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James Patterson Gives Last of $1M Pledge to Indie Bookstores

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“We want going to the bookstore to be an event itself,” says Francine Lucidon, owner of The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, NY, and one of the 178 recipients of James Patterson’s $1M grant awarded to independent bookstores across the country.

Pottermore Fansite Releases 12 Days of Harry Potter Surprises

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To ring in the holidays, the Harry Potter website, pottermore.com, has been revealing surprises everyday, starting on December 12, including new writing by J.K. Rowling.

12 Blogs of 2014: DiversifYA

12 Blogs of 2014: DiversifYA

Choosing just three blogs to feature for our 12 Blogs of 2014 was hard. I may have sent Karen, Robin, and Heather about 15 emails constantly changing which blogs I was calling dibs on. I hope you’re adding all of the blogs we’re featuring to whatever blog reader you use and following the blogs and […]

The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone. But there’s still time to find the perfect gift for your loved ones or friends. Our bloggers have suggestions so that you can pass on the gift of (comics!) reading. Scott Through the Woods by Emily Carroll For slightly older readers […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

And thus, we end. Though, with such a late ALA Media Awards announcement this year (Monday, February 2nd!) my predictions are coming a bit early in the game.  Still, it’s not as though I’ll be seeing much that’s new between now and 2/2.  I have watched with great interest the discussions on Heavy Medal and […]

Friday Finds – December 12, 2014

Friday Finds – December 12, 2014

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Sanctuary of Stories Why Norman, OK Matters – a look at what happens when students come forward with rape allegations Middle Grade Monday: Cruelty and Community, J.A. White’s Thickety: A Path Begins 12 Blogs of 2014: R. David Lankes Amanda’s Top 14 of 2014 12 Blogs of 2014: […]

12 Blogs of TLT: Terrible Trivium

12 Blogs of TLT: Terrible Trivium

If you haven’t noticed my intellectual crush on Anne Ursu by now, you haven’t been paying attention. Terrible Trivium is Anne Ursu’s Tumblr account and it is a resource for an amazing amount of thoughtful critique on issues that are close to my heart, including literature for children of all ages, book publishing, and many […]

FCC Approves Another $1.5B for E-Rate Funding

The Federal Communications Commission voted December 11 to bump up funding for WiFi in schools and libraries by another $1.5 billion, increasing the budget to $3.9 billion a year.

12 Blogs (or not) of 2014: Two Bossy Dames

12 Blogs (or not) of 2014: Two Bossy Dames

Every so often, something so wonderful, so amazing, comes along that we have to include it in a 12 Blogs post, even though it’s not technically a blog. In this case it started on Tumblr (technically a blog platform) and then morphed into a newsletter with an accompanying Twitter account. The brainchild of Margaret Willison […]

Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson to Speak at BookCon 2015

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A year after heavy criticism for only featuring white authors on panels, BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books for two gatherings with authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Alexie and Woodson.

Under Construction…Top 20 Books of 2014

Under Construction…Top 20 Books of 2014

After a yearlong hiatus for John Schumacher and I (John was on the Newbery Committee, I was on Caldecott), we will again be sharing our Top 20 Books of the year. The countdown from #20 to #1 begins on Tuesday. Catch you later – I need to finish this logo.

Old Friends and New at Random House | Spring 2015 Preview

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At the Spring 2015 Random House Preview, rich and unusual stories were abound: a man without a leg who bicycles across Ghana; Leontyne Price, one of the first African-Americans to perform at the Metropolitan Opera; and a dessert’s journey across time and four families.

12 Blogs of 2014: Whatever

12 Blogs of 2014: Whatever

Most of the blog posts I read are linked to from Twitter. In fact, most of what I read from the Internet is linked to from one of the Twitter accounts I follow. I started following John Scalzi’s Twitter feed a few years ago when I noticed how often he was interacting with…say it with […]

SLJ’s Top 10 Cool Tools 2014

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SLJ “Cool Tools” columnist Richard Byrne taps the best productivity apps and websites of the year.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Review: Sonic Universe Volume 1: The Shadow Saga

Review: Sonic Universe Volume 1: The Shadow Saga

Shadow the Hedgehog, the dark and grim Ultimate Life form, embarks on his first mission for the Guardian Units of the Nation! He will travel across time and space, fighting deadly killer robots and facing down beings of godlike power! At his side will be the brilliant and alluring Rouge the Bat and the walking […]

7 Picture Books I Loved (But Didn’t Review) in 2014

Anyone who writes book reviews will tell you that every once in a while you feel like you just nailed it. You do the book justice, you provide insightful critique – it’s all working. Other times, however, you spend so much time trying to nail it that your time runs out. Since I slavishly adhere […]

Award-Winning Works Arrive | Multimedia Reviews, December 2014

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The debate about cell phone radiation and the startling increase in teen drug overdoses are scrutinized in this month’s DVD section. In addition, the landmark Emmy Award–winning series Years of Living Dangerously takes viewers around the world exploring climate change. Author Neil Gaiman provides one of the voices in the audiobook version of his acclaimed and ghostly novel The Graveyard Book, and Jacqueline Woodson narrates her award-winning free verse memoir Brown Girl Dreaming.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

12 Blogs of 2014: A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy

12 Blogs of 2014: A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy

As Karen, Robin, Amanda, and I were deciding which blogs each of us was going to highlight this year, I looked back over the list from years past and realized that we’d not yet talked about Liz Burns’ broadly useful, always thoughtful A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy. Maybe it’s because we figured […]

SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists

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Awards season is well underway in the children’s and YA lit world, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) made its contribution last week when it revealed the shortlists for its nonfiction and debut YA awards. SLJ has compiled the full reviews and resources for each of the finalists.

Amanda’s Top 14 of 2014

One of the best/worst things about the end of the year are the many “best books” lists that appear. This is one of the best things because my TBR list grows in leaps and bounds. This is one of the worst things because my TBR list grows in leaps and bounds. It’s always fun to […]