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March 3, 2015

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Celebrate Eisner Week With Diverse Graphic Novels

Celebrate Eisner Week With Diverse Graphic Novels

March 1-7 is Will Eisner Week. This week is held to “celebrate graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the amazing legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.” Check out the website for more information about how to celebrate the week, as well information […]

Review: The Wild Piano

Review: The Wild Piano

The Wild Piano By Fred Toon Books; $16.95 The second of the late, great French cartoonist Frederic Otohn Aristedes’ Philemon adventures, The Wild Piano, picks up right where Cast Away on the Letter A left off, the pace of the practically random, dream-like events occurring even faster than before, and the nature of those events […]

Cover Reveal – Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

Cover Reveal – Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

It is my infinite pleasure to present to you today a middle grade novel’s cover that amuses me in a way that really speaks to my particular proclivities.  Humor is so subjective.  Still, it is beyond me how anyone could look at this and not be immediately charmed.  And so, ladies and gentlemen, I present […]

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Seeing as how I can get to the door of Eerdmans Books (located in Grand Rapids, Michigan) from my house in about 25 minutes, it’s a crime that I haven’t done a preview interview with Eerdmans Books president and publisher Anita Eerdmans yet. A crime! Today we rectify that with a talk about recent successes […]

WNDB@BOB

Every year, we pick 16 books to participate in the Battle of the Kids’ Books, and unlike the prestigious award committees that can’t explicitly discuss diversity in terms of their criteria, we actively seek to balance our field in terms of racial and ethnic diversity, genre diversity, diversity of audience (juvenile vs. young adult), and […]

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon

I love this. Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell are doing something cool to celebrate the release of their new book Special Delivery – they’re giving away some original art, drawn by Cordell and based on stamps in Phil’s collection. Donate $10 to a nonprofit to get your name in the hat. Mr. Stead made a […]

#SVYALit Project: Bone Gap and Survivor Stories, a guest post by author Laura Ruby

#SVYALit Project: Bone Gap and Survivor Stories, a guest post by author Laura Ruby

One of the best books I have read in 2015 is the upcoming Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It is a stunning and haunting look at a world where you can easily fall between the gaps. If hard pressed to come up with a if you like, I would say that this is reminiscent of […]

Middle Grade Monday: Funny Cats and Crooks, Mary Amato and Peter Jennings (#LastListEgmont)

Middle Grade Monday: Funny Cats and Crooks, Mary Amato and Peter Jennings (#LastListEgmont)

Mary Amato and Patrick Jennings are each celebrating the release of new, humorous chapter books. Jennings’ Hissy Fitz is out now; Amato’s Good Crooks Book 3: Sniff a Skunk will be out on April 28, 2015. The authors, who have never met, finally get the chance to chat here. AMATO: Patrick, I “get into character” […]

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

I’ve written about my regard for Kristin Hannah‘s novels before. The last one I read and reviewed was Night Road, and we also reviewed Fly Away in 2013. Hannah has a way with contemporary family stories. She writes deeply emotional women’s fiction with great characters, usually facing loss or tragedy. This year she brings those […]

Video Interview: M.T. Anderson and the Symphony for the City of the Dead

What you learn in this life of children’s librarianship is that there is an exception to every rule. For example, normally I do not indulge in video interviews outside of my Fuse #8 TV ones. And normally I do not care diddly over squat for anything directed towards a young adult audience. But Mr. M.T. […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2015

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2015

Spring is coming (it’s coming, right?), which means a new crop of books will be hitting shelves. Every season I sit down and make an “oooh, that looks good” list. Some of these books I’ve read and loved, others I’m excited to get my hands on – all of them are noteworthy to me. Here […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Today (March 2nd) is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, The National Education Association (NEA) created Read Across America Day in 1998. Click here for more information about Read Across America Day Click here to visit the Seussville website Read about seven things Seuss never said, and 25 things he did at Nine Kinds […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. (A bit sparse this week, but we figure things […]

Sunday Reflections: Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend, Egmont’s Last List

Sunday Reflections: Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend, Egmont’s Last List

A little over 3 years ago when I began TLT, I had no idea what I was doing. Sure you could argue that I still don’t know what I’m doing, but then I really didn’t know what I was doing. I began blogging as sort of a hail mary pass in a moment when my […]

Video Sunday: La la la!

Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?

Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?

I received a book in the mail the other day called WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?, and I’ve never really read a book like it. It’s published by 826michigan, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting students (ages 6 to 18) with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9

It’s Saturday morning, time for some comics! Today we have an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9, in which the Mystery, Inc., kids meet up with none other than Superman himself! Here’s the 411: Superman needs help from Scooby and the gang – so they speed to Metropolis and the horribly haunted Daily Planet offices. […]

Friday Finds – February 27, 2015

Friday Finds – February 27, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Skin I’m Not Comfortable In, looking back and looking forward at a life with an eating disorder Book Review: Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle Medication, Depression, and I Was Here Middle Grade Monday – Shannon Hale What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter […]

This Week’s Comics: Scooby-Love

This Week’s Comics: Scooby-Love

Add some collections from the new comics out this week. IDW Publishing releases the second volume of My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship, which collects the spinoff titles Micro Series and Friends Forever in one handy book. Image Comics releases the full Howtoon [Re]Ignition, and Papercutz adds to their collection of new WWE Slam City […]

FSYALit: Catholicism in YA, a guest post by Katie Behrens

FSYALit: Catholicism in YA, a guest post by Katie Behrens

Today as part of our Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit Project, guest Katie Behrens is discussing Catholicism in YA literature. When I was confirmed in the Catholic Church at the age of 16, I really meant it. I knew there was a lot about the faith that I didn’t know and maybe some stuff […]