December 6, 2016

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The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016

What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2016 Great Board Books

We kick off our 31 Days, 31 Lists at the lowest age level imaginable.  Finding quality board books for babies and toddlers is a challenge.  It’s not enough to simply have thick pages.  You need to be able to engage the interest and attention of someone who is still developing their visual and auditory processing […]

NCTE ’16 | The Faces of Advocacy

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Southern hospitality and sunny skies reigned in Atlanta as the city welcomed more than 7000 conference goers to the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference November 17–20.

Notes on November 2016

In November . . . . . . the children’s literature community reacted to the 2016 presidential election. A whole lot of feelings. . . . our children’s lit election was a success. Duck vs. Squid – kids decided. . . . we found a man . . . in a yellow hat? Nothing to see […]

Teaching Teens Media Literacy 101

Media Literacy 101 TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Decoded: he would prefer it if only rich people could vote  https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/803286999692115969 … Mon, Nov 28 2016 20:46:05 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 A tweet string on media literacy. 1) always review the source. Who? What? Why? Where? How? 2) examine media bias 3) examine personal bias Mon, Nov 28 2016 20:50:05 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 4) […]

The Classroom Bookshelf 2016-11-28 16:01:52

The Night Gardener Written and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-3978-7 2017 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book Book Review Grimloch Lane lives up to its name. The houses that line it are unkempt and the people who […]

TOP 10 Audiobooks | 2016

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These 10 titles represent excellent storytelling with exceptional narration and production values.

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Friday Finds: November 25, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Being Appreciated and Making a Difference Middle School Monday: Reading Incentive Programs Limit More Than Choice Book Review: Gap Life by John Coy Things I Never Learned in Library School: On Being a Teen Librarian 2 Weeks After the Election of Donald Trump Uppercase Unboxing II: the Unboxenating […]

Friday Finds: November 25, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Being Appreciated and Making a Difference Middle School Monday: Reading Incentive Programs Limit More Than Choice Book Review: Gap Life by John Coy Things I Never Learned in Library School: On Being a Teen Librarian 2 Weeks After the Election of Donald Trump Uppercase Unboxing II: the Unboxenating […]

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden | SLJ Review

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BOLDEN, Tonya. Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. 128p. bibliog. glossary. index. notes. photos. Abrams. Jan. 2017. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781419714559.

Gr 5-8 –The lives of 16 fascinating and innovative black men and women are given due recognition in this masterly work. Bolden makes use of a variety of features to convey information in an accessible yet deeply enlightening manner. For instance, sidebars titled “In His/Her Time” provide historical context without burdening the main text with lengthy […]

Review: ‘Super Powers #1′

Super Powers #1 Writers: Art Baltazar and Franco Artist: Baltazar DC Comics; $2.99 Rated E For Everyone The Tiny Titans creative team of writer/artist Art Baltazar and co-writer Franco have reteamed for another all-ages miniseries featuring DC’s superheroes, this one entitled Super Powers and featuring the Justice League characters. The art style and the specific […]

2017 Picture Books I’m Really Looking Forward To

Ending on a preposition and regretting nothing. Here are the 2017 books I’ve seen that I’ve found positively delightful.  These are all completely and utterly worthy.  Put them on your To Be Read list today: Baby’s First Words by Christiane Engel I like a good book for the little littles where the fact that a […]

Top 10 Graphic Novels | 2016

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The “Good Comics for Kids” bloggers present their picks for the best graphic novels published in 2016.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2016

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Nineteen excellent adult books perfect for teen readers, selected by the Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers.

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YA Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A handful of novels in a variety of genres and with an intriguing array of settings for voracious YA readers.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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Ten picture book selections illustrated in a variety of styles and formats to read-aloud, sing, or share one-on-one.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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These 10 lively and engaging informational books include appealing designs and feature lots of animals, some LEGOs, and a few laughs along the way.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A manga selection about volleyball, perseverance, and sportsmanship.

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2017 Heavy Medal Shortlist!

We have settled on the shortlist for our mock Newberys (and we will release specific details and dates and times once we have arranged them).  We typically chose 8 titles, but have occasionally stretched to 9 titles (as we have done this year).  When we do 9 titles then length is always a consideration, and it makes it […]

The Brown Bookshelf’s Open Declaration Garners 691 Signatures

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The declaration expresses commitment to standing with and for children “in the face of attempts to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and to dismiss violence against marginalized people.”