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January 30, 2015

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90-Second Newbery Film Festival & Battle of the Kids Books

90-Second Newbery Film Festival & Battle of the Kids Books

Today we are all arriving in Chicago for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, soon to listen in to the Notable Book discussions, browse the exhibits for next year’s contenders, and await the announcement of the awards on Monday morning.  We will wrap up our discussion on that final post next week, and then go into hibernation […]

This Week’s Comics: Power Puff Ares

This Week’s Comics: Power Puff Ares

Gaming comics are really becoming a thing, as seen on this week’s list of new releases. Archie Comics has a slew of Sonics, with Boom, Universe, and a trade collecting the story “The Chase.” Also out is the eighth volume trade of Mega Man, and Skylanders finishes its first mini-series from IDW. The List: ARCHIE […]

Friday Finds – January 30, 2015

This Week at TLT INTERVIEW+GIVEAWAY from YA Author Trisha Leaver (interview by Cuyler Creech) – still open for another few hours! Sunday Reflections: A Road Trip, A Book Festival and a Teachable Moment The #SVYALit Hangout on Hazing: January 28, 2015 Middle Grade Monday – Weeding in the Age of Online Subscriptions Book review: Cut […]

Two Takes on Environmental Destruction

Two Takes on Environmental Destruction

Today, we review two books that examine the environmental destruction of small towns, and the ensuing fallout in the community at large. In Rene Steinke’s Friendswood, the eponymous town has been the victim of chemical leaks from a nearby oil refinery. Most of the town seems ready to move on once the EPA has cleared […]

2015 Calendar

2015 Calendar

Planning. It takes, well, planning. What kind of displays do I want to do? What kinds of programming? Here are some upcoming events that I am using to help me plan. I am a big movie junkie so I like to do tie-ins when I can, even if it is just a genre display. And […]

Mocks Amuck

Mocks Amuck

Each year I like to keep track of all the Mock Caldecotts, Mock Newberys, Mock Siberts, etc. that I can find.  It’s not easy.  At this point in time it’s not as if ALA or SLJ has created a centralized site where folks can plug in their Mock results for all the world to see […]

Pyrite Vote Commencing!

Pyrite Vote Commencing!

We’ve revisited our top 11 Pyrite Nominees, and those of you headed to MidWinter are likely already en route (or snowed in, which I hope isn’t too many of you), and all that means (insert drumroll) it’s voting time! The plan: We’ll use the comments for voting, with polls to close Friday at midnight or […]

Review: Rocket Raccoon #1-4

Review: Rocket Raccoon #1-4

Guardians of the Galaxy was the surprise movie hit of last summer, introducing fans to a new group of superheroes that included a talking raccoon and a walking tree. Marvel Comics finally did the smart thing and gave Rocket Raccoon and Groot their own series in the Marvel Cineverse continuity. They also put the book […]

The #SVYALit Hangout on Hazing – and a hazing book giveaway!

Yesterday we had a great discussion with authors Eric Devine (Press Play), Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth) and Joshua Cohen (Leverage) about their books and the topic of hazing/bullying. If you missed that conversation, you can watch below, or for you podcast fans you can “press play” and listen to it as a podcast. Great news! […]

The Spiritual Lives of Teens in YA Lit: A discussion of faith and science in Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande (guest post by Ramona Lowe)

The Spiritual Lives of Teens in YA Lit: A discussion of faith and science in Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande (guest post by Ramona Lowe)

When Ally Watkins and I put up our announcement that we were going to host a series discussing the spiritual lives of teens in YA lit, Ramona Lowe sent me a beautiful, long email saying “I hope you discuss Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande because . . . ” And […]

Animated and Opinionated: The SLJ Pre-Game / Post-Game Show Returns!

Animated and Opinionated: The SLJ Pre-Game / Post-Game Show Returns!

Observe the following: SLJ-Pre-game Show dance number: ALA Youth Media Awards 2014 from School Library Journal on Vimeo. If it is not immediately clear, this is a video of me dancing with partner-in-crime Lori Prince to the ALA hold music. More specifically, it’s the music that they play as you wait for the live webcast […]

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

In a matter of days the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Chicago. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. […]

Descent

Descent

Descent is my favorite book of 2015 so far, and one I expect to see on best lists come next winter. Why? Tim Johnston combines edge-of-your-seat suspense with family drama, tragedy, and an unforgettable setting. The characters are real, which is what makes their fates so suspenseful, of course. And it is incredibly well-written. There are […]

Pyrite Redux: Worlds in Flux

Pyrite Redux: Worlds in Flux

Our final three redux books are three of my own top books this year. They vary in length, in genre, in style, and more — indeed, in many ways I can’t imagine three more distinct titles. And yet, they have something essential in common (other than my appreciation, that is): all three are about moments […]

The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Dash, by Kirby Larson, published by Scholastic Press. While Mitsi is going to miss spending time with her beloved dog Dash now that Christmas vacation is over, she is looking forward to seeing her best buds Mags and Judy. Mitsy thought the trio would always […]

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Links: Disney Comics Come to IDW

Links: Disney Comics Come to IDW

Disney comics are back! It’s been a few years since Disney ended their agreement with BOOM! Studios, which was publishing original comics and reprints featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and other Disney characters. Now IDW, which has a strong line of licensed comics (My Little Pony, PowerPuff Girls, Samurai Jack) has announced they will be […]

Serving Full T.I.L.T.: Teen Brain Science 101

Serving Full T.I.L.T.: Teen Brain Science 101

Our series continues with a brief look at the teen brain. Why? Well, first of all, it’s just really fascinating stuff. But those of us who serve teens need to understand where our patrons are if we are to structure environments, programs, and services that are appropriate to their developmental phase. Additionally, gaining a greater […]

2016 Newbery Watchlist

2016 Newbery Watchlist

By this time of year, the YMAs have usually been announced and we’re signing off with some suggestions of what to read in the coming year.  So consider this an early version of that post (if you’re attending ALA make sure you grab these galleys), and then we’ll culminate with some responses to real Newbery […]

Review of the Day: Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Review of the Day: Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Mr. Squirrel and the Moon By Sebastian Meschenmoser NorthSouth $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4156-7 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Here in America 2015 is turning out to be a great year in terms of children’s literary imports. Authors and artists that I haven’t seen gracing the shores of our fair nation for years are suddenly returning en […]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

Now that we’re back into the swing of things after winter break, I thought I’d fire up the computer and look at which books have been checked out the most in my school library, count them down 10-1, and draw a couple conclusions. (Thanks to ShelfTalker for the title inspiration) 10. Become a Pokemon Trainer […]