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May 23, 2015

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For me, Google Keep’s a keeper!

I don’t know why I haven’t discovered this super handy tool before, but I am delighted to find it.  If you love using stickies to organize your life, and you find yourself keep list after list, then Google Keep is a keeper. The digital sticky note service is available for the Web, for Android, and […]

This Week’s Comics: Claudette and Aero-Girl

Spend Memorial Day weekend taking in some rays while reading some of the books from this week’s new releases. Bongo Comics is ready for summer with some superhero action in Simpsons Summer Shindig #9. IDW Publishing releases the first issue of their new series Donald Duck, and Archie Comics prepares for its huge crossover event […]

SRC is Coming: 5 Tips for Staying Calm During the Stressful Summer Months

It’s almost here – summer reading. If you are a YS or YA librarian you’ve most likely spent the last month getting publicity together and out into the public, making school visits, decorating, and making sure performers are all lined up and payment paperwork is in order. It’s a busy time of year. And that’s […]

Friday Finds – May 22, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Writing Religion When It’s Not Your Faith, a guest post by Melissa Walker (#FSYALit) Middle Grade Monday – The Truth About Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels) Take 5: 5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace (Quarto Week) (MakerSpace) Book review: Vanished by E.E. Cooper Take 5: Postcards […]

Press Release Fun: The 2015 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Awards

The Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Awards Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 12th biennial Awards.  The awards will be presented in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the White Plains (New York) Public Library. The program is open to the public. The Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award was established in 1990 […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015

The end of the school year: the time when pizza and ice cream sandwiches miraculously appear in the teacher’s lounge. It’s also when I like to look back at the most checked-out books in our school library during the year. This year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the most popular by […]

First Dwayne McDuffie Award Shortlist Announced

I’m honored to have been a judge for the inaugural year of this new award! Here’s the full press release. The first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s Kids Read Comics festival. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media who […]

Book Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

In Sarah Dessen’s latest novel, Saint Anything, we meet main character Sydney at a turning point in her life. Her brother Peyton, in and out of trouble since middle school, has just been sentenced to time in prison for a drunk driving accident that severely injured another teen boy. Sydney’s parents, especially her mother, are […]

Judges on their way!

Our  judges (Maeve Visser Knoth, Jessica Tackett MacDonald, and Barbara Scotto as chair) will be meeting this weekend to select this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. What will they pick??? (I have no idea.) Katrina Hedeen and I head to New York early next week for the announcement, for which I will be partnered by the […]

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Judges on their way!

Our  judges (Maeve Visser Knoth, Jessica Tackett MacDonald, and Barbara Scotto as chair) will be meeting this weekend to select this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. What will they pick??? (I have no idea.) Katrina Hedeen and I head to New York early next week for the announcement, for which I will be partnered by the […]

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Take 5: 5 Books on Duct Tape and Washi Tape for Makers

Duct tape crafts have been a very popular part of my MakerSpace. Sometimes I’ll have some high tech making planned and my tweens and teens will walk in and say nope, we want a break from that can you please bust out the duct tape. There’s just something satisfying it seems sometimes about sitting around […]

Fuse 8 TV: Geoff Rodkey and Reading (Too Much) Into Karen Katz

And a happy Thursday to you all.  It’s May 21st and that means another episode of Fuse #8 TV is up and running.  As per usual I kick the whole kerschmozzle off with a new edition of “Reading (Too Much) Into Picture Books”.  Though I had a recent request to tackle The Giving Tree, I couldn’t […]

Hey! A Day with Shea in 10(ish) Images

Author/illustrator Robert “Bob” Shea visited my school yesterday and I am here to bring you the sights and sounds. Actually, just the sights. And wordy descriptions of the sights. But they were good sights. First sight: This here is certified Shea Day plaid. Rumor has it that Mr. Shea enjoys a good tartan. I decided […]

What was the address of Greenaway House?

Please join Children’s Books Boston for our second Wicked Boston Children’s Books Trivia Challenge, to be held at M.J. O’Connor’s Back Bay (yes, a BAR) on Monday June 15th at 6:30PM. Jack Gantos will be your host; admission is one sawbuck, cash money, at the door. Sign up here.

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Quarto Publishing Week Giveaway

This week is Quarto Publishing Group week. Every day we are highlighting a different book from the Quarto Publishing Group, chosen by yours truly. In exchange for hosting this week, I got to choose 5 of my favorite titles to give to YOU, our readers, as a giveaway. So I did my research and chose […]

Book Review and Program Ideas: Playing with Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti

When The Mr. and I were in college, he was an art major. I had the distinct privilege of of learning about an array of artistic ideas while watching him take classes. Because of this experience, or perhaps just because of the moments we’ve shared and the influence he has had on me, I’ve always […]

Roundtable: Eisner Nominations Discussion

This year’s list of nominations for the Eisner award in the children’s and YA categories was a lot different from our list of the top ten graphic novels of 2014. We decided to throw the discussion open to the GC4K bloggers to get a sense of why this particular slate was chosen—and list our favorites […]

What book will you take to the beach?

In my fantasy world, as I say in my introduction to the Horn Book’s annual summer reading recommendations. kids (and grownups) could read whatever they like while on their break. Wouldn’t that be GREAT? While I remember exhortations from teachers to read over the summer (not like I or probably you needed any encouragement) there were no lists […]

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Links: ‘Over the Garden Wall’ Becomes a Comic

The Cartoon Network series Over the Garden Wall is being adapted into a comic, to be published by BOOM! Studios in its KaBoom imprint; Hero Complex has a preview of the art and an interview with creator Pat McHale. Abrams unveils its fall lineup of children’s graphic novels, which includes Night of the FrankenFrogs, a […]

Book review: Vanished by E.E. Cooper

In E.E. Cooper’s Vanished, Kalah is left to put together the pieces of a mystery after one of her best friends disappears and another commits suicide.   Kalah, a junior, is newly best friends with seniors Beth and Britney, who have a long history of fighting and making up. Kalah and Beth have been hooking […]