August 23, 2017

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Book Review: The Infographic Guide to College

Publisher’s Book Description: For fans of the popular Show Me How series, this illustrated guide to college life has everything a student needs to excel in their first year, from tips on getting involved around campus to advice about applying for loans and studying for exams. College survival just got graphic! Get a head start […]

Video Games Weekly: Sonic Mania

Sonic the Hedgehog is game series that was first released in 1991 on Sega.  Since then, there have been many Sonic games for a variety of consoles.  The majority of the games are fast-paced 2D platform jumpers, but like any other popular videogame series, there have been a few Sonic games that dabbled in other […]

Everybody’s talking

My brief thoughts about two current scandals. The first is the bouncing of a Newbery committee member for mentioning a book on Twitter. I said at the time ALSC revamped its social media policy that it was a bad idea. It still is, and Angie Manfredi would have been a great contributor to that committee’s work. […]

Review: ‘Cosmic Commandos’

Cosmic Commandos Writer/artist: Christopher Eliopoulos Dial Books; $13.99 Jeremy is loud, arrogant, and always ready to leap into action without thinking. His likes include video games and complaining about the unfairness of his life, while his dislikes include school (especially homework), reading, and his brother. Justin is quiet, polite, and thinks before acting. His likes […]

Books on Film: Gene Yuen Yang Talks with . . .

Did you know Gene Luen Yang has a Reading Without Walls “video podcast” on Reading Rockets? Did you know that he already has a bunch of great interviews up on their YouTube channel? Who has he talked to? Among others . . . Jason Reynolds: Katherine Paterson: Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden: Patrick Ness: […]

Review: Knife’s Edge

After reading volume 1 of the Four Points series, I was left hanging. So were my students. One student, Albert* (Name changed), asked me when volume 2 was coming out. I told him the wait was a while, and he asked me to let the author and artist know that he was willing to help […]

#SJYALit: Walk A Mile In Their Shoes, a guest post by Christina June

When I was in grad school, a required course for my degree was Multicultural Counseling.  An assignment in that class was to do something outside “your box” so you could experience what it feels like to be uncomfortable, maybe even upset, at what was happening around you.  It could be something as small as watching […]

Book Review: Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson

Publisher’s description Ten teens are left alone in the wilderness during a three-day survival test in this multi-authored novel edited by award-winning author Shaun David Hutchinson. At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor-education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. The teens […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: That Time Someone Asked for Help Printing out Swastikas

These are charged political times. A little over a week ago, a group of white supremacists walked down the streets of an American town carrying Nazi flags. As a counter-protestor, Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist who drove his car into the crowd. The events of Charlottesville are being discussed everywhere, as they […]

There’s only color and light

Today we are meeting with a group of consultants and some of the New York brass to rethink the Horn Book’s digital presence–the website, the Guide Online, maybe the newsletters and e-editions of our print publications. (The Horn Book Guide will be digital-only starting this fall.) I told Lolly I was even open to discussion–well, […]

TPiB: Superhero Lock-In by Michelle Biwer

The recent release of the amazing Wonder Woman film was the perfect excuse to host another teen lock-in for two hours on a Friday evening. With 3 floors of library to work with, there was lots of opportunity to let the teens run around (literally) and utilize all of our meeting rooms for different activities. […]

A Giveaway! (Oh, and a Newsletter)

Oh yes, I’m starting a newsletter. If you sign up, it will be delivered to your inbox on the first Friday of each month (beginning in September) and is likely to include: Book recommendations – for kids, grown-ups, and grown-ups who like books for kids. Drawings. Scribblings. Crudely drawn comics. Stuff like that. The occasional […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

You know how folks talk all the time about how more men win the Caldecott Award than women? Well, I’ve always sort of ignored that statement, citing in my head all kinds of women from over the years. Then, this week, I decided that we just haven’t done enough women illustrators on our show. Authors, […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #29

Here’s some more preview fun to get us ready for the week: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #29, with Top Cat joining in the fun: Hoagy’s Alley—haunted?! Scooby will have to form an unlikely cat-and-dog alliance with Top Cat’s gang of con-artist felines to unmask the freeloading phantom—unless, of course, the ghost is real! The comic will be […]

Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Friends Fall Annual Digest’ #255

It’s been a heavy week, so we’re wrapping up with a few lighthearted previews. First up: Betty & Veronica Friends Fall Annual Digest #255. The Riverdale gang is going back to school, just like everyone else, and in the brand-new lead story, Veronica is shocking her friends by beating out her fellow students on an […]

Putting Grunge Back in Art with Allen Say

Travis: When I first opened an advance copy Allen Say’s latest book, Silent Days, Silent Dreams, (out October 31st) I was taken aback – it’s unlike anything the artist has made before. Blame it on American artist James Castle, whom the book is about. Say channeled Castle so thoroughly that I assumed the book contained […]

Sunday Reflections: At Least They’re Coming to the Library ISN’T Always the Right Idea

Yesterday 95 people came into my library asking about solar eclipse glasses. The day before it was 75. I wasn’t there either day, but the Circulation staff started keeping track. That’s 170 people who came into the library and walked away empty handed. That’s a lot of negative experiences for patrons and staff both. We […]

Video Sunday: Don’t feed the plants

Happy Day Before the Eclipse! We’ve a couple interesting videos to peruse today, so take your pick! First off, two recent ones from the live feed show I do with the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop. The first is a bit of an aberration since it involves me being interviewed, not the other way around. The lure? […]

#flipgridfever: New features for fall

Amidst a fury of #FlipGridFever, our friends at Flipgrid recently announced major enhancements in a product I loved at first sight. (See just a couple of my posts from Let’s test drive FlipGrid to Announcing Flipgrid One (now free to all teachers). One thing you’ll notice if you go back and watch the live-streamed launch event that […]

This Week’s Comics: World of Fantasy Sports

The Dog Days of August hit this week’s list of new releases, but despite the meager selection, there are still some good titles to check out. BOOM! Studios extends their BOOM! Box title Misfit City to six issues, giving readers more time with this exciting series. IDW Publishing releases the legacy numbering of Uncle Scrooge […]