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Friday Finds – August 7, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Paper Towns, Miracles and Privilege An Introduction to the Sexual Violence in LGBTQIA+ Young Adult Literature Project Middle Grade Monday – Diary of a Mad Brownie (giveaway) Violence in LGBTIQ Fiction for Young Adults, a guest post by Rob Bittner Sex and Consent in LGBT Manga, a guest post […]

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | August 2015


The best selections this month include the can’t-miss follow-up to The Day the Crayons Quit, a picture book biography of the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, and Laura Amy Schlitz’s rich work of historical fiction, The Hired Girl.

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Predictions! 2015 NYT 10 Best Illustrated Books

I’m a big fan of the annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list from the New York Times. What is it? From the source: Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands […]

Notes on July 2015

In July… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II) — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) July 2, 2015 …I recapped the ALA Annual Conference. Part I | Part II | Part III …we witnessed the Newbery Title Frankenstein. Inspired by A Fuse #8 Production, I discovered the most common Newbery title words. …we […]

School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey


IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s 2015 Technology Survey.

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Friday Finds – July 31, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy, or why today I will choose to put on a bathing suit and make a memory with my daughters This is how I came to write a short story about my “first time” in the upcoming anthology The V Word edited by Amber Keyser […]

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections


“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.

Review: ‘Cyborg #1′

Cyborg #1 Written by David F. Walker Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado DC Comics; $3 Rated T for Teen So what we have here is your basic good news, bad news situation. The good news is that Cyborg, long-time Titan, more recent Justice Leaguer, and maybe DC’s most prominent and widely-recognized superhero of […]

Easy as ABC, 123 | Focus on


Books that introduce the basic lessons of a child’s experince—the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and more.

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The Top 10 Piles of Books at My House

Things have gotten out of hand. I’m sure you can relate. After looking at these pictures, you might ask yourself, “Why doesn’t he get some bookshelves?” I have some. They’re pretty big. But not as big as my problem. Here, then, are the Top 10 random piles of books that I found around my house […]

Friday Finds – July 24, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: This is what courage looks like Cover reveal: Original Fake written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson Middle Grade Monday – Online Museum Resources Book Review: Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler July #ARCParty The Faith of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a #FSYALit guest […]

Grants Available for Book Clubs Serving At-Risk Teens; 2015 Thriller Awards Announced | SLJTeen News


Up to 50 grants will be awarded to libraries working with at-risk teens to create a reading and discussion program called Great Stories Club. The winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards were revealed. These news tidbits and more in this week’s SLJTeen news roundup.

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015

For everyone out there who thinks that children’s literature is just a bunch of cute, harmless fluff, I disagree with you. Every year books arrive that seek to challenge young minds and the status quo. Like these books below. Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books […]

Friday Finds – July 17, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Today, I am Eeyore (a reflection on depression and anxiety in the life of tweens and teens) Middle Grade Monday – The Truth About Twinkie Pie Signal Boost: Rainbow Boxes and Connecting LGBTQIA Books to Readers MakerSpace: Quick and Easy Stop Motion Movies How Do You Measure Summer Reading […]

11 Books I’m Bringing to the Beach (And Why)

Next week I’m heading to the golden shores of Lake Michigan with my family. There’s a fine science to the books you bring on vacation. Here are the books we’re taking along. It’s a mixed bag of picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, and books for grown-ups. I decided to talk about my reasons for bringing […]

Friday Finds – July 10, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Problem with “Just Write It Yourself” Middle Grade Monday – Audiobooks and Travels What I Learned from the Cincinnati MakerSpace, part 2: Maker Mondays Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Thoughts on Our First Maker Mondays at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County Take it […]

New Graphic Novel series by Avatar/Korra creator Bryan Konietzo announced for 2017!

Fans of the popular Nickelodeon shows Avatar: the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have great news to rejoice about this week. The shows’ co-creator, Bryan Konietzo, and First Second books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing, announced a new graphic novel series Threadworlds with a release date for the first volume to be in […]

OITP Hacks the Culture of Learning in the Library | ALA Annual 2015

While the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is largely concerned with policy on the legislative level, an OITP-sponsored program at ALA’s 2015 annual conference, Hacking the Culture of Learning in the Library, focused on what libraries themselves need to know to function as outside-the-school-walls learning zones.

“Caldetatts”: Santat and 2015 Caldecott Committee Members Get Inked

2015 Caldecott committee member Angela Reynolds's custom tattoo of Beekle holding a jellybean.

Following the Youth Media Awards in January and the conclusion of the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, several librarians and fellow book-loving industry folk cemented their love of the winning and honored titles by getting Caldecott-themed body art.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | July 2015


The cream of the crop includes A.S. King’s cryptic yet mesmerizing I Crawl Through It, an illustrated look at the famed feud between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and a stunning picture book about the immigration experience.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.