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February 4, 2016

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What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA January and February 2016

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. Right now my list of 2016 titles stands at 86 with known pub dates and many more with unknown, as of now, dates. I’m sure it will grow as the year goes on. Need more suggestions to […]

Links: Marissa Meyer to Write Graphic Novel

Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles YA novels, has a two-volume graphic novel, Wires and Nerve, in the works, to be illustrated by Douglas Holgate: Set after the events of the “Lunar Chronicles,” it will feature many of the same characters, including Iko the android, as well as: Cinder, the teen cyborg who has […]

Evy’s First Impressions

What prompts a teen to pick up one book instead of another? Evy dug through Heather’s big old box-o-books and picked four to take home. What did she pick and why? This TLT Teen Advisory Board member is an avid YouTube fan, so she decided to tell you in a video. Thanks Evy! Books discussed: […]

2016 Judge: Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of three adult novels—The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose—as well as the young adult novels Revolution and A Northern Light, winner of Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award. Her most […]

Walking and Talking with . . . M.T. Anderson!

There were many fine and fantastic works of nonfiction for older children and teens in 2015.  One such book won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award while another won an Honor.  Now those two authors chat about the process of creating narrative nonfiction.  We’ve featured a fair number of Walking and Talking chats […]

Library Litter

Ugh! Litterbug! How many times do I have to say not to litter the library with date due slips from Caldecott Medal winning books? Caldecott Medal winner date due slip litter is the worst. Backstory: In the 90s our school library automated their checkout system (I wasn’t here for that). You know the drill – […]

TPiB: Book Planters

I am not a crafty person. At all.  I’m unable to draw a straight line or measure correctly and have little to no patience for not catching on to something quickly. So when we ended up with all this extra dirt at the library (don’t ask), and my supervisor said hey, want to make some […]

HB NB February

—Elissa and Katie are ransacking the archives to honor Black History Month with an article every day about African American books, authors, and illustrators. Up today, Yolanda Hare’s call for more books about “more black teens living mundane middle-class lives.” –On February 23rd, I’ll be moderating a panel discussion about the ALA awards and children’s […]

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Video Games Weekly: Lego Marvel Avengers

Lego Marvel’s Avengers is the newest installment in the Lego video games franchise, but it’s the second Lego game taking place in the Marvel Universe. What’s interesting is Lego tends to release their games around the same time the accompanying movie comes out (like Jurassic World), and it’s a bad sign that game is coming […]

Review: ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0′

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 Writers: Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando and Mairghread Scott Artists: Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell and Daniel Bayliss Boom Studios; $3.99 It seems like just yesterday that I was telling you about the return of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a new comic book series, but that’s just because I […]

2016 Judge: Melanie Crowder

There are few things judge Melanie Crowder enjoys more in this life than a well-drawn tournament bracket. While most adults leave their athletic obsessions on the verdant playing fields of their youth, Crowder has yet to relinquish her reverse chinlock on all things competitive. A beast on the [adult rec] tennis court, a public menace […]

Cover Reveal: What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur A. Levine

It’s a cloudy February here in Illinois.  Yesterday the heavens opened up and let loose a downpour.  Today it is wet if not actively raining.  We are in the thick of winter, albeit an oddly warm one.  With all this in mind, I think we need some cheering up. Now a friend recently pointed out […]

Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Publisher’s description: Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building […]

2016 Judge: Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley writes books. He’s not proud of it but he has to make a living somehow. Not everyone gets to be a rock star or play in the NBA or be a prima ballerina. Some folks have to do the heavy lifting this society requires to keep it from falling into chaos. Still, he’s […]

First Second Tenth: A Cover Extravaganza

Publisher First Second is ten years old. Ten years of making some of the best graphic novels around – for kids and grown-ups. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun for First Second artists to pay tribute to their favorite First Second books. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? That’s how the […]

Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About First Second

So First Second comes to me and says it’s their 10th anniversary. Happy anniversary, sez I. They ask if I want to participate in the celebration by doing so kind of a post. My mind is a bit blank but I give it a think. Then I came up with the idea of the following […]

Middle School Monday – Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Lawson

At Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls, twelve-year-old Audacity Jones is holding everything together by the force of her personality. Who comforts distraught students? Who makes Professor Teachtest’s* lessons bearable? Who learns how to repair the school roof on her own? Audacity. But when the opportunity for adventure presents itself, she cannot resist. Audacity is […]

It’s #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections week!

Get out your crayons, your felt tip markers and your color pencils.  Join the fun. Today marks the beginning of #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections day. All over the world, libraries are sharing their pages and we can make them our colorful own.  Just follow this wonderful stream and access not only the black and white canvases, […]

#MHYALit: Depression and Obsession: The Pressure of Teen Athletes, by Mia Siegert

I remember the day my boyfriend said he liked me better when I was depressed. That happy-me was annoying and foolish, juvenile and boring, that I was only cool when I was at my worst, struggling to get by as a young athlete on an Olympic-hopeful track. I remember where he said it, pulling me […]

2016 Judge: Cece Bell

Cece Bell is the author of the Newbery Honor Book and Eisner winner El Deafo. She is also the author of Rabbit and Robot, winner of a Geisel Honor. She lives in Virginia with her husband, author Tom Angleberger (who was a judge in last year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books).