February 11, 2016

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Review: ‘Flop To The Top’

Flop to the Top Writer/artists: Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing Toon Books; $12.95 How To Be Happy cartoonist Eleanor Davis returns for a second Toon Books comic for kids, following her 2008 Stinky, and this time she’s joined by Set To Sea cartoonist Drew Weing. Their collaboration is a quick, cute story about a self-obsessed, […]

MakerSpace: Green Screen Photo Booth, app review and tips and tricks

As part of our MakerSpace, I decided that I wanted to set up a Green Screen Photo Booth, though the truth is that I know nothing about doing green screen photos. So I an by trying out a variety of apps on our iPad stations. Apps investigated include: Green Screen by Do Ink ($2.99) Green […]

2016 Judge: Carolyn Mackler

Carolyn Mackler’s latest novel for teens, Infinite in Between, has already garnered several starred reviews. She is also the author of the popular YA novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), and six other novels for children and teenagers. Carolyn loves drinking coffee. She is also […]

Out-of-Print Diversity

There is a perception that we’re all very sophisticated and educated these days, as opposed to the past.  That older books for children have a tendency to be racist or contain outdated ideas. Not so. In my *does the math* thirteen years as a children’s librarian I’ve discovered that you can find some real gems […]

Starred reviews, March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; illus. by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown) When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes; illus. by Laura Dronzek (Greenwillow) School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; illus. by Christian Robinson (Porter/Roaring Brook) Twenty […]

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Video Games Weekly: Yoshi’s Wooly Worlds

Even if you don’t play video games, I’m sure you’ve heard of Yoshi. Yoshi has appeared in many Mario games, as well as had his own video game spin off series since the 90s. Yoshi is probably Nintendo’s second most popular character, because he’s an adorable green dinosaur with a cute voice. I mean, look […]

#MHYALit Reading Lists: Depression, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

As part of our 2016 Mental Health in Young Adult Literature project, we will be posting reading lists on various mental health-related subjects. Guest blogger Natalie Korsavidis pulled together this one on depression (and previously this one on schizophrenia). We will mainly be focusing on books published after 2000. We encourage you to add any […]

2016 Judge: Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge is the author of several books for children, including Cuckoo Song (five starred reviews, short-listed for the Carnegie Medal), The Lost Conspiracy (five starred reviews, Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist), Fly by Night (short-listed for the Guardian Children’s Book prize), Well Witched (SLJ Best Book of 2008), and Fly Trap (short-listed for […]

Morning Notes: Bills in Books Edition

THURSDAY AT THE THEATER While there was a Japanese animated film, The Magic Tree House series has never been adapted for U.S. audiences. That may change soon. Click here to read. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link) GO NERDCAMPING Nerdcamp MI is going to be great this year. Short description: it’s an unconference focused on literacy. Long […]

CloudSchool a simple and elegant platform for instruction

I recently discovered CloudSchool, incredibly simple (and free) platform for creating and sharing standards-aligned instruction. The teaching space (LMS) allows you and any teacher partners to deliver full courses or individual lessons. The WYSIWYG interface makes it easy to create and publish media-rich lessons, assignments and homework. CloudSchool can also be a platform for professional […]

#MHYALit: Anxiety, Me and It’s All Your Fault, by guest blogger Liz Anderson

#MHYALit continues as librarian Liz Anderson discusses her personal experience with anxiety and the book It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick. SEE ALL OF THE #MHYALIT POSTS HERE 2015 was a year which I spent reading more books where mental health played a big role in the story. Some of the titles I read […]

Review: ‘Peter Pan’

Peter Pan Writer: Blake Hoena Artist: Fernando Cano Stone Arch Books; $6.95 For adults, who have spent most of their lives occasionally experiencing different presentations and interpretations of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story in various media, the most interesting aspect of any new telling might simply be in seeing how its creators choose to depict […]

Recently in Book Mail (Plus a Giveaway!)

You know the drill by now, right? This is my roundup of all the book mail I’ve gotten in the past many weeks. I bet the UPS guy is shocked if there is ever a day that he doesn’t need to stop at my house. The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll […]

2016 Judge: Kelly Loy Gilbert

Despite being really quite opinionated, Kelly Loy Gilbert has nevertheless been a lifelong waffler when it comes to any decision ever, so Battle of the Books sounded like a solid way to trade hours of sleep for hours spent agonizing over a difficult choice.  (Choices about books being, of course, the most difficult of all.) […]

Review of the Day: The Sandwich Thief by Andre Marios

The Sandwich Thief By Andre Marois By Patrick Doyon Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-4659-1 Ages 7-9 On shelves March 1st Injustice, that sweet universal quality, makes for great children’s books. Whether it’s a picture book or a young adult novel, if you can tap into a reader’s sense of unfairness you have yourself some children’s […]

Middle School Monday – The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

From the jacket copy: Built on an ancient mountain pass, the city is forever being invaded by one nation or another, and every new master gives it a new name. But for the natives, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders. Dreamy, sheltered Kaidu is one […]

Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, by teen reviewer Lexi

Our teen reviewer Lexi has been very busy reading lately. We’ll have a new review from her every Monday this month. Lady Midnight By Cassandra Clare, 657 pgs Releases March 8th from Margaret K. McElderry Books. 9781442468351 Summary In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Gotham Academy’ #15

We’re big fans of Gotham Academy, the boarding-school story that’s set on the periphery of the Batman universe. If you’re new to the series, the “Yearbook Issues,” #14 and #15, are a great way to jump in, because they are a series of short stories set in the world of the series, so you get […]

2016 Judge: Tim Federle

Tim Federle grew up in Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway. His debut novel for kids, Better Nate Than Ever —described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post—was named a New York Time’s Notable Children’s Book of 2013 and a best book of the year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, and […]

Nonfiction Monday: Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler by Kate Klimo

Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler By Kate Klimo Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher Random House Books ISBN: 9781101935514 $12.99 Grades K-2 Out January 26, 2016 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are plenty of picture book biographies out there. And plenty that fall in the chapter zone (of which the […]