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Maker Workshop: Winter 2016


Back by popular demand—with all new content—is the third installment of SLJ’s Maker Workshop. In this 4-week online course, you’ll dig into up-to-the-minute topics and tools alongside innovative experts spanning school, public, and academic settings and authorities from beyond the library world. Course sessions will explore multiple technologies, digital making, STEAM, web literacy, and so much more.

Guest speakers appear each week, live via web video, in interactive sessions with q&a. You’ll work in small groups with […]

Why “The Hired Girl” Won the 2016 O’Dell Award


The win strikes a chord of redemption for supporters of the controversial book following a wide-ranging discussion over the main character’s prejudiced outlooks.

Review: ‘The Adventures of Supergirl #1′

The Adventures of Supergirl #1 Writer: Sterling Gates Artist: Bengal DC, $0.99 (digital) Rated 12+ DC has had something of a Supergirl problem for a while now. Not with the new TV show of that title airing on CBS, or, at least, not exactly. Everyone seems to love the show itself, which has proven to […]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Checked Out Books of the 2015-16 School Year

(Thanks to Shelftalker for inspiring the title of this post) While the year year is new, the school year is not. We’ve been up and running since September. Time to check in on the most checked out books in our school library so far in the 2015-16 campaign. 10. Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie’s Funhouse Double Digest #18′

We’re starting the week off with some good clean fun: An exclusive preview of Archie’s Funhouse Double Digest #18. This one kicks off with an original story by Bill Golliher and Fernando Ruiz: Poor Pop Tate is at wits’ end and could use a break—thankfully Archie & the gang have volunteered to run the Chocklit […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up #14′

DC Comics continues pairing up its classic characters with the Mystery Inc. gang in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #14, with Aquaman as this month’s special guest. Here’s the blurb: The surface world is threatened by an ancient menace from beneath the sea! This looks like a job for Scuba-Doo! Aquaman, Scooby and the gang will have to […]

Friday Finds – January 22, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Worst Week Ever Anxiety, Me and Fangirl, a guest post by Danielle Masterson Middle School Monday – The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary The Story is Enough: Writing the Books I Needed to Read, a guest post by Jackie Lea Sommers January #ARCParty – A Look at January, […]

2016 BoB Contenders (redirect)

1493 for Young People: From Columbus’s Voyage to Globalization by Charles C. Mann | SLJ Review

1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann

Mann, Charles C. 1493 for Young People: From Columbus’s Voyage to Globalization. adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 416p. chron. glossary. index. maps. photos. reprods. Seven Stories. Jan. 2016. Tr $40. ISBN 9781609806309; pap. $18.95. ISBN 9781609806637.

Gr 7-10 –Stefoff abridges and simplifies Mann’s adult title 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Knopf, 2011), objectively describing how European exploration and the resulting Columbian Exchange of plants, animals, and diseases rapidly made the world “global” in outlook and […]

Video Games Weekly: Just Dance 2016

I’m guessing most of you are familiar with the Just Dance series. The series released its first game Just Dance in 2009, and like Now That’s What I Call Music!, there is a new Just Dance game released every year. Just Dance 2016 is different from its predecessors, and I don’t mean it only has […]

Primed for a Fight: SLJ’s 2016 Battle of the Kids’ Books Contenders Revealed


SLJ’s March Madness–like tournament will soon be upon us—the eighth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) officially begins on March 7. Take a look at the 16 books vying for the title.

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio | SLJ Review

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio

del Rio, Tania. Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye. illus. by Will Staehle. 224p. Quirk. 2015. Tr $13.95. ISBN 9781594748035.

Gr 3-6 –Warren the 13th would proudly welcome guests to his ancestral hotel, but his mentally absent Uncle Rupert and avaricious Aunt Annaconda have let the hotel molder. Twelve-year-old Warren cheers the arrival of a lone guest and the revelation that within the hotel lies a legendary treasure, the All-Seeing Eye. As Annaconda is revealed […]

The 2016 Contenders!

  THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER by Phillip Hoose CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman DROWNED CITY by Don Brown ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz I CRAWL THROUGH IT by A. S. King THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick […]

January #ARCParty – A Look at January, February and March 2016 YA Lit Releases

January #ARCParty Here’s The Teen, The Bestie, and new TAB member Cat taking a look at some of the most recent ARCs that we have received here at TLT Headquarters (aka, Casa Jensen). In case you are new to TLT, here’s what we do: The teens go through each book and look at the cover […]

2017 Newbery Reading List

The 2016 winners have been announced.  Hope you had time to catch your breath.  Let’s start reading again! FREEDOM ON CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford . . . Fresh on the heels of the first Newbery Medal picture book, I offer you this one to consider.  It’s got three starred reviews so far, and […]

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez | SLJ DVD Review

14 Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez DVD

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez. 67 minutes. w/English & Spanish subtitles. Dist. by Graham Street Productions. 2014. $125. UPC 857670005114.

Gr 8 Up –From the minute this documentary begins until the end, viewers are confronted with the question of who has the right to be an American citizen. The film opens and closes with Vanessa Lopez describing her hopes and dreams. Viewers meet three generations of the Lopez family and see them challenge the […]

2016 Book Awards Roundup: APALA, Amelia Bloomer Project, and Other Non-YMA Awards


SLJ curates a list of non-Youth Media Awards that were recently announced in the children’s and young adult literature world, including the National Jewish Award, South Asia Book Award, Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature, and more.

Friday Finds – January 15, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: If You Build It, Will They Come? The story of a MakerSpace miracle. #MHYALit: Picking at Problems, a look at self harm by author Robison Wells Middle School Monday – American Ace by Marilyn Nelson #MHYALit: Where Are the Books on Addiction for Your Mental Health Book List? by […]

ALA Midwinter 2016 Photo Gallery

Newbery Committee Chair Ernie Cox (left) with SLJ Reviews Editor Kiera Parrott.

Snapshots from the festivities during this year’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

What To Read Next: 2017 Award Edition

The season is done, the award has been given, we’ve all gasped and mourned (only two honors!) and celebrated, and finally it’s time to look forward to the 2017 YMAs. A final thank you to the RealCommittee, whose hard work has given us three excellent choices to talk about and discuss for years to come. […]