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February 27, 2015

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Friday Finds – February 27, 2015

Friday Finds – February 27, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Skin I’m Not Comfortable In, looking back and looking forward at a life with an eating disorder Book Review: Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle Medication, Depression, and I Was Here Middle Grade Monday – Shannon Hale What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter […]

This Week’s Comics: Scooby-Love

This Week’s Comics: Scooby-Love

Add some collections from the new comics out this week. IDW Publishing releases the second volume of My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship, which collects the spinoff titles Micro Series and Friends Forever in one handy book. Image Comics releases the full Howtoon [Re]Ignition, and Papercutz adds to their collection of new WWE Slam City […]

FSYALit: Catholicism in YA, a guest post by Katie Behrens

FSYALit: Catholicism in YA, a guest post by Katie Behrens

Today as part of our Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit Project, guest Katie Behrens is discussing Catholicism in YA literature. When I was confirmed in the Catholic Church at the age of 16, I really meant it. I knew there was a lot about the faith that I didn’t know and maybe some stuff […]

Bring It Back! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity: Adios, Oscar

Bring It Back! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity: Adios, Oscar

Let’s try something a little new.  I’m only human.  I like to rant and rail about various children’s books being lamentably out-of-print as much as the next guy.  But I also acknowledge that in the current publishing state in which we live it is simply not possible to keep all books in print. That said, […]

Lists, Letters, and More: YA Books with Characters Who Write

Lists, Letters, and More: YA Books with Characters Who Write

National Words Matter Week is March 1-7, so it’s the perfect time to set up a display of books featuring characters who write. What are they writing? Well, everything!   The characters in these books write lists, letters, zines, diaries, poetry, even obituaries. As a teen who was obsessed with writing (those are just some […]

The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates

The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates

Considering that it is based on a police case from almost 30 years ago, it is astonishing how much currency Joyce Carol Oates’s new novel has. A black teen is found beaten and apparently raped, naming only “white cops” as the perpetrators before lapsing into silence. The ensuing polarized reactions on the parts of the […]

Review: Peanuts #25

Review: Peanuts #25

Peanuts #25 Written by Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott Art by Scott and Braddock Boom Studios; $3.99 This particular issue of BOOM! Studios’ ongoing Peanuts comic book, which tells original stories featuring the late Charles Schulz’s immortal comic strip characters, is a sort of confluence of anniversaries. The Peanuts comic strip is celebrating its 65th […]

2015 Brackets with Judges Revealed!

2015 Brackets with Judges Revealed!

So now that we have announced all our awesome judges, here are their assignments. Wish them luck!

The Official CBC Bookmark Reveal

The Official CBC Bookmark Reveal

WHAT TIME IS IT, AMERICA!!!????!!! If you answered that it was time for Children’s Book Week, you’d almost be right.  Actually, Children’s Book Week (now in its 96th year) isn’t until May 4th – 10th.  In preparation, I have a bit of a treat planned.  On Sunday, May 26th at 2:00 p.m. the following program […]

Serving Full T.I.L.T. : Empathy, remembering what it’s like to be a teen and how it helps us be better teen services librarians

Serving Full T.I.L.T. : Empathy, remembering what it’s like to be a teen and how it helps us be better teen services librarians

In the summer before I began my Junior year of high school my family moved. Again. That’s what happens when you are a military family. But even though you know it’s going to happen, it doesn’t make it suck any less. A few weeks into the new semester at a new school I received a […]

Vote for Your Favorite to Come Back from the Dead!

Vote for Your Favorite to Come Back from the Dead!

Worried about how your favorite is going to fare in this year’s Battle? Here’s your chance to help. Vote in the Undead Poll for the contender you most want to see in the final round. The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be dug out of the grave to join the two other […]

Building strong bodies 16 ways

Irene Smalls, who is moderating the children’s book panel I told you about, has sent along this bibliography of books she put together  to encourage children–particularly African American children–to be more active. Or, as my mother always said,” Go out and play.” Thank goodness Daylight Saving Time is less than two weeks away–I got in […]

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Links: Invader Zim Comes to Comics

Links: Invader Zim Comes to Comics

This should be interesting: Papercutz has signed a “first look” deal with Nickelodeon to develop their new cartoon properties into comics and graphic novels (much as IDW has with Cartoon Network), and they will also publish a new Nickelodeon magazine. The first two to be adapted are Sanjay and Craig and Breadwinners, and two more […]

2015 Judge: Clare Vanderpool

2015 Judge: Clare Vanderpool

Clare Vanderpool lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and four children.  As a huge fan of March Madness, she was thrilled to be asked to participate in SLJ’s Battle of the Books because it combines two of her favorite things:  brackets and books!  Clare has been a life-long reader who has been known to […]

Review of the Day: My Near-Death Adventures by Alison DeCamp

My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) By Alison DeCamp Crown Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-39044-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Children’s historical fiction novels often divide up one of two ways. In the first category you have your important moments in history. In such books our heroes run about […]

Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

SO FAR, THE STARS Man, two months into the new year and we already have five books that have received five starred reviews each? Can you name one? Click here for the whole list. DETAILS ABOUT DIVERSITY The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) has been keeping track of the number of books by and about people […]

Buy the book

Buy the book

I’m a judge for this year’s Pannell Award for children’s bookselling and our slate of nominees has been announced. Anything you want to tell me?

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An updated pop up mobile makerspace, what I know now and how I’m adding more technology

An updated pop up mobile makerspace, what I know now and how I’m adding more technology

I recently began working at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio and one of the things we are trying to do is really address programming, particularly including more technology into our programming with a limited budget and a tight space. I really like the basic framework of the Mobile Makerspace […]

Review: Beware The Batman

Review: Beware The Batman

Beware The Batman Written by Ivan Cohen, Matthew K. Manning, Scott Beatty, Mike W. Barr and Mitch Watson Art by Luciano Vecchio and Dario Brizuela DC Comics, $12.99 This trade paperback collects the entirety of the short-lived comic book series based on the short-lived animated series of the same name…which, of course, was based on […]

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter

Every other month I’ll be doing a roundup of new and forthcoming YA books (and sometimes some non-YA books) featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. I’ll try to include as many titles as possible. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my radar for an upcoming list? […]