January 23, 2017

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The 2017 Caldecott Comment Card

Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Sunday Reflections: This is Why I Marched

Betsy DeVos as head of the Department of Education Rick Perry as head of the Department of Energy An unqualified cabinet full of billionaires that donated to his campaign Conflicts of Interest, including putting his family in positions of authority and influence Russia Freedom of the press Healthcare Climate change Women’s rights Human rights There […]

And the Winners of Our 2017 Mock Caldecott Are . . .

Over 500 K-4th grade students read, discussed, and debated a group of the best picture books of 2017. This week they voted. And the winners of our 2017 Mock Caldecott are . . . MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL: The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan MOCK CALDECOTT HONOR: Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy […]

The Women’s March: Artists Bring Their Talents

Normally on a Sunday I like to do a light little Video Sunday piece, just highlighting the vids of the week.  Not today.  In light of yesterday’s record breaking marches worldwide, I’d like to pay homage to the children’s book illustrators that used their considerable talents to support the march, marchers, and more.  In case […]

This Week’s Comics: Peculiar Rebels

It’s a soft week in new releases this week, but there are still some outstanding standouts. Action Lab Entertainment continues Miraculous with some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey elements. IDW Publishing releases the first issue in a new Angry Birds Comics, Game Play, while Titan Entertainment Group has its own transtemporal mystery tour with the ongoing Doctor Who […]

Online Mock Newbery Results

MEDAL                   HONOR BOOKS                                     These three books clearly distinguished themselves from the pack.  Here are their stats. WOLF HOLLOW . . . 40 (1st) + 20 (2nd) + 22 […]

Friday Finds: January 20, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Greater words than ours Middle School Monday: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri Book Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera #SJYALit: How does real life and research fit with LGBT young adult lit? A guest post by Alex B Video Games Weekly: Why You Should Buy […]

We FINALLY have a Pyrite slate!

Believe it or not, we started our Pyrite voting eleven days ago. We have finally, FINALLY reached the end of the road though and we have a Pyrite slate! If you’ve been playing along from the beginning, you know that The Passion of Dolssa emerged victorious from the two rounds of winner voting. After the […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Time Shifters’ Free Comic Book Day Comic

Today we have an exclusive preview of the Scholastic Graphix comic for Free Comic Book Day: Time Shifters. The creator is Chris Grine, and the FCBD comic is a preview of the full-lengh Time Shifters graphic novel, which will be out on May 30. Here’s the catalog info: When Luke investigates an eerie blue glow […]

Our 2017 Picks & Predictions

We’re less than a week out from the YMAs. Which means we’re less than a week from tears — of sorrow and of glee — and from the temptation to ask impossible questions like “why” and “what the hell happened to book X”. But hang on. The Monday morning quarterbacking is a time-honored tradition in […]

Review of the Day: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, ill. Brian Floca

Princess Cora and the Crocodile By Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Brian Floca Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4822-0 Early Chapter Book On shelves March 28th What if. What if Good Night Moon had been illustrated by someone other than Clement Hurd? What if. What if Charlotte’s Web had had an artist who wasn’t Garth Williams? […]

Exclusive Deleted Scene from UNDEFEATED by Steve Sheinkin

For 10 years, I worked at the Marion Public Library in Marion, Ohio. This is significant to this story because one of our branches was in LaRue, the home of Jim Thorpe and the pro-football team which featured the Oorang Indians. We had entire programs built around Jim Thorpe. But it still always tickles me […]

#MHYALit: How books and being a librarian help me cope with anxiety, a guest post by Erin

Hi, I’m Erin. I’m a teen librarian, a wife, a daughter, a best friend, a mom, and an anxiety warrior. Notice how I put that at the very end. There was a reason for that.  The anxiety is the “least of my worries” for lack of a better phrase (insert uncomfortable laughter here). What I’m […]

Recently in book mail

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. The following are the books that have arrived here in the past few weeks. I will be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months on TLT. See something […]

Review: Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn

Bertolt By Jacques Goldstyn Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592702299 $15.95 Grades K-2 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library 1. Bertolt is the name of the tree. 2. Jacques Goldstyn is a Canadian author/illustrator/cartoonist. This book was originally published in Canada in French. 3. The unnamed protagonist is a self-described […]

Pyrite: Here We Go Again…

You asked, so we’re going for it! Let’s take one last crack at the honor vote because we’re clearly a Pyrite committee that needs help to make up its mind. As Karyn noted in the results post, The Lie Tree has a huge lead over the other titles which is no surprise considering how close it was to winning […]

Talking ALL AMERICAN BOYS with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for the Social Justice in YA Lit (#SJYALit) Project

https://storify.com/TLT16/talking-all-american-boys-with-jason-reynolds-and- Yesterday we had an online Twitter chat with authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, as well as many readers, as part of the #SJYALit Project. I storified that discussion so that you can read it here in case you missed it. Talking ALL AMERICAN BOYS with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for Social Justice […]

The Horn Book Goes South

Martha Parravano, Al Berman, and I will be at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta this weekend. While Martha is busy on the CSK Award committee and rounding up articles and new contributors, Al and I will be stalking the exhibit hall to see what’s new and get publishers to transfer funds from their advertising budgets into […]

Video Games Weekly: Why You Should Buy a WiiU for Teen Game Nights Soon!

I’ve been reading posts on various Youth Services-related FB groups about the best console for Teen Game Night programs. I would first suggest you ask your teens for their input before you make any hasty decisions. If you are considering a Wii U, time is of the essence because the Nintendo Switch will be released […]

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]