some middle grade, YA, a bit of nonfiction, fantasy, historical fiction – yep, just about everything. On October 15 the group will be pared down [...]

Does one size fit all?

Does one size fit all?

Leonard Marcus gave a swell talk about Robert McCloskey last night, but what’s really sticking with me is a response he gave to a question at the end about ebooks. Size matters, he essentially said, when it comes to picture books and other books for young children. Of course, we all know this, but I […]

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Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

Why cede the fun to the bloggers at Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott? according to Betsy Bird. Here are her own predictions for the 2015 awards.

Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Trasures of Mawangdui By Christine Liu-Perkins Charlesbridge $19.95 978-1-58089-370-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I say the word “mummy” what springs into your mind? Movies starring Brendan Fraser? Egypt and scarabs and rolls of crumbling papyrus? Absolutely. But what if I told you [...]

Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Sometimes, in an odd aligning of stars, two book covers end up kinda resembling one another. Click here for all the Cover Curiosity posts. I noticed a pair the other day. First up: Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert; illustrated by Louis Rigaud Second up: The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud Side by side: A [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son of the Sun”

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son of the Sun”

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son of the Sun” By Don Rosa Fantagraphics; $29.99 Everyone knows who the very best Duck artist was when it comes to Disney comics. That is, unquestionably, Carl Barks, whose decades-long career of telling Donald Duck stories included the creation of Uncle Scrooge, the locale of Duckburg, [...]

A Whole Lotta Secrets

A Whole Lotta Secrets

Today we begin with a psychological mystery then highlight two thrillers, one suspense-filled, another action-packed. I am excited to recommend Tana French’s new Dublin Murder Squad novel to teen readers. I have enjoyed French’s novels since her 2007 debut, In the Woods. She is among the finest literary crime novelists writing today, and in The [...]

This One Summer

This One Summer

This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki First, Second, May 2014 Reviewed from final copy In my head, as I’ve written this post, it’s mostly been a series of exclamation points and the word “squeeeeeeee” interspersed with pictures from the book’s pages. I mean, that’s legit Printz discussion, no? With 6 starred reviews, gorgeous [...]

Review: The Jacket

Review: The Jacket

The Jacket By Kirsten Hall Illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701681 $17.95 Grades Pre-K-2 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The element of surprise – when used correctly, there are few literary weapons as potent. One of the wonderful things about picture books is that every [...]

Connected Librarians Day!

Connected Librarians Day!

I am thrilled to be keynoting at Library 2.014 this year (October 8-9).  I’ll be talking about the importance of building social capital in our profession. I am doubly thrilled to be organizing our second Connected Librarians Day, as a pre-conference on Tuesday, October 7th. Sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries [...]

West of the Moon and The Night Gardener

I’m trying to re-read A SNICKER OF MAGIC again to participate in that discussion, which has gotten very interesting. Meanwhile, Julie Corsaro mentioned in that comment thread a couple of spring titles I’m more interested in talking about. Recalling Vicky Smith’s guest post this time last year, Reader Know Thyself, I had to recognize that [...]

Press Release Fun: A $5,000 Award for School Libraries

A message for school librarians: ALA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Sara Jaffarian Award. The award recognizes K-8 schools for exceptional programming in social studies, poetry, drama, art, language arts, culture, or other humanities subjects. Apply by Dec. 15 at www.ala.org/jaffarianaward. More information below. Please let me know if you have any questions. Sarah Ostman Communications Manager [...]

Unreviewed but not Forgotten

Unreviewed but not Forgotten

“Hey Mark” (a hypothetical reader asks) “how do you choose what you review around here?” Unfortunately, chance and timing play a big role. There are of course hundreds of books every year that could be reviewed on this blog that we simply never hear about or never get a copy of. But what about books [...]