January 23, 2017

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2016-2017 Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards

The start of the calendar year is always an exciting time for children’s and young adult literature, as the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Awards. Below you will find not only links to the 2017 ALA award-winning and honor books that we blogged about, but links to the many books we blogged […]

Winning!

If John Lewis (pictured above at the march in Atlanta on Saturday) hasn’t made enough history, he is also the first person to win four awards in one day from the ALA: Lewis’s book March: Book Three, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, this morning won the Coretta Scott King Award, the Sibert Award, the […]

Listen to 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Winners on The Yarn!

As luck would have it, we’ve recorded episodes with the 2017 Caldecott AND Newbery Medal winners. First up, author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe who takes us behind the scenes of his 2017 Caldecott Medal-winning book Radiant Child. Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. We interviewed Kelly about her previous […]

March v. 3 sweeps the ALA Youth Media Awards

In the last few weeks, John Lewis has garnered much media attention for his boycott of the 2017 Presidential inauguration. But today, Lewis is in the news for the multiple awards for the third volume in the March trilogy. This morning, in Atlanta, Georgia the 2017 ALA Youth Media awards were announced the ALA YMA and […]

Here We Are: Feminism & Social Justice In Action by Kelly Jensen (#SJYALit: Social Justice in YA Lit)

Tomorrow, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen is released out into the world. This week, as part of our Social Justice in YA Lit Project, we will have a new piece about this book each day. We’re also doing a t-shirt giveaway (see below!). It’s exciting to see this […]

Results!

I’m up at 5am watching!  Did you watch, in person, or online? Honor Books:     Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by […]

In the room where the livestream happens

Whew! The MTA was etermined to thwart me this morning, but I made it in just before Julei Todaro took the stage, and I’ve got my livestream running. (I didn’t mind being #alaleftbehind until this morning, when I elt so frystrated that the world outside ALA doesn’t stop everything for the YMAs!) Sarah and Joy […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #22

We’re starting the week on a light note, with an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #22. In this issue, the gang are enjoying a rock concert when Frankenstein Jr. starts doing an Attack on Titan number on the stadium: He might look monstrous, but the robotic Frankenstein Jr. is really a force for justice—at least, […]

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 […]