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May 30, 2015

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#winning!

I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don’t-ask-don’t-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, their choices for the top prizes illustrate three great things about this particular […]

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Friday Finds – May 29, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How We Talk About the Victims of Sexual Abuse Matters Middle Grade Monday – Memorial Day Take 5 Book Review: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg Book Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton Career Conversations – What I learned when my teens wanted to host a program […]

Hinduism in YA Lit: A #FSYALit Guest Post by Shveta Thakrar

As part of the Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit (#FSYALit) Discussion, we are honored today to feature guest blogger and YA author Shveta Thakrar to discuss Hinduism in YA Literature. One thing that frustrates me is seeing the word religious come to be equated with “Christian.” Not only is this inaccurate, but it also erases […]

This Week’s Comics: Kid’s Universe

Kick off the start of the summer season with some of this week’s new releases. BOOM! Studios has a new Bravest Warriors one-shot, Tales from the Holo John. Yes, it is what you think it is. DC Comics has the second volume of Batman Adventures, collecting 10 issues from the Batman The Animated Series inspired […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015

Previously: Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015 Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore… 10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel Usually books that come out during […]

Take 10: A Geek Pride Day Book List

Did you know that May 25th was Geek Pride Day? Me neither. Geek Pride Day is a cultural holiday created to celebrate and promote all things geek, nerd, and science fiction. “The date was chosen as to commemorate the 1977 release of Star Wars,but shares the same date as two other similar fan ‘holidays’: Towel Day, for fans of The […]

Be a Changemaker Workshops

Sometime last year I got a call from Kirsten Cappy at Curious City asking if I wanted to help her write a series of workshops supporting a book called Be a Changemaker by Laurie Ann Thompson. If you aren’t familiar with Curious City, it’s a site where you can find a variety of book based […]

Cover Reveal: Oh No Astro! By Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard

I’ve been following the work of Matt Roeser since 2010 when he was posting book cover redesigns on his tumblr. Since then he’s gotten a gig at Candlewick Press and will make his authorial debut with the picture book Oh No Astro! illustrated by Brad Woodard, which arrives in spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Mr. Roeser […]

Day of Dialog 2015: Putting the Chaotic Past Into Some Kind of Order

Book Expo’s a funny beastie. For years it existed for the booksellers of America.  Librarians?  Sure, they could go but we weren’t exactly encouraged to attend.  We had our ALA Conferences and that was nice and well and good. But times, they change.  The internet appeared. The bloggers congealed (I’m trying to find a better […]

Sexual Violence and Male Survivors: a Dialogue between Two Male Survivors Who Are Thriving (#SVYALit)

In June, as part of the #SVYALit Project, we will be discussing the topic of male survivors of sexual abuse. Current stats indicate that by the time they reach the age of 18 1 in 6 males will be the victim of sexual abuse. Today YA author G. Donald Cribbs interviews a fellow male survivor […]

Career Conversations – What I learned when my teens wanted to host a program series on careers

This year I undertook a challenge: an ongoing program series designed by my teen board, reliant on the generosity of adults in the surrounding community, not especially fun, on my night off. This became Career Conversations, and we had our fourth and final program last night. Overall, it was a smashing success. Here’s what I’ve learned […]

Review: A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories

What do a Duck and Mouse, a Cat, a Bunny, and two elderly Pigs have in common? All the wacky, wild, and funny adventures they go on both together and apart. Whether it’s painting a room, flying a plane, or just waiting for the bus, there are plenty of hijinks to be had. A Cat […]

Morning Notes: Spelunking Edition

FROM BLOG POST TO LOCAL NEWS Remember that post I did a while back about barcodes? The one that Matthew Cordell suggested I do? Well now it’s a news story. Click here to read. BOOK IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Book & Me, a comic by Cherise Mericle Harper now running […]

Book Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

In Will Walton’s Anything Could Happen, 15-year-old Tretch realizes he is in love with Matt, his straight best friend, while sitting together in church and hearing the message “hold fast to that which is good.” Tretch isn’t out yet, even though he suspects that Matt, who has two gay dads (and is often assumed to […]

Book Review: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

There are some books that you finish and think, well, that’s it—I can’t pick up another book today. Gotta let this one sit. Bill Konigsberg’s The Porcupine of Truth is one of those books. In fact, I suspect I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come. This was the 65th […]

Review: ‘Terrible Lizard’

Terrible Lizard Written by Cullen Bunn Art by Drew Moss Oni Press; $20 The meaner, snarkier part of my critic’s brain can’t help but wish Cullen Bunn and Drew Moss’ comic book about a little girl and the Tyrannosaurus Rex she befriends was a great deal worse, if only so that it could legitimately be […]

The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows

The connection between children’s literature and children’s television is strong. Name a classic children’s series and there’s a decent chance it has been adapted for the small screen at one time or another (some have been adapted more than once). It what is sure to be my slowest-loading post of all time (what with all the […]

What Makes a Picture Book Mega-Hit?

It’s not that it’s impossible to predict the “next big thing” in children’s literature, but it’s also not exactly a hard science.  Indeed, whenever a publisher starts spending beaucoup de bucks on a given title (hardcover f&gs, a serious marketing campaign for a debut author, etc.) I cringe a bit.  They’ve made their bets and […]

Just for fun: Google Feud

(Potential time suck alert.) Who would have expected knew that you could leverage the collective power of Google’s auto complete by mashing it up with a classic television game show? Based on the Google API, and developed by Justin Hook, Google Feud is the new age Family Feud.  The game invites you to choose from […]

Middle Grade Monday – Memorial Day Take 5

I’m somewhat torn over the fact that Memorial Day is a holiday. On one hand, I think it’s valuable for us to recognize the service and sacrifices of those who’ve served our country so selflessly. On the other hand, as a middle school librarian, I wonder what it means to my students beyond a day […]