September 22, 2017

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Picture Books: An African Orchestra, Young Magicians, and More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

A lyrical picture book explores Africa’s natural music; little Raybot gets a sibling; and three picture books deal uniquely with the marvels of magic in this month’s reviews.

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YA with Native Characters, Feminist Fantasy, and More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s roundup of web-exclusive reviews include new works from Tim Tingle, Melanie Florence, and Sarah Rees Brennan.

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Rain Fails To Deter Fans at the 2017 National Book Festival

A rainy Labor Day weekend in Washington, DC, didn’t seem to affect the turnout at the 17th annual National Book Festival, which drew booklovers of all ages as well as political statements from authors.

16 Novels with Tween-Appeal

New and forthcoming middle grade and YA titles—covering a range of genres—with high appeal for tweens and young teens.

The Top 10 Most Banned Books on Labor Day

You might think Labor Day is a nice national holiday. But it’s also a day marked by acts of attempted censorship. Just take a look at the books people have tried to have banned on this day: 10) Guys, guys – take it easy. 9) Don’t even think about it today. 8) It doesn’t work […]

Just released: Horizon Report K12 (and how we’re leading these changes!)

As school leaders, you’ll want to dig into the NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2017 K-12 Edition. The annual K12 Horizon Report regularly identifies and profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology likely to impact teaching and learning. This year, especially, you will find many opportunities for connections to our own mission and […]

Friday Finds: September 1, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How to Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey Recently in Book Mail Book Review: Boy Seeking Band by Steve Brezenoff Blog Tour Book Review: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez #MHYALit: Seven Responses for Those Left Behind, a guest post by author Kat Colmer Book Review: […]

Notes on August 2017

In August . . . . . . I posed a challenge. It was the third installment of Name That LEGO Book Cover! GOOD NIGHT, HUGO pic.twitter.com/oZzpN59dX7 — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) August 12, 2017 . . . Hugo Cabret continued to be my technology north star. He showed me how to use Instagram Face Filters. Thanks, Hugo. . […]

Meet Tamiko Brown, SLJ’s 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Tamiko Brown embraces innovation at the Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX.

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Teen Book Buzz – Fall 2017

Don’t miss your chance to discover the hottest new titles in this SLJ 2017 Teen Book Buzz webcast! From ghost stories to tales of unlikely friendships, travel and adventure to KGB spies, these hot off the press selections are chock full of teen appeal.
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Blast from the (Recent) Past: 13 Great Middle Grade and YA

Set between 1969 and 2010, these works of historical fiction take readers back to a time that seems at once modern and long ago

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser | SLJ Review

GLASER, Karina Yan. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. illus. by Karina Yan Glaser. 304p. HMH. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544876392.

Gr 3-5 –Glaser’s pitch-perfect debut novel set in Harlem introduces the endearing biracial Vanderbeeker family. Twins Isa and Jessie, along with siblings Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney (ranging from ages four-and-three-quarters to 12), plus a dog, a cat, a bunny, and their parents, all live together in a brownstone on 141st Street. Unfortunately, cantankerous landlord Mr. Biederman refuses to renew the lease. They […]

Predictions! 2017 NYT Best Illustrated Books

I was on a roll. Things were going just great. I correctly predicted a few books that appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book list in 2014 and again in 2015. And then 2016 came around. Last year I correctly picked . . . zero books. Zero! But did that knock me […]

Review: ‘Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat’ Vol. 1

Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat, Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Natsumi Hoshino Seven Seas Entertainment; $11.99 Long before the manga boom of yesteryear, when the shelf space devoted to translated manga in big-box book stores first began to dwarf that allotted to American comic book collections, it was fairly common to hear worldly comics aficionados […]

Friday Finds: August 25, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: At Least They’re Coming to the Library ISN’T Always the Right Idea TPiB: Superhero Lock-In by Michelle Biwer Things I Never Learned in Library School: That Time Someone Asked for Help Printing out Swastikas Book Review: Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson #SJYALit: Walk A Mile In Their […]

SLJ and Scholastic Announce the 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Tamiko Brown of Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX, has been named the 2017 School Librarian of the Year.

Get on the Bus! Jan Wilson, 2017 Hero of Collaboration

A school-bus turned bookmobile is one of many collaborative projects from this quick-witted innovator and 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist.

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Attuned to Equity: April Wathen, 2017 Hero of Equitable Access

April Wathen, 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, proves that “being a Title 1 school does not define who we are or what we are capable of doing.”

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“Liz the Librarian:” Liz Phipps Soeiro, 2017 Hero of Family Outreach

This “linchpin of the school community” and 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist prioritizes families, community, and social justice.

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Make, Write, Excel: Alisha Wilson, 2017 Maker Hero

2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist Alisha Wilson’s library “Spark Lab” has all the supplies kids need—including a writing lab for one-on-one help.

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