July 29, 2016

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Children’s Literature at the DNC

If there’s one thing you can say about children’s literature people, they will notice when children’s books are mentioned in a national stage. Last night at the Democratic National Convention, Chelsea Clinton kept mentioning children’s books in her speech. First: Then: Then: The children’s literature people? We took notice: For those keeping track: @ChelseaClinton shouted […]

This Week’s Comics: Miraculous Cats and Lady Bugs

Need to cool down from all this summer heat? Pick up some cool books from this week’s new releases. Joe Books gets the coolest with Frozen #1, an ongoing series featuring new adventures in Arendale. BOOM! Studios starts a new series, Adventure Time Comics, letting cartoonists have their way with the Land of Ooo and […]

Enthusiasm at the Edges: Thinking Aloud About Book Reviews

A note on this post: I ain’t saying’ nothing new. But every now and then I think it’s worthwhile for me to put these things into words (and also, to trick myself into thinking I absorbed something from my college stats class) – if only for myself. Like just about everything, book quality follows a bell […]

Reading and Wrestling with GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier

At ALA this year I was excited to pick up an ARC of GHOSTS by author Raina Telgemeier, mainly because The Teen loves this author and it was my mommy guilt gift. Upon return I handed it to her and she promptly read it. Our conversation about it went something like this: Me: Did you […]

Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews, Jackaby Edition

The Teen recently read 8 books in 3 weeks, none of them of course were the ones she needed to read for school. I had the honor of going to ALA in Orlando for a quick trip this year, and came home with several ARCs, many of which she has already read. She also read […]

Review of the Day: Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat By Javaka Steptoe Little, Brown & Co. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-21388-2 Ages 5 and up On shelves October 25th True Story: I’m working the children’s reference desk of the Children’s Room at 42nd Street of New York Public Library a couple years ago and a family walks […]

Review: ‘Compass South’

The worst part of this book? That I already finished. After all, when I first noticed it was 224 pages, I thought, even in comic form this might keep me busy for a little while—but before I knew it the book was done and I wanted more! The good news? There are three more planned […]

“Where was the editor?”

This week’s Horn Book podcast is devoted to–well, if you can ever say the podcast is devoted to one thing in particular beyond Siân and me yammering for half an hour–Lane Smith’s new book There Is a Tribe of Kids. At one point I opine that the publisher knew or should have known, anyway, about the […]

Hello Ruby, Adventures in Coding

So, imagine with me, for a moment, a world where the stories we tell about how things get made don’t only include the twentysomething-year-old Silicon Valley boys, but also Kenyan schoolgirls and Norwegian librarians. Imagine a world where the little Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow, who live in a permanent reality of 1s and 0s, they […]

Book Discussion: Autism in AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu

When I initially began reading AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu, I was certain I would be coming to you today to discuss this title as part of the Sexual Violence in YA Literature Project (The #SVYALit Project). However, as I got further and further into the book, this book became an important read – to me […]

#ARCParty: July 2016 New #YALit Releases

 Here’s a look at some new #YALit releases coming out in June, July and August of 2016. Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Thu, Jul 21 2016 20:13:46 Edit #ARCParty for July 2016 #YALit Releases We are getting to go through July #yalit ARCs #arcparty TeenLibrarianToolbox · Mon, Jul 11 2016 19:24:31 “There is nothing innocent about Shadow […]

Morning Notes: Read This Next Edition

YOU LIKE? We Need Diverse Books is doing something cool – recommending read-alikes on their site. They even have snazzy graphics for each one. Check them all out here. (Thanks to @bottomshelfbks for alerting me to these on Twitter) INVEST YOUR LIFE SAVINGS IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS Stocks? For the birds! I am going to start investing […]

Press Release Fun: A Curious George Documentary on the Horizon

Documentary Following Curious George Creators Hans A. & Margret Rey Announced – Ema Ryan Yamazaki Directorial Debut New York City, NY – July 26, 2016 – In celebration of the world’s most beloved monkey, who turns seventy-five years old this year, filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki announces the first ever mixed-media documentary about Curious George. Monkey […]

Review: ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF’

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF Writers: Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder Artist: Natacha Bustos Marvel; $17.99 Rated T for Teen Meet Lunella LaFayette, a super-genius nine-year-old fourth grader and amateur inventor who lives with her parents on Yancy Street in New York City…and only reluctantly attends a public school that can’t teach […]

Candygram

On the bus this morning, I sat next to a mom and her strollered two-and-a-half-year-old son. He was being freaking adorable, his big Margaret Keane eyes peering wisely into my own. We’re chatting and the mom asks the boy if he wants to sing “Wheels on the Bus.” That was a challenge I could not […]

Happier sharing: Google Chromecast (2nd gen) and Cast for Education

I experienced a bit of gadget lust this weekend. Visiting my daughter and her boyfriend in Boston, I tried out Google’s 2nd generation Chromecast tool. Available for a modest $35, Google’s cute little device plugs easily into the HDMI port on your TV and allows you to stream media from your mobile device or your laptop or […]

Book Review: A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

Publisher’s description When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the […]

I’m So Vain, I Probably Think This Book Is About Me

Today we’re going to talk about what happens when your name is so common, it shows up in children’s books willy-nilly without actually having anything to do with YOU.  Which is to say, me. I took my name willingly.  No parent in their right mind should name a child “Betsy Bird” after all.  When I […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest’ #250

Comic-Con International in San Diego, the biggest comics convention in the U.S., has wrapped up, and we’ll have lots of news and features for you soon, but while we’re making our way home, here’s an exclusive preview of B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250 to kick off your week. As always, the lead story in […]

Middle School Monday: Summer.  Yes, Summer. By Julie Stivers

It’s summer! A magical time for school librarians… [First, a shout-out to my colleagues in our school district and around the country who are librarians at year-round schools. You get no summer break. You transition directly from year to year. You are amazing. I couldn’t do it….] For those of us on traditional schedules, what […]