December 10, 2016

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Exclusive Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Friends Jumbo Comics Digest’ #252

Why are Betty and Veronica putting up Halloween decorations in December? Learn the answers to these and many other important questions in Betty & Veronica Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #252, on sale in comic shops next Wednesday. In the meantime, you can satisfy your curiosity about the window stickers by reading our preview of Dan […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2016 Math Picture Books

God has a sense of humor. How else to explain the fact that for the past three or four years I have been a founding and contributing member of the Mathical Book Award committee?  Yep, each year I read a slew of math-related books for kids.  I do it because while I personally was not […]

Friday Finds: December 9, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How the 2016 Election is Effecting Teens, Week 3 (A tweet story by Mary Hinson) Criticism, Boycotts, Free Speech and Censorship – Oh My Favorite YA Books of 2016 Middle School Monday: A Crucial Strand of PD. Part Two. Screening The 13th: Questions to ask yourself #SJYALit #MHYALit: What […]

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

My date with Lisa Yee

Lisa Yee and I for more than a decade had a friendship that was entirely virtual, but we met briefly for real last year at the Eric Carle gala. Now she’s moved to vaguely in our neck of the woods, and the other day we went to the MFA for lunch. We mostly talked about […]

Underdogs?

We’ve often worried that we create a bit of an echo chamber effect here, picking a shortlist to focus on at the expense of many other wonderful titles.  Previously recognized authors along with highly praised books tend to dominate our shortlist, exacerbating the effect.  Sometimes, I wonder if we should do some radical like exclude […]

This Week’s Comics: Reggie and Giants

Fill some stockings with some this week’s new releases. BOOM! Studios releases trades of Lumberjanes with Volume 5 and Volume 1 of Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems. IDW Publishing wraps up Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od, while Oni Press finishes Mighty Zodiac. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT Awake Volume 2 Escape From Gremon […]

Places No One Knows

Places No One Knows, Brenna Yovanoff Delacorte Press, May 2016 Reviewed from an ARC Maybe here is a good time to say, I love Brenna Yovanoff. I love her writing, her dark and delicious fantasies. This fifth title is more along the lines of magical realism than straight out fantasy. The slow and sweet Waverly/Marshall […]

Under Construction: Top 20 Books of 2016

Beginning Monday, John Schumacher (you know, the Watch. Connect. Read. guy) and I will be counting down our Top 20 Books of 2016. The list is a kindergarten through 6th grade free-for-all, where picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade all rub elbows. 100 Scope Notes will have our blurbs for each book. Watch. Connect. Read. […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Nine – 2016 Picture Book Reprints

Sometimes I talk about how books with illustrators from countries other than America get a bum rap because there are so few awards that they can win.  And this isn’t untrue, but there are a couple lists that give them their due.  There’s the New York Times Best Illustrated list, and the Society of Illustrators […]

Libraries Ready to Code!

The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. After School Services Manager (Queens, New York) It’s really not just coding. It is a way of thinking and perceiving and problem-solving. Teacher Librarian (Norman, Oklahoma) When I’m coding… I really feel like I […]

Libraries Ready to Code!

The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. After School Services Manager (Queens, New York) It’s really not just coding. It is a way of thinking and perceiving and problem-solving. Teacher Librarian (Norman, Oklahoma) When I’m coding… I really feel like I […]

Exclusive: Judd Winick to Co-Write Garfield Graphic Novel for BOOM!

Big news from BOOM! Studios: Today they are announcing their second Garfield original graphic novel, Garfield: Unreality TV, which will be written by Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier, and Judd Winick and illustrated by Winick and Antonio Alfaro. Winick is the author of the Eisner-nominated Pedro and Me, which won many awards and was a YALSA […]

#MHYALit: What is Neurodiversity and How Did It Save My Life? a guest post by Olivia James

When I was 18, I stopped eating. There are approximately a million different reasons that I made that choice, and there is no way to sum them all up, but at the heart of all the poor coping skills that came to a head at 18 was the simple reality that my brain is different […]

Blog Tour: Gene Luen Yang on Coding

In addition to being an award-winning cartoonist, MacArthur Fellow, and the Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang is a former high school computer science teacher, and he brought that expertise in both coding and writing to his graphic novel series Secret Coders (ably illustrated by Mike Holmes). So of course he’s going to […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Eight – 2016 Calde-nots

A list based entirely on what a book is not?  And what precisely is a Calde-not?  Well, we’re getting into semantics and rules today, so buckle up.  First and foremost, I direct your attention to the illustrious Caldecott Award.  The most famous award given to the most distinguished examples of American illustration for children.  Note […]

Fanfare! 2016

The Horn Book Magazine’s choices for the best books of 2016. Sign up now to receive the fully annotated list in next week’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Picture Books Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown) Leave Me Alone! written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol (Roaring […]

Screening The 13th: Questions to ask yourself #SJYALit

I recently heard about how “video visits” were growing in popularity with prisons. As the details unfolded, my initial impression of interest (“Oh that’s nice – families could maybe see their incarcerated loved ones more often or from greater distances.”) turned to revulsion. The strategy is being used largely by local jails as a way to […]

When Green Becomes Tomatoes

I was pleasantly surprised to see WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES tied with WOLF HOLLOW atop our recent Top Five tally.  We liked Fogliano’s previous books, AND THEN IT’S SPRING and IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE, but being picture books, they were somewhat of a hard sell. This longer work, a poetry collection, should […]