July 24, 2017

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Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: WHERE OLIVER FITS by Cale Atkinson

Do you know about Cale Atkinson? Maybe you’ve read some of his books? He has a new one coming September 5th called Where Oliver Fits. Today we have a first look at the trailer for the book. A book which had a very cool puzzle cover reveal a few months back: It’s a race against […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Oh. We churning them out now. We’ve got a rhythm. We’ve got a beat. And now we’re going to start rip-roaring through our books.  This week’s podcast episode (found here or on iTunes under “Kate n’ Fuse 8″) was a good one too. I decided to finally crack one of the Top Ten books that […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #28

Here’s a look at Scooby-Doo Team-Up #28 which is also out on July 26: The gang uncovers a tale of their great-great-grandparents (and grand-dog!) in the old West. When monstrous rumors bring the Weirdness Wagon to town, will they find a fearsome beast, or just come face-to-scarred-face with the lawman Jonah Hex?

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #238

We’re wrapping up this Comic-Con weekend with a couple of previews of upcoming comics. First up is Looney Tunes #238: Wile E. Coyote’s new Acme universal remote does more than just control his TV. It can slow, pause and speed up anything around it, and might be just the thing he needs to catch the […]

Sunday Reflections: The Day I Did Everything Wrong

Setting the Scene: It was a T-shirt Monday. This meant that we would be spending the next six hours in the Teen MakerSpace making t-shirts with any teen who walked into the space, working straight through the traditional dinner hour. It had become our custom on these nights that someone would take our order and […]

This Week’s Comics: Moonstruck Batman

Pass the time between San Diego Comic Con Live Streams with some comics from this week’s new releases. Action Lab Entertainment introduces Miraculous Adventures, the first original illustrated story of Ladybug and Cat Noir. IDW Publishing releases the massive Amelia Cole Omnibus, which features all 30 issues in one book, while Viz Media completes their […]

Video Sunday: Smooth Brains

Over at Read-Aloud Revival they hosted two of my favorite people in conversation. Honestly if you could just give Jeanne Birdsall and N.D. Wilson their own talk show, I would be first in line to be in the studio audience. Here’s how they described this talk at Anderson’s Bookshops: Jeanne and N.D. are good friends, […]

Not on The Yarn: Maurice Sendak

Travis:  The great Maurice Sendak passed away in 2012, but he has a new book coming out next fall. Consider me skeptical. Well, I was – until I heard this All Things Considered interview with the author of the book (and Sendak pal/collaborator) Arthur Yorinks, who describes it as a development Sendak would have been delighted […]

Friday Finds: July 21, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Today, as the Mother of Daughters, is a Good Day for Geekdom MakerSpace: Button Making is All the Rage (The Complete Button Making Index) MakerSpace: The #ButtonFun Gallery Book Review: Madness by Zac Brewer MakerSpace: How to Design a Button Video Games Weekly: Stardew Valley Recently in book mail […]

Natural Reader and other free text-to-speech tools

I’ve been working on gathering resources on for our new Emerging Literacies course and wanted to share some of the resources/app lists I’ve gathered for learners with special needs. Among the tools I am discovering are a few free resources for supporting text-to-speech. These resources are so handy for struggling readers, for ESL students, for […]

Recently in book mail

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. The following are the books that have arrived here in the past few weeks. I will be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months on TLT. See something […]

I’m Still Here, and I’m Not Alone

Happy July!  Can you even believe it’s already approaching the end of July?  Well, I’m interupting your regularly scheduled summer of ignoring this blog to give you a little bit of an update about what’s happening with us. As you know, Jonathan has moved on from Heavy Medal and we will miss him dearly.  I’m happy, […]

Enter THE SHAPE OF IDEAS Book Giveaway

If you’re a teacher or educator then it’s very likely you spend a lot of time fostering creativity in your students. But, I ask, are you fostering it in yourself? The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity is a wonderful book of creativity-focused comics for grown-ups, but if you work with middle or […]

Where Are All the Black Boys? A 2017 Assessment and Comparison

Recently I had a chance to see an upcoming jacket for a 2018 middle grade novel. Check it out: If the name “Varian Johnson” is ringing a bell, it may be because of this cover a couple years ago: His 2018 book, The Parker Inheritance, is billed as having distinct similarities to The Westing Game […]

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus’

DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus Writer: Shea Fontana Artist: Yancey Labat DC Comics; $9.99 How are you spending your summer vacation? Perhaps you would like to spend it reading about how Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the other kids at Super Hero High in Metropolis are spending their summer vacation? That’s the premise of Shea […]

Everybody needs a Boss

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I sometimes chastise others for their shortcomings, as demonstrated in whatever piece of text lies before me at a given moment, in taste or intellect or grammar. My victims, shamed but unnamed, include authors, publishers, journalists, or politicians; those with whom I work at the Horn […]

Video Games Weekly: Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a popular indie game that had been released on consoles earlier this year, although it has been available on PC platform since 2016.  It’s a role-playing farming/country life game, and while that sounds pretty boring, it’s actually pretty fun! YouTube Trailer: Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC Rated: E10+ Single or […]

Book Buzz: Buzzy Buzzing 2018 Buzz

If are anything like me (first off, I offer my condolences) then you like to look as far off into the distance as possible, straining to see the books that will being hitting shelves in the distant future. You best check out Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews. I learned a bunch of stuff while reading it: […]

Tiny but tough

Happy birthday, Barbara Bader. NINETY, wow. In your honor we have rounded up some of your greatest hits. Like other old people, I frequently find myself wanting to tell the young to know your history, and the Horn Book is proud to have for so long published one of children’s librarianship and children’s literature’s ablest and […]

MakerSpace: How to Design a Button

Button, button, who makes the button? I do! Teens do! But how? Today in the second part of our series on buttons in the Teen MakerSpace, I want to talk with you some very basics about designing a button. For the purpose of this discussion a button insert will refer to your final circle image […]