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Friday Finds: August 19, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Summer without Makeup Middle School Monday: Sacrificial Lambs, Horses, Kings, Babies and Middle School Students, author guest post with Kelly Barnhill Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students The Secret Sea Blog Tour – Interview with Barry Lyga This is What Happened When We Held […]

SLJTeen Live! 2016 Keynotes: Maggie Stiefvater’s Hijinks and Meg Medina’s Librarian “Duende”


SLJ’s fifth annual virtual conference on all things teen and YA had a record 4,000-plus registered attendees, and featured author panels, PD sessions, and a charismatic pair of keynote speakers.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Panels on College Readiness; Snapchat; Instagram 101


Though teenagers’ needs may be more complex than ever, there are also plenty of tools available to make reaching those patrons easier, according to several panelists who spoke at SLJTeen Live.

Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

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SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

#26 Kate DiCamillo – Raymie Nightingale Unraveled (Pt. 1)

Travis: In June we interviewed Kate DiCamillo in front of a live audience at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. We talked to Kate about a lot of different things, so it made sense to break the episode into two parts. Today is the first part – look for part two on Wednesday. Click […]

Friday Finds: August 12, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Let’s Talk About How We Talk About Mental Health App Review: Prisma Middle School Monday: Not Really Book Reviews by Julie Stivers Book Review: LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Alex Jackson Nelson Things I Never Learned in Library School: Wrestling with Pronouns […]

Notes on July 2016

A bit late here on the monthly greatest hits recap – I hope you don’t mind. In July . . . I went to Nerd Camp. And I have the photos to prove it. Day 1 | Day 2 we dug into the mysteries of Cardboard Schu. It gets stranger and stranger. I talked about […]

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz | SLJ Review

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Gratz, Alan. Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II. 320p. ebook available. Scholastic. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545880169. POP 

Gr 7 Up –Michael O’Shaunessey may be the son of the Irish ambassador to Germany, but in 1943, with his flawless German and easy intelligence, he represents the perfect Hitler Youth, ambitiously climbing the organization’s ranks. Michael is living a lie; he despises the Nazis and all they represent. He enlisted in the Hitler Youth […]

Friday Finds: August 4, 2016

This Week at TLT #ARCParty: End of Summer 2016 Bash – New #YALit Releases Middle School Monday: It’s Still Summer by Julie Stivers Book Review: The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens #MHYALit: Please Let’s Stop Telling People with Mental Health Issues to Just X, Y or Z Video Games Weekly: Terraria WiiU TPiB: Sharpie […]

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | August 2016


Yuyi Morales’s stunning follow-up to Niño Wrestles the World; a darkly humorous, gut-wrenching YA read from Aaron Starmer; Calpurnia Tate in chapter book format.

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Death Becomes Children’s Lit: More 2016 Books on Loss

Waaay back in January, The Trend Whisperer spotted an uptick in children’s books about death and bereavement. Boy was she right. She mentioned these books in her piece: The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Christian Robinson (this is a re-illustrated version of a story originally illustrated by Remy Charlip and published in 1965) Always Remember by Cece […]

Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid-Year Summary)

Thusly is the deal.  Since taking a job in Evanston, I’m not the big time reader I used to be.  I just don’t devour the books as quickly as I once did, nor do I have access to a committee that would discuss a wide range of children’s literature.  As such, I’ve decided that the […]

Starred reviews, September/October ’16 Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Rescue Squad No. 9; written and illustrated by Mike Austin (Random) Du Iz Tak?; written and illustrated by Carson Ellis (Candlewick) Owl Sees Owl; by Laura Godwin; illus. by Rob Dunlavey (Schwartz & Wade/Random) Penguin Problems; by Jory John; […]

#ARCParty: End of Summer 2016 Bash – New #YALit Releases

Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Thu, Jul 21 2016 20:10:59 Edit #ARCParty for September 2016 #YALit Releases They decided they wanted to do September as well. With duck face apparently. #ARCParty TeenLibrarianToolbox · Mon, Jul 11 2016 19:46:48 Genetic engineering leaves “The Ones” with advantages, until the script is flipped TeenLibrarianToolbox · Mon, Jul 11 2016 19:48:16 […]

Friday Finds: July 29, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: It Starts in Local Communities – And it Starts with You! MakerSpace: Making Fingerprint Pokemon Go Buttons Middle School Monday: Summer.  Yes, Summer. By Julie Stivers Book Review: A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody #ARCParty: July 2016 New #YALit Releases Book Discussion: Autism in AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu […]

Comic-Con International Lures YA Comics Creators | SDCC 2016


The editor of the “Good Comics 4 Kids” blog gives a rundown of teen-friendly highlights and announcements from the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.

#ARCParty: July 2016 New #YALit Releases

 Here’s a look at some new #YALit releases coming out in June, July and August of 2016. Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Thu, Jul 21 2016 20:13:46 Edit #ARCParty for July 2016 #YALit Releases We are getting to go through July #yalit ARCs #arcparty TeenLibrarianToolbox · Mon, Jul 11 2016 19:24:31 “There is nothing innocent about Shadow […]

Review: ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF’

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF Writers: Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder Artist: Natacha Bustos Marvel; $17.99 Rated T for Teen Meet Lunella LaFayette, a super-genius nine-year-old fourth grader and amateur inventor who lives with her parents on Yancy Street in New York City…and only reluctantly attends a public school that can’t teach […]

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | August 2016


Getting up close and personal with gorillas, Leonardo da Vinci, and sharks.

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