May 28, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: The Long Term Effects of Trauma and the Kids We Traumatize

We are driving home and it is dark. Thing 2 is quiet in the backseat. I realize that she has probably fallen asleep, it’s late and the drive is a little over an hour, but there is a part of me that can’t help but wonder if she has died back there. Maybe the seat […]

This Week’s Comics: Brave Dancing

It’s science and music time on this week’s list of new comic book releases. Archie Comics releases a one shot where Archie tries to make his songwriting dreams come true with Archies #1. First Second Book has a new Science Comics graphic novel featuring those daring men and their Flying Machines, while IDW Publishing takes […]

Friday Finds: May 26, 2017

This Week at TLT Maker Mondays: How do you make those cool graphics for social media? Resources: #MHYALit – Teens and Addiction Brochure Book Review: Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager and Zoe More O’Ferrall Blog Tour: Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag Maker Spaces […]

“We are all winners.”

As promised, I am reminding you that Kwame Alexander and I will be announcing the winners of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards on Wednesday, May 31st at/around 4:45 PM EST and you can watch for free from the comfort of your office/home/tiki bar. Live from New York! I hope all the envelopes will be in […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: You Had Me at “Hellenic Mystery-Cult”

It’s that time again.  The adult world constantly infringes upon or draws from the rich roster of children’s books we have out there.  Here’s the latest crop of titles you might not have heard about otherwise:   Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller At first this looks pretty standard.  An adult novel about Laura […]

Review: ‘Flying Witch,’ Vol. 1

Flying Witch, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Chihiro Ishizuka Vertical Comics; $10.95 Teenage Makoto is a witch and, as the title of the manga she stars in indicates, she does indeed fly. On a broom, of course, in the traditional manner of witches. That is not what makes her stand out as an outsider in Hirosaki, the […]

Check123 Video Encyclopedia

Sometimes you just need a little video to act as a hook, to activate prior learning, to get kiddos up to speed, to engage. You search the usual video platforms and sift through lists of noisy results. Check123 Video Encyclopedia is a promising solution. The social video platform curates more than 20,000 from all over […]

Throwback Thursday: Playing Fact or Fiction with Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Travis: We had it all laid out. The first Season 1 of The Yarn was supposed to be eight episodes. I made four. Colby made four. We were all set. But as we were listening to the tape of Jennifer and Matthew Holm interviewing each other (for episode eight) an additional episode emerged – one […]

For your summer TBR: Backlist YA you don’t want to miss

The amount of books that appear here cause me a fair amount of anxiety. And that’s not me whining about getting so many great books sent to me to consider reviewing for TLT; that’s me saying that my anxiety disorder can turn anything into something to worry about, even something seemingly good like towering stacks […]

Books on Film: Getting to Know Maurice Sendak

So what was passionately close to my heart was a kid. And a kid doing something. And whatever that something was was what the book was going to be about. That’s Maurice Sendak (who as we now know is unquestionably better than Dr. Seuss) talking about the heart of what was to become his masterpiece: Where […]

Trickle Down Economics May Not Work, But Trickled Down Hate Surely Does

Today is the last day of school and two teenage girls are sitting in my living room waiting to go to Six Flags. We’re skipping school on the last day of what has arguably been the worst year of school in their lives. You see this year, their school has been plagued by incredibly high […]

Maker Spaces and Books: It’s Not Either Or, It’s Both And

The other day a fellow librarian asked me if I had read a book yet and when I responded no, she replied, “oh that’s right, you’re all about making now, you don’t really do books anymore.” It has taken me a couple of days to process this information and to form a real response. The […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2017

The school year is ending soon – a good time to take a look at the most popular books in our K-4 school library. Today – picture books. I did something with this list – I excluded all series books (there is one sequel on here, though). Why? Because if I didn’t, the thing would be […]

Review of the Day: The Ring Bearer by Floyd Cooper

The Ring Bearer By Floyd Cooper Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Books USA) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0399167409 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. Decent, hard-working, necessary picture books are, in many ways, the hardest books I review. Decency, should anyone ask, is not exciting. Deplorable books are exciting. Madcap horrendous books are exciting. Dirty, indecent, awful, […]

The Mystery in the Bookshop

A colleague from the New York office was over for drinks last Friday and she mentioned that she forgot to bring a book for the train back.  I gave her my copy of Elizabeth Peters’ Die for Love, a cozy about an academic librarian who finds love and murder at a romance-writers convention she attends […]

Blog Tour: Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag

  From the publisher: It is eight years after Colleen Cavanaugh’s home world was invaded by the Derichets, a tyrannical alien race bent on exploiting the planet’s mineral resources. Most of her family died in the war, and she now lives alone in the city. Aside from her acquaintances at the factory where she toils […]

Book Review: Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager and Zoe More O’Ferrall

Publisher’s description This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep […]

Review: ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Vol. 1

Dragon Ball Super, vol. 1 Writer: Akira Toriyama Artist: Toyotarou Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen The anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which ran for a whole decade on Japanese television, were based on artist Akira Toriyama’s epic 11-year, 519-chapter manga series, Dragon Ball. The newest Dragon Ball comics, which just […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: THE WORD COLLECTOR by Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds always manages to walk a delicate line with his books – make that a couple lines: weighty but not weighed down. Universal yet kid-centric. No easy feat. I was happy to share the cover for Peter’s upcoming book, The Word Collector, but first – I wanted to talk to him about it. […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: THE WORD COLLECTOR by Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds always manages to walk a delicate line with his books – make that a couple lines: weighty but not weighed down. Universal yet kid-centric. No easy feat. I was happy to share the cover for Peter’s upcoming book, The Word Collector, but first – I wanted to talk to him about it. […]