October 28, 2016

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Don’t Even Try to Tell Me This Isn’t a Perfect Book (#1): Bark, George

Some say there’s no such thing as a perfect book. Bah! Some books are perfect. In this series, we’ll name them. Don’t even try to tell me Bark, George isn’t a perfect book. Were you about to start? Stop. Bark, George is perfect. It’s . . . . . .  efficient. Bark, George has a simple […]

Press Release Fun: The 2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

This one’s for the school and public librarians.  Don’t let the title of this post fool you.  For all that this sounds like an award for authors  and illustrators, it’s actually a grant so that you can get some into your library.  On site.  In person.  Here’s the text, and it’s fantastic.  Maybe one of […]

#31 Grace Kendall (S2 E2)

  Colby: We’re excited to bring you Episode 2 of Season 2. In today’s episode we attempt to tell the story of Gertie’s Leap to Greatness editor Grace Kendall.   If you missed Episode 1, subscribe below and you can catch up on all of our episodes. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

#4 Phil Falco (S1 E4)

Colby: Back in Season 1 of The Yarn we had an opportunity to art director Phil Falco. We learned a lot from Phil. If you didn’t get a chance to listen last year when we released our episode with Phil, we hope you’ll give it a listen today. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn on […]

Endangered Series #10: Little Bill

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

Friday Finds: October 14, 2016

This Week at TLT Middle School Monday: Let’s Crossover Some More #SVYALit Book Review: Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel #MHYALit: Psychological Thrillers and Mental Health #MHYALit: You’re Not Alone, a guest post by author Pintip Dunn #SVYALit: No, It’s Not Normal Locker Room Talk and Yes It’s Important That We Say That […]

A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 by Matthew Olshan | SLJ Review


OLSHAN, Matthew. A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 40p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374329549.

K-Gr 3 –One remarkable milestone on the path to flight was the first manned balloon trip, which occurred in 1783. Up to that point, no one had accomplished a trip between countries, so Dr. John Jeffries (English) and Jean-Pierre Blanchard (French) decided to be the […]

Review: ‘Betty Boop #1′

Betty Boop #1 Writer: Roger Langridge Artist: Gisele Lagace Dynamite Entertainment; $3.99 Rated T+ Betty Boop is perhaps unusual among cartoon characters for being one of the few that everybody knows, but relatively few have actually seen seen in her native medium of 1930s cartoon shorts. Her name, striking image and maybe even her voice […]

Friday Finds: October 7, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: TRIGGER WARNING – This Post is About Suicide and Why We Shouldn’t Joke About It Middle School Monday: Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick (Book Review) ICYMI: Teens as Caregivers in SLJ for #MHYALit Book Review: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore #MHYALit: Speak Up! A guest […]

2016 Election Resources

While teaching my course Exploring Nonfiction in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom this summer, I created this padlet page of resources on the 2016 Election. If you are a classroom teacher or school librarian trying to wrap your head around how to teach about this election, I hope these varied resources are useful to […]

ANNOUNCED: The 2016 National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature

Here they are. The winner will be announced on November 16th. Click here to read the announcement at The New Yorker.

Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Recap: The National Book Award Finalists

Here are the five finalists for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, with the corresponding SLJ reviews. Winners of the 67th annual NBAs will be revealed November 16.

2016 GGNT: Manga Spotlight

Trying to decide what books to add to a collection can be tough for librarians, especially if they are short on space and/or money. Fortunately, groups such as YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, put together lists of recommendations that libraries—and really, anybody—can use. One such list is Great Graphic Novels for Teens, a […]

Review: ‘Teen Titans: Rebirth #1′

Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Jonboy Meyers DC Comics; $2.99 Rated T for Teen The Teen Titans have proven a particularly difficult property for DC Comics to figure out what to do with over the course of the last five years. Despite the fact that the publisher’s various teenaged superheroes are among […]

Carla Hayden Headlines the 2016 National Book Festival


The megastar of this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC, wasn’t Stephen King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or Salman Rushdie. It was Carla Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress.

#30 Kate Beasley and Jennifer Holm (S2 E1)

Travis: Our initial idea for The Yarn: One Book, All Angles. In Season 1, we focused on the graphic novel Sunny Side Up: Season 2 of The Yarn kicks off today. This time around, we’re following Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by debut author Kate Beasley.   In this episode you’ll hear from Kate, but also […]

Friday Finds: September 30, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Where’d you go, VOYA? Middle School Monday: T-Shirt Representation Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized Book Review: Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public […]

#3 David Levithan (S1 E3)

Travis: Taking another walk down memory lane today as we post all our past episodes here at The Yarn blog. In this episode we talk to Sunny Side Up editor, successful YA author, and recent School Library Journal cover subject David Levithan. We hope you enjoy the episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn on […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2016

Here’s how these previews work: I look at all the books. I pick 10 that jump out to me. I share them with you. Here we go – this batch will all arrive in September, October, and November. Picture Books A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet October 3, 2016 | Eerdmans […]

Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | October 2016


A touching novel about two Dominican families’ dealing with tragedy on 9/11; a Quantum Leap–type romp for middle graders. These and more in this month’s crop of online-only reviews.

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