August 20, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: At Least They’re Coming to the Library ISN’T Always the Right Idea

Yesterday 95 people came into my library asking about solar eclipse glasses. The day before it was 75. I wasn’t there either day, but the Circulation staff started keeping track. That’s 170 people who came into the library and walked away empty handed. That’s a lot of negative experiences for patrons and staff both. We […]

Video Sunday: Don’t feed the plants

Happy Day Before the Eclipse! We’ve a couple interesting videos to peruse today, so take your pick! First off, two recent ones from the live feed show I do with the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop. The first is a bit of an aberration since it involves me being interviewed, not the other way around. The lure? […]

#flipgridfever: New features for fall

Amidst a fury of #FlipGridFever, our friends at Flipgrid recently announced major enhancements in a product I loved at first sight. (See just a couple of my posts from Let’s test drive FlipGrid to Announcing Flipgrid One (now free to all teachers). One thing you’ll notice if you go back and watch the live-streamed launch event that […]

This Week’s Comics: World of Fantasy Sports

The Dog Days of August hit this week’s list of new releases, but despite the meager selection, there are still some good titles to check out. BOOM! Studios extends their BOOM! Box title Misfit City to six issues, giving readers more time with this exciting series. IDW Publishing releases the legacy numbering of Uncle Scrooge […]

Friday Finds: August 18, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Talking with Teens about Charlottesville A Grief Moderated: Middle Grade Fiction for Young Readers Dealing with Loss – Guest Post by Kerry Sutherland What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA August 2017 I Tried to Escape the Bus (and Failed!) – An Escape the Bus Review I Went to a STEAMFest […]

Book Title Toons: This Book

(Click Images to Enlarge) Previously . . . Book Title Toons: Brothers Book Title Toons: It Ain’t Easy

Review of the Day: How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? by Laura Overdeck

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions By Laura Overdeck Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-07229-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Geez. How I ended up in this position I’ll never know. Me. A born and bred liberal arts major. The kind […]

One in Three: Teen Dating Violence and Michelle Carter – a guest post by author Heather Demetrios

Today we are honored to have Bad Romance author Heather Demetrios with us to talk about teen dating violence. She shares her experiences and thoughts regarding this serious issue and her recent release, Bad Romance. As a young adult author, I think a lot about what it feels like to be young and in love. […]

#FSYALit: From Rejection to Reconciliation: Changing Notions of Faith and Spirituality in LGBTQ YA, a guest post by Rob Bittner

“What I would love to see more of in Queer YA with Christian sub-plots is the ability of characters to reimagine their spirituality—their faith—in ways which incorporate gender and sexual identities, instead of feeling the need to abandon all religious and spiritual components of their identities.” –Rob Bittner   Back in 2015 (was that really […]

#FSYALit: From Rejection to Reconciliation: Changing Notions of Faith and Spirituality in LGBTQ YA, a guest post by Rob Bittner

“What I would love to see more of in Queer YA with Christian sub-plots is the ability of characters to reimagine their spirituality—their faith—in ways which incorporate gender and sexual identities, instead of feeling the need to abandon all religious and spiritual components of their identities.” –Rob Bittner   Back in 2015 (was that really […]

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#3)

On the question of George eating the vet, you have spoken: What a relief – this question has been answered once and for all, rendering any future debate meaningless. Thank you to everyone who voted. Previously . . . ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1) ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#2)

The Artful Book Display: Getting It Right

The other day I posted my most popular tweet of all time. I didn’t really mean to but, as with most things on the internet, it’s never the tweet or the post that is most important to you that catches on like wildfire. In this particular case I was at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville to […]

Interview: Eric Kallenborn on Graphic Novels in the Classroom

I spoke to Eric Kallenborn when I was researching The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format to Teach About Current Events, which is the cover story of this month’s School Library Journal. Eric is an English teacher at Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Illinois, and he has a lot to say about […]

Coming Soon (ish) on The Yarn

Travis: There are a lot of great children’s book creators coming up on The Yarn. Here’s a preview: Coming soon . . . pic.twitter.com/GXo9K8o5EV — The Yarn (@theyarnpodcast) August 16, 2017

I Went to a STEAMFest and This is What I Learned

Monday night our local school district – where I live, not where I work – hosted a district wide STEAMFest and I took my family, but I also went to scope things out – as one does. Overall, this was a well crafted event that I would love to host (on a slightly smaller scale) […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Of Bunnies, Cats, Monsters and More

It continues! As ever, folks just can’t seem to write books without slipping references to children’s books into them, left, right, and center. And while it seems an odd exercise to collect these titles, it’s also oddly informative. I’m still trying to piece together a unified theory about why this happens at all. No answers […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Of Bunnies, Cats, Monsters and More

It continues! As ever, folks just can’t seem to write books without slipping references to children’s books into them, left, right, and center. And while it seems an odd exercise to collect these titles, it’s also oddly informative. I’m still trying to piece together a unified theory about why this happens at all. No answers […]

Orientation Inspiration 2017

In years past, I’ve written about orientation and strategies for opening the school year. Check out Orientation Inspiration (2013) and Orientation Attitude (2016). This year, I asked folks in my network about their plans on this Padlet and I scanned the blogs I regularly follow. This year, a couple of very clear trends emerged. Engagement. […]

I Tried to Escape the Bus (and Failed!) – An Escape the Bus Review

Last night, the local school district hosted a STEAMFest (more about this in a different post). One of the events they had during this day was Escape the Bus and I want to make sure everyone knows about this. Escape the Bus is a mobile escape room experience hosted by the iSchool Initiative. It is […]

Review: Two Phoebe and Her Unicorn Books

Unicorn Crossing: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure Phoebe and Her Unicorn in The Magic Storm (out October 2017) By Dana Simpson Andrews McMeel Publishing Ages 7-12 Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn books are delightful stories about a young girl Phoebe, and her unicorn, Marigold. Phoebe is pretty much of an everygirl, while Marigold […]