May 25, 2017

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In Our Mailbox: More Thoughts on 13 Reason Why, Teens and Libraries

Trigger Warning: Discussion of Sexual Violence and Suicide So I received a message in my email asking my thoughts on 13 Reasons Why and programming. At the same time, Heather Booth was thinking about doing a book discussion and she tweeted out asking people their thoughts, so we called and talked about it. Here’s what […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#2)

I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. Today is a big one. I’ve asked this question in the past, but this time, it counts. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. Who’s Best? Previously . […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #81

Here’s a sneak preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #81, which features a troll—a real troll, not the internet kind: Everyone knows trolls live under bridges, and when the Mayor’s grand opening for the city’s newest bridge is cut short because of a huge, fearsome troll who claims the bridge as his new home, it’s […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #81

Here’s a sneak preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #81, which features a troll—a real troll, not the internet kind: Everyone knows trolls live under bridges, and when the Mayor’s grand opening for the city’s newest bridge is cut short because of a huge, fearsome troll who claims the bridge as his new home, it’s […]

Friday Finds: May 5, 2017

This week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Doing the Heavy Lifting at the Library, Working with a Hurting Public to Find Healing #SJYALit: The Lunar Chronicles as a Reflection of Current U.S. Political Climate, a guest post by Emily Keyes Book Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman Book Review: How to Make a Wish […]

David Levithan Wins 2017 Chicago Tribune YA Prize

The young adult author, editor, and 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner is the recipient of the annual Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize.

Dept. H: Vol. 1: Pressure by Matt Kindt | SLJ Review

KINDT, Matt. Dept. H: Vol. 1: Pressure. illus. by Matt Kindt & Sharlene Kindt. 168p. Dark Horse. Jan. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781616559892.

Gr 7 Up –Matt Kindt delivers another amazing graphic novel with an imaginative premise. This is a highly unusual locked-room mystery, centering on an unexplained death that occurred in an undersea research station. Mia is sent down to the station to find out exactly what happened to her father. She doesn’t know if his death was […]

Take 5: MakerSpace Tools I Learned About at TLA 2017

I recently had the pleasure of attending – and speaking – at the annual Texas Library Association conference. Today I am going to share with you 5 Makerspace tools I learned about. MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kit Make Do are cardboard construction pieces that work as nuts and bolts for cardboard. This means that you can […]

#Holdshelf: May 2017

Been a little while since I shared the books on hold at my K-4 school library. How about we have a look and discuss? #holdshelf pic.twitter.com/GpbKD7ezyC — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) May 3, 2017 Some notes about a couple of the books: Who Was Harry Houdini? Kids at my school really like the Who Was? series, […]

Celebrating Small Publishers: An Array of Remarkable 2017 Titles From the Smallest Houses

When I was getting my library degree in grad school I remember quite clearly a class where we were told about the various publishers creating children’s books. At the time The Big Five (Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Harper Collins, and Little, Brown) were still The Big Six (before Penguin and Random House […]

32 Stellar Titles | May 2017

Andrea Cheng’s lovely sequel to The Year of the Book, the skinny on our canine companions, Rita Williams-Garcia’s newest work of middle grade fiction.

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Notes on April 2017

In April . . . . . . I learned I can see the future of interior design.  And maybe you can too? I have the pictures to prove it. . . . I tried to trick you. Good ol’ April Fools. . . . we checked out new books from past award winners. there […]

School Library Tech Budgets Rise | SLJ 2017 Technology Survey

School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.

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Friday Finds: April 28, 2017

This Week at TLT MakerSpace: 5 Low or No Tech Activities for a Teen MakerSpace Middle School Monday: Fangirling from Afar National School Climate Survey results about LGBTQ students’ experiences in school #SJYALit: Ten Young Adult Novels for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a guest post by Clara Kensie Thinking about 13 Reasons Why: Teens, Mental […]

The State of Photographic Illustration in 2017

Does photographic illustration get its due? Not from Caldecott. Well, it gets it from me! I am always fascinated to see how the medium is used in works of fiction. Here are all the 2017 examples I could find of photography in fiction picture books. If you have another one, let’s hear it in the […]

YA: Mean Girls, “Mad Miss Mimic,” and Mars | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Eve Darrows delivers a poignant, gripping exploration of bullying; Sarah Henster’s latest is sure to please fans of Victoriana; and Jonathan Maberry takes a trip to Mars.

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Middle Grade: An Immigrant’s Story, Lucha Libre, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

A young Congolese refugee faces her first year in America; Xavier Garza throws down another installment in the “Lucha Libre Adventures”; and more.

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Picture Books: Fatherhood, Fears, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

A young girl describes the challenges and rewards of life with her sister and father; a young boy left at home alone faces his fears; and more.

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Thinking about 13 Reasons Why: Teens, Mental Health and Media

Please Note: This Post Will Contain Discussions of Triggering Topics and Spoilers for the Book/Show You are probably aware that 13 Reasons Why the book by Jay Asher has been made into a popular Netflix show. And you’ve probably seen a lot of discussion about this show. In fact, if you’re life looks anything like […]

Nonfiction: Yoga, Space, Sharks, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Yoga poses for those about to head off to bed, an exciting exploration of Apollo 13, and more.

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