September 23, 2016

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Friday Finds: September 23, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Faith Shaming and Mental Illness, Reflecting on Faith and Mental Illness for the #MHYALit Project Middle School Monday: Classroom Crossover Book Review: The Forgetting Machine by Pete Hautman Rural Poverty and THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis Book Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity […]

This Week’s Comics: Take Over the World Time

“Fall”ing behind on your weekly releases? Pick up some of the trades out this week! Action Lab Entertainment lets the dogs out with the first trade of Action Lab Dog of Wonder. DC Comics collects their digital first series Adventures of Supergirl for fans of the TV series, and Marvel Comics releases their huge trade […]

The V-Word

The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex edited by Amber J. Keyser Simon Pulse, February 2016 Reviewed from final copy So this year, I’m starting out with what I can only describe as the “out of left field contender of my heart.” I thought this would be a quick read that I’d be able to check off […]

#PigeonSpotting

We just ordered a brand-new complete set of the Elephant & Piggie Series. So, of course, I had to find the Pigeon in each one. (Don’t even try to call this a spoiler – you’ve read all these)

Famous Illustrators’ Depictions of Knitting Ranked in Order of Competency

Two years ago I wrote a piece called The Scourge of Upside Down Knitting in which I raged unto the heavens against picture books where the artists put little work into bothering to figure out if knitting needles should be held up or down.  Well, it’s time for me to apologize to those illustrators.  If […]

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Showcase and Giveaway

Beyond the people I work with and the people this blog has led me to get to know, by far the best aspect of blogging for TLT is the constant influx of books. All of the books I get end up going back out the door in some fashion—to teen readers I know, to classroom […]

Who in the world am I? Growing up in Wonderland, a guest post by Nicky Peacock

Last year was Alice in Wonderland’s 150th anniversary, and this inspired me to re-read the book as an adult. I’d always known there were certain themes flowing through the story: growing up, madness, etc. but it was only on this second read that I started to truly understand them. My book, Lost in Wonderland, then […]

Big News: Gene Luen Yang Named MacArthur Fellow

Gene Luen Yang, the currently serving National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has just been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. The fellowships, commonly referred to as “genius grants,” come with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, paid out over five years. While Yang is not the first graphic novelist to be named a MacArthur Fellow—Ben Katchor […]

Press Release Fun: Meanwhile, Back in NYC . . .

So I’m no longer in New York City anymore as you might have noticed but that doesn’t meant there aren’t some fantastic events going on there.  Free events.  Free events at my old stomping grounds, NYPL.  It’s all in conjunction with Banned Books Week and the guests are a bit on the famous side.  Gene […]

Video Games Weekly: Undertale

This week’s video game, Undertale,  is once again a PC game that teens (especially teen girls) love, but circulating library collections may not be able to purchase because it is a digital download only.  My teens requested an Undertale themed library program, and it attracted a more diverse crowd of teens compared to my usual […]

#MHYALit: Kneejerk Reactions are Just Jerky, a guest post by author Stacie Ramey

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion, we are honored to host author Stacie Ramey. You can read all the posts as part of the Mental Health in YA Lit Discussion here. An experience hits me every time a celebrity admits they’ve been diagnosed with depression. I think. Wow. I had no idea. And then […]

Interview: Gina Gagliano on the 10th Anniversary of ‘American Born Chinese’

It’s First Second’s tenth anniversary and with it we have the tenth anniversary of Gene Luen Yang’s award winning graphic novel American Born Chinese. Coincidentally, it’s also my tenth anniversary of being a comic book librarian, so it seemed the perfect time to get together with Gina Gagliano, marketing and publicity manager for First Second. […]

Kirkus Prize Shortlist

The third Kirkus Prize shortlist has been announced and like its predecessors its chock full of Newbery possibilities.  Yes, the shortlist always includes two picture books, two middle grade titles, and two young adult titles, but you know how we feel about the Newbery committee embracing the full breadth of its charge.  The winner gets […]

We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants, Shaun David Hutchinson Simon Pulse, January 2016 Reviewed from final copy Have aliens been abducting Henry Denton since he was thirteen? Or has he been suffering from mental illness? Some days I believe the former; other days, the latter. But does it really matter? Probably not. We Are the Ants is […]

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

It’s been two years since we checked in with the Crusty Nibs. You know The Crusty Nibs, right? The collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area, including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell? It seems like a good time to check […]

Review of the Day: They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

They All Saw a Cat By Brendan Wenzel Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-5013-0 Ages 4-7 On shelves now It’s funny. Unless you’re a teacher or librarian, a grown adult that does not work or live with children will come into very little contact with picture books. Then, one day, they produce a few kids and […]

A blast from the recent past: When Carla Hayden met Scott Bonner

This week, following Carla Hayden’s (@LibnOfCongress) historic swearing in as our new Librarian of Congress, had me reminiscing about a special night just about a year ago. I thought it would be fun to revisit the intimate,  informal conversation we had on campus. Tough Times–Troubled Choices gathered together: Dr. Hayden, Scott Bonner, Library Director of the […]

This Is A Problem

Our Pokemon and Minecraft books are on the same shelf.

Book Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip […]

Rural Poverty and THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis

Sometimes, it is indeed a small world after all. Shortly after moving to Texas, I learned that author Mindy McGinnis lived just 10 minutes from the very library I had spent the last 10 years working at in the state of Ohio. This town was my home, the place where my children were born. It […]