July 23, 2016

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Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #17

We have a preview of one of our favorite DC comics for you this Comic-Con weekend: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #17, which features Scooby and the gang teaming up with Hawkman and Hawkgirl to solve the mystery of whether or not Midway City is haunted. Enjoy!

This Week’s Comics: Mighty Friends

Need to hide from the heat of another scorching summer weekend? Pick up some cool comics to read in between even cooler SDCC announcements! Bongo Comics lets Lisa loose in the latest Simpson Comics #231. Lion Forge finishes their mini series for the 80s property Madballs, while Vertical Comics wallows in cuteness with the third […]

This Week’s Comics: Mighty Friends

Need to hide from the heat of another scorching summer weekend? Pick up some cool comics to read in between even cooler SDCC announcements! Bongo Comics lets Lisa loose in the latest Simpson Comics #231. Lion Forge finishes their mini series for the 80s property Madballs, while Vertical Comics wallows in cuteness with the third […]

Friday Finds: July 22, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: What Does the World Look Like for Teens? Thank God It’s Monday! Blog Tour: My Best and Worst Mondays MakerSpace: Community Feedback What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA July and August 2016 Video Games Weekly: Video Games 101: Coming this Fall! What you need to know about the newest consoles […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#47)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [W]hat two kids would run away to an ART MUSEUM? Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star Review Guess Who (#4) […]

Review of the Day: The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow

The Mighty Odds By Amy Ignatow Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1271-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 13th If you could have one weird superpower, what would it be? Not a normal one, mind you. We’re not doing a flight vs. invisibility discussion here. The power would have to be […]

Book Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley

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 July 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   TALLEY, Robin. As I Descended. 384p. […]

#MHYALit: There is Hope When You’re Dealing with Depression by Jodie Andrefski

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Jodie Andrefski. You can find out more about the #MHYALit Discussion and see the posts here. In The Society, the main character, Sam, had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and then did not receive mental health treatment. On top of that, she […]

Review: ‘Nichijou,’ vol. 1

Nichijou, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Keiichi Arawi Vertical Comics; $10.95 When it comes to manga about high school, Keiichi Arawi’s Nichijou occupies a perfect sweet spot on the strangeness spectrum. It’s far, far away from the non-stop nonsense of, say, Cromartie High School or, to name a personal favorite, School Rumble. But it’s not, despite the […]

Picture Book / Movie Pairings: They Make Sense in My Head!

The other day I was sitting with a group of talented children’s librarians discussing Dan Santat’s Are We There Yet?  Boy, I tell ya, there’s nothing like sitting down with smart people to hear them discuss a picture book in full.  I walked out of that room with a lot more knowledge crammed into my […]

Take 5: Quirky Towns in YA Lit

From a very young age, I was obsessed with The Twilight Zone. My very favorite episode is the episode Time Enough At Last where the banker survives the end of the world and finally has time to read all the books he wants and then he breaks his glasses and there is no one left […]

Grumpy Old Men

The Grumpy Old Men are coming your way around three o’clock this afternoon. Check back then at the Talks With Roger page to see us.

Video Games Weekly: Video Games 101: Coming this Fall! What you need to know about the newest consoles

This year is a big year for video games.  Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation, and there is new hardware being released for the Big 3 consoles: Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo within the next 12 months.  Many libraries are still circulating older console games for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, and justifiably so since many […]

Manga Publishers Expand Catalogs with New License Announcements from Anime Expo 2016

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Anime and Manga fans converged on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 24th annual Anime Expo. While anime has been the focus of the convention, in recent years manga publishers have been coming to the more specialized event to announce their new licenses. This year, five manga publishers […]

Books on Film: Pop-Up Secrets with Robert Sabuda

When you think Robert Sabuda, you think pup-up books. The guy is a master. A little while back, he appeared on Sprout TV to share some of his knowledge. Keep this in your back pocket to share with kids.

But where will I put it?

“Should this book go in nonfiction or folklore?” ACK, the book review placement problems.The Decider (Martha) is away this week so Shoshana, Elissa, and I are left to our own devices when it comes to deciding what goes in which category of the September/October Magazine review section. A historical illustrated book retelling a real incident but with invented situations and […]

Comic-Con: ‘Mouse Guard Movie,’ ‘Mega Princess,’ and More!

Comic-Con kicks off this week with preview night on Wednesday and the show starting in earnest on Thursday. But publishers have already started rolling out the announcements, so here’s a look at what we’re hearing about so far. Mouse Guard is going to be a movie. Well, it’s in the early stages, but it’s a […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA July and August 2016

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents). Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#7)

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) ‘And You Shall Know […]

There Is a Tribe of Kids: The Current Debate

This year, in 2016, a conversation has sprung up around the picture book There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith.  The discussion has occurred primarily on blogs and listservs with the occasional mention on Twitter.  I would like to summarize the points here and explain what’s going on, since, unlike A Fine Dessert […]