December 3, 2016

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31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Three – 2016 Great Nursery Rhymes

It’s strange to think that Nursery Rhymes prove so difficult to round-up.  I’ve done my best.  After all, the art of the nursery rhyme is nothing to scoff at.  There’s a reason they’ve kicked around all these centuries.  Reading nursery rhymes to small children does wonders for brain development, to say nothing of the fact […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Three – 2016 Great Nursery Rhymes

It’s strange to think that Nursery Rhymes prove so difficult to round-up.  I’ve done my best.  After all, the art of the nursery rhyme is nothing to scoff at.  There’s a reason they’ve kicked around all these centuries.  Reading nursery rhymes to small children does wonders for brain development, to say nothing of the fact […]

Friday Finds: December 2, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Common Sense isn’t Really all that Common Middle School Monday: Professional Development. Not the Optional Kind. Teaching Teens Media Literacy 101 Book Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom Book Review: Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski Video Games Weekly: Lego […]

PhotoScan for no-glare, super easy archiving of your old pics!

Okay, this one may not be for school, but it sure is handy and I will use it to death. I just discovered Google Photo’s new PhotoScan app.  If, like me, you’ve got thousands of family photos in albums in your basement or attic, this may be the perfect holiday activity for the gang. The […]

Makoons

MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich is the fifth book in this cycle, but only the second one about this new generation in the family.  I have to admit that I am not a natural reader for this series, that the slow episodic plots do not speak to my needs as a reader, and I believe I […]

Finding an Authentic Teenage Voice, a guest post by author Amy S. Foster

One of the main reasons that I wrote The Rift Uprising was because I felt like the label ‘Young Adult’ had become a bit of a misnomer. The first YA novel I ever read was Judy Blume’s Forever. Forever IS NOT Are You There God It’s Me Margaret? It deals with very mature themes, tackling […]

This Week’s Comics: Merry Poke-Christmas

Can’t take one more dinner with some form of turkey? Escape in one of the new releases from this week’s comics list. Stay in the spooky spirit with Spookhouse #2 from Albatross Funnybooks. BOOM! Studios releases a new Adventure Time graphic novel following Bunny Girl Jo in Islands, and Bongo Comics gets in the holiday […]

Flannery

Flannery, by Lisa Moore Groundwood Press, May 2016 Reviewed from a final copy Here’s a title with three stars, coming at us from a small press. We’ve got realistic fiction — more Canadian fiction, actually (yeah, OK, I recognize that this is not actually a genre). Moore is an adult novelist visiting the YA landscape […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2017

Here’s how I come up with these 10 to Note lists: I go through every publisher catalog I can find. I mark any book that catches my eye (this could be for one of a bunch of different reasons) This usually results in a list of around 50-130 books. Now the listmaking happens. I start plugging […]

Press Release Fun: Cricket Media and Lifelong Learning

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE THE GIFT OF READING WITH CRICKET MEDIA’S “DOUBLE THE GIVING” CAMPAIGN   With Each Magazine Subscription Purchased, Cricket will Donate One to a Child in Need in Partnership with Two Award-Winning Literacy Charities: Libraries Without Borders and Parent-Child Home Program Visit DoubletheGiving.com and Join a Charitable Movement Guaranteed to Spark a Lifetime Love of Reading! […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Two – 2016 Great Board Book Adaptations

So what do we mean when we say “Board Book Adaptations” exactly?  Well, you’re probably familiar with the phenomenon of taking a picture book and chopping it down into a board book  When this is done poorly the end product is strange and squished.  The most egregious example of this might be the Cloudy With […]

January/February 2017 Starred Reviews

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Life on Mars; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial). Chirri & Chirra; written and illustrated by Kaya Doi; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko (Enchanted Lion). Egg; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow). A […]

#SJYALit, Social Justice in YA Lit – The 2017 TLT Project

Since November 9th, 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been keeping track of the tremendous increase in hate crimes in the United States. This news, combined with increasing threats to education, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, attacks on healthcare and more, has left the librarians at TLT worrying about the teens that […]

BGHB 2017

… is beginning (yes, later than it should but earlier than it used to)! Please, publishers, start submitting your contenders; the eligibility period for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards runs from publishing date June 1st of this year to May 31st of next. It is never to soon to send books to the judges. I’m […]

#MHYALit: Unbearable: A Reflection on Hunger, a guest post by Lindsay Eagar

My main memory of high school and the immediate years following is of hunger. As the straight-A student, oldest daughter, star of the school plays, and overall golden child, I often carried the weight of others’ expectations on my shoulders, and I did so gladly. I knew I was capable. I wanted to please the […]

#MHYALit: Unbearable: A Reflection on Hunger, a guest post by Lindsay Eagar

My main memory of high school and the immediate years following is of hunger. As the straight-A student, oldest daughter, star of the school plays, and overall golden child, I often carried the weight of others’ expectations on my shoulders, and I did so gladly. I knew I was capable. I wanted to please the […]

Links: Best of the Year, Read-Alikes, and Coming Attractions

2016 was a tough year in a lot of ways, but it was a great year for graphic novels. Check out our list of the top ten graphic novels of the year, which includes plenty of good old-fashioned adventure stories and one very serious and important graphic novel, March: Book Three. There’s lots of good […]

Throwback Thursday: Comics Maker and Colorist Lark Pien (S1 E6)

Travis: Our goal with the first season of The Yarn was to talk to people who were vital to making Sunny Side Up, but aren’t necessarily credited on the cover. You have to open the cover to learn that Lark Pien was the colorist for the book. Pien is also a cartoonist, creating the Long Tail […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016

What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2016 Great Board Books

We kick off our 31 Days, 31 Lists at the lowest age level imaginable.  Finding quality board books for babies and toddlers is a challenge.  It’s not enough to simply have thick pages.  You need to be able to engage the interest and attention of someone who is still developing their visual and auditory processing […]