November 21, 2017

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Publisher’s description The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.    Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move […]

Book Review: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of School Library Journal.      Here We Are Now […]

The Winners of Our 2018 Mock Caldecott Are . . .

The 2018 Mock Caldecott unit is all wrapped up at my K-4 elementary school. Click here to see our process and books.
Here are the books that came out on top.
2018 Mock Caldecott Honor:

2018 Mock Caldecott Honor:

2018 Mock Caldecott Medal:

Cover Reveal: Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Now it’s no secret that I’m keen on one of this year’s Caldecott contenders, The Antlered Ship. As it turns out, this was just the prelude. Illustrated by The Fan Brothers, the two have shown a distinct liking for naval adventures. The proof?  Today, ladies and gentlemen, we present the cover reveal for their upcoming […]

Cover Reveal: Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Now it’s no secret that I’m keen on one of this year’s Caldecott contenders, The Antlered Ship. As it turns out, this was just the prelude. Illustrated by The Fan Brothers, the two have shown a distinct liking for naval adventures. The proof?  Today, ladies and gentlemen, we present the cover reveal for their upcoming […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #32

One of the great things about Scooby-Doo Team-Up is that the series is an opportunity to bring back some cool lesser known characters of the past. In Scooby-Doo Team-Up #32, the Mystery, Inc., team meets up with Atom Ant, who had his own Hanna-Barbera cartoon back in the 1960s. Here’s the blurb: Atom Ant knows […]

MakerSpace: Mixed Media Collage and Recycling Books

For a variety of reasons, libraries are just as much in the business of getting rid of books as they are purchasing them. One, having shelf space for the new means we have to get rid of the old. Many books become outdated, inaccurate, overly worn, and no longer popular. So yes, we discard books. […]

NCTE Children’s Book Awards

On Saturday, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) hosted its Children’s Book Award Luncheon, at which Mary Ann and Erika, as committee chairs, announced the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (K-8) and the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction (K-8). Last week, SLJ’s “Curriculum Connections” newsletter published “The NCTE Book Awards: Opportunities for Collaboration,” […]

Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Nonfiction Reading List

2017 has seen a lot of challenges for women, whether it be in regards to legislation that harms them or the necessary but difficult discussion happening in the last few weeks regarding the prevalence of sexual assault in the lives of women. As a public librarian and the mother to teen girls, and as a […]

Review: ‘The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Writers: Guido Martin and Romano Scarpa Artists: Romano Scarpa, Luciano Gatto and Rodolfo Cimino Fantagraphics; $19.99 Walt Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ended with the revived Snow White and her prince heading off to their castle in the clouds, while the words “and […]

The Pearl Thief

I’ve been avoiding this review like the plague. I scrubbed my bathtub this afternoon in an attempt to not write this post, in fact, and I don’t know what my hang up is, really, except that this is not Code Name Verity but it is about Julie and so I have many feelings that have […]

An Incomplete List of Approved and Unapproved Ways to Carry a Book

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

She’s no household name, though Verna Aardema has been behind some of the most memorable books in the field of children’s literature. And yet, we could easily have a lot of debate about authenticity and appropriation as it relates to her books. Her best known to this day, I would argue, would have to be […]

The Glorious Ineligibles

Being on the Newbery Committee means devoting almost all your reading time (and time to do other things in the past) to the year’s output of American Children’s Books. I know that my husband definitely felt the impact of being a Newbery Committee Spouse. Evenings that were family times — watching TV together or playing […]

AASL National Standards: A few essentials to get started!

As a member of the AASL National Standards Implementation Taskforce, I was honored to take part in the rollout in Phoenix. Whether you were in Phoenix or were #NOTATAASL, you will need to get your arms around the Standards and share them with your colleagues or stakeholders, I’d like to highlight a few of my personal […]

Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Double Digest’ #258

It’s holiday time in Riverdale, and in this week’s preview of Betty & Veronica Double Digest #258, the Archie gang gets a visit from Noelle Claus, the daughter of the Big Guy himself! We’ve got a preview of that for you this morning, followed by a slice of a classic story illustrated by Dan DeCarlo. […]

Preview: Looney Tunes #240

Let’s kick off the weekend with a few old-timey yuks from Looney Tunes #240. Do kids these days still watch gangster movies? Even if they don’t, the tropes are probably familiar from cartoons. Here’s the birds-eye lowdown on this caper: Fresh off their latest caper, Rocky and Mugsy hole up in their secret hideout…when the […]

Friday Finds: November 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Diwali Exploration by Michelle Biwer Book Review: Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer Book Review: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings Book Review: Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza Doing a YA Diversity Audit: Answering some follow up questions, including “What about the […]

Hi, MAME!

It’s an honor to present some of my favorite books of 2017 at the Michigan Association of Media in Education (MAME) annual conference today.
Click here for the book list.
Click here for the slide show.

This Week’s Comics: Red’s Raven

There is so much to give thanks for on this week’s list of new releases! Action Lab Entertainment releases the second volume of Hero Cats’ lone crusader, Midnight Over Stellar City. Boom! Studios finishes its giant robot series Mech Cadet Yu with issue #4, while Joe Book celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first Disney […]