June 26, 2016

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Newbery/Caldecott 2017: Checking In

Every now and then I like to check out the latest Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads. Are they official guides to the books that are under discussion/might win? No. Just some lists voted on by interested readers. They are often pretty predictive, however. For instance, take a look at the top two books […]

Friday Finds: June 10, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflection: On Living in Limbo TPiB: The Books of Our Heart Button Middle School Monday: The Big 4 (part 1) by Julie Stivers What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May and June 2016 + Two Giveaways #MHYALit: The Truth I Forgot to Remember, a guest post by Sashi Kaufman Ky’s Mini […]

Review: ‘The Nameless City Vol. 1′

The Nameless City Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Faith Erin Hicks First Second; $14.99 One-time webcomics creator Faith Erin Hicks’ first published work was the 2007 graphic novel Zombies Calling, and over the course of the nine years since, she’s proved to be a particularly prolific creator, both writing and drawing her own work (original graphic novels […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May and June 2016 + Two Giveaways

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents). Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my […]

Middle School Monday: The Big 4 (part 1) by Julie Stivers

I love advocating for books that reflect the wonderful reality that is our diverse schools and then putting those books in the hands of all students.  You too?  Awesome. Sometimes, in our collections, books that feature diverse characters seem to often fall under four main categories that I call the BIG FOUR:  Historical Fiction, Biographies, […]

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | June 2016

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From a new and updated version of the Archie comics to David Shannon’s follow-up to Duck on a Bike to a “Scientists in the Field” book on great white sharks, this month’s starred selections are sure to appeal to readers of all stripes.

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Friday Finds: June 3, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Newsflash – Teenage Girls Have Periods, Let’s Not Make That Suck for Them Book Review: Drag Teen by Jeffery Self, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi Middle School Monday: Welcome, Julie! #MHYALit Book Review: Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss Video Games Weekly: E3 On Your Radar: FEMALE OF THE […]

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners Revealed

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The prestigious honors were announced, for the first time, via live video earlier today. Steve Sheinkin and Frances Hardinge are among the winners.

Gallery: The 2016 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winners

The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards were just announced – let’s have a look at the winners: Nonfiction Award Winner: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Nonfiction Honor Books: Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. […]

Archie Vol. 1. by Mark Waid | SLJ Review

Archie Vol. 1.

Waid, Mark. Archie Vol. 1. illus. by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, & Veronica Fish. 176p. Archie Comics. Mar. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781627388672. 

Gr 7 Up –Archie Andrews and the Riverdale teens have been reimagined by Eisner Award–winning writer Waid and “Saga” artist Staples with a fresh, 21st-century spin in time for the franchise’s 75th anniversary. While still keeping the boy-next-door charm and sweet sensibility of the original comics, this volume, which collects the first six […]

Review: ‘All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven’

All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Mahmud Asra and Adam Kubert Marvel Entertainment; $19.99 Rated T+ The title of the current flagship Avengers comic may be a mouthful, but it could probably do with one more word if it was going for total accuracy: “Almost.” That’s because almost every […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016

Let us dive into the stats one more time to see which fiction books were checked out the most this school year. What do you say, last piece of cake in the staff fridge? Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels 2016 Top 10 Circulated Picture Books 2016 10. Kylie Jean, Drama Queen by Marci Peschke […]

Top Themes and Hot Tickets at ALA and ISTE 2016

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Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.

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Top 10 Tips for ALA 2016

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Pack smart, get engaged, take charge of your PD. These and other tips will help you get the most out of this year’s ALA Annual Conference.

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10 ISTE 2016 Must-Dos

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Key events and suggestions for librarians attending the 2016 ISTE event in Denver, CO, from June 26–29.

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2016 Margaret A. Edwards winner David Levithan talks about his work and craft

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Edwards Award winner David Levithan talks about his work as an editor, activist, and author of 18 novels for young adults.

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Follett Launches New Maker Space Bundles for K–12 Libraries

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Designed to make starting a maker space quicker and easier, the pre-packaged supplies are specific to grade levels.

Notes on May 2016

In May… …I let you read my diary. My (Censored) Caldecott Diary (Part I of III) is ready for your perusal. …we considered the ramifications of lifting Caldecott/Newbery/etc. confidentiality rules. Nothing is decided yet, but ALSC is gathering thoughts and opinions on making the process not so secret. …Carter Higgins and I debuted a new […]

Wondercon 2016: The Importance of Licensed Comics in the Industry

Sunday mornings at Wondercon tend to be a crap-shoot. You never know what’s going to happen or even if the panel you are going for is going to happen. It started to feel that way when we walked into the room for “The Importance of Licensed Comics in the Industry” panel. I was interested in […]

Exclusive Preview: Jughead and Archie Comics Digest #21

Archie veterans Alex Simmons and Dan Parent are the creators of the lead story in Jughead and Archie Comics Digest #21, which is due out in comic shops this Wednesday. As always, the digest features a new story in the traditional style along with an assortment of classics. In this issue, Alex and Dan have […]