August 29, 2016

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Links: ‘Ghosts’ in the NYT

The latest sign that Kids’ Comics Have Arrived: Raina Telegemeier’s Ghosts gets a major review in the New York Times. Not sure where to start with Marvel’s Star Wars comics? Gavia Baker-Whitelaw posts a handy guide, with explanations of where the different series fit in with the continuity of the movies. If you missed your […]

What We Believe Matters Most When Selecting Books

This is our first official entry with The School Library Journal Blog Network, and we are overjoyed and proud to be a part of this community. At The Classroom Bookshelf, we like to take the time at the start of the school year to reflect on what matters most in our classrooms and in bringing […]

Middle School Monday: Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm (plus bonus interview!)

Jennifer L. Holm has written a superb follow up to the Newbery Honor winning Turtle in Paradise. While the earlier novel focuses on Turtle as she travels to Key West to live with her cousins in 1935, this novel focuses on the daily life and adventures of her cousin Beans in 1934. Beans is a […]

Fusenews: Dem-o-gorgon or Dem-a-gorgon?

Morning, poppins! Yesterday, for the first time in a long while, I submitted a Video Sunday for your approval.  Trouble is, I may have failed to mention one of the most fascinating videos out there with a tie-in to books for kids, so I’d like to rectify the situation today. The title of the article […]

Sunday Reflections: Wrestling with Nate Parker and the Narrative of Forgiveness

When I started high school, I completely had to cut myself off from a part of my family in order to protect myself from the man who had spent the previous year molesting me. I was not universally supported in this decision. Many people considered it an inconvenience to the family. Many others remarked that […]

Video Sunday: And Stuff Like That

Good morning! We’ve not done a Video Sunday here on Fuse8 in a while, so let’s start with the ritualized boiling of the blood. Which is to say, can picture books be written in an hour? No. But Slate decided to go on and and prove as much. The results: More interesting, in a way, […]

Books on Film: How to Spot a First Edition of The Cat in the Hat

My book collection is as haphazard as they come. Maybe because of this, I’ve always admired folks who collect books with a purpose – 1st editions, signed copies, all the winners of a specific award – that kind of thing. I recently came across this video, where a rare book expert breaks down all the elements […]

Friday Finds: August 26, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Five Words We Should All Stop Using Middle School Monday: Reading in Class. Minus the Worksheet or Report. Just, you know, READING. By Julie Stivers #MHYALit: Who Cares for the Caregivers? #MHYALit Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow #MHYALit: Seven Myths About Mental Illness, a guest post […]

This Week’s Comics: Mighty Morphin Atomic Robo

Heroics abound on this week’s list of new comic releases. Action Lab Entertainment rounds out the Hero Cats‘ world tour in Asia with issue 12. Marvel Comics brings together superheroes and computer science in Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11, and IDW Publishing brings the most requested Disney superhero to US comics with Duck Avenger #0. The […]

The Picture Book in 2016: Social Themes and Lessons

I recently received a very interesting, if puzzling, question.  A friend of mine needed to know, for professional reasons, what I would consider the top themes in picture books these days.  By “themes” I don’t mean trends but rather emotional or social lessons for young readers.  You might even go so far as to call […]

On orientation attitude

A couple of years back, I posted a little round-up of Orientation inspiration, gathering ideas from a few friends in the field. This year I find myself collecting creative ideas for my School Library Management class from blogs and tweets coming across my network in the form of an Orientation And Getting Ready For Action […]

It’s a Summer #Bookaday Tweetstorm!

Ah, summer – the days get longer, the LaCroix starts flowing like water, the #bookaday reading begins. You know, #bookaday, the summer reading challenge started by Book Whisperer Donalyn Miller. Here are a few of the books I read and liked over the summer. #bookaday pic.twitter.com/yZXslunBw2 — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) August 6, 2016 #bookaday A […]

What I Learned About “Representation Matters” While Reading BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles

By the time I graduated high school, I had attended 9 separate schools in three different states. Every time I would start a new school the first question everyone asks, after what’s your name, is “where are you from?” I have no good answer to this question. I am from nowhere and everywhere. I am […]

Book Review: GEMINA, the sequel to ILLUMINAE, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

In October, the greatly anticipated sequel to Illuminae, Gemina, will be released. Our TAB reviewer, who just left for her Freshman year of college, was very excited to get an advanced reading copy of this book to review for you today. Publisher’s Book Description The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller […]

Review: ‘The Great Antonio’

The Great Antonio By Elise Gravel TOON Books Level 2, grades 1-2 If you’re looking for a historically accurate biography of the Canadian strongman Antonio Barichievich, this is probably not the book for you. Elise Gravel starts out with some whimsical speculation that he was raised by bears, and in several places she brings up […]

Morning Notes: Thrifty and Commonsensical Edition

THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT IS GIVING TEENS €500 ON THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY TO SPEND ON BOOKS Real Headline Alert! This is pretty cool. (Thanks to Minh Lê for the link) UNSHELVED GOES TO THE MOVIES Unshelved has added to their movie poster parody collection: DOWNRIGHT ROCOCO I’ve always been fascinated by the Berenstain Bear treehouse. How […]

Review of the Day: Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin

Who Broke the Teapot?! By Bill Slavin Tundra Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-77049-833-4 Ages 3-5 On shelves now In the average life of a child, whodunits are the stuff of life itself. Who took the last cookie? Who used up all the milk and then didn’t put it on the shopping list? Who removed ALL the […]

I think I made this one too easy.

A mostly-forgotten book I love presented itself to my imagination twice yesterday. Can you guess what it is? Clue # 1 and #2: I was talking to Holiday House’s Mary Cash while she was with my buddy Elizabeth Law on Fire Island, and she mentioned her plan to go “swimming in the ocean” later in the day. […]

#MHYALit: Seven Myths About Mental Illness, a guest post by author Paula Stokes

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Paula Stokes who discusses some of the myths that people have about mental illness. Why do myths and stereotypes about mental illness persist? Why do people believe things that aren’t true? As someone with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate […]

Review: ‘Blip!’

Blip! By Barnaby Richards TOON Books Level One, grades K-1 A robot’s spaceship crash-lands on a strange planet, where he encounters strange creatures, both friendly and scary, and eventually finds a friend. That’s the very simple plot of this very complicated comic, which is due out next month from TOON Books. Like many TOON books, […]