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August 3, 2015

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An Introduction to the Sexual Violence in LGBTQIA+ Young Adult Literature Project

For the next two weeks, Teen Librarian Toolbox will be focusing on sexual violence in LGBTQIA+ young adult literature. This is part of our blog’s larger ongoing sexual violence in young adult literature (or SVYALit) project.   We’re grateful to Vee Signorelli, admin and co-founder of GayYA, and Nita Tyndall, a moderator at GayYA. who have helped us brainstorm, organize, and facilitate […]

Roundtable: The New Archie

Archie Comics’ flagship title, Archie, made it all the way up to issue #666 before the publisher pulled the plug on the classic house style and rebooted the comic with a new look and a slightly more realistic tone. We all checked out Archie #1, written by Mark Waid (Daredevil) and illustrated by Fiona Staples […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

It’s my pleasure to reveal the cover for our reigning Caldecott Medalist’s next book, arriving April 26, 2016. From the publisher: In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

It’s my pleasure to reveal the cover for our reigning Caldecott Medalist’s next book, arriving April 26, 2016. From the publisher: In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely […]

Simplifying production, with a one-button lab

This week I attended the PA Forward Information Literacy Summit, where I connected with school and academic librarians and discussed evolving visions of literacy. (More on that coming!) At the Pattee Library,  I was treated to a tour of the Knowledge Commons by Associate Librarian Joe Fennewald.  Joe showed several of us around a variety […]

Sunday Reflections: Paper Towns, Miracles and Privilege

At the beginning of Paper Towns by John Green, the main character, Q, says that everyone gets a miracle and claims that his miracle is Margot. The rest of the book is a deconstruction of this idea that people are miracles that save you. People, he comes to realize, are just people. It’s a profound […]

Friday Finds – July 31, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy, or why today I will choose to put on a bathing suit and make a memory with my daughters This is how I came to write a short story about my “first time” in the upcoming anthology The V Word edited by Amber Keyser […]

This Week’s Comics: Help Us Chi!

Put some excitement into these lazy summer days with some of this week’s new releases. Doctor Who returns in a few weeks! Catch up with the 12th Doctor and Clara with the Titan Comics series. IDW Publishing releases the next volume in their adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated show, and Bongo Comics […]

This Bird Has Flown

Bram Stoker had this to say about Chicago: It, “neither fears the devil nor troubles its head about him and all his works.”  So in light of my recent move, and in celebration of this (my first day), I offer the following to you: Goodbye Library (With profuse apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, who would […]

Simmons College Homecoming: The Summer Children’s Literature Institute

This past week, I attended Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature‘s Homecoming: An Institute. I went to Simmons for graduate school and haven’t been to an institute since 2005. The institute happens every other summer. They invite a load of great voices from the children’s book world and this year’s lineup was […]

Links: Comic-Con Roundup and More

Another year’s Comic-Con International has come and gone, and it was a great year for children’s and YA comics. There was a ton of programming, including special programs for librarians at the San Diego Public Library, and a number of kids/YA creators won Eisner Awards in general categories. Here’s my roundup of all the news […]

Review: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree By Ellen Potter Illustrated by Qin Leng Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780553499230 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out August 4, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know what’s normal? Being weird. Kids know this. But as we grow older we do our best to shed anything that […]

Review: ‘Cyborg #1′

Cyborg #1 Written by David F. Walker Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado DC Comics; $3 Rated T for Teen So what we have here is your basic good news, bad news situation. The good news is that Cyborg, long-time Titan, more recent Justice Leaguer, and maybe DC’s most prominent and widely-recognized superhero of […]

5 Reasons Why Maker Days/Labs/Spaces Can Trump Traditional Library Programming

As I approached my position as the YA coordinator at a new library, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was to evaluate my maker programming and try and recreate the parts of it that were successfull while making any necessary changes to improve on the model. And since it was a […]

Morning Notes: Unpleasant Blockbuster Edition

GREAT MINDS Fans of great conversations, take note. Jacqueline Woodson just had one with Jimmy Carter, and the New York Times was there to capture the whole thing. Click here to read. BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY (AND NETFLIX) Reading Rainbow will be available on Netflix in August. You need to know this. Click here for more […]

Haunted home

With the theme “Homecoming,” Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature held its biennial Institute this weekend; the Horn Book staff provides an excellent summary. (And Shoshana Flax has written a poem in its honor, too.) The funniest moment was when Jack Benny Gantos quipped about Go Set a Watchman, whose publication, he said […]

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App Review: A Beautiful Mess

Last week while discussing the Candy Camera app, suggested by The Tween and the Bestie, librarian Maria Selke reminded me of the A Beautiful Mess photo app. I am a huge fan of the A Beautiful Mess (ABM) blog, so I had actually purchased the app well over a year ago. The only problem is […]

Book Review: Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred

Two teens take turns narrating their story in this painfully honest look at young love and all of its ups and downs in B.T. Gottfred’s FOREVER FOR A YEAR.   For Carolina, 9th grade brings big changes. She stops going by “Carrie” in an attempt to be taken more seriously. She’s smart and geeky, but […]

The Top 10 Piles of Books at My House

Things have gotten out of hand. I’m sure you can relate. After looking at these pictures, you might ask yourself, “Why doesn’t he get some bookshelves?” I have some. They’re pretty big. But not as big as my problem. Here, then, are the Top 10 random piles of books that I found around my house […]

Review: ‘Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories’

Sora, Donald, and Goofy continue on their journey to find their friends Riku and King Mickey, who were locked in the darkness. They are detoured along the way by a mysterious hooded stranger who leads them to the ominous Castle Oblivion. There, they may find clues that will lead them to their friends—but at the […]