SLJ’s Battle of the Books is underway, and let me just say how glad I am that the judges are being (relatively) tough.
- 100 Scope Notes Travis Jonker
- Adult Books 4 Teens Angela Carstensen
- A Chair, A Fireplace & a Tea Cozy Elizabeth Burns
- Connect the Pop Peter Gutierrez
- A Fuse #8 Production Betsy Bird
- Good Comics for Kids Brigid Alverson, Robin Brenner, Lori Henderson, Esther Keller, Michael May, J. Caleb Mozzocco, Mike Pawuk, Scott Robins, & Eva Volin
- Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog Jonathan Hunt & Nina Lindsay
- Neverending Search Joyce Valenza
- Some Day My Printz Will Come Karyn Silverman and Sarah Couri See also:
- The Horn Book's Read Roger Roger Sutton, Editor-in-Chief, Horn Book
I remember reading a lot of biographies when I was a teenager. Not memoirs or autobiographies (although I read those too), but big, thick books about famous people written by someone who had done a lot of research. I was obsessed with the Beatles, and I know I read several massive biographies of John Lennon [...]
Sometimes, blogging about good comics for kids means presenting some actual good comics for kids. Troy Wilson (Perfect Man) and Caleb Hystad (Raven Tales) have given Good Comics for Kids permission to post first, in its entirety, their adorable tale of a girl and two pennies. Hystad is an animation director best known for the [...]
JUDGE – LAUREN OLIVER Doll Bones by Hollly Black Margaret K. McElderry Books Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Saint Martin’s Press Somehow, despite the buzz, the plethora of positive reviews, the online chatter and endorsements from authors as venerated as John Green, Eleanor & Park had slipped beneath my radar until very recently. It’s not that I [...]
The Night Gardener By Jonathan Auxier Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1144-2 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 20th For whatever reason, 2014 is a dark year in children’s middle grade fiction. I speak from experience. Fantasy in particular has been steeped in a kind of thoughtful [...]
Drum roll for the second match of this round: Boxers & Saints v A Corner of White, Judge Yuyi Morales My prediction: “Having read Boxer & Saints, that’s what I picked.” And guess what: ONCE AGAIN I WAS RIGHT. Let me say one thing. OK, it’ll probably be more than one thing. You know me. One [...]
THE STATE OF THE PICTURE BOOK Children’s publishing legend Neal Porter (he of Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press) took part in a fascinating interview with children’s lit historian Leonard S. Marcus for Horn Book. Their back and forth about the state of the picture book was the best thing I read all week. [...]
And thus it begins: All the Truth That’s in Me v The Animal Book, Judge Vaunda Nelson My prediction: “Having not read either one, I randomly picked The Animal Book.” Was I right? YES. My observations: Nelson says, “I found similarities I hadn’t expected.” Nelson then went on to compare the two books based on those [...]
A good writer and a good friend, taken too soon.
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Me fifty years ago, my last attempt to be a Real Boy.
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The Dumbest Idea Ever By Jimmy Gownley Scholastic; $24.99 Everyone knows where comic books come from—comic book creators make them, publishers sell them and comic book stores sell them (Or libraries let you borrow them.) But where do comic book creators come from? Jimmy Gownley’s new autobiographic graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever explains where at [...]
JUDGE – Yuyi Morales Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty Arthur Levine Books/Scholastic A CORNER OF WHITE vs BOXERS AND SAINTS. One a 373 page fantasy novel, the other a two volume graphic novel. Where do I start? Actually, I know a good place. Let’s begin experiencing [...]
Good old brackets. They’re the greatest gift basketball ever gave to children’s literature. I’m certain you’ve all been following the Battle of the Kids’ Books over at our sister blog here at SLJ. That upcoming schedule sure looks like a doozy. 3/12 Doll Bones vs Eleanor & Park judged by Lauren Oliver? Lauren, baby, my [...]
Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt. Walker Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury. 2014. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Is it possible for one night to make a difference in a person’s life? Jonah and Brighton are about to find out. The Good: First things first: I loved this book. I loved Jonah and Brighton, separate [...]
This past weekend I journeyed to the land of all things maple… …and presented with John Schumacher at the 2014 Serendipity Conference in Vancouver B.C. But first I had to get there. My flight was delayed in Michigan, and I was going to cut it close to make my connection in Chicago. But apparently, I [...]
If you want an advance look at some of the best upcoming graphic novels of 2014, join me on March 19, when I’ll be moderating the SLJ/LJ webcast “From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014.” I’ll be talking about upcoming releases from DC, Vertigo, Kodansha, Dark Horse, and Archie with some of [...]
James Kochalka talks about his newest book, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, which is being published by First Second—at the same time his newest Johnny Boo book is coming out from Top Shelf. Film and television writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is joining Archie Comics as chief creative officer; his job is to develop existing Archie [...]
Today’s books are about family, relationships, secrets, and coming-of-age. Both move back and forth in time, and include characters suffering from mental illness. Sarah Cornwell‘s debut novel, What I Had Before I Had You follows a mother’s memories back into her own turbulent adolescence. The thread that connects past and present is bipolar disorder, which [...]