July 27, 2017

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Review: ‘The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch Vol.1: 1962-1972′

The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 1962-1972 Writers: George Gladir, Frank Doyle, Dick Malmgren and others Aritsts: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bob White and others Archie Comics; $9.99 Because of the peculiar, frozen-in-amber aspect of Archie Comics’ teenage protagonists—which means that a kid today can read Archie Comics and get the same basic story that […]

Review: ‘The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch Vol.1: 1962-1972′

The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 1962-1972 Writers: George Gladir, Frank Doyle, Dick Malmgren and others Aritsts: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bob White and others Archie Comics; $9.99 Because of the peculiar, frozen-in-amber aspect of Archie Comics’ teenage protagonists—which means that a kid today can read Archie Comics and get the same basic story that […]

Taking a Stand Against Islamophobia | ALA Annual 2017

Deepa Iyer discussed the hostility directed at Muslims and advised librarians on ways they could make a difference.

Review: ‘New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China’

New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artists: Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend DC Comics; $16.99 Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, a long-time library and bookstore favorite for works like American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero, started writing for DC Comics’ Superman back in 2015, but it wasn’t […]

Photo Diary: Nerd Camp MI 2017

For two days in July, the small town of Parma, Michigan becomes the center of the literacy universe. I’m off to Nerd Camp and will be sharing photos here throughout the conference. Check back and I’ll be adding to this post as the day goes along. What is Nerd Camp? Short versh: an “un-conference” focused […]

36 Stellar Titles | July 2017

Jennifer Mathieu’s YA novel Moxie is an empowering take on feminism; Dashka Slater uses a devastating crime to examine race, gender, and socioeconomic status in Oakland, CA, in The 57 Bus; and Gareth Hinds presents a masterly graphic novel look at some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works.

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Friday Finds: July 7, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: “These Kids Lead Dark Lives”, the Summer The Teen Learned about Privilege Recently in Book Mail MakerSpace: Teaching Teens to Use Canva to Design their Own T-shirts (Laser T-shirt Transfers) #SJYALit: Government Dystopia Booklist Book Review: Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh Around the Web Summer Reading For Your […]

2017: Marking the Rise of the Almighty Board Book

It’s not as though board books have ever really gotten their due. Doomed to withstand the incessant chompers of teeny tiny gums, half the time they are mistaken for chew toys and the other half as portable germ factories. Here’s a test. Walk into your local library. Look long and hard at the board book […]

2017: The Year of Pants

The other day Julie Danielson (of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) mentioned that 2017 might be The Year of Pants in children’s literature. First I checked with the Google Ngram Viewer, which tracks words that appear in books. It appears we are in the midst of a historic golden age of pants: Then I took […]

Preview: ‘Archie 75th Anniversary Digest’ #11

We’re enjoying some all-American Archie comics this Independence Day. If you missed the “Archie Marries” storyline the first time around—or if you just feel like taking a walk down Memory Lane—then Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #11 is for you: It recaps the story that started all the fuss. The comic is out on July 5. […]

Notes on June 2017

In June . . . . . . I questioned the Cat in the Hat’s fiscal responsibility. It was all part of a tongue-in-cheek post about nonfiction featuring the Cat. . . . I shared 10 exciting books coming out this summer. It’s Summer Preview time. . . . we went on a photographic tour […]

Friday Finds: June 30, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Who needs healthcare? MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and Spray Painting T-shirts What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA June 2017 ALA Recap: Libraries are Not Neutral Spaces (Things I Never Learned in Library School) Book Review: Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation by Anthony & Annmarie Young MakerSpace: DIY […]

Review: ‘Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1′

Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1 Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio Artist: Audrey Mok Archie Comics; $17.99 When it came time to add a Josie and The Pussycats ongoing to Archie Comics’ blossoming “New Riverdale” line of books—then consisting of the Archie, Jughead, and Betty & Veronica revamps—the publisher went with something pretty out […]

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

The image of Paddington in a train station with a note pinned to his duffel coat came from Bond’s memories of seeing refugee children during World War II.

Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 3)

Previously . . . Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 1) Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 2) Sunday at ALA started off with an interview with The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors author Drew Daywalt. Even though he tried to tell me he was Dan Santat I saw right through his attempts […]

YA: New Titles from Joseph Bruchac, Victoria Schwab, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s YA Xpress Reviews are bound to please fans of ongoing series. Joseph Bruchac brings his “Killer of Enemies” trilogy to a close, Victoria Schwab presents the latest installment in the “Monsters of Verity” series.

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Chapter Books: A Class Pet Runs Amok, Adventures in the Toy Kingdom | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Readers learn about a land where toys come to life; a class pet named Fergus takes a trip; and Blake Hoena presents a tale of four unexpected monster heroes.

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Picture Books: New Titles from Mo Willems, Jane Ray, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Mo Willems presents a guide to welcoming new additions to the family; Jane Ray breathes new life into an Indian folktale.

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Graphic Novels: Dumas Revisited, a New Title from Lorena Alvarez, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s graphic novels reviews include a manga retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo and Lorena Alvarez’s stellar Nightlights.

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Nonfiction: Career Guidance, Garbage Galore, and Homework Help | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s nonfiction Xpress Reviews include a volume aimed at students in need of some tips on doing homework, a primer on careers working with animals, and much more.

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